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Meteora Monasteries and Hermit Caves Day Trip with optional lunch

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Full Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train

From $108.01

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 14 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English

Overview

When visiting Athens, take a full-day detour to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora. Drive through the Grecian countryside in a modern bus and travel from the town of Kalambaka to the ancient clifftop monasteries. View all six sky-high monastic retreats, stopping for visits at three of them, and discover hermit caves.
  • Full-day coach tour to Meteora from Athens includes round-trip transportation
  • Visit the spectacular UNESCO-listed clifftop monasteries
  • Discover hermit caves and hidden monasteries
  • Tour three monasteries and see the others from the outside

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle with wifi
  • Local English speaking tour leader
  • Visit inside 3 monasteries and the hidden hermit caves
  • USB chargers at the bus
  • Free WIFI on board
  • Lunch in a local restaurant (if option selected)
  • Entrance fees (3 euros per person at each monastery)
  • State Licensed guide, inside the monasteries

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • St. Larissis
    Athens 104 37, Greece

    The bus will depart from Larissis train station in Athens at 08:00am. We request you to be present at the exit of the Larissa metro/subway station on Deligianni str, directly opposite the Athens train station Everest cafe, by 07:45am. Here is the location: https://goo.gl/maps/16AcMUsyJNSoFF698

Start time

08:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

The journey begins at the Larissis Railway Station in the morning, where you’ll board a modern coach bus equipped with air conditioning and onboard Wi-Fi. Relax and take in the diverse scenery of the Grecian countryside on the 4-hour journey to reach Kalambaka, the town closest to Meteora.

Travel through a landscape of green valleys dotted with dramatic grey cliffs to reach Meteora, a World Heritage site built by Greek Orthodox monks who inhabited these incredible hard-to-reach sanctuaries high above ground. Visit three active monasteries, spending about 45 minutes inside each one (entrance fees not included). See the others from the outside on a van tour and discover the hermit caves of Badovas, stopping for frame-worthy photos at each site.

After touring, return to Athens, where you'll arrive in the late evening.

Kastraki

25 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Meteora

25 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Agios Stefanos

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Varlaam Monastery

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Great Meteoron Monastery

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada)

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Roussanou Monastery

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Kalambaka

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Dress Code for Monastery Visits: Please note that a modest dress code is enforced to enter the monasteries. For women, skirts below the knee or longer are required. Pants, shorts, or sleeveless shirts are not allowed. For men, sleeveless clothing and shorts above the knee are also prohibited.
  • Rain or Shine: This tour will take place regardless of the weather conditions. Please come prepared with appropriate clothing and accessories to ensure a comfortable experience.
  • Climbing Steps to Monastery Tops: Please be aware that reaching the top of the monasteries involves climbing steps. There are no elevators available, so please consider this if you have any mobility concerns.
  • Pick-up and Drop-off at Kalambaka Train Station: Your tour guide will be waiting for you at Kalambaka Train Station, regardless of any train delays. Please be aware that the activity provider is not responsible for any train delays that may affect the duration of the tour.
  • Please make sure you have cash for the monasteries 3 euro each entrance. There is no ATM machine in the area.
  • Supplier is not responsible if you miss the bus please be there on time (15 minutes before the departure)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Great trip
Tom_D, Apr 2024
The guide was very nolagable and answer all my questions. He had a very positive outlook and made the trip fun
Though a long bus ride...
Sean_S, Apr 2024
Though a long bus ride from Athens, was well worth it. Our guide Maria was excellent. Very friendly and knowledgeable. The views were beautiful and learning the history of the orignal hermits and the monasteries was amazing and interesting.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We're delighted to hear that you found the journey to the Meteora Monasteries and Hermit Caves worth the long bus ride. It's great to know that Maria made your trip more enjoyable with her friendliness and knowledge. We're glad you enjoyed the stunning views and fascinating history of the area. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you on another adventure in the future! Best regards, George
Long day but amazing monasteries
Kelly_F, Apr 2024
The Meteora area is amazing but the 5 hour bus ride with no commentary is a bit long. Glad we did it but it’s a lon long long day.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We understand that the journey can feel lengthy, and we appreciate your patience. We're excited to announce that with the completion of the new highway yesterday, the duration of the trip has been reduced by an hour. We hope this enhancement will make future journeys to the Meteora Monasteries and Hermit Caves even more enjoyable. Thank you for choosing us for your adventure, and we look forward to welcoming you again soon! Best regards, George
Worth going
Almas_S, Apr 2024
The place is fabulous and very picturesque and the weather was great. Not hot, not cold. Had an issue in the beginning but it was managed to well. The team works great, checks people are in place, communicates clearly and acts responsibly. If you have any needs or questions - always there to help. Highly recommended
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hello, Thank you for your positive review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the stunning scenery of Meteora and that the weather was perfect during your visit. We're also glad that any issues were quickly resolved and that our team's clear communication and responsible actions contributed to a great experience. Thank you for recommending us, and we look forward to the opportunity to host you again on another adventure! Best regards, George
Most beautiful area in Greece
raleigh_b, Apr 2024
Best trip we have had in Greece so far. Denos was an amazing driver, getting us to all the places fast but yet still giving everyone ample time to take pictures at all the best viewpoints. Katarina was the best tour guide we have had yet. She was knowledgeable and instant friends with everyone. If I could give more than 5 stars I would.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hello, Thank you for your fantastic review! We're thrilled to hear that your day trip to the Meteora Monasteries and Hermit Caves was the best trip you've had in Greece. It's wonderful that Denos and Katarina made such positive impressions with their skills and friendliness. We aim to provide memorable experiences through our knowledgeable guides and attentive service, and we're delighted that this was reflected in your trip. Thank you for wanting to give us more than 5 stars! We look forward to welcoming you again and providing another exceptional experience. Best regards, George
A long ride for amazing views
Sam_W, Apr 2024
The views both of and from the monasteries are astounding. Well informed helpful guides that ensured we had a good time. Comfortable buses mean you can reasonable sleep both to and from Meteora.
Breathtaking trip
Zane_K, Apr 2024
Amazing and breath taking trip. We had the best guide - Katerina, who has grown up in this town and know these mountains and monasteries from childhood. Also she has great sense of humor and loving attitude for what she is doing, which all together gives this trip unforgetable life experience
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hello Zane, Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us! We’re thrilled that you found the Meteora Monasteries and Hermit Caves Day Trip to be breathtaking. The stunning views and historical significance truly make it a remarkable journey. Katerina, our exceptional guide, brings a unique perspective to the tour. Her deep connection to this town and intimate knowledge of the mountains and monasteries from childhood add an extra layer of authenticity. We’re delighted that her sense of humor and passion for her work made this trip an unforgettable life experience for you. Should you decide to explore more destinations or revisit Meteora, don’t hesitate to reach out. Safe travels, and may your future adventures be just as awe-inspiring! 🌄✨ George
Great Tour!
DAVID_C, Apr 2024
We enjoyed the views and learning all the history of the monasteries. It is a beautiful place. Our guide did a great job!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hello David, Thank you for sharing your feedback! We’re thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic experience exploring the Meteora Monasteries and Hermit Caves. The stunning views and rich historical context truly make it a remarkable destination. Our dedicated guide takes immense pride in providing exceptional service, and we’re delighted that their efforts contributed to your enjoyment. We’ll be sure to pass along your kind words to them! Should you decide to visit again or explore other destinations, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Safe travels and warm regards! 🌄✨ George
A Must 1 Day Trip from Athen
Bong_C, Apr 2024
It’s wonderful trip. 2.5hr/break/2.5hr bus trip One way. Changed into 16 person van at the location with guide. Lunch first and visit 4-5 ministries and walked inside couple of them in 5 hrs. Way back bus ride is the same. It’s a perfect one day trip with most out of it. I recommend to everyone. A must see. Our guide Dimitri was the most professional and very knowledgeable in both history and archeological findings. We enjoyed whole day!!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hello Bong_C, Thank you for sharing your positive experience with our Full-Day Meteora Monasteries and Hermit Caves Tour from Athens. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the journey and found the itinerary fulfilling for a one-day trip. It's great to know that Dimitri made your experience even more memorable with his professionalism and knowledge. We appreciate your recommendation and are delighted that you had a wonderful day exploring the monasteries and caves. We look forward to welcoming you on another tour soon! Warm regards, George
Amazing view and Maria...
milie_S, Apr 2024
Amazing view and Maria the tour guide was great. She shared stories that made the guided tour an exceptional experience.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hello, Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to leave a review of your Full-Day Meteora Monasteries and Hermit Caves Tour. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the amazing views and that Maria helped make your tour an exceptional experience with her storytelling. Your feedback is greatly appreciated, and it encourages us to continue providing memorable experiences for all our guests. We hope to see you again soon on another adventure! Best regards, George
Amazing tour
matilde_m, Apr 2024
Amazing tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and very helpful. Drivers where all great and had a beautiful drive to meteora.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience with our Full-Day Meteora Monasteries and Hermit Caves Tour from Athens. We are delighted to hear that you had an amazing tour and appreciated the knowledge and helpfulness of your guide, as well as the professionalism of our drivers during your beautiful drive to Meteora. Your positive feedback is very important to us and inspires our team to continue delivering excellent service. We look forward to welcoming you on another tour in the future! Warm regards, George
Amazing trio and amazing guid (Katerina)
Majd_A, Apr 2024
Amazing trip with amazing guid Katerina , she was super kind and knowledgeable about the area and history.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your Full-Day Meteora Monasteries and Hermit Caves Tour from Athens. We're so glad to hear that you had an amazing trip and that Katerina made your experience even more memorable with her kindness and knowledge of the area and its history. We appreciate your feedback and are thrilled that Katerina could enhance your tour. We look forward to having you join us again for another adventure! Best regards, George
Awesome
Eric_F, Apr 2024
Fun memorable experience,great guide,knowledgeable and helpful,would highly recommend.beautiful area and interesting history!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Dear Eric, Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm! We’re thrilled that your Meteora Monasteries and Hermit Caves Day Trip was an awesome and memorable experience. Our guide’s expertise, knowledge, and helpfulness truly enhance the journey. The beautiful area and fascinating history make it a must-visit destination. Should you decide to explore more captivating places or revisit Meteora, feel free to reach out. Safe travels, and may your future adventures be just as remarkable! 🌄✨ George
Awesome suprise
Patricia_A, Apr 2024
Never knowing these existed - I was pleased with the history and knowledge provided by the guide. The meal provided in Meteora was great. On the way back to Athens you stop to purchase a meal - this was not as good mainly because they were serving three busses of people.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Dear Patricia, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We’re delighted that the Meteora Monasteries and Hermit Caves Day Trip was an awesome surprise for you. The fact that you were unaware of their existence makes it even more special. Our guide’s dedication to sharing the history and knowledge of this remarkable place is commendable. We’re thrilled that you found it pleasing. And yes, the meal provided in Meteora is indeed a highlight—great food in a stunning setting! Regarding the meal on the way back to Athens, we apologize if it didn’t meet your expectations. Serving three buses of people can be quite a challenge, and we appreciate your understanding. Should you decide to explore more hidden gems or revisit Meteora, feel free to reach out. Safe travels, and may your future adventures continue to surprise and delight! 🌄✨ George
Great
Anonymous, Apr 2024
The guide and Driver both had great personalities kept the tour very fun very knowledgeable and overall a great tour the caves were not what I thought but it was still amazing
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for your feedback! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great time on our Meteora Monasteries and Hermit Caves Day Trip. Our team takes pride in providing knowledgeable and enjoyable experiences, and we're delighted that both our guide and driver exceeded your expectations. We understand that the caves might have been different from what you expected, but we're glad you still found them amazing. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for another adventure soon!
Amazing monasteries, mountains and tour guide.
Vladimir_B, Apr 2024
Scenery, monasteries and outstanding expertise of the guide Vassilius (not sure if I spelled the name correctly)
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for sharing your experience! We're thrilled to hear that you found the monasteries, mountains, and our guide's expertise to be amazing. Vassilis will be delighted to hear your kind words. We strive to provide unforgettable experiences, and it's wonderful to know that we succeeded in doing so for you. We appreciate your feedback and hope to welcome you back for more adventures in the future!
Well worth the price and time to get there!
AnnMarie_W, Apr 2024
What an amazing tour! The history, the views and the monasteries were just breath taking! Toli was an excellent tour guide and was so vastly knowledgeable! We drove from Athens with John and yes it was a long drive but it was well worth it and John was a fantastic driver!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience of the Full-Day Meteora Monasteries and Hermit Caves Tour from Athens! It's fantastic to hear that you found the tour to be amazing, with breathtaking views, rich history, and impressive monasteries. Having a knowledgeable tour guide like Toli surely enhances the experience, providing valuable insights into the area's history and culture. It's understandable that the journey from Athens to Meteora might be a long one, but it's heartening to know that you found it to be well worth the time and effort. John's skillful driving must have made the journey comfortable and enjoyable, allowing you to fully appreciate the journey and the destination. Thank you for choosing this tour and for sharing your positive feedback. Your review will surely help others in deciding to embark on this memorable adventure!
Amazing experience and stunning views.
Tanya_A, Apr 2024
Amazing experience and stunning views. Worth the long travel. Very tasty food. Must be fit to walk a lot! Tour guide very knowledged, helpful and paitient. Met new friends as solo traveller.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for taking the time to share your review of the Full-Day Meteora Monasteries and Hermit Caves Tour from Athens! It sounds like you had an incredible experience filled with stunning views and unforgettable moments. Your appreciation of the journey despite its length is valuable feedback for fellow travelers considering this tour. It's great to hear that you found the food enjoyable and that you had the opportunity to meet new friends as a solo traveler – that's truly one of the joys of traveling! Your mention of needing to be fit to walk a lot is helpful advice for others planning to take this tour. Exploring Meteora often involves navigating uneven terrain and climbing stairs to reach some of the monasteries, so being prepared for that physical activity is important. Lastly, it's fantastic to hear that you found the tour guide knowledgeable, helpful, and patient. A good guide can truly enhance the experience, providing insights and assistance along the way. Thank you once again for your review, and I'm thrilled to hear that you had such a wonderful time exploring Meteora!
Perfect day in Meteora
Raul_M, Mar 2024
Visited Greece during March 2024 and decided to take the Meteora tour. There is still issues with the train lines to she company set us up with a bus to do the drive from Athens to Kalambaka, we had good weather and no heavy traffic, the drive does take about 5 hours with 1 stop about 2.5 hrs in. The group was about 40 people, however once we got to Kalambaka the group was split into 2 smaller buses, about 15 to 20 each group which was perfect group size. We had Jim as out guide in Meteora. He is a local from Kalambaka and very knowledgeable about the history of the site. we visited 2 monasteries and drive through the site seeing the most iconic spots. The weather was great so we were able to have great pictures. Overall Meteora offers an amazing experienced, the site is amazing and breathtaking, Jim was a perfect guide and we enjoy our trip, it was a long days as we were back in Athens at around 1045 pm but well worth the trip.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Dear Raul, Thank you for choosing to explore Meteora with us, and for taking the time to share your feedback. We're delighted to hear that you had an amazing experience during your full-day tour with us. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by the train line issues, but we're glad that our team was able to provide a smooth alternative transportation via bus. Ensuring our guests' comfort and convenience is always a top priority for us. It's fantastic to hear that you found the smaller group size after arriving in Kalambaka to be just right for a more intimate and enjoyable experience. We strive to provide personalized and memorable tours, and it's rewarding to know that this aspect of your trip stood out to you. We couldn't agree more that having a knowledgeable guide like Jim, who is a local from Kalambaka, enhances the overall experience of exploring Meteora. His expertise and passion for the area undoubtedly contributed to your understanding and appreciation of the rich history and beauty of the site. We're thrilled that you were able to capture some breathtaking photos thanks to the favorable weather conditions. Meteora truly is a stunning destination, and we're delighted that you were able to experience its magnificence firsthand. Your satisfaction and enjoyment are paramount to us, and we're thrilled to hear that your trip was well worth the long day and late return to Athens. Thank you once again for choosing Visit Meteora, and we hope to welcome you back for more unforgettable adventures in the future! Best regards, George
Worth it!
Shiela_M, Mar 2024
Meteora is a must see! It was long trip from Athens but it was worth it. Glad we went! PS our tour guide Tolis was great!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We're thrilled to hear that you found our Full-Day Meteora Monasteries and Hermit Caves Tour worth the journey all the way from Athens. Meteora truly is a must-see destination, and we're delighted that you had the opportunity to explore its beauty and history. We're also pleased to hear that you enjoyed the company of our tour guide Tolis. He takes great pride in providing informative and enjoyable experiences for our guests, and we're glad that he contributed to making your tour memorable. Thank you for choosing to travel with us, and we hope to welcome you back for more adventures in the future!
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