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Meteora Day Trip from Athens by Bus with Optional Lunch

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Meteora Day Trip by Train from Athens
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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

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

Overview

Travel by bus through the beautiful countryside on a full-day tour from Athens to the Meteora monasteries. Upon your arrival at the town of Kalambaka, you will visit the medieval monastery complex, which sits perched high atop sandstone cliffs and is honored by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It’s a wonderful way to experience one of Greece’s most breathtaking and off-the-beaten-path cultural treasures.
  • Day trip from Athens to the UNESCO-listed Meteora monasteries
  • Reach the dramatic monastery complex with the help of an expert escort
  • Learn about the history of these unique, 14th-century monasteries
  • Enjoy free time to dine and explore in the town of Kalambaka

What's Included

  • Round-trip shared transfers in Kalambaka
  • Expert English speaking escort
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle with WiFi
  • Visit two Monasteries and the hermit caves of Badovas
  • Free Map and bottle of water
  • Local taxes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service in Athens
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees of the Monasteries

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • St. Larissis
    Athens 104 37, Greece

    You need to be in the opposite side of the Athens Railway Station at 07:30 am. You can reach the Athens Railway Station by metro, getting off at the Larissis Metro Station.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet up in the early morning just opposite the Athens railway station to board the bus to Kalambaka, and take in views over the Greek countryside during the five-hour drive. Once you reach Kalambaka, you will meet your English-speaking tour leader to catch your private transfer to Meteora.

Spend five hours exploring two UNESCO-listed monasteries—including the Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron—and the hermit caves of Badovas at your own pace, with your tour leader providing assistance and transportation between the sites. End with transport back to Kalambaka and free time to explore the town and have a bite to eat (own expense) before catching the bus for the return trip to Athens.

Kalabaka (Pass By)

Meteora

5 hours Admission Ticket Free

Kalabaka

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Infants (ages 3 and under) are free
  • To enter the monasteries, appropriate clothing is required. Women should not wear short skirts and must have long sleeves. Men are not allowed to wear shorts.
  • Amendments are serviced based on the availability
  • ***IMPORTANT UPDATE from September 2023 until further notice: due to the recent flooding affecting train services, this tour will be operated by a modern air-conditioned bus as replacement departing from opposite Athens Larissis station at 07:45am. The journey takes approximately 5 hours (with a 20 min refreshment stop) You will spend 5 hours in destination visiting Meteora and then return to Athens (arrival at approximately 11:00pm)***
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 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.

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William_P
I was a little hesitant for this tour at first, 4 hour train ride each direction? I can tell you, now that I've done it I don't regret it at all. The train was comfortable (we upgraded to Class 1 seats) which in the slow season, wasn't really necessary as the train wasn't very full - but I could see during busier seasons that the upgraded seats would be necessary. The price to upgrade was reasonable either way, and worth it even in the off season. The train was a great way to look at the Greek Countryside as you leave Athens and get into the more rural areas - rolling hills, agriculture, beauty in the simplicity. Our Tour Guide Maria, was great. She grew up in the area, and had a ton of local knowledge. Even personal stories of her family, and her experiences growing up and attending mass in one of the monasteries we visited. Breathtaking views of unique geological areas, picturesque valleys and landscapes, beautiful architecture - and that was before we even got to the monasteries! Then the monasteries were just as amazing, the stories behind them and the fact that they are all working/living. A humbling demonstration of faith, and a great opportunity to step back in time and see a much simpler life amid the bustle of the world today. All in a incredibly beautiful setting.

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Worth every penny!
Zachary_N, Feb 2024
Very knowledgeable about the area, amazing guide and driver!! You can tell how passionate they are about Meteora and share their own personal stories of how special this place is!
The views were phenomenal...
Tamara_H, Feb 2024
The views were phenomenal and our guide was super friendly and knowledgeable. The monasteries were beautiful and it was nice to get to see the inside of some of them.
Méteora, magic land
Ecaterina_W, Jan 2024
We left Athens in a big coach and after we arrived at the base of the rocks of Méteora we were taken by three very comfortable minibuses with three friendly and highly professional guides. Our guide was Dimitris. He was an experienced and extremely knowledgeable guide, explaining in detail the history of the mountain. It was a real pleasure being guided by a person like Dimitris. We’ve seen three of the beautiful monasteries and an unforgettable sunset. They organised everything near perfection. Thank you Dimitris, you are amazing! We highly recommend this tour
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write us your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and that you had a memorable experience. We always try to serve our guests in the best possible way and we are pleased that you experienced this effort. We hope to see you soon in one of our future trips. Best Regards, KeyTours Team
A brilliant day trip
Saoirse_L, Jan 2024
Had a fantastic time on this tour. The bus ride is long but comfortable and the breaks provided were perfect. Apostolos was a brilliant, passionate guide who taught us a lot about the area while also giving us plenty photo opportunities.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write us your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and truly appreciated our services. We always try to serve our customers in the best possible way and we are pleased that you experienced this effort. Hope to see you soon in one of our future trips. Best Regards, Margarita Karavasileiadi
Worth the drive! Amazing views
Carly_D, Jan 2024
We had a great day despite less-than-ideal weather conditions (rainy and foggy). Our tour guide, Bill, made sure to give us lots of information and stories about Meteora and the surrounding area. He also helped us quickly take photos when the fog would break. We really appreciated his effort to make us get the most out of our experience. Visiting Meteora is definitely a trip highlight and an amazing memory.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip and that our team members provided you a memorable experience. We hope to see you soon in one of our future tours. Best Regards, Margarita Karavasileiadi
Highly recommended! One day trip is doable!
Lili_D, Jan 2024
This trip is well worth it. The bus ride was not that bad, with a 20min stop right in between the 4hrs. The landscape at Meteora is truly fantastic! Our guide was very talkative and taught us a lot. The lunch place we were led to was mediocre, but acceptable.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour and that our tour guide provided you an exceptional narration. We hope to see you soon in one of our future experiences. Best Regards, Margarita Karavasileiadi
Amazing place Meteora
Umang_D, Dec 2023
Great tour with close up view of hermit caves and visit to monasteries. Lots of stops to take breath taking insta pics. Must recommend this one.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip with us and we hope to see you soon in one of our future experiences. Best Regards, Margarita Karavasileiadi
Memorable trip to Meteora
Ram_D, Dec 2023
An excellent day trip with a knowledgeable tour guide, breathtaking views of monasteries on top of rock pillars, and an introduction to the local history, religion, and geology. The bus ride was comfortable. The bus did not have WiFi. There were adequate breaks to punctuate the long journey--5 hours from Athens.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and that you had a memorable experience. We hope to see you soon in one of our future trips. Best Regards, Margarita Karavasileiadi
Amazing experience
Will_B, Dec 2023
Jim, the tour guide, was great - very knowledgeable and entertaining. The views far exceeded my expectations. Unique place that’s definitely worth the trip.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and that you had a memorable experience. We hope to see you soon in one of our future experiences. Best Regards, Margarita Karavasileiadi
Meteora experience
Irene_A, Nov 2023
Absolutely amazing! Breathtaking from beginning to end. I will do it again. Friendly staff! Thank you
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Meteora and that you had a memorable experience. We hope to see you soon in one of our future tours. Best Regards, Margarita Karavasileiadi
Awesome day trip!
Tanya_B, Nov 2023
We wished we could remember our tour guides name, maybe Tholis for short? But this young man was so knowledgeable and friendly. The stunning views and fascinating history was 100% worth the trip! If going in November, bring a jacket and be prepared for the winds. Listen to the suggestions about what to wear. The tour nicely provided a skirt for women for entry to the monasteries if did not wear one/bring one.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Meteora and that our tour guide provided you a memorable experience. We hope to see you soon in one of our future tours. Best Regards, Margarita Karavasileiadi
Beautiful Scenery
Julie_E, Nov 2023
The sites were beautiful and Jim was a great tour guide. You can tell he had a real passion for Meteora. The downside was the 5 hour bus drive, it was brutal, but we understood the train ride had to be cancelled due to the rail lines being closed.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour and that you had a memorable experience. We hope to see you soon in one of our future trips. Best Regards, Margarita Karavasileiadi
Well worth the time!
LindaNoel_P, Oct 2023
Tour Guide was difficult to understand his English. He needs to slow down and enunciate clearly. He was very kind, very presentable, intelligent and knowledgeable. A true gem to his employer.
Train was unavailable due...
Louis_V, Oct 2023
Train was unavailable due to the tracks being washed out. The bus ride was long but finding the right bus that morning was difficult because there was no signage or guide to direct us. We asked a driver of another bus and he pointed out who to talk to. Signs or a posted list would have been very helpful.
Meteora is out of this world
Sam_R, Oct 2023
The scenery was out of this world...I can understand why the monks decided to use this area as a place of worship.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Meteora and that you had a memorable experience. We hope to see you soon in one of our future tours. Best Regards, Margarita Karavasileiadi
Trip to cherish
Satish_S, Oct 2023
An excellent trip with a very knowledgeable guide who made the trip very informative and interesting. The trip was by road as rail services were disturbed. Visiting the monasteries was a wonderful experience. Will cherish it.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour and that you had such a great time. We hope to see you soon in one of our future experiences. Best Regards, Margarita Karavasileiadi
Meteora was well worth the long bus ride
MaryAnn_P, Oct 2023
The views were spectacular. Meteora was my favorite part of my trip to Athens. Long bus ride though. The bus was very uncomfortable. The seats were so close together and very little leg room for such a long ride. The train station bathroom was terrible. Our guide was very good.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Meteora and that you had such a great time there. However, we will take your comments under serious consideration as we work hard to deliver an exceptional guest experience. We hope to see you soon in one of our future trips. Best Regards, Margarita Karavasileiadi
Magical
Fabiana_P, Oct 2023
Absolutely worth the bus journey. The place is magical. We visited three monasteries and we had time for lots of stops in strategic panoramic points to take pics and be enchanted by the views.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour and that you had a memorable experience. We hope to see you soon in one of our future trips. Best Regards, Margarita Karavasileiadi
Great all day experience
Kenneth_R, Oct 2023
We had an amazing time on this trip. Our bus driver was great and our tour guide was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and friendly.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. It is very inspiring for us to know that you enjoyed your trip and we are delighted to know that our tour guide provided you an exceptional narration. We hope to see you soon in one of our future activities. Best Regards, Margarita Karavasileiadi
Just Amazing
Lee_S, Oct 2023
I would have given this tour an excellent rating but it was kind of a Cluster F*#@ in the beginning. Because the train tracks to Meteora were not usable we had to be taken by bus. This was fine and we were notified ahead of time about this. The person that was assigned to check everyone in was late arriving. When he arrived he had 5 bus loads of people to do by himself and was kind of overwhelmed. Otherwise the trip was fantastic. The Monasteries were amazing and the scenery was super. I would highly recommend this tour. It was a very long day but well worth the trip. Once we arrived in Meteora. Our guide Maria was superb. She was very knowledgeable and passionate about the area. She was very helpful. Like I said in the beginning I would have given this an excellent rating had we not had the little Snafu in the beginning.
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