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Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train

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Athens, Greece

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icon14 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

When visiting Athens, take a full-day detour to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Meteora. Ride a train through the Grecian countryside with included rail tickets and travel from the town of Kalambaka to the ancient clifftop monasteries in a luxury minibus with onboard Wi-Fi. View all six sky-high monastic retreats and visit three of them. You’ll discover hermit caves and enjoy lunch along the way.
  • Full-day train tour to Meteora from Athens includes round-trip fare and lunch
  • Visit the spectacular UNESCO-listed clifftop monasteries
  • Travel from Kalambaka to Meteora in a luxury 19-seater minibus with onboard Wi-Fi
  • Tour three monasteries and see the others from the outside
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Tour escort/host
Bottled water
Map
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle with wifi
Round trip train tickets
Gratuities
Entrance fees (3 euros per person at each monastery)
State Licensed guide
Lunch

Departure Point

Athens 104 44, Greece

Departure Time

7:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
The journey begins at the Athens Railway Station in the morning, where you’ll catch the train on your own with provided tickets. Relax and take in the diverse scenery of the Grecian countryside on the roughly 4-hour journey to reach Kalambaka, the town closest to Meteora. When you arrive, an English-speaking driver awaits you in a Mercedes Sprinter minivan equipped with air conditioning and onboard Wi-Fi.

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. A take-away lunch of sandwiches is provided.

After touring, return to Kalambaka and say goodbye to your driver back at the train station. You will have about an hour of free time to walk in the town’s center before hopping on the return train to Athens, where you'll arrive in the late evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Meteora
Learn which monastery was the first to be established and the true motivations behind the monks’ decision to try to climb the steep rocks of Meteora and build the monasteries there.You will visit inside two out of the six active monasteries, we will take you to the most beautiful spots to enjoy amazing views and take photos of all the Meteora monasteries. With this comprehensive half-day morning Tour of Meteora, you’ll discover this astonishing site through the eyes and the narrative of the locals!
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Varlaam Monastery
The Holy Monastery of Varlaam is the second biggest monastery. It is located opposite of the Great Meteoro Monastery and it was founded in the mid 14th century by the exercitant Hosios Varlaam. The elegant monastery Catholicon was built in the honour of Agioi Pantes in 1541-42, by two brothers from Ioannina, the priest-monks Hosioi Theophanes and Nectarios the Apsarades. The main church was decorated in 1548. Based on stylistic criteria, this magnificent wall-painting is attributed to the famous hagiographer from Thebes, Frago Catelano.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Agios Stefanos
This is the most accessible monastery, where instead of steps you simply cross a small bridge to reach the entrance. It is ideal for visitors who cannot use the steps and yet they wish to have a real experience of a Meteora monastery. The beginning of monastic life on the rock of Agios Stephanos dates back to early in the 12th century. Hosios Antonios, in the first half of the 15th century, and Hosios Philotheos, who renovated or rather rebuilt from its foundations the old small and elegant Catholicon, the present church of Agios Stephanos, in 1545 are mentioned as its founders. St. Stephen’s Monastery includes two cathedrals; the old 16th century chapel which was severely damaged during WWII and the consequent Greek Civil War, and the 18th century main cathedral that is dedicated to Saint Charalambos and includes his holy relics.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Great Meteoron Monastery
The Great Meteoron Monastery is the biggest and oldest one of all. It was called the monastery that was “suspended in the air” (meteoro), because of the formation of the gigantic rock on top of which it was built.The Great Meteoro Monastery was founded by Saint Athanasios the Meteorite who was the first founder of the monastery and the organizer of the systematic koenovion.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas
The Holy Monastery of Saint Nicholas of Anapafsas is the first Monastery that we encounter on our way to the Holy Meteora and was founded at the end of the 14th century.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada)
The Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) is the most difficult to reach, but once you get to the very top the panoramic view of the surroundings is simply captivating! This Monastery is very close to the Saint Stephen’s Nunnery and it is perched on a steep and magnificent rock. It had already been organized Monastery since the year 1362 as indicated in a document by Symeon Uressis Palaeologos. Visitors have to follow a pathway that directs them initially to the foot of the rock, before they start walking up about 140 steps.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Roussanou Monastery
The Holy Monastery of Roussanou has received the name of the first probable hermit who settled on the rock. The main cathedral was founded at the end of the 16th century and was decorated thirty years later. Compared to other rocks where monasteries were built, the one of Roussanou has a lower elevation, which makes it more accessible. The monastery was initially founded by monks and it suffered severe damage during World War II. It became a convent in 1988.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A small amount of walking is involved, but in the monasteries there are stairs to climb
  • To enter the monasteries, appropriate clothing is required; Ladies should not wear short skirts and must have long sleeves; Men are not allowed to wear shorts
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Visit Meteora

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train.

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  • "Meteora is quite far from Athens (4 hours ride with a train), but the tour is definitely worth it." See review

Reviews

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Great way to see Meteora
Elizabeth_G
, Sep 2020
This was a great way to see Meteora! (especially if you dont have heaps of time). The instructions for catching the train were clear and easy to follow and our guide gave excellent information about the monasteries. Covid regulations were well done on this trip also. Highly reccomend!
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Amazing
Bostjan_G
, Aug 2020
Meteora is quite far from Athens (4 hours ride with a train), but the tour is definitely worth it. The scenery is unique, monasteries are really interesting and we also had a great guide. Highly recommended!
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Day trip from Athens made easy
wry3
, Feb 2020
Tour was everything as advertised and more!! So easy going from Athens, it was a long day but well worth it. All travel was arranged and the driver and tour guide we AMAZING!!!
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Cool people who actually grew up there
maxwellpetee
, Feb 2020
The driver and tour guide were an excellent team! Just cool people. Both very kind and enthusiastic. Information provided by the guide was interesting and pertinent, and she answered all questions and her compelling answers elicited more questions. Fantastic and cool people. Thank you!!
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Beautiful Experience
993sashar
, Dec 2019
The tour of Meteora was absolutely beautiful! We started the day with a 4 hour train ride from Athens, and were met by our tour guide, Maria, and our driver for the day. They took us to two different monasteries, where we were given time to explore on our own. Our tour ended with some free time in Kalambaka, where we were able to have dinner prior to boarding our 4 hour train ride back.
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We had a fun day biking and seeing the temple
Sue R
, Nov 2019
The staff was exceptional. They could answer all of our questions, help with everything we needed. They were flexible with our plans because rain had been forecasted. It was a beautiful bike ride and time well spent
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Horrible Experience
AndrewM2093
, Oct 2019
The tour guide was great and sights were great. However, they stuck us on buses for 11 hours instead of the agreed train trip. We did not spend anywhere near an adequate amount of time on in location and wasted an entire day traveling.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
We are very sorry you had such a horrible experience with our tour! Truth is we did our best to ensure that on a day of a train strike all of our customers would have the chance to visit Meteora if they wished for. That's why we did inform all participants a day before of the available 19-seater Limo mini-bus option we had arranged at no extra cost for their trip to Meteora to go as planned. Meteora is such an awe-inspiring site that any visit for a few hours it's never enough, That's why we encourage people to consider spending at least a day or 2 here. We also know that for many they simply don't have the option to spend much time here. For the majority of them, it's far better to seize the day in order to experience Meteora even for few hours, even if this means spending 10 or 11 hours on a train or a bus than to miss their only chance they'll ever have to visit one the most beautiful sites in the world! For such people, we strive our best! For the rest very few, unfortunately, there are always some willing to sell their "horrible experience" and their "wasted day" for a nice refund...
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Highlight of My Trip
MaureenTownsend
, Sep 2019
My fiancé and I went and enjoyed every minute of it. I searched through several companies before I found this tour. Highly recommend!
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Magical Trip
TrailBlazer400891
, Jun 2019
Viator takes the difficult journey and makes it easy. You start out with a pleasant train ride then you are picked up with a comfortable, air conditioned transport. Then you are taken to all the monasteries for pictures and allowed to climb and enter 3 predetermined ones. You are then taken back to town where you have about 1-2 hours to shop and/or eat before boarding the train back to Athens. All I can say is "WOW!"
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Beautiful Meteora!
christophewhite709
, May 2019
Our guides were great and scenery beautiful. Only complaint. We weren't given the option to pick our sandwiches .
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