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Athens Meteora Monasteries Day Trip by Rail

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Feast your eyes on the rock-built monasteries of Meteora on this full-day rail trip from Athens. Ride a train through inland Greece to Kalambaka, and on arrival, enjoy a panoramic drive to see all six UNESCO-listed retreats. Uncover their history, stop for photos, and choose to visit one or two of the monasteries atop their rock pinnacles. Includes rail fares, deluxe air-conditioned minivan transport around the sites, plus an upgrade option to first-class train travel.
  • Full-day trip to Meteora monasteries by rail from Athens
  • Soak in the views on a train ride through central Greece
  • Panoramic drive to see all six UNESCO-protected retreats
  • Choose to visit one or two of the monasteries on their rock-tower perches
  • Transport between monasteries by deluxe, air-conditioned minivan with free WiFi
  • Standard class rail travel included, with monastery entrance fees at own expense
  • Optional upgrade to first-class train travel
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Roundtrip Train Tickets (Athens - Kalambaka - Athens)
Panoramic views of all six monasteries
Comprehensive 5-hour tour of Meteora
Visit inside the 3 most popular monasteries - ONLY BY US
Local , English-speaking , Tour Leader
Transportation in a lux , air-conditioned Mini-bus
Free Wi-Fi in the Mini-bus
Free Panoramic Meteora Map
Pickup and drop-off at Athens' Larissa train station
Entrance fees to monasteries (approx. 3 euro each)
Meals and soft drinks
Guide inside the Holy Monasteries

Departure Point

Athens 104 44, Greece

Departure Time

7:20 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Visitors entering the monasteries must be dressed modestly. Women must wear long skirts and long-sleeved blouses. Men must wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts
  • Supplier is not responsible for any train delays that might affect the duration of the tour. Your guide and minivan will be waiting for you at Kalambaka train station and are guaranteed to return you to the station in time to catch your return train to Athens
  • Your train tickets are e-tickets and will be sent to 3 days before the trip
  • Vegetarian meal option available
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Meteora Thrones -Travel Center

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

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Athens Meteora Monasteries Day Trip by Rail?
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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Athens Meteora Monasteries Day Trip by Rail?
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
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What is the social distancing policy during Athens Meteora Monasteries Day Trip by Rail?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Athens Meteora Monasteries Day Trip by Rail?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Athens Meteora Monasteries Day Trip by Rail?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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  • "The train ride from Athens was a long one so take plenty of snacks." See review


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AMAZING Tour! A must visit!
, Jun 2021
I had the most amazing tour with such an amazing, knowledgeable and fun tour guide, Cristos (Cris). Due to the lack of tourists at the time, I was lucky enough to have the tour all by myself, which was amazing!! I got to see so much and Cristos even took me to some off the tour spots. The monasteries are absolutely beautiful and the views are out of this world! This is a must visit if you are in Greece. The train ride is quite long (4 hours), but it is so worth it! Just bring a book/listen to music or just fall a sleep. I would even take the tour again to be honest, it’s that beautiful!
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Go with the flow and go!
, Oct 2020
Absolutely take this tour even if the train isn’t running and you end up on the bus. Go with the flow. Amazing experience. Guides are outstanding and humorous and accommodating of photo taking and local eateries.
Long ride but worth it
, Nov 2019
A very well organised tour. The train ride from Athens was a long one so take plenty of snacks. The tour guide is waiting for you on your arrival and then the journey to the three monasteries and viewpoints is worth it.
Amazing Meteora
, Sep 2019
Despite the train trip being incredibly long, this was an amazing trip. Our guide, Yannis, was local, very knowledgable and shared a lot of information with our group. Our driver, Saggis (sorry if I spelt that wrong) was great. Well worth the trip. Word of advice. Take your own snacks for the train trip. Not much of a selection on the train.
Athens Meteora Monasteries
Sundar S
, Aug 2019
Wow! What an amazing place is this. It is beyond imagination how they build those monasteries on top of the steep and thin rocks! We are still not out of the awesome experience we had visiting Meteora Monasteries and the rock formations all over the place which is a natural fort like protection for the town beneath! Not to be missed destination in Athens. The tour guide was informative, jovial and friendly. The driver was skilled and gave us a safe and smooth ride through the hill track!
, Aug 2019
very unique place. would recommend spending more time to see other things in the area.There are places from early humans in the area.
Meteora Monasteries Day trip by train from Athens.
, Jul 2019
Excellent tour! Chris our tour guide was was full of humor, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The train ride was long, but well worth it. We suggest to book 2nd class as the seats were comfortable as opposed to chairs in the 1st class. A must tour.
Meteora review
, Jul 2019
Cool trip. Long, long train ride 4.5 hours each way. BUT worth it in the long run. Watch for pickpockets as my friend was hit on the train scrum to get on the train in Athens. Great views on the tour and the guide spoke perfect English and knew his stuff!
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Great trip!
, Jul 2019
A long train ride, but definitely worth the trip. Meteora is an amazing place. I’d recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and bringing some snacks. Also, be sure to abide by the dress code to avoid any issues with entry.
tad bit disappointing
, Jun 2019
While meteora is a great scenic place to visit owing to its landscape and rich historical and cultural significance, the tour itself is too long and tedious especially with children. the weather was very hot when we visited in june and the walks were too much for the kids. as far as the tour operator is concerned, basic facilities such as tickets, pick up etc was taken care of. however, other facilities typically available in a day tour were found wanting - the bus had no wifi, the guide did not accompany us inside the monasteries and hence we did not really get into details of how things worked inside the monasteries, the place we stopped at for lunch was not good and the tour fee did not include the moastery entrance (3 euroos per person per monastery). Could certainly have been better

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