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Thessaloniki, Greece
Full-Day Trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Making a day trip to the UNESCO-listed monasteries of Meteora from Thessaloniki can be difficult without a self-drive car. This full-day tour eliminates transport stresses: taking you direct to the medieval rock-pinnacle monasteries by comfortable air-conditioned minivan or coach, and with a guide to explain the monasteries’ construction, art, and history. On arrival, tour two of the six retreats and enjoy lunch (own expense) in nearby Kalampaka before your return.
  • Admire the UNESCO-listed Meteora monasteries on a day trip from Thessaloniki
  • Go direct to the monasteries with ease, without train or bus changes
  • Tour and hear tales about two of the rock retreats that you might miss alone
  • Includes return transport, with tickets and lunch in Kalampaka at your cost
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Transport to and from Meteora
English speaking excursion attendant
Basic travel insurance (during transport)
The visiting ticket to each monastery, which costs 3 euros per monastery for all visitors except those of Greek nationality and is paid directly at the entrance.
The tour of the Meteora monasteries.
The cost of the lunch at the restaurant

Departure Point

Thessaloniki 546 21, Greece

In the entrance of White Tower at 08:00

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Leof. Meg. Alexandrou 2, Thessaloniki 546 40, Greece

In the entrance of Makedonia Palace Hotel at 08:05

Departure Time

8:00 AM

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Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Egnatia 78, Thessaloniki 546 24, Greece

Aristotelous square and Egnatia square in front of Statue of Eleftherios Venizelos at 08:15

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

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Departure Point

Monastiriou 16, Thessaloniki 546 29, Greece

In the entrance of Capsis Hotel at 08:20

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

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Departure Point

26is Oktovriou 48, Thessaloniki 546 27, Greece

In the entrance of the Met Hotel at 08:25

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Our trip attendant shall wear a clothing with the AMMON Express marking so that he will be recognisable easily.
  • You should be at the departure points 5’ before the time indicated in the schedule. The bus cannot remain at designated stops, except for boarding.
  • The monasteries have strict dress rules prohibiting entry to male visitors wearing shorts and women visitors with sleeveless sweatshirts.
  • The approach to the monasteries is achieved through stairs and requires comfortable footwear.
  • Please be consistent with the exact appointment times specified by the Ammon Express escort, so that the excursion to Meteora will remain unforgettable to all participants.
  • We wish you a nice excursion and a lot of fun!
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  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ammon Express

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.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki?
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 measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Full-Day Trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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  • "Also bring snacks as the day is long and lunch was expensive." See review
  • "breathtaking views, a place worthwhile visiting, explanation of the guide was not very elaborate , could be better" See review

Reviews

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star-4
Wonderful
nicolas_s
, Aug 2021
The landscape what wonderful. The guide Nathalie was very nice, interesting and helpful. Thus we spend a very nice journey
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star-4
A lot of driving but a nice view and cultural buildings
FTD
, Aug 2021
The view and landscape of the place is stunning and definitely worth a trip, whereas the monasteries (each costs 3 Euros and on the daytrip we visited 2 of the 6 monasteries) are not worth the money. If you have seen one monastery, you have seen all of them they are just there for moneymaking. The only thing worth 3 euros is the view you get from the terasses. Also you need to make sure to wear the right clothes otherwise they charge for them. (Women need to wear a long skirt, no pants and men need long pants and at least a t-shirt in 35-45 degrees in the summer thats harsh). If you take the trip from thessaloniki it takes 3.5 hours to get there, so 7 hours car drive in one day, which is the reason why we didnt have much time to visit the monasteries (we had 30 minutes for the small one and 45min for the bigger one, with 5-10min waiting for tickets thats not a lot of time, 15 minutes stop at a viewpoint and 1h lunchbreak) overall it was a bit rushed due to the long drives. Make sure to take some food with you. If you are fascinated by cool landscapes and culture like me its definitely worth a trip but take into account the points i have mentioned.
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star-3
Great views but poor organisation
Ludmila
, Aug 2021
Great breathtaking views of Meteora! We were amazed! But the organisation of the tour is far from perfect. No accurate info about access to the monasteries in advance (e.g. that only coins are accepted for payment, different dress code in the monasteries) - so if you are not prepared you may not get to the monasteries. Very little info about Meteora, the monasteries, Greek culture and history in general. Annoying tour guide with inappropriate jokes and behaviour. Few photo stops.
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star-4
Good trip, maybe a bit pricey
Michael_G
, Jul 2021
We visited one monastery and one nunnery and they were very beautiful as well as looking at the nature and views surrounding them. Lunch was great, and the guide and driver were friendly. In general, the tour was not super guided, as she didn't enter the monasteries with us, so perhaps the price is a bit high for what you get (lunch and monastery entry not included also). We also had the air conditioning go out in the van on the way back... which was rough, but they did what they could and opened windows and gave us water, so I don't hold that against them so much.
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star-5
A must do!
Thessaloniki_tourist
, Jul 2021
Wonderful trip! The tour guide was excellent. Beautiful scenery, very interesting visit to two nunneries (the monasteries were closed). The tour guide gave us historical information about greece, Meteora, and Thessaloniki. This is a great way to start you trip to Thessaloniki. I can’t recommend the tou enough. Thank you!
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star-5
Awesome and inspirational
kbadkins66
, Jun 2021
Our driver Dimitrios was funny, philosophical, witty and made the trip enjoyable. No pressure or rushing us at the sites. A fun and relaxing day trip from Thessaloniki.
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Majestic Meteora!
Mariah_H
, Oct 2020
Was a wonderful day trip to such a majestic place. Even though it was one of very few days of rain in Greece, it added to the mystery and ambiance of Meteora! The clouds rolling in through the rocks and between the monasteries was beautiful. Our guide Lazarus was helpful and funny, a great combination! Know that running these kinds of excursions in times of Covid is difficult, precautions we 'Ok' but felt the social distancing could have been a bit better for the van journey.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Dear Mariah thank you for taking time to send us your comments! We really appreciate your feedback and we are very happy that even though Meteora were "dressed" in clouds and rain you found them as charming as we do with their winter fragrance! It is a magic environment where all types of weather fit perfectly! Even though we go 100% as per the Greek State's guidance about covid19, we will take into serious consideration your kind comment in order to assure the comfortable travel of our travelers! We hope to see you again!
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star-5
An outstanding experience
Philip
, Sep 2020
This was an exceptional tour which exceeded our expectations. Our driver/guide, Dimitri, was knowledgeable and entertaining, and attentive to everyone’s individual needs. Meteora is a “must see” destination and this tour gave us a great experience that we will always remember.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Dear Philip thank you very much for taking time to send us your kind feedback! Meteora is indeed a "must see" destination from Thessaloniki, a unique experience for each traveler, with the breathtaking views, the beauty of the Holy Monasteries and these magical vibes of relaxation and peace up on the big rocks! We are very happy that Dimitris helped you live it to the maximum with his careful attendance! We hope to see you again!
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star-5
Fantastic Experience!
Stephanie_Z
, Sep 2020
Dimitiri was an excellent host. He was extremely efficient, friendly, funny, accommodating and made the experience so enjoyable. The trip itself is fantastic. The whole group were friendly and we always kept informed of the plans of the day by Dimitiri. I know the whole group really enjoyed the trip and lunch stop. I have no faults about the trip at all. The tour was also extremely well organised and well adapted with the recent COVID changes and we were made to feel at ease despite new health regulations.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Dear Stephanie thank you very much for taking time to send us your review! We really appreciate your nice words and we are very happy that your had an unforgettable time with us! Meteora is a unique place with breathtaking views indeed and combined with traditional Greek food takes it to another level! We hope to see you again in Thessaloniki or Athens!
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Fantastic tour of Meteora
Anthony_C
, Sep 2020
This tour was everything and more than I expected! Our guide Dimitris was excellent in his knowledge and enthusiasm, and we had an interesting and diverse group which helped. The views outside and within the monesteries were fantastic. A tour I will remember forever.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Dear Anthon thank you very much for your comments! Meteora is a unique place in earth and we are very happy that we have the chance to share this beauty with our travelers! The breathtaking views and the interesting stories of our guides create these unforgettable memories to everyone! We hope to see you again!
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