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icon5 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

Uncover the history and myths of Meteora’s spectacular clifftop monasteries on this half-day tour with pickup at the train station. Reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you'll take in panoramic views and visit two of the sky-high medieval sanctuaries with a guide and learn about the local culture, history, and etiquette of monasteries. If you're short on time, it's a convenient way to fit in a visit to one of Greece’s most awe-inspiring spiritual sites. Enjoy a more personal experience with tour group sizes capped at 18 travelers.
  • Discover Meteora on a half-day tour from Kalambaka—ideal for travelers short on time
  • Visit two of Meteora's magnificent clifftop monasteries
  • Learn about the history and culture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site from a guide
  • Explore the hermit caves of Badovas
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Bottled water
Map
Local English speaking tour leader
WiFi on board
Air-conditioned vehicle
All Fees and Taxes
Entrance fees (3 euros per person at each monastery)
Train tickets
Food and drinks, unless specified
Kalabaka 422 00, Greece

Departure Time

11:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your own way to the Kalambaka train station in the early afternoon, where your driver and guide will be waiting to pick you up in a Mercedes Sprinter minivan. Travel in comfort to reach Meteora with air conditioning, provided bottled water, and onboard Wi-Fi. Get your camera ready for a panoramic view of the area’s rolling green valley and dramatic cliffs with a brief stop at a viewpoint above Kalambaka.

When you reach Meteora, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its cultural value, visit two of the monasteries built high up on craggy cliffs (entrance fee not included). Learn about the monks who created these hard-to-reach sanctuaries for privacy and safety while touring the interiors with your guide. Plan to spend about 45 minutes at each site, and then climb back in the van for a driving tour past the outside of the other monasteries, where you’ll stop briefly to hear an overview of their history and legends.

If time permits, make a quick stop in the town of Kalambaka before the 4-hour tour concludes with drop-off back at the train station in the late afternoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Meteora
Serene, spiritual, magical, mystical, extraordinary, breathtaking, immense, inspiring, impressive. These are only some of the words people very often use in an effort to describe the Meteora phenomenon. Visit Meteora, even if your interests are not deeply religious. It is the only way to enrich your feelings of spirituality that this area already exudes, no matter how long or brief your sojourn in our beautiful land.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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. For this reason, the foundation of this monastery is considered to be a turning point, or even better, the beginning of the organized monastisicm in Holy Meteora. Hosios Athanasios was born around 1302 in the medieval town of New Patras, today’s Hypati and his lay name was Andronikos.
Duration: 1 hour 
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
Pass By:  
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.
Pass By:  
Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas
he 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. For the name Anapafsas there are numerous interpretations two of which are the most popular. The first one is that the name Anapafsas was attributed by one of the monastery’s benefactors, while the second explanation has to do with the monastery’s position being the first to be encountered on the way up and probably served to the pilgrims and other visitors as a resting place before continuing on.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A small amount of walking is involved, but there are stairs to climb in the monasteries
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 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.

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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 Half-Day Meteora Cultural Tour from Kalambaka train station?
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 Half-Day Meteora Cultural Tour from Kalambaka train station.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day Meteora Cultural Tour from Kalambaka train station?
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 Half-Day Meteora Cultural Tour from Kalambaka train station.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Meteora Cultural Tour from Kalambaka train station?
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 Half-Day Meteora Cultural Tour from Kalambaka train station.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Meteora Cultural Tour from Kalambaka train station?
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 Half-Day Meteora Cultural Tour from Kalambaka train station.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Meteora Cultural Tour from Kalambaka train station?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Meteora Cultural Tour from Kalambaka train station.

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Cynthia
, Feb 2020
Great tour guide Eva and bus driver! They are friendly and helpful. Immediately changed the bus when someone said the air con wasn’t working. Thumbs up and strongly recommend!
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Great service and better tour guide and driver!!
Fearless509041
, Jun 2019
We were all very pleased with the information provided by the tour guide. Everything on time and what we would have expected. The driver didn't speak a lot of English but went above and beyond to please us. Highly recommended!
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Sólo en inglés
225rose
, Jul 2018
Contratamos el guía en español y fue todo en inglés. Pedimos explicaciones y nos dijeron que éramos pocos...le tuvimos que pedir que hiciera pequeñas explicaciones en español
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