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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

Egnatia 78, Thessaloniki 546 24, Greece

Aristotelous square and Egnatia square in front of Statue of Eleftherios Venizelos at 08:00

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 10' 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!
  • Share pictures and comments about your experience in the excursion.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ammon Express
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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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 Trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki.
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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
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki.
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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
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki.

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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-5
Picturesque places, perfect organization
IGOR_N
, Jan 2022
As soon as I posted my order via Viator, a representative of the Ammon Express company (Greek tour operator) contacted me to check some practical details. They confirmed the tour a day before its beginning. The tour itself was perfectly organized. Our guide Helen and driver Spartakus were real professionals. Thanks a lot to both of them! I do not event mention the monasteries themselves: they are fantastic by default, and moreover, it was the first sunny day after two cloudy and rainy days. So, I was fully satisfies with this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Guest, Thank you for sending us your review of our excursion to Lake Kerkini. We feel happy our tour met your expectations. As for Helen, indeed she is an excellent, very kind and knowledgeable guide. We will transfer your lovely comments to her as soon as possible. Hope to see you soon on one of our future tours. Kindest Regards, Mary Polatidou
star-5
Enchanting day
Jozy_S
, Jan 2022
The monastery and nunnery visits were an absolute delight. Out giude, Nepheli, was very patient and so knowledgeable
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for choosing Ammon Express for your trip to Meteora. We want you to know how much we appreciate your review. Our staff works hard every day to give you the best experience possible. I’ll make sure to share your feedback with Nepheli. She’ll be thrilled to know that her hard work has paid off. Hope to see you again in the future.
star-5
For Your Eyes Only
Darragh_O
, Nov 2021
I have been wanting to take this tour for years and Ammonn Tours did not let me down. Our tour guide (Helen) and our driver (Stavros) were courteous, professional and very knowledgeable. It was a little cloudy but the scenery was still amazing. I would gladly recommend this tour with this company without hesitation. 6 out of 5 stars!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for choosing Ammon Express for your trip to Meteora. We want you to know how much we appreciate your review. Our staff works hard every day to give you the best experience possible. I’ll make sure to share your feedback with them. They’ll be thrilled to know their hard work has paid off.
star-5
Wonderful experience
Nickolas_G
, Oct 2021
Had an amazing day on the day trip to Meteora the driver Dimitris and the guide Eleni were brilliant very professional and ready to answer any question about the trip. Eleni very knowledgeable about the area was quick to pick up the mike and tell us a few points when the main road was closed and had to detour. The trip is long but we had a comfort stop halfway. The history and amazing beauty of Meteora makes the long journey an unforgettable experience and I definitely recommend it. The bus was very comfortable fairly new and USB ports at every seat The Monasteries absolutely wonderful and have been refreshed on the outside and preserve hundreds of years of struggle passion and faith. The restaurant we had our lunch served traditional Greek food with a twist. Overall it was a 12 hour day and only because of it's remote location on a beautiful clear day the journey is interesting as it passes just below the glorious mount Olympus.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Nickola, Thank you for the fantastic review. Eleni and Dimitris will love to read the kind words you left about their service! We are thrilled you had a great experience with us and hope to see you again in the future. Best regards, Mary Polatidou
star-5
The monasteries were...
Nancy_H
, Oct 2021
The monasteries were amazing situated on those rock towers. The weather was warm and we were awed at the men who dedicated their lives to prayer and seeking God.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Nancy, thank you very much for choosing to travel with Ammon Express Team. We are glad you had a great time on your trip to Meteora. Best regards, Mary Polatidou
star-4
Once in the lifetime
Marja_H
, Sep 2021
Fantastick experience for me and my friend. Suitable even flr older persons. This trip is absolutely better to do as organized tba by yourself.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Marja, Thank you very much for your review. We are glad that you had a good time on your trip to Meteora. Thank you for recomending us for this trip! We hope to see you again in the future on our other excursions as well.
star-3
Beautiful Meteora worth visiting. Disappointed with lack of in-depth commentary.
Christopher_H
, Sep 2021
Guide was very personable/friendly; however, he did not provide in-depth commentary as expected on a full day tour. Inconsiderate passengers would not open the air conditioner vent making it extremely hot in the back. Passengers had no choice but to remove their masks making it unsafe for travel.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you very much for your review. We are sorry to hear that our escort did not meet your expectations on this tour as happened on Mt Olympus. We really care about the safety of our guests and we are taking better measures. Hope to see you again in the future.
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
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.
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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