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BASIC PACKAGE for summer 2019 Santorini Easy Brakes.

prices are per person and include
* 2 nights in Santorini hotels,
* R/T transfer and
* a tour to the volcano,
* the hotel depends on availability and is known at least 24 hours after the booking.

Included
* 2 nights in a double room
* R/T transfer
* Full day tour to Volcano, Hot Springs and Thirassia
* Meet and Greet upon arrival
* Assistance from our partner during your stay
* Price differs and depends on the arrival date and period.

Not Included
* Overnight city tax – payable by the clients upon check out
* Entrance fee on the volcano (2.50€ per person)
* Meals

Indicative Hotels:

• 2* Hotels = Alexandra, Alkyon, Avra, Avraki, Gardenia or similar
• 3* Hotels = Perissa Bay, Terra Blue, Polydefkis, Oceanis or similar
• 4* Hotels = Epavlis, RK Beach, Antinea, Mar & Mar Crown or similar
• 4sup* Hotels = Aegean Plaza

Meteora - St Stephan nunnery

SEE ALL THE TOURS that visit Meteora in guided tours or train trips.

Following the State’s COVID 19 measures the monasteries do not provide wrappings anymore.
Appropriate clothing is required for everybody that visits the monasteries.
For men: Sleeveless clothing and shorts over the knees are not allowed, and
For ladies: Skirts bellow the knees are required.

Departures & prices


The Delphi and Meteora tour operates April – October: Mon, Wed, Thu & selected Saturdays. CLICK and see the dates.
From November – March this tour operates ONLY on Wednesdays.

However, we believe that one day in Kalampaka is not enough. Give your tour an extra day – it will not be wasted and you will not regret it. April – October depart on Wednesday and return on Friday. You follow the guided groups on Wednesday and Friday, and on Thursday you explore Meteora on your own, otherwise, CLICK HERE and see our 3day/ 2nights tour by train, spending 1 night in Kalambaka and 1 in Delphi.

PRICES:

HOTEL
DOUBLE ROOM per person
SINGLE ROOM
3* Kosta FAMISSI – with breakfast
120.00 + 12.00 entrance fees = 132.00 €
142.00 + 12.00 entrance fees = 154.00 €
3* ORFEAS – half board
135.00 + 12.00 entrance fees = 147.00 €
165.00 + 12.00 entrance fees = 177.00 €
4* AMALIA or GRAND METEORA – half board
170.00 + 12.00 entrance fees = 182.00 €
includes complimentary arrival transfer
215.00 + 12.00 entrance fees = 227.00 €
includes complimentary arrival transfer

APPLICABLE ENTRANCE FEES: NOVEMBER – MARCH the entrance fees drop from 12.00 to 6.00 €

* The hotels we use are: 3* Hotel KOSTA FAMISI or 3* Hotel ORFEAS and 4* hotel AMALIA(Thu & Sat) or Hotel GRAND METEORA(Mon & Wed)
* If our offers sound interesting read the “4 steps to book” in the footer and start communication.

THE ABOVE PRICES INCLUDE:
– transportation in modern, air conditioned buses
– Pick up / drop off from your hotel or near it (See the list of hotels in the footer of this website).
(This service is from hotels in central Athens. The airport and the Port of Piraeus are not in Athens).
– Entrance fees to Delphi site and the 2 monasteries that are open on the day that you visit Meteora.
– Services of the professional tour guide all along the tour.
– 1 night hotel accommodation in the hotel of your choice.
– All taxes except the hotel night tax of 1.50 €(in 3* hotel) – 3.00 € per room, per night(in 4*star hotel)
– No hidden costs or surcharges. We offer the best price and we assure you that you ‘ll have a great tour.

NB:Lunches on both days are not included. The bus stops at local restaurants, but the lunches are extra.

MORE OFFERS and DISCOUNTS (only one discount allowed – the highest one):
a) Share a triple room with a friend and save 5% on the double room rate.
b) 5% GROUP DISCOUNT: Make a team of 5 or more passengers and gain 5%, or
c) 5% ADVANCE BOOKING and payment discount. Follow the following 3 steps and save.
# SUBMIT your booking request form 4 months before the tour departure.
# WITHIN ONE WEEK following our confirmation, pay a non refundable deposit of 50.00 €, p.p.
# TWO MONTHS before the departure of the tour, settle the balance in full.

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The tour which I joined was organized by G.O.TOURS. However I did not book through their website. I booked it through ASTORIA TRAVEL
After browsing through the web, I found that ASTORIA TRAVEL offers the cheapest tour packages in Athens. Initially I was quite skeptical. How can this tour agent offer such a low price compared to the other travel companies. Is this a scam? Well, it was not a scam and the complimentary arrival transfer was true. I even booked my first two nights in Athens at Hotel Arethusa in Syntagma at a very cheap price through ASTORIA TRAVEL. Read more in the testimonials section…

 

POPULAR TOURS: 1 day Delphi | 1 day Argolis | 3 day explore Meteora | 4 day classical & Meteora | 5 day explore Meteora | 1 day cruise

 

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Places visited

This tour includes two of the most important sites, on mainland Greece. It presents a picture of ancient Greek civilisation beginning with the Mycenaeans, the Greek Bronze Age, and continuing through Archaic, Classical and, to a lesser extent, Hellenistic and Roman Greece. It provides a glimpse of the spiritual splendour of Byzantine art and architecture.
It is a full itinerary, but the pace is manageable. Plenty of time is available on the sites, allowing time for adequate exposition by the tour guide and time for further exploration on your own.

* The traditional village of Arachova.
* The modern Village of Delphi.
* The sanctuary with the temple of Apollo and the Oracle of Delphi.
* The monument of Leonidas, the Spartan King, in Thermopylae.
* 2 monasteries are visited. One of them is the nunnery of St. Stephen.

* NB.The archaeological museum in Delphi is not visited in this tour. The museum is included in the 3 days Delphi – Meteora tour.

ORACLE OF APOLLO in DELPHI-the centre of the universe

According to the myth, Zeus released two eagles. One flew east and the other one west. They met over Delphi, determining that the centre of the world was there. A temple dedicated to god Apollo was built there in the 7th c BC. The oracle of Apollo became a religious centre where common people and kings alike, came to consult the priestess of the sanctuary.
The ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE consists of the temple of Apollo, the treasury houses, the theatre, and the stadium.

METEORA-THE ART OF NATURE

Beautiful rocks from another world embrace Kalambaka. The monuments are under the protection of UNESCO and are recorded as the second largest Monastic community after the Holy Mountain.
It’s a region of inaccessible sandstone peaks where the monks found protection and settled on these “columns of the sky” from the 10th c. onwards. 24 monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties at the time of the great revival of the monastic ideal in the 15th c. Their 16th c. frescoes mark a key stage in the development of the post-Byzantine painting.
The monasteries at Meteora grew out of the need to avoid Turkish persecution during the occupation in the 14th c. Monks lived in caves in the rocks of Meteora since the 11th c. but the inaccessible peaks provided safety for Greek Orthodox monks. Over time a large number of hermitages and monasteries were built on these rocks, making Meteora the second largest monastic complex in Greece after Mount Athos.
Seeing the beautiful stone structure, surrounded by mist, is enough to make you understand why the monks and nuns selected this area for unceasing prayer. Today, from the many monasteries that existed, only six are open to the public: The monasteries of St. Nicholas Anapafsas, Grand Meteoron, Varlaam, Roussanou, Holy Trinity and St. Stephan. It is worth noting that the religious monuments mostly visitored in Greece are the Holy Meteora.

“Here at these barren rocks thousands of orthodox monks learned wisdom, humility and morals“

Over a million people visit the area of Meteora every year and admire this “unique” natural phenomenon.

Itinerary

DAY 1: The bus starts the pick up at 07.30am and, traffic allowing, it departs from the terminal in the centre of Athens at 08.30am.
Passing by THEBES (the town of mythical Oedipus), LEVADIA (short rest room stop) and the traditional village of ARACHOVA, you arrive in DELPHI, the famous “Temple-Bank”, at +/- 11.30am.
Delphi was considered by the ancient Greeks to be “the centre of the universe”. With the professional tour guide you will explore the legendary site of the Oracle.

13.30 The group proceeds for lunch, and at +/- 14.45 departs via AMPHISSA, LAMIA and TRIKALA for Kalampaka with a short photo stop at THERMOPYLAE, the site of the famous battle between the Spartan King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan soldiers against the huge Persian army of Xerxes 480 B.C. took place. Arrival at your hotel in Kalampaka at +/- 19:00. Overnight in Kalambaka.(Dinner is optional).

DAY 2: 08.15 After breakfast on the way o METEORA, you pass by a local art studio where you learn about the technique of painting of the icons and what an icon means for a Greek Orthodox Christian.
You then drive up to the rocks and visit two of the monasteries that are open on that day.
12:30 Return to Kalambaka for lunch and at +/- 14:00 you start the return to Athens and arive in Athens between 19.30 – 20.00.

Time Tour Plan & Services
8:30 Hotel pick up startsat 07.30am and depart from the terminal at +/- 08:30
11:30 After a short break outside Levadia you arrive in modern Delphi village
11:45 Follow the professional tour guide, and visit the ancient sanctuary site
13:45 Proceed for lunch at a local restaurant (optional).
15:00 Continue to Kalanbaka via Thermopylae(photo stop), Lamia, Karditsa & Trikala.
19:15 Arrival in Kalambaka. Check-in the hotel and (optional) dinner at 19.30
08:15 Depart from the parking of Hotel ORFEAS, and visit the icon exhibition
09:00 Drive to Meteora and visit 2 monasteries (entrance fees included).
12:00 Have lunch at a local restaurant. (not included in price)
14:00 Start the return and arrive in Athens at +/- 19:30. Hotel drop off by 20:00

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Tour options

Meteora is one of the most beautiful areas of mainland Greece and the monasteries are one of the country’s most unique attractions. Join one of the following tours and visit Meteora.

CLICK HERE and find all the different options (guided tours and independent tours by train) and visit Meteora.

FAQs

QUESTION: How many hours do we stay at the ancient site in Delphi. ANSWER: You spend 1.30 hour in the ancient site of Delphi.
QUESTION: Is there any free time, or is it all guided? ANSWER: There is free time but I suggest you break from the group as early as possible. The tour doesn’t go to the top of the mountain to see the Delphi stadium.
AT METEORA: You spend about 1 hour in each monastery but there is no need to break early.
Appropriate clothing is required to visit the Monasteries and nunneries. Skirts below the knees for ladies and long trousers for gentlemen.
The monasteries/nunneries provide wrappings that the visitors can wear them over their clothing before entering.
FREE TIME: After the guide takes you around, you have enough time to see whatever is left to see.
AT DELPHI, the 2 day tour to Meteora meets the 3 day classical tour, and the tour company usually moves guests travelling to Meteora onto another bus and they proceed to Kalambaka and visit Meteora together.
For the 2 day tour to Delphi and Meteora clients: The restaurant in Delphi is 3 km after the modern Delphi village. If you decide to take the tour without lunch, you can ask the tour leader to drop you at the entrance of modern Delphi, and +/- 1 hour later to pick you up from the same point for the return to Athens.

CANCELATIONS If you cancel 7 days before the departure, there is no cancellation penalties.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 days before the departure, there is a 50 % cancellation penalty.
If you cancel within 2 days of the departure, there is a 100 % cancellation penalty.

Read more about Athens to Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Trip 2019 – https://www.viator.com/tours/Athens/2-Day-Trip-to-Delphi-and-Meteora-from-Athens/d496-31408A?mcid=56757

Testimonials

littlebluekingfisher, Bangalore, Re: Astoria Travel, Jan 14
My family and I are just back from a wonderful trip to Greece. I’d done some research and bookings before I ran into a brick wall trying to book train tickets to Meteora. Searching around I found a note by another traveller on Tripadvisor, who’d had exactly the same problem and stumbled on Astoria Travel. He’d had a great experience with them and recommended them highly. So I contacted Kosta at Astoria, and am blessing my stars that I did so!
If we had a good, sensibly planned trip in which we saw as much as we could without being run ragged, it was thanks to Kosta. Over the course of several emails he helped refine my plans; even to the extent of arranging to hire a taxi from Delphi to Levadia railway station to catch the train from there to Kalampaka and not lose a day.
He also arranged our train and ferry tickets (to Santorini) — getting the latter at a cheaper rate than that quoted on the web! I wish we’d done our hotel bookings through him too, as according to people that we met in Greece, he got them good rooms at the hotel that we all stayed at lower than the rates that we were found through www.booking.com

I visited them at their office in Athens. It was impressive to see that Astoria Travel has been in business since 1958, and through experience have been able to attune their services and offerings to a very wide range of traveller indeed. Their list of contacts is vast, which worked helpfully in our favour: Kosta just picked up the phone and got a taxi to pick us up at Kalampaka station (paying no more than the normal rates, despite being booked ahead).
Moreover, they are a family-run concern, so their levels of friendliness, personalisation of services and traveller support is several notches higher than what a more impersonal agency could provide.
I would highly recommend Astoria Travel not just for booking tickets, tours and hotels, but for help and advice in planning your holiday as well. He graduated from a University in South Africa, his English is excellent and he is highly knowledgeable and courteous.
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From: https://travelbunny8.blogspot.com/2016/07/greece-4-days-classical-greece-tour.html
(Visit the excellent blog site, read the description and comments)

If you wish to see the major sights of mainland Ancient Greece including UNESCO listed ancient site of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora monasteries, then I recommend you to join a 4 Day Classical Greece Tour.
The tour departs from Athens and returns to Athens.

5 UNESCO World Heritage Site in 4 days. I have to warn you that 4 out of the 5 World Heritage Site are in ruins. The tour which I joined was organized by G.O.TOURS. Information about the tour can be found at their website at http://www.gotours.com.gr/en/

However I did not book through their website. I booked it through ASTORIA TRAVEL http://www.astoria.gr/price-tours-classical-4day.html that can be contacted at athens@astoriatravel.gr. I e-mailed Mr. Kosta and since I booked the tour through him in 4 star hotels, I got a free arrival transfer offer to my hotel. Actually, Kosta himself, came to the airport and took us to the hotel.

After browsing through the web, I found that Astoria Travel offers the cheapest tour packages in Athens. Initially I was quite skeptical. How can this tour agent offer such a low price (20% cheaper) compared to the travel company’s price? Is this a scam? Well, believe it! I even book my first two night in Athens at Hotel Arethusa (very near Syntagma Square) at a very cheap price through Astoria Travel.

I took the First Class package as the price difference was not much compared to the Tourist Class package and the complimentary airport transfer sounded attractive. During the tour, some of my fellow travelers took the Tourist Class package. Frankly, I don’t think there was much of a difference compared to the First Class hotels. In fact, the Tourist Class hotels were located nearer to the town centre while the First Class hotels were located at quieter locations outside the towns providing small luxuries (swimming pools, good dinners and breakfasts, etc.)

After checking in the hotel, you can actually explore the town of Kalampaka and don’t miss the 9th century church at Kalampaka. The church is about 15 minutes walk from the hotel.

The tour includes visits to two of the six monasteries of Meteora.

As the tour group was small, we got to know each other pretty quickly.
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tinghq, melbourne, posts 60, reviews 8. Re: Astoria Travel

Just came back from 2 days Delphi and Meteora tour arranged by Kosta. He gives such good service with fast replies and issuing of vouchers. Kosta gives excellent value for money. He is highly knowledgeable, caring and courteous.ery trust worthy. There were 6 of us going on the tour and on the morning of the tour, he personally came by and make sure we got on the tour! Great discount for the tour and we did save €’s by booking with him rather than direct with tour company or Viator. On the bus we met and became good friends with a couple that bought their tour from Viator and we could compare prices and services for the same tour in the same hotel. Kosta gives excellent value for money. He is highly knowledgeable, caring and courteous. His English is excellent, he is very experienced, extremely helpful and proud of Greek history and Greek culture.

contact us


Astoria Travel (est. 1958)
48 Stadiou street, Athens 10564, Greece.
Tel. +302103250380, +306932888585.
Click here and send us a message


In the footer of this website you find the “4 steps to make a booking”. If our offer sound interesting, please send us the booking form.

CLICK here and see ALL THE GUIDED TOURS that start from Athens. Detailed information on each tour is included.

 

SEE ALL THE TOURS that visit Meteora in guided tours or train trips.

Following the State’s COVID 19 measures the monasteries do not provide wrappings anymore.
Appropriate clothing is required for everybody that visits the monasteries.
For men: Sleeveless clothing and shorts over the knees are not allowed, and
For ladies: Skirts bellow the knees are required.

Description

The 2 Days package to Meteora by train is organised daily.
METEORA are listed as UNESCO World Heritage monuments. It’s a natural landmark nowhere to be found around the world. The imposing vertical rocks standing as pillars reaching the sky, host on their plateaus ancient monasteries with a vast cultural significance for the whole Christianity. The Byzantine Monasteries were built for protection at the top of the rocks. This is your chance to explore this unique natural phenomenon.
The tour includes the train tickets, 1 night stay, Sunset, Morning, or Hiking Tour!

In kalambaka join the local tour of Meteora, see all 6 monasteries of the monastic community, visit 2 of them and experience the life of the monks and nuns.

You deposit 40.00 € to help us buy your train tickets and you collect tickets and vouchers in Athens.

Tour itinerary

Day 1:
* Be at the Railway Station of Athens (Larissa station) at 07:00.
Find you platform and board the train to Kalambaka that departs at 07:20. Travel in a smooth and scenic ride. It is the most comfortable and efficient way.
* You arrive in kalambaka at +/- 11:30 and an unforgettable experience starts.
Meet our driver and go to the hotel. Check in and have lunch in a nearby restaurant.
* Return to the hotel and 16:00 be ready in the lobby of the hotel for the “afternoon sunset tour”. (Read details of the tour).
(The pick up time for the “sunset tour” varies, following the time that the sun sets).
* Return to Kalambaka after the sunset, have dinner in one of the tavernas and spend the night in the hotel KOSTA FAMISSI.

Second day.

* 08.00 – Have an early breakfast, take a walk, enjoy the local fauna & flora and at 09.00 be ready to be picked up for the morning tour of Meteora. You drive up the rocks, stop in a couple of openings for beautiful photos, visit at least 2 monasteries that are open on the day that you visit the area, and
* 13.30 – return to Kalampaka. Have lunch, and return to the hotel to take your luggage and walk 400 m. to the train station.
* 17.00 – Board the train and at 17:15 depart for Athens. Arrival at Larissa Rail station at +/- 21.30.

On day 2 you can choose to take the hiking tour to the Meteora rocks instead of the morning tour. This decision is yours.

Prices

The price p.p. is: 115.00 € p.p. in a double bedroom with breakfast, 134.00 € in single room & 110.00 € p.p. in triple room,
AND INCLUDES:

  • Train ticket (B class),
  • accommodation with breakfast in hotel Kosta Famissi,
  • the arrival transfer from the train station to the hotel,
  • the 3.30 hours afternoon “Sunset” tour tour, and
  • on the second day,either the 4 hrs morning tour, or, the hiking tour, organized by our local partner.
  • NOT INCLUDED:

  • 3.00 € p.p., the entrance fee to every monastery,
  • Your meals and drinks in the train & in Kalampaka, and
  • The 1.50 € per room, per night “city tax”
  • Extra night in single = 38.00 euro, in double = 24.00 euro, in triple = 20.00 euro,
    Extra for upgrading your train ticket from B class to A class = 12.00 euro per person,

    Click here and see the terms and conditions to make a booking. Pay 40.00 € and secure your bookings.

    CLICK and see all the options to visit Meteora in guided tours or independent trips.

    contact us

    Astoria Travel, (Est. 1958)
    48 Stadiou street, Athens 10564, Greece.
    Tel. +302103250380, +306932888585.
    Click here and send us a message

    ORGANIZED from April to October: Departure daily 08.45 – Ret. 19:00

    Included


    Starting at 08:45, observe the striking contrasts that make Athens a fascinating city. Your guide will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Drive on, passing by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and, Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis, visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found a proper home and admire the wonders of the classical era at the new Acropolis museum.

    Continue to a local traditional taverna and enjoy a Greek lunch.

    After a tasteful lunch drive along the coastal road to the most Southern point of Attica, the Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. On the way, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, you have time to walk at leisure on the rocky promontory of Sounion and take photos of a beautiful sunset.

    Price & discounts

    All the travel agents sell the same tours at different prices. Our discounted price, per adult = 80.00 € + applicable entrance fees

    APPLICABLE ENTRANCE FEES: Juniors <19 and E.U. students, APRIL – OCTOBER, are free of charge.
    Students from other countries and E.U. seniors over 65, APRIL – OCTOBER, pay 20.00 €
    Everybody else APRIL – OCTOBER pays 20.00 + 10.00 + 8.00 = 38.00 € extra.
    For an adult the total price is 80.00 + 38.00 = 118.00 €

    The tour services include:
    – transportation on modern air-conditioned buses
    – Pick up/drop off from or near your hotel (See the list of hotels at the footer of the website), and
    – the services of the professional tour guide.

    On the following dates, everybody is allowed to walk in Greek sites and museums, free of charge:
    March 6, April 18, May 18, June 5, September 27, Last weekend of September, First Sunday from November 01 – to March 31st, October 28.

    Avoid planning visits to Archaeological sites & museums on the following dates. You will find them closed:
    December 25 + 26, January 01, March 25, May 01, Greek Easter Day(April or May) & Greek Good Friday sites/museums open at 01:00pm

    Special discounts: (One option of 5% discount is applicable).
    * Persuade a friend, share a triple room with your friend and save 5%
    * Persuade your friends, make a team of 5 or more adults and save 5%
    * Take advantage of our PAY IN ADVANCE 5% discount (see in the footer)
    * Combine it with the 1 day cruise and pay a special price for the package.
    * Click and see the entrance fees that are valid to enter museums and sites
    In the footer find the the “4 steps 2 make a booking” and if you find our offer interesting, please, start the communication and let us be your host.

    In the footer of this website you find the “4 steps to make a booking”. If our offer looks interesting, please send us the booking form.

    CLICK here and see ALL THE GUIDED TOURS that start from Athens. Detailed information on each tour is included.

     

    Meteora by train

    SEE ALL THE TOURS that visit Meteora in guided tours or train trips.

    Following the State’s COVID 19 measures the monasteries do not provide wrappings anymore.
    Appropriate clothing is required for everybody that visits the monasteries.
    For men: Sleeveless clothing and shorts over the knees are not allowed, and
    For ladies: Skirts bellow the knees are required.

    In our tour you choose the monasteries to visit and how long to stay in each one.

    If your visit to Greece is too short, this is your chance to visit Meteora.

    You understand why the first hermits chose this location to create their monastic community and seek communication with God.
    See the 4 monasteries and the 2 nunneries from outside, and visit 2 or 3 of them if your time allows you.
    Learn about the everyday life of the monks, admire their architecture and gaze at the priceless relics and treasures of the monasteries, a cultural heritage to all Christian religions.

    Finish your sightseeing, return to Kalambaka, have a light lunch, board the train and return to Athens at 21:30

    Price & Inclussions


    The price per person for the tour to Meteora includes your return B class train ticket and the 4 hrs tour on the rocks.

    – 1 passenger: Train ticket (B class) 78.00 €
    – 2 passengers: Train ticket (B class) 75.00 € p.p.
    – 3 passengers: Train ticket (B class) 72.00 € p.p.
    – 4 passengers: Train ticket (B class) 69.00 € p.p.

    To secure your booking, please, click and see the terms, find the pay on line link in the footer, and, deposit 40.00 € p.p.

    INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

    * Return train ticket. Pay 12.00 euro, and upgrade the train ticket to A class (recommended).
    * Upon arrival you meet our driver and for 4 hours, you visit up to 3 monasteries.
    * Explore the area with a local, English speaking tour leader.

    NOT INCLUDED in the price:
    * 3.00 euro per person, being the entrance ticket to each monastery, and
    * Your lunch and drinks in the train and while you are in Kalampaka.

    Itinerary


    * You collect your tickets from us and settle the account, at least a day before departure.
    * Be at the LARISA railway station in Athens at least 30 minutes before the train departure.
    * Your train comes at 07:10 am. Find your carriage and seat.
    * 07:20 – The train departs and following a scenic route you travel straight from Athens to Kalampaka(last stop).
    * 11:30 – Arrive in Kalampaka and meet our English speaking driver outside the railway station.
    * 11:45 – Drive to Meteora. Visit up to 3 monasteries. See old hermitages and cloisters in the caves.
    * 16:00 – Return to Kalampaka. Stop at a local restaurant for a light meal (not included in the price).
    * 17:00 – The train departs from Kalampaka and arrives in Athens (LARISA station) at +/- 21:30

    To secure your booking you deposit 40.00 € per person and you settle the balance in Athens.

    CANCELLATION POLICY: 15.00 € p.p. is not refundable. In case of a strike the full amount is refunded.

    Options to visit

    CLICK and see all the options to visit the Meteora

    We also offer packages for 2 or 3 days. During the extra day, join a Hiking Tour and explore the natural beauty. Discover the geology of the region and follow the trails that the first monks used centuries ago. Hike on the well paved paths from the monastery of Grand Meteoron or the monastery of Varlaam all the way to the village of Kastraki and Kalambaka.

    If the hiking tour is a difficult exercise, join the 4 hour morning tour and learn about the monasticism at Meteora. Discover their cultural wealth and have a personal experience of the monastic community.

    Our BEST SELLER is the 3 days/2 nights Meteora and Delphi, independent trip by train/taxi and bus.

    Last minute bookings are difficult. Plan in advance and get the best seats in the train.

    Testimonials


    KSL13, Level 6 Contributor, TripAdvisor member since 2005, From USA
    Kosta is an all service travel agent
    I booked a tour to Meteora via train with Astoria travel at a significant discount from other agencies. Kosta also picked us up from the cruise port and took us to our Airbnb. He also gave us lots of advice about life in Greece. He knows so much! And he truly loves his job and he is proud of his country. I hope that lots of people use his services! I did not feel that he was exploiting tourist dollars, like most guys did. He is honest and reliable.

    contact us

    Astoria Travel, (Est. 1958)
    48 Stadiou street, Athens 10564, Greece.
    Tel. +302103250380, +306932888585.
    Click here and send us a message

    Travelling to Meteora by train is a comfortable and efficient way. A smooth and scenic ride.

    CLICK AND SEE ALL THE TOURS AND OPTIONS to visit Meteora.

    Description

    The 2 Days package to Meteora by train is your chance to explore a unique natural phenomenon in central Greece. The rocky forest with the Byzantine Monasteries, built for protection at the top of the rocks, are listed as UNESCO World Heritage monuments.
    The tour includes the train tickets, and 1 night stay with breakfast in the 3 star hotel Kosta Famissi.
    You can add to it the local tours organized by our partner, METEORA THRONES at special prices(the Sunset Tour, and either the Meteora morning tour or the Meteora Hiking Tour! or,
    After checking in the hotel, you can explore Kalampaka. Don’t miss the 9th c church about 15 min. walk from the hotel.

    Suggested itinerary
    Day 1: Travel by train to Kalampaka, and visit the Meteora rocks in the afternoon.
    * Be at LARISA railway station 06:50, and find platform 08.
    * 07:20 – The train departs from Athens straight to Kalampaka.
    * +/- 11:30 – Arrive in Kalambaka and check in the hotel KOSTA FAMISSI.
    * 14:30 – Optional “sunset tour”of the Meteora.
    * 18:00 – Return to Kalampaka. Evening free.

    Day 2: A day to explore Meteora before returning to Athens.
    * 09:00 – Take the bus or our taxi and visit the highest monastery open on the day of your visit.
    * 13:00 – After you finish your visits, hike down on the well paved paths, or, take the bus to Kalampaka.
    Explore the old town of Kalampaka, visit the Byzantine church of the dormition of Mother Mary, find a restaurant, have lunch, and return to the hotel to take your luggage and walk to the railway station.
    * 05.30pm – Board the train and depart for Athens. Arrival +/- 21.30.

    Why book with us

    Daily departures travelling on your own or in a small group.
    Traveling by train is by far the most efficient and scenic way.
    You will go to secret local spots that the vast majority of other travellers will never experience.
    You will learn about the history of the place from a local tour leader.

    To secure your booking, please, read the terms and conditions and deposit 40.00 € p.p.

    TO MAKE AND SECURE A BOOKING You deposit 40.00 € to help us buy your train tickets.
    You collect tickets and vouchers, any day before your departure for Kalambaka.

    Do not miss


    The Byzantine church Assumption of mother Mary
    An important monument of Kalambaka is the byzantine church Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Basilica style. It is located at the base of the Meteora rocks in the old city of Kalambaka. For a very long time it was the main church of Kalambaka.

    This byzantine church is one of the oldest monuments in the province. The unique feature of the church is the large and tall pulpit found in the middle of the church.

    The Cave of Theopetra
    The oldest in Greece, possibly in the world, is the Prehistorical Cave at Theopetra dates 23.000 years old. A stone wall at the entrance of the cave blocks 2/3 of the opening.
    The cave is found about 5 Km from kalambaka. It is one of the most interesting Archaeological sites worth seeing in all of the Thessalian plain. It is of world-wide interest due to the discovery of rich and unique findings for two of the most important changes in human prehistory: the replacement of Neaderdal from the contempory human and the transition of the human hunter in the agricultural revolution.
    In small distance from the cave you can find the Documentation and education center of Theopetra cave.

    Prices


    Prices: 87.00 € in single, 73.00 € p.p. in double room, 70.00 p.p. in triple room
    Includes: B class return train ticket + hotel in double room with breakfast.

    EXTRAS:
    Additional night in Double room with breakfast: 24.00 euro p.p. | in Single room: 35.00 euro
    Upgrade your train ticket to A class: 12.00 euro p.p.,
    OPTIONAL:
    – 4.00 hours morning tour of Meteora: 25.00 euro, per person,
    – 3.30 hours Sunset tour of Meteora: 25.00 euro, per person,
    – 4.30 hours hiking tour of Meteora: 25.00 euro, per person.

    NOT INCLUDED:

  • 3.00 € p.p., the entrance fee to every monastery, and
  • Your meals and drinks in the train & in Kalampaka.
  • The 1.50 € per room, per night “city tax”
  • See our “meteora special” tour that includes SUNSET and another local tour for 115.00 €

    Included

    Accommodation in 3-star hotel with breakfast
    Visit all the monasteries
    Taxes & service fees
    Join the optional Meteora Sunset Tour
    Choose one of teh other 2 optional tours for the second day
    Round trip train ticket from/to Athens

    Testimonials


    Hani K, Ottawa, Canada, 33 reviews
    Re: Astoria Travel

    I had a fantastic experience with Astoria Travel and Kosta. He is very efficient, he know his stuff and he is one of the best in his job. He helped me plan a trip to Kalambala and Delphi by train, private taxi and Intercity bus. He arranged everything and all went very smoothly like a clock work.
    He takes care of everything, so you don’t have to worry about anything, all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy a well organized trip.
    His prices are very reasonable and extremely competitive compare to other tours. I definitely recommend him

    I was in Greece last week of March and first week of April 2018

    contact us

    Astoria Travel, (Est. 1958)
    48 Stadiou street, Athens 10564, Greece.
    Tel. +302103250380, +306932888585.
    Click here and send us a message

    Travelling by train in a smooth and scenic train ride is the most comfortable & efficient way.

    Meteora by train

    SEE ALL THE TOURS that visit Meteora guided or independent.

    Following the State’s COVID 19 measures the monasteries do not provide wrappings anymore.
    Appropriate clothing is required for everybody that visits the monasteries.
    For men: Sleeveless clothing and shorts over the knees are not allowed, and
    For ladies: Skirts bellow the knees are required.

    Tour details


    Take this independent tour and visit Meteora and Delphi in 3 days at your own pace.
    Travel from Athens and back combining train, taxi, and public bus.
    We have built a reliable team of partners and offer a well-organised tour at a reasonable price.
    Enjoy unique landscapes, and visit monuments of great historical importance. Join the local tours organised by our local partner
    a) the Meteora Sunset Tour, and
    b) either the morning Half-Day Tour or
    c) the Meteora Hiking Tour
    and learn the history of the unique area of Meteora.

    The train tickets are offered in B class. Upgrading to A class costs 12.00 € p.p. extra

    Departures daily, travelling on your own or in small groups.

    See also our alternative tours:
    1 day Meteora by train. Train and local bus tour from… 69.00 €
    2 days Meteora package Tarin and hotel from 70.00 €
    2 days Meteora “special” Train, hotel and 2 local tours from 110.00 €
    2 days guided tour to Delphi and Meteora from…120.00 €
    3 days guided tour to Delphi and an extra day in Kalambaka for 148.00 €
    5 days guided classical tour of Greece staying an extra day in Kalambaka.

    Itinerary


    Day 1. Travel from Athens to Kalampaka. In the afternoon, visit Meteora.

    * You collect your tickets and settle the account, any day before departure
    * Be at the LARISA railway station at 06:50 and find your platform.
    * 07.20 – Depart from Athens and travels straight to Kalampaka.
    * 11.30 – Arrive in Kalambaka and check in the Hotel KOSTA FAMISSI.
    * 15.30 – Optional Sunset tour and after sunset return to the hotel.

    Day 2. Explore Meteora in the morning and travel to Delphi.

    * Wake up early go for a walk and experience the surrounding terrace, the flora and fauna of the area.
    * 08.00 – Have a good breakfast at Hotel Kosta Famissi. You will need a lot of energy this morning.
    * 09.00 – Optional 4 hrs tour. Visit at least 2 monasteries
    * 13.00 – After the tour, explore the old town, see the Byzantine church of the Dormition of Mother Mary, have a light lunch, and return to the hotel to take your luggage and walk to the train station.
    * 17.00 – Board the train and travel to Levadia, via Tithorea.
    * 20.00 – Get off at Levadia, meet Apollo, our driver, and drive to Delphi.
    * 21.00 – Arrive in Delphi and check in the Hotel LEFAS.

    Day 3. In the morning, explore Delphi and return to Athens.

    * 08.00 – After breakfast walk to the bus ticket office and validate your bus ticket.
    * 08.30 – Visit the nearby archaeological museum.
    * 11.00 – Explore the sanctuary and the temple of Athena Pronaia.
    * 13.30 – Return to the town of modern Delphi and have lunch.
    * 16.00 – Board the bus and depart for Athens. Arrive in Athens at 19.15. (Liossion street terminal).

    To secure a booking, please, read the terms and conditions and deposit 40.00 € p.p.

    Price


    Our price is:
    € 138.00 p.p. in a double room with breakfast
    € 131.00 p.p. in a triple room with breakfast
    (The trip is not organized for single travellers).

    INCLUDED:
    * Train ticket from Athens to Kalambaka
    * Train ticket from Kalambaka to Levadia
    * 1-night stay in Hotel Kosta FAMISI with breakfast in Kalambaka
    * Transfer by taxi from Levadia to Delphi
    * 1-night stay in Hotel LEFAS with breakfast in Delphi
    * Intercity Bus tickets from Delphi to Athens
    * Optional Meteora Sunset Tour. English speaking tour leader included.
    * Optional second day’s tour. English speaking tour leader included.

    NOT INCLUDED:
    # Pick up /drop off in Athens. You board the train in the Athens’ LARISIS Railway station.
    # The € 3.00 p.p. to each monastery, and the entrance to the museum and site of Delphi.
    # All meals and drinks, except the 2 breakfasts.
    # The overnight tax of 1.50 EUR per room, per night.
    # Services of the professional tour guide.

    The tours in Kalampaka are optional.
    ———————————————————————–
    EXTRAS:
    # Extra night in the double bedroom: € 24.00 p.p., per hotel.
    # Upgrade your train ticket to A-class: € 12.00,
    # 4 hours morning tour of Meteora: Only 20.00 € p.p.
    # 3.30 hours Sunset tour of Meteora: Only 20.00 € p.p.
    # 4 hours morning hiking tour: Only 20.00 € p.p.

    CLICK and see all the options to visit Meteora, guided tours and independent trips.

    Testimonials


    Client’s comments about the tour and our services
    Yan_RN, Houston, Texas, Dec 15,
    I booked 2 trips, One-day Mycenae-Nafplion-Epidaurus and the 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS – METEORA & DELPHI TRIP (no guide), from Astoria travel and was very satisfied with their service. Kosta, a very reliable gentleman, tried his best to arrange every detail for our trips. He accompanied us until we seated on the train at departure. He booked the same seat number for our departure and return train for us to be convenient to remember. Important is that I don’t think I paid more for this 5-star service. I paid less for the one day tour and for the train ticket comparing with what others paid. I highly recommend Astoria travel for Greece travel.

    contact us

    Astoria Travel (Est. 1958)
    48 Stadiou street, Athens 10564, Greece.
    Tel. +302103250380, +306932888585.
    Click here and send us a message

    In the footer of this website you find the “4 steps to make a booking”. If our offer sounds interesting send us the booking form.

    CLICK here and see ALL THE GUIDED TOURS that start from Athens with detailed information.

     

    Great Alexander

    Visit the land of Great Alexander in a 7.000 years journey of Greek history! Macedonia was and will remain Greek.
    Great Alexander, born in Pella, made Macedonia huge. History cannot change.

    Operating on: 20/04/19 – 11 and 25/05/19 – 08 and 22/06/19 – 20/07/19 – 10/08/19 – 14, 21 and 28/09/19

    Free pick up service starts at 07:30 am and is included. (See the list in the footer).
    Departure from the terminal on Amalias Avenue 24 at 08.45 a.m.

    Price

    All travel agents, in Greece and worldwide, offer the same tour at different prices. We are sure that our prices for this tour is not matched by any other company. After 60 years organizing tours throughout Greece we have secured the best deals in all aspects of travel. So, why pay more? Our discounted price is:

    In 4* hotels Half board: 660.00 € per adult, Child Price: 440.00 € | Single Supplement 150. 00 €

    Not included in the prices, the “hotel overnight tax”. This tax is payable by the guests prior to check-out:
    Per room / per night in 4* hotels = 3.00 €

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Leave Athens and driving by the towns of Thebes, Levadia and the traditional village of Arachova, arrive in Delphi.

    Visit the famous oracle of the ancient times, the Temple of Apollo, see the Treasury of Athenians and the archaeological Museum where sculptures such as the Sphinx, the athlete Aghias and the bronze Charioteer are exhibited.

    After lunch depart for Kalambaka the modern town at the foot of the gigantic rocks, the famous Meteora. Dinner & overnight.

    Day 2: Spend the morning visiting two of the Byzantine monasteries, built by the monks seeking protection at the top of the rocks. Meteora means “middle of the sky” and the monasteries seem to be suspended in the air. You will visit ageless monasteries and you will see unique specimens of Byzantine art.

    Depart from Kalambaka for Thessaloniki, the second largest city of Greece (dinner & overnight).

    Day 3: In the morning you tour the city that during the Byzantine Empire rivaled Constantinople. Visit the Museum of Byzantine Culture and a couple of the most characteristic churches of the Byzantine world. The rest of the day you are free to explore the beautiful city. Dinner & overnight.

    Day 4: Departure for historical Macedonia. Stop at Edessa, the city with the famous Waterfalls. Second stop is Naoussa where you will visit the school of Aristotle. Here the great philosopher taught morals and politics to Alexander the Great and other Macedonians.

    Next stop is Vergina (the ancient Aigai). Here you will visit the royal tombs of Macedonia and among others the tomb of King Philip II, Alexander’s father, and enjoy an unforgettable visit to the unique museum.

    You proceed to Veria (Biblical Berea), a town on St. Paul’s steps in Greece. See Paul’s Bema and stroll through the old Jewish neighbourhood and the market area, before returning to Thessaloniki. Dinner & overnight.

    Day 5: Visit the capital of Alexander the Great, Pella and see the exquisite mosaics of the 4th century villas and the new Museum.

    Next stop is the Archaeological Park of Dion, the sacred city of Macedonians located at the foot of Mount Olympus, the residence of the 12 Gods of the Greek Mythology.

    Return to Athens through Thessaly, pass by Lamia and Thebes. Arrival at Athens: Late in the afternoon

    Included

    * 4 nights hotel accommodation
    * 4 dinners & 4 breakfasts
    * Professional tour Guide all along
    * The entrance Fees to sites and museums
    * Pick-up service from your hotel or near it (see the list of hotels in the footer)
    * Transportation by modern air-conditioned buses
    * All taxes except the hotel overnight tax


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    CLICK here and see ALL THE GUIDED TOURS that start from Athens. Detailed information on each tour is included.

     

    According to mythology, the town was founded by Nafplios, the son of Poseidon and Anymone. The town’s history traces back to the prehistoric era when soldiers from Nafplion participated in the Argonautic expedition and the Trojan War. The town declined during the Roman times and flourished again during the Byzantine times. Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors left their sigfmature in the town and strongly influenced its culture, architecture and traditions during the centuries. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statues, Ottoman fountains and Venetian or neoclassical buildings mesmerize the visitor with their unique architecture and beauty.

    Spend an afternoon and a morning in Nafplion town. Modern architecture hasn’t spoiled the old town of Nafplion, which is a feast for the eye. Nafplion was the capital of the liberated Greek state, after the island of Aegina but before Athens, in the early 1830s. Here, is the first residential palace for the young Bavarian Prince, Otto, the first king of the new country after the revolution against the Turks. The old town is beautiful, with old mansions and paved roads. The two fortresses, the Palamidi and the Akronafplia, played a key role during the war of independence. Many restaurants, traditional Greek tavernas, cafeterias, souvenir and other fashion shops make your stay an enjoyable one.
    The city itself is a pleasure to walk around with nice views to the waterfront and some lovely neoclassical buildings which manage to maintain the grand feel of this city.

    1st day: Corinth Canal – Mycenae (visit) – lunch – Nafplion, afternoon free to explore the oldtown. Overnight.

    2nd day: Nafplion – Epidaurus (visit) – return to Athens.

    PRICES: All travel agents, in Greece and worldwide, offer the same tour at different prices. We are sure that our prices for this tour is not matched by any other company. After 60 years organizing tours throughout Greece we have secured the best deals in all aspects of travel. So, why pay more? Our discounted price, per adult, for this tour is:

    Half board 4* hotel 150 € p.p. | Single supplement 4* hotel 36,00 €
    Half board 3* hotel 120 € p.p. | Single supplement 3* hotel 30,00 €
    Entrance fees to be added: (adult) = 24 €

    The rates do not include the “City TAX” for hotels payable by the guests upon check-out: 4* hotel: 3,00 € and 3* hotel: 1,50 € per night, per room.

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    Daily from April till October – Departs 08.30 & Returns +/- 18.30

    1st day: Drive through the the plain of Beotia, crossing the towns of Thebes, Levadia and Arachova to arrive in Delphi, the center of the Ancient World. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of great beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer. Afternoon free. Dinner. Overnight.

    2nd day: Morning free for you to enjoy the ragged grandeur of Delphi and take photographs to remind you of its beauty. Return to Athens at +/- 18:30.

    Price:
    Half board 4* hotel 170,00 € per person | Single Supplement in 4* hotel 36,00 €
    Half board 3* hotel 146,00 € per person | Single Supplement in 3* hotel 29,00 €

    The tour includes:
    – 1 night in Delphi & 1 in Kalambaka in double room.
    – 2 breakfasts & 2 dinners
    – The services of the professional Guide
    – The entrance fees to Delphi site and the archaelogical museum are not included.
    – Pick-up service from your hotel (see the list of hotels in the footer)
    – Transportation with modern air-conditioned coach
    – Taxes, except the hotel overnight tax.

    NOT INCLUDED: The “CITY TAX” for hotel overnights. The Tax is payable by the clients before check-out: 4* hotel: 3,00 € | 3* hotel: 1,50 € per night, per room.

    In the footer of this website you find the “4 steps to make a booking”. If our offer looks interesting, please send us the booking form.

    CLICK here and see ALL THE GUIDED TOURS that start from Athens. Detailed information on each tour is included.