Category Archive : Meteora

Visit Meteora and Delphi, two important Greek sites, independently and on your own pace.
For more details on this tour, click and see description and other details. Read about the tour itinerary and prices.
If you wish to modify this tour according to your own needs, feel free to contact us.

Why book with us?

Daily departures, travelling on your own or in a small group. Travelling by train is scenic and smooth.

So, let us do the organizing for you.

In Kalambaka you will go to well hidden spots that other travellers will never experience. You will learn about the culture and history of the place from a local’s perspective.

INCLUSIONS
2 day Meteora Special tour: Stay in the 3-star hotel KOSTA FAMISI, B class Train tickets from Athens to Kalambaka and back to Athens, Pick-up from the Kalampaka train station to your hotel, the Meteora Sunset Tour led by a knowledgeable English speaking tour leader, Free Map and Bottle of water provided on the tours, Free wifi on board the tour bus, Taxes & service fees.
Excluded: Lunch and Dinner, Entrance fees to the monasteries.

3 day Meteora-Delphi tour: Stay in the hotels KOSTA FAMISI and Hotel LEFAS, B class Train tickets from Athens to Kalambaka and on to Levadia, the Taxi transfer from Levadia railway station to Delphi, the Intercity Bus tickets from Delphi to Athens.
Excluded: Lunches and dinners, Entrance fees to the monasteries and the archaeological site.

A well marked path in the rocks of Meteora

For real pleasure, combine walking and touring. The sight of the Meteora is a unique spectacle and experience, but walking on the well marked paths, is breathtaking. Experience and observe the local flora and fauna.

Step off the tourist trail and discover the little-known routes that most visitors do not get to see. On this half-day hiking trip, you follow the guide on a leisurely hike to the Grand Meteora Monastery. Along the way, you pass from the Ypapanti monastery and some of the smaller rock monasteries, and listen to fascinating commentary about the formation and history of this unique site.

When the leader calls: “let’s go hiking in Meteora” you follow him in the narrow path that leads into the valleys set on the foothill of the great rocks.
There are numerous hiking paths in the area, some are more difficult than others. The routes that we have chosen are not too difficult. You must wear the proper shoes and be careful where you step, other than that it is a great experience to become one with the nature.

“Go hiking in Meteora” then, and see this unique geological phenomenon walking. Experience a unique convergence of nature and spirituality unlike any other place in Greece. Discover and follow the paths of the monks. Hiking in Meteora gives you the opportunity to see the monasteries and landscape from a different perspective.
The views of the town of Kalampaka at the base of the rocks and the valley of Pineios river are stunning. Plus a visit to a monastery (Great Meteoron or Varlaam) is included.
The Professional Hiking Guide will be with you to give you all the information you need about the area and wherever is needed, transport is organized on a modern minibus.

Distance : +/- 8 km | Duration : 4 hours | Difficulty level : Easy

INCLUDED
Visit One monastery, Certified Hiking Guide, Hotel Pick up / Drop off, Free Meteora Map

EXCLUDED
Entrance fees to the Monastery (3.00 €), Meals and soft drinks.

Useful advice!

The best season for walking at Meteora is Spring and Autumn. If you are walking in the Summer, you will need to have a lot of water with you. You should avoid walking in the heat of the day (11.00 – 4.00 pm).
In the Winter you should also avoid areas that are very wet and slippery.
You should wear shoes that are correct for such sports.
Please respect the holiness of the site and maintain the proper behaviour.
Please keep the area clean of all forms of thrash.

Take the 4 hour morning tour and explore Meteora.

Visit at least 2 monasteries and discover the natural beauty and the cultural heritage of this area. Many visitors never learn or hear that just few km away from Kalampaka there is one of the most important prehistoric caves not only for Greece but for the entire world, with archaeological findings dating back to 130,000 BC!

Take this morning tour, include the guided visit to Theopetra prehistoric cave, 4 km from Kalampaka and discover the ancient man made structure on earth, a stone wall dated back to 26,000 BC. Have the chance to see on the caves’ floor the petrified footprints of a 7 years old child that walked on the ashes 60,000 years ago.

Think back in time when the prehistoric child running inside the cave left his footprints for us to see them thousands of years later.

Minimum number applies.

Price is 25.00 euro and includes:

Pick up and drop off from your Hotel
Transportation by modern air-conditioned tour bus
Stop for photo shooting and learn about local traditions, myths and history
Visit 2 of the 6 monasteries
Visit Theopetra’s pre-historic cave

Not included and must be paid extra:

Entrance fees, 3.00 euro per person at each monastery
The 2 monasteries visited are the Grand Meteoro + the St Stephen’s
If the Grand Meteoro is closed, the Varlaam is visited instead.

Useful information:

Wear proper shoes.
Do not forget to bring your camera.
The monasteries have a strict dress code. Wrappings are provided.

Many centuries ago, on these gigantic rocks reaching heights of close to 2,000 feet, one of the most important monastic communities of Greece was formed.
After you’re picked up from your hotel in Kalabaka or Kastraki enjoy a comprehensive morning Meteora tour in all 6 Monasteries with the chance to visit inside 3 of them. Our expert in the area Tour Guide will be with you to give you all the information you need about the area.
Transported with comfort and safety, by our luxury air conditioned LIMO VIP Mini Bus towards cliff-top monasteries.
Numerous photo opportunity stops , to the best panoramic places for photo in Meteora , with short walks during the excursion.

INCLUDED
See all 6 monasteries
Visit inside 3 of them
Local Tour Guide (English speaking)
Upon request French,Italian,Russian,Spanish (extra cost)
Certified guide (optional)
Hotel Pick up / Drop off
Free WI FI
Free Panoramic Meteora Map

Enjoy a beautiful sunset at Meteora surrounded by a spectacular scenery.

In the 3.30 hour afternoon SUNSET TOUR, organized by our partner in Kalampaka, you visit either the ROUSSANOU, or, the St. STEPHEN’S nunneries, the old Byzantine church of Mother Mary in Kalambaka, and the 1,000 years old hermitages and cave dwellings of Badova.

Experience a beautiful sunset, and capture beautiful photos.

Starting at +/- 16.00 the tour will take you to places that only the locals know. Enjoy amazing views, learn about the history, and traditions of the place. High up on the rocks, you will see the 1,000 years old Bandovas’ and the cave dwellings inside the caves, and learn the history of the very old Byzantine church, built on the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to god Apollo. The Dormition of Mother Mary in Kalampaka is one of the oldest churches in Greece, a real monument of special architecture.

Driving on the rocks, the driver will stop on a flat opening, from where you will take dozens of photos of a beautiful sunset. When the sun touches the mountains at the background, a complete silence is all you hear, and that is the moment that you understand why Meteora was chosen by the monks to build the monasteries here. It’s the moment that you also feel the need to meditate on the beauty of the creation.

The price of the sunset tour is 25.00 € per person, and includes:

Transportation by modern air-conditioned bus
Pick up and drop off from your Hotel in Kalampaka or Kastraki
Stop at the right spot for taking the sunset photos.
Learn about the local customs, legends and history
Visit the nunnery of Roussanou, or, the nunnery of St. Stephen’s,
Visit the Byzantine church of Virgin Mary in Kalampaka and
see the Hermitages of Badova

Not included and must be paid extra
– The entrance fee to the nunnery, being 3.00 € per person, and
– the entrance fee to the Byzantine church of Mother Mary, being 2.00 € per person.

Useful information
– Wear the proper shoes and proper dress. Men wearing long trousers, and women long skirts. However at the entrance of the monasteries you are provided with wrappings to follow the dress code and show your respect.

Athens City Sightseeing Tour with Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum
Daily 08:45 – 13:00
A comprehensive tour of Athens. Drive through the centre of Athens, past the Academy, the University and the Parliament with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and see Hadrian’s Arch and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. Continue to the Acropolis for a visit to the ancient hilltop complex that was once the Cradle of Western civilization and today overlooks the sprawling city below. Along our journey into antiquity we’ll explore the Acropolis with its treasures. We’ll admire the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, and the Temple of Zeus. We’ll see remarkable displays of an ancient world during the visit to the Acropolis Museum, containing antiquities giving visitors insight into the lives of Athenians centuries ago

Cape Sounion in the Afternoon
Daily 15:00 – 19:15
Drive along the scenic coastal road past the beach resorts to the most southern point of Attica to Cape Sounion where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. En-route there is an extraordinary view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore.

Athens By Night
Every Tue., Wed., Thu. & Sat 20:00 – Midnight
An evening drive past the illuminated Acropolis and stop for a drink at a nearby cafe to enjoy the view. Dinner at a typical Athenian taverna with bouzouki music and Greek folk dancing.

Ancient Corinth
April -October on Mon. & Fri 08:15 – 14:00
Drive south to the Corinth Canal that connects Aegean and Ionian Seas. Visit the ancient town of Corinth where St. Paul lived and preached for almost two years. The remains of the city which include the Agora and the Temple of Apollo (6th c. B.C.) clearly show how rich and important Corinth was in ancient times. With the professional tour guide you will explore an ancient city that several empires fought over throughout the centuries. Before returning to Athens stop at the site of the ancient port Kechries where St. Paul disembarked.

One day Tour to Delphi (with / without lunch)
Daily 08:30 – 18:30
Home of the Sanctuary of Apollo, Delphi is the most famous site in Classical Greece. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, hear thee myths about the oracle and tour the excavations. Walk the Sacred Way to the 4th century Temple of Apollo and view the statues immortalising the strength of the athletes who once competed in the Pythian Games held in honour of Apollo and the Arts. A visit to the museum to admire the bronze Charioteer is included.

Full Day Tour to Argolis (with / without lunch)
Every Mon, Tue., Wed., Thu., Sat.08:00 – 18:30
After a short stop on the bridge crossing the Corinth Canal continue to Mycenae where 19th century excavations described by Homer can be seen. Visit the Beehive Tomb and the Lion’s Gate – Europe’s oldest known monument. On to Epidaurus via the port town of Nauplion to see the 2,000 year old amphitheatre known for its perfect acoustics.

One Day Saronic Island Cruise (with lunch)
Daily 08:00 a.m. – 20:00
Pick up from Athens center and transfer to the port for embarkation. Visit the beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf; Aegina, Hydra and Poros.

Two Day Tour to Delphi
Daily
Day 1 – Depart Athens driving through the towns of Thebes and Levadia and the quaint village of Arachova, famous for its colourful carpets, to Delphi. Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo situated on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the museum containing the ancient Greek bronze sculpture “the Charioteer” and many other masterpieces. Dinner and overnight in Delphi.

Day 2 – Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure in Delphi. Enjoy the scenery, return to the museum. Afternoon departure for Athens.

Two Day Tour to Argolis
April – October on Tue. & Wed.
Day 1 – After short stop at the bridge crossing the Corinth Canal continue to Mycenae where 19th century excavations described by Homer can be seen. Visit the Beehive Tomb and the Lion’s Gate – Europe’s oldest known monument. Continue to the lovely port town of Nafplion. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Nauplion.
Day 2 – Breakfast at hotel and morning at leisure in Nafplion. Depart for Epidaurus to visit the 4th century B.C. theatre famous for its perfect acoustics. Return to Athens early this evening.

Three Day Delphi & Meteora Tour
April – October on Tue., Wed. & Sun.
Day 1 – Depart Athens driving through the towns of Thebes and Levadia to Delphi. Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo situated on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the museum. Overnight in Delphi.
Day 2 – After breakfast, depart Delphi and enjoy an interesting drive through Central Greece, Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defence by Leonidas and his brave 300 Spartans against the invading Persians. (short stop) and the town of Lamia before reaching Kalambaka. Overnight in Kalambaka.
Day 3 – The breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage monasteries of Meteora are our first stop today. Following breakfast set out for Meteora to visit the ageless monasteries containing priceless historical and religious treasures, which appear to be suspended in air on top of huge granite rocks. With the professional tour guide visit two of the six Eastern Orthodox monasteries that cling impressively to immense, rounded rock towers overlooking the town. Return to Athens via the towns of Trikala, Lamia.

Three Day Classical Tour
April – October on Mon., Tue., Thu & Sat.
Day 1 – Drive South on the coastal road to Corinth Canal. Continue to Epidaurus to visit the theatre with its perfect acoustics and proceed to Mycenae to see the Lions’ Gate and Beehive Tomb. O/n Olympia.
Day 2 – This morning visit the Sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus and the museum. Drive to Delphi for o/n.
Day 3 – Walk on the sacred way and visit the Castalia Spring, the Sanctuary of Apollo and the museum. Return to Athens stopping at the picturesque village of Arachova.

Four Day Classical Tour (with Meteora)
April – October on Mon., Tue. Thu & Sat.
Day 1 – Drive via the coastal road stopping at the Corinth Canal and on to Epidaurus to visit the amphitheatre with its perfect acoustics and proceed to Mycenae to see the Lions Gate and Beehive Tomb. Overnight at Olympia.
Day 2 – This morning visit the site of the first Olympic Games; the Sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus and the museum. Drive on to Delphi for overnight.
Day 3 – After the visit at the Sanctuary of Apollo and the museum, depart for Kalambaka passing through numerous picturesque villages and typical towns of Central Greece and a short stop in Thermopylae. Overnight in Kalambaka.
Day 4 – Visit Meteora this morning and among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries where there are exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia.

sunset tour in Kalambaka

This tour is organized, between April and October, ON Mondays.

Description


Visit Epidaurus, Nafplion, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, spend 2 nights in Kalambaka and explore the Meteora rocks & monasteries

The Amazing open THEATRE OF EPIDAURUS The priests of the sanctuary of god Asclepius were excellent surgeons. On the ground of the sanctuary, the administration of the Asclipieion, in order to entertain the patients, decided to build a theatre. Today, next to the sanctuary of Asclepius, there is a small museum, displaying the instruments and tools used by the priests, excellent surgeons, to perform even brain operations.

NAFPLION – the “Venice” of Greece
Modern architecture hasn’t spoiled the old town of Nafplion, which is a feast for the eye. Nafplion was the capital of the Greek state 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 town’s fortresses, the Palamidi and the Akronafplia, played a key role during the war of independence. The Venetian influence is everywhere justifying the town’s name as the “Greek Venice”.

MYCENAE – “City in gold” Mycenae, the city that controlled both the land and sea routes, was the kingdom of mythic Agamemnon. Myths related to history have inspired poets and writers over the centuries from Homer and the Greek tragedies of the classical period to contemporary literary and artistic creations. The site was uncovered in 1874 by Heinrich Schlieman, who also excavated the site of Troy. You enter the citadel through the impressive Lions’ Gate.

OLYMPIA & the OLYMPIC GAMES The site of Olympia, was the location of the ancient Olympic Games, with the first recorded win in 776 BC. In addition to the numerous temples and sanctuaries, there are remains of sporting structures, such as the ancient Stadium, the Gymnasium, the Palaestra and others.

DELPHI – The famous “temple bank”. The pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, location on the oracle of Apollo, was the spiritual centre of the Greek world. Situated in a spectacular natural setting on the mountain of Parnassus, it was the symbol of Greek cultural unity from the 8th century BC onwards.

Driving from Delphi to Kalambaka you take a short stop at Thermopyllae, the place where Leonidas and the 300 Spartans fought the Persians. Overnight in kalambaka.

KALAMBAKA – The unique “ART OF NATURE”. Travel on the rocks of Meteora and with the tour guide, visit 2 monasteries that are open on the day that you come to Meteora. Return to Kalambaka for lunch and after lunch start the return and arrive in Athens at +/- 19:30

Prices and discounts


The hotel pick up service starts at 07:30 and the bus departs from the terminal at 08:30, and returns at +/- 19:30

HOTELS at Olympia: (3*) NEDA, KRONION, ANTONIOS, or similar | (4*) OLYMPIC VILLAGE, EUROPA, ARTY GRAND
HOTELS in Delphi: (3*) FEDRIADES, HERMES, PARNASSOS and (4*) AMALIA
HOTELS in Kalambaka: (3*) KOSTA FAMISI, ORFEAS, or similar | (4*) AMALIA, or similar

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 prices, per adult, for this tour are:

Two choices Double room Single room Details
Option 1: 3* hotel with breakfast 380.00 + entrance fees 450.00 + entrance fees 15.00 € extra per dinner
Option 2: 4* hotel with half board 520.00 + entrance fees 640.00 + entrance fees Includes free arrival transfer

ENTRANCE FEES: Juniors <19 and E.U. students, JANUARY - DECEMBER, are free of charge.
Students from other countries and E.U. seniors over 65, JANUARY – DECEMBER, pay 24.00 €
Everybody else, NOVEMBER – MARCH, pay 24.00 €, while, from APRIL – OCTOBER everybody else pays 48.00 € extra.

If you visit Greece on the following dates, you are 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.
* Upgrade your 3* hotel with breakfast at Olympia to the 4* OLYMPIAN VILLAGE by paying 14.00 € p.p. extra

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Highlights

Short photo stop at Corinth canal
Visit the sanctuary of Asclepius and the Epidaurus Theatre
Visit the Mycenae Archaeological site & Tomb of Atreus
Visit the Olympia Archaeological site & Museum
Visit the Delphi Archaeological site & Museum
With the tour guide, visit 2 of the Meteora monasteries that are open on the day you visit Meteora
On Thursday, in Kalambaka, join a “sunset tour” and watch a beautiful sunset from the top of the rocks.
Short stop at the romantic town of Nafplion. The Venetians had it for 200 yrs and they left their mark.
1 night hotel accommodation at Olympia
1 night hotel accommodation in Delphi
2 nights hotel accommodation in Kalambaka
4 breakfasts (the dinners are optional and depend on the price that you choose to pay).
Services of the Professional guide except on Thursday.
Transport by modern air-conditioned coach
Pick up / drop off service from central hotels in Athens (See the list in the footer)
All taxes except the hotel overnight tax (0.50-3.00 €/ room/ night)

Not included: The entrances to museums, sites, and the 3.00 € entrance during the SUNSET tour
Juniors under 19, and E.U. students are free to enter sites & museums.

More info & Map


* 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.

* Start the communication by sending us a message.

* Read the 4 steps 2 book that you find in the footer and we look forward to receive your request.
* When we receive the message from the bank that the money have been deposited, we’ll send you the voucher.

MAP – ROUTE OF THE TOUR

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This 3 Days Tour from Athens to Meteora and Delphi gives you the chance to visit two important greek sites, Meteora, and Delphi, independently and onyourownpace! For more details on this tour, check the above section and read about the tour itinerary, see photos and videos or read the FAQ! If you wish to modify this tour according to your own needs, like adding an extra overnight, feel free to contact us! Why book with us Daily tour departures any day you want, 365 days a year whether you are travelling on your own or in a small group. Traveling by train is incredibly scenic. Save time and effort. Organizing your own holiday can be a stressful task. Let us do the work for you! Trains are more energy-efficient per passenger mile than planes or cars, making them one of the most eco-friendly transportation. You will go to secret local spots that the vast majority of other travellers will never experience. You will learn about the culture and history of the place on a deeper level and from a local’s perspective. Inclusions 3-days/2 nights stay at a 3-star hotel at Meteora Train tickets from Athens to Meteora Train tickets from Meteora to Livadia Taxi transfer from Livadia to Delphi Bus tickets from Delphi to Athens Join the Meteora Sunset Tour Choose the second day’s tour Pick-up and drop off from Kalampaka train station to your hotel English speaking tour leader on the tours Free Map and Bottle of water provided on the tours Free wifi on board the tour bus Spanish, French, Italian, Russian and Romanian on request Taxes & service fees Optional: Audio guide in Delphi Exclusions Gratuities (optional) Lunch and Dinner Entrance fees to the monasteries and the archeological site Guide in Delphi archeological site

Meteora - St Stephan nunnery

Operating days & prices


The 2 days Delphi and Meteora tour operates April – October: Mon, Wed, Thu & selected Saturdays.
Between November – March this tour operates ONLY on Wednesdays.

However, we believe that one day in Kalampaka is not enough.
April – October depart on Wednesday, return on Friday follow the guided groups on these 2 days and on Thursday, explore Meteora on your own, or,
CLICK HERE and see our independent 3 day tour by train, with 1 night in Kalambaka and 1 night in Delphi.

PRICES: All travel agents, in Greece and worldwide, offer the same tour to Meteora 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 prices, per adult, for this tour are:

HOTEL
DOUBLE ROOM
SINGLE ROOM
3* Kosta FAMISSI – with breakfast
120.00 + applicable entrance fees
142.00 + applicable entrance fees
3* ORFEAS – on half board
135.00 + applicable entrance fees
165.00 + applicable entrance fees
4* AMALIA or DIVANI – on half board
170.00 + applicable entrance fees
215.00 + applicable entrance fees

The hotels used are: 3* Hotel KOSTA FAMISI or Hotel ORFEAS and 4* hotel AMALIA(Thu & Sat) or Hotel DIVANI(Mon & Wed)

APPLICABLE ENTRANCE FEES:
JANUARY – DECEMBER, Juniors <19 and E.U. students, are allowed free of charge.
JANUARY – DECEMBER, students from other countries and E.U. seniors over 65, pay 6.00 €
NOVEMBER – MARCH, everybody else, pay 6.00 €, while, from APRIL – OCTOBER everybody else pay 12.00 € extra.

THE ABOVE PRICES INCLUDE:
– transportation on 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.
– Services of the professional tour guide all along the tour.
– Entrance tickets to 2 of the monasteries open on the day that you visit Meteora.
– 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)

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE: lunches on both days. The bus parks at local restaurants, but the lunches are extra.

MORE OFFERS and DISCOUNTS (only one discount allowed – the highest one):
a) Share with a friend a triple room 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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Places visited


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, while the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia consists of the best known landmark (the THOLOS = a circular structure with 3 of its original 20 doric columns restored), the gymnasium and the rest of the sports fascilities, used for training during the “Pythian Games”.
Today, next to the archaeological site, there is an impressive museum, displaying findings from the local excavations, that started 1892. The highlights are offerings by the oracle visitors, such as the famous Charioteer, the statue of Antinoos, the two “kouros” statues, the OMFALOS, being the sculptured stone that represented the navel of the world, and many others.

METEORA-the art of nature
In a region of inaccessible sandstone peaks, 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.
More than 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 from 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, “the centre of the universe”. Here, 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 place where 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 drive to METEORA, after passing froma local studio where you learnthetechnique of painting the iconsand whata icon means for a Greek orthodox Christian.
You drive up on the rocks and visit 2 of the monasteries thatare open on that day.
12:30 Return to Kalampaka for lunch and at +/- 14:00 you start the return to Athens. Finally you arrive in Athens between 19.30 – 20.00.

Time Tour Plan & Services
8:30 Hotel pick up starts from 07.30am. Depart from the terminal in Athens
11:30 Arrive in modern Delphi village after a short break near Levadia
11:45 With the professional tour guide, visit of the ancient sanctuary site
13:45 Lunch at a local restaurant (optional).
15:00 Via Thermopylae(photo stop), Lamia, Karditsa & Trikala, proceed to Kalambaka
19:15 Arrival in Kalambaka. Hotel check-in and optional dinner at 19.30
08:15 Depart from the parking of Hotel ORFEAS, and visit an icon exhibition
09:00 On the way to Meteora, visit 2 of them. Entrance fees included
12:00 Lunch at a local restaurant. (not included in price)
14:00 Start the return to Athens – 19:30 Arrival in Athens – Hotel drop off by 20:00

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Video & Route map

all options to visit Meteora

GUIDED TOURS IN SHARED BUSES

 

Duration (days)
Guided or Private
Highlights, Places visited
Guided tour in shared bus
Delphi, Thermopylae, Meteora
3 day Delphi & Meteora
Guided Tour in shared bus
1 night Delphi, 1 night Meteora
3 day Delphi & Meteora
Guided tour in shared bus
2 nights in Kalambaka
4 day classical tour & Meteora
Guided tour in shared bus
Argolis, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora
5 day Monday Special & Meteora
Guided tour in shared bus
Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora
Guided Tour in shared bus
Guided tour
 
 
 

 

INDEPENDENT TRIPS TO METEORA BY TRAIN

 
Duration (days)
Guided or Private
Highlights, Places visited
1 day Meteora, train & taxi
Independent train trip and taxi tour
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2 days by train – “Meteora special”
Train ticket, hotel, Sunset & morning tour
 
 
 
 
 
 

Description

The 2 Days package to Meteora by train is organized daily.
It’s your chance to explore the unique natural phenomenon in central Greece. METEORA are listed as UNESCO World Heritage monuments.
It’s a rocky forest with huge Byzantine Monasteries, built for protection at the top of the rocks.
The tour includes the train tickets, 1 night stay, Sunset, Morning, Hiking Tour!

Meteora is 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.

Join a 3.30 hrs tour at Meteora, see all six monasteries of the monastic community and visit 2 of them to experience the everyday 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 program

Be at the Railway Station of Athens (Larissa station) at 07:50. Board the train to Kalambaka and depart at 08:20. Travelling by train is the most comfortable and efficient way to travel. It’s a smooth and scenic ride through the fertile plain of Thessaly.

You arrive in kalambaka at +/- 13:40 and an unforgetable experience starts. Enjoy the tour.

Itinerary


Day 1: Travel by train to Kalampaka, and visit Meteora in the afternoon.
* Be at LARISA railway station 07:50, and find platform 08.
* 08:20 – The train departs from Athens straight for Kalampaka (+/- 12 stops).
* +/- 13:40 – Arrive in Kalambaka. 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 at the lobby of the hotel for the “afternoon sunset tour”. (CLICK and read details of the tour).
(The pick up time for the “sunset tour” varies, following the time that the sun sets).

Second day.

* 08.00 – Have an early breakfast, take a walk, enjoy the local faun & flora and at 09.00 you are picked up for the morning tour of Meteora. You drive up he 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.
* 17.20 – Board the train and depart for Athens. Arrival at Larissa Rail station at +/- 22.40. End of the tour.

On day 2 you may 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.
The price 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 hours morning tour or, the hiking tour, organized by our local partner.
  • 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”
  • 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,

    To secure your booking, read the terms and conditions and deposit 40.00 euro per person in ….read more…

    Click here and see the terms and conditions to make and secure your bookings

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

    Meteora by train

    In our tour you plan and organize everything yourself. You choose what monasteries to visit and how long to stay in each one.

    Question: Is it possible to visit Meteora, see the monasteries, and return to Athens all in one day? The answer is: A lot depends on what you want to get out of the visit. In Kalambaka you have 3 hours to drive quickly on the rocks and visit 2-3 monasteries at the maximum. We shall do whatever you decide.

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

    Visit Meteora and realize why the first hermits chose this location to create their monastic community and seek to communicate with God. See the 4 monasteries and the 2 nunneries, and visit two of them. 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.

    When you finish with your sightseeing return to Kalambaka, have a light lunch, and board the train for your return to Athens. Arrive in Athens at 22:45

    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.
    * Find platform 8. Your train comes at 08:10 am. The difficult thing is to find your coach and seat.
    * 08:20 – The train departs and following a scenic route it travels straight from Athens to Kalampaka(last stop).
    * 13:30 – Arrive in Kalampaka and meet our English speaking driver outside the railway station.
    * 13:45 – Drive to Meteora. Visit up to 3 monasteries. See old hermitages and cloisters in the caves.
    CLICK here and see the monasteries that are open on your day, and make your plan.
    * 16:45 – Return to Kalampaka. Stop at a local restaurant for a light meal (not included in the price).
    * 17:30 – The train departs from Kalampaka and arrives in Athens (LARISA station) at +/- 22.45.

    Price


    The price for the 3.30 hours private tour of Meteora includes your return B class train ticket and the taxi hire from the momntthatyou arrive until the moment that you tell the driver that you have seen enough and want to get back to kalambaka and have something to eat:

    – 2 passengers: Train ticket (B class), 54.00 + 25.00 taxi hire = 79.00 € p.p.
    – 3 passengers: Train ticket (B class), 54.00 + 20.00 taxi hire = 74.00 € p.p.
    – 4 passengers: Train ticket (B class), 54.00 + 15.00 taxi hire = 69.00 € p.p.

    Pay 54.00 € p.p. plus, the money for hiring the taxi, paid in cash to the driver in Kalampaka.

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

    In our tour you are totally independent. You choose which monasteries to visit, how long to spend in every monastery visited, plus, you add a couple of stops to take photos, and have a light meal whenever you feel hungry.

    Click and see our BEST SELLER 3 days/2 nights Meteora and Delphi, independent trip by train.

    Price includes

    – Return B class, train ticket. Pay 12.00 euro, and upgrade the train ticket to A class (recommended).
    Upon arrival and for 3 hours, visit up to 3 monasteries & places that a foreigner does not visit.
    Visit hidden beauties & explore the area with a local, English speaking driver.

    NOT INCLUDED in the price:
    * No professional tour guide service is included. It’s you and the taxi driver.
    * 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.

    Options to visit

    CLICK here and see all the options to visit the area of Meteora

    If you decide to spend more time in this unique area, there are packages organized for 2 or 3 days. During the extra day, join a Hiking Tour and explore the natural beauty, first hand. Follow the hiking guide and discover the trails that the first monks used centuries ago. Discover the geology of the region. Hiking down (always easier) 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 you think that the hiking tour is a difficult exercise, join the 4 hour morning tour and learn more regarding the spirituality of Meteora. Discover their cultural wealth and have a personal experience of the second most important monastic community, after the Mount Athens, located in Chalkidiki, near Thessaloniki.

    Last minute bookings are difficult to work out. 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.
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    Travelling to Meteora by train is the most comfortable and efficient way. A smooth and scenic ride.