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
2 days / 1 night in Kalampaka and the Meteora, organized daily, whole year round. Departure:08:20 – Return:22.30
You collect your tickets and all the vouchers and settle the account, at least a day before departure
* Be at the LARISSA railway station of Athens, 30 minutes before the train departure. Find platform 8.
* 08.10 – Your train arrives at platform 8. The most difficult pint is to find your coach and seat.
* 08.20 – Train 884 departs from Athens straight to Kalampaka.
* 13.30 – Arrive in Kalambaka, our driver meets you and takes you to the hotel, Check in and have a light lunch in a nearby restaurant.
* 16.00 – Return to the hotel and 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).
* 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.
The price per person, on the train that departs from Athens at 08.20am & returns on the 17.30 trin, is:
115.00 euro p.p. in a double bedroom with breakfast, 134.00 euro in single room & 110.00 euro 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.
Extra night in single = 38.00 euro, in double = 24.00 euro, in triple = 20.00 euro,
Upgrading your train ticket from B class to A class = 12.00 euro per person,
To secure your booking, please, read the terms and conditions and deposit 40.00 euro per person in ….read more…
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– € 3.00 p.p. being the entrance fee to each monastery that you visit,
– Lunch, dinner and drinks in the train & in Kalampaka.
CLICK and see all the options to visit Meteora, guided tours and independent trips.
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.
* 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, see the monasteries that are open on your day, and make your own plan. You don’t follow others.
* 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 at +/- 22.45.
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 euro, per person
– 3 passengers: Train ticket (B class), 54.00 + 20.00 taxi hire = 74.00 euro, per person
– 4 passengers: Train ticket (B class), 54.00 + 15.00 taxi hire = 69.00 euro, per person
Pay 54.00 euro per person, plus, the money for hiring the taxi, paid in cash to the driver in Kalampaka.
To make and secure your booking, please, read the terms and conditions, and, deposit 40.00 euro per person in ….read more…
A comparison of our private tour of Meteora against the shared bus tour advertised in the travel market is that in our 3.30 hours tour you are completely independent to choose how long to spend in every monastery visited, which monasteries to visit, plus, you add a couple of extra stops for taking photos, or have a light meal whenever you feel hungry.
On the shared bus tour you have to follow the leader’s itinerary & schedule, in our tour you plan and organize everything by yourself.
Click and see our BEST SELLER 3 days/2 nights Meteora and Delphi, independent trip by train.
Included in the price
– 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.
CLICK and see all the options offered to visit Meteora – guided tours and independent trips.
Last minute bookings are difficult to work out. Plan in advance.
Travelling on the train is by far the most efficient way to travel. It may be slow but it’s extremely smooth and very scenic.
The 2 Days tour to Meteora by train is your chance to explore a unique natural phenomenon in central Greece. The rocky forrest with the Byzantine Monasteries, built for protection at the top of the rocks, arenlisted as UNESCO World Heritage monuments.
The tour includes the train tickets, 1 night stay with breakfast in 3 star hotel, Kosta Famissi, 2 optional tours atsepecial price (the Sunset Tour, andeither of the Meteora morning tour or the Meteora Hiking Tour!
You pay a small deposit to help us buy in advance your train tickets and get the best seats for you and you collect your tickets and vouchers, any day before your departure from athens.
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 and check in the hotel KOSTA FAMISSI.
* 14.30 – Optional “sunset tour”of the Meteora (costs 25.00 euro p.p.)
* 17.30 – Return to Kalampaka. Evening free.
Day 2: A day to explore Meteora before returning to Athens.
* 09.00am – Take the bus or our taxi and visit the highest monastery open on the day of your visit.
* 01.00pm – After finishing your visits, walk down on the well pavedpaths, or, take the bus again and return to Kalampaka.
Explore the old town of Kalampaka, visit the Byzantine church of the dormition of Mother Mary,
find a nice 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 +/- 22.40.
To secure your booking, please, read the terms and conditions and deposit 40.00 euro per person in …. (more…)
This independent tour to Meteora and Delphi gives you the chance to visit 2 well known UNESCO sites, Meteora, and Delphi. Travel on a combination of train, bus and taxi from Athens and back in the most efficient way. Enjoy unique landscapes, and visit monuments of great historical importance. Join top local tours, a) Meteora Sunset Tour, and b) either the morning Half-Day Tour or the Meteora Hiking Tour. The train tickets are issued in B or A class depending on your choice.
With daily departures, you travel on your own or in a small group.
In Kalambaka, join a local tour(optional) and learn about the culture and history of the place from the local tour leader.
Included in the price
Train tickets from Athens to Kalambaka
Train tickets from Kalambaka to Levadia
1 night stay in Hotel Kosta FAMISI, in Kalambaka
Taxi transfer from Livadia to Delphi
1 night stay in Hotel LEFAS, in Delphi
Intercity Bus tickets from Delphi to Athens
Join the Meteora Sunset Tour (optional)
Choose the second day’s tour (optional)
English speaking tour leader on the tours
Taxes & service fees
Meals, and entrance fees to the monasteries and the archaeological site/museum in Delphi are not included.
If you have two days to spare this is one of the most impressive places you will ever visit. Meteora is a flat plain where God in his great wisdom placed these giant rocks where monks could climb to the top to escape the world. These monks built impressive monasteries, some which could only be reached by ropes and pulleys, built and supplied by hauling material up in baskets. Today, Meteora, is one of the top tourist destinations in Greece. Doing a Delphi-Meteora trip is one of the most popular journeys.
The Meteora are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Six monasteries, open to the public today, built on natural sandstone rocks, over the town of Kalambaka. The 64 gigantic rocks, made of conglomerate, create a spectacle, unique worldwide.
There are several theories regarding the creation of these rocks. The prevailing theory is that one of the German geologist Philipson. According to Philipson, million of years ago the area was a huge lake and 3 rivers had their estuaries in this area. The rivers brought, stones and material, from central Europe. From the accumulation of these materials deltaic cones were formed.
About 30 million years ago, after geological changes that took place, the central part of today’s Europe was lifted the Alpes and the valley of Tempi were formed and an outlet for these waters to the Aegean Sea was created. During the time of the alpine mountain orogenesie, solid volumes of “rocks” were cut off from the mountain chain of Pindus and as the centuries went by, the plain of the river of Pinios was formed between them. Orogenesis refers to severe structural deformation of the Earth’s crust due to the engagement of tectonic plates. The word “orogenesis” comes from the Greek (oros that means “mountain” and genesis for “creation” or “origin”). It is the mechanism by which mountains are built on continents. Orogenie develops while a continental plate is crumpled and thickened to form mountain ranges, and involve a great range of geological processes collectively called orogenesis.
Following the continuous corrosion by the wind, rain and other geological changes these rocks took their present form. A spectacle “unique” worldwide. At the cavities, fissures and peaks of these rock towers people found protection from enemies that invaded from time to time the area.
Some of these rocks reach 1800 ft or 550m above the plain. This great height, combined with the sheerness of the cliff walls, kept away all but the most determined visitors.
Hermits and anchorites found shelter on these rocks, seeking mental calmness and tranquillity, while praying and seeking for Christian perfection. According to the existing scripts monk hood is present from the 1st millennium. Initially the hermits were isolated, meeting on Sundays and special days to worship and pray not only for their salvation but also for the salvation of all people, in a small chapel that was built at the foot of a rock known as Doupiani. Their life was simple and the work hard.
According to scripts, Barnabas, the monk who established the cloister of the Holy Ghost is mentioned as the first hermit at 950-970 AD, followed by the monk Andronikos from Crete, who established the cloister of the Transfiguration of Jesus in the early 1000 AD. Later and around 1150-1160 AD the Cloister of Doupiani was established. Except the aforementioned cloisters others also existed in several cavities around the rock of Doupiani.
At the beginning of the 12th c. in the area of the Meteora a small ascetic state was formed, having as centre of worship the church of Mother of God extant until today at the north part of the rock of Doupiani. The hermits were flowing to this small church from their hermitages in order to perform their common worship, to discuss the several problems that concerned them and to ask for the help from other hermits in order to carry out the hard work. The leading man of the cloister of Doupiani had the title of the “first”.
Almost 200 years later, in the middle of the 14th c. the Monastery of the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mount was established by Holy Athanassios, who gave the big rock the name Meteoro. Since then all the rocks have this name.
During the 14th and 15th c. a time of great prosperity for the monk hood in the Meteora we have the creation of many more Monasteries and their number reaches 24. In the middle of the 14th c. monk Neilos, founded the Holy Monastery of Ascension (the Holy Monastery of Ypapanti-Candle Mass, today), and in 1517, Nectarios and Theophanes built the monastery of Varlaam, which was reputed to house the finger of St John and the shoulder blade of St Andrew.
Access to the monasteries was deliberately difficult.
The first hermits climbed up the rocks using scaffolds wedged in holes of the rocks. They felt safe from political upheaval and had complete control of the entry to the monastery. Later on, the only means of reaching the monasteries was by climbing ropes, windlass and long ladders, which were drawn up whenever the monks felt threatened.
The monastery of Varlaam has an extensive net and pulley system, from which rope nets are let down several hundred feet by a windlass, today used for lifting up provisions.
The ropes were replaced, as the monks say, only “when the Lord let them break”. In the 1920s the first steps were carved in the rocks. There is a common belief that St. Athanasius (founder of the first monastery) did not scale the rock, but was carried there by an eagle.
As years went by, under several difficulties, conquerors of the area, thieves’ raids and other factors, many of the flourishing Monasteries were abandoned (period of decline after the 17th c) and during World War II the site was bombed and many art treasures were stolen by the Germans.
Today, the tradition continues for over 600 years, uninterrupted in 6 monasteries, 4 inhabited by monks and 2 by nuns. According to popularity they are: the Monastery of the Great Meteoro, the Varlaam Monastery, the St Stephen Monastery, the Holy Trinity Monastery, the St Nicolas Anapafsas Monastery and the Roussanou Monastery. Each of them has fewer than 10 inhabitants.
Furthermore, with the generous efforts of the monks, the local Bishop Serafim and the contribution of the state, the E.U. and several citizens, more monasteries have been restored and maintained, such as:
1) The monastery of St Nicolas Badovas (dependent on the Holy Trinity monastery), and
2) Of Ypapanti-Candle Mass (dependent on the monastery of the Transfiguration or Great Meteoro).
We feel that the Meteora belong to everybody. This is your chance to see the “unique” spectacle and visit the monasteries.