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Meteora - St Stephan nunnery

SEE ALL THE OPTIONS to visit Meteora.

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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 below the knees are required.

Departures and prices


NOVEMBER-APRIL the 2-day tour to Delphi and Meteora operates on Wednesdays.
MAY-OCTOBER the 2-day tour operates on Mon, Wed, Thu and SELECTED SATURDAYS

However, one day in Kalambaka is not enough to explore Meteora.
MAY-OCT 2022: Join the guided group that departs on Wednesday and return on Friday.
On Thursday you explore Meteora on your own. Join a SUNSET & a HIKING Tour = 25 € each.

PRICES in € p.p: *Entrance fees to be added: NOV-MAR + 6 € || APR-OCT + 12 €
4* Hotel Kosta FAMISSI – with breakfast in double room = 120 + fees | Single room = 137 + fees
3* Hotel ORFEAS – half board in double room = 135 + fees | Single room = 165 + fees
4* Hotel AMALIA or Hotel GRAND METEORA – half board in double room = 170 + fees | Single room = 215 + fees
(Thu + Sat) hotel AMALIA | (Mon + Wed) Hotel GRAND METEORA
* If our offers sound good read the “4 steps to book” in the footer and send us the booking request. .

THE ABOVE PRICES INCLUDE:
– transportation in modern, air-conditioned buses, with ample storage space for your luggage
– Pick up/drop off from or near your hotel (See the hotel list at the footer of this website).
(This service is from central hotels in Athens. The airport and the Port of Piraeus are not included).
– Entrance fees to the Delphi site and the 2 monasteries that are open on the day that you visit Meteora.
– Short stopover at the monument of the Spartan King Leonidas at THERMOPYLAE
– 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 tax of 1.50 € (in 3*) & 3.00 € (in 4*) per room, per night.

NB:Lunch on both days is not included. The bus stops at local restaurants, but the lunch is extra. In Kalambaka, the bus stops at the central square where there are lots of restaurants to choose from.

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

Copied from a client’s blog:
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…

 

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Places visited


This tour includes two of the most important sites, in mainland Greece. It presents a picture of ancient Greek civilization 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 splendor 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 on this tour. The museum is visited on 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 center of the world was there. A temple dedicated to the god Apollo was built there in the 7th c BC. The oracle of Apollo became a religious center 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” since the 10th c. AD. 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. The Holy Meteora is the most visited religious monument in Greece.

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

Itinerary

DAY 1: The bus starts the pick up at 07.30 am and, traffic allowing, it departs from the terminal in the center of Athens at 08.30 am.
Passing by THEBES (the town of mythical Oedipus), LEVADIA (short restroom stop), and the traditional village of ARACHOVA, you arrive in DELPHI at +/- 11.30 am.
Delphi was considered by the ancient Greeks to be “the center 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 Kalambaka with a short photo stop at THERMOPYLAE, the site of the famous battle between the 300 Spartans against the huge Persian army in 480 B.C. took place. In antiquity Thermopylae (= hot gates,) was a narrow coastal passage. Its name comes from its hot sulfur springs. “Hot gates” is also “the place of hot springs and cavernous entrances to Hades. After a brief rest stop outside Lamia, we shall arrive at your hotel in Kalambaka at +/- 19:00. Overnight.

DAY 2: 08.15 After breakfast you will visit a local art studio where you learn about the technique of painting icons.
You continue 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 and arrive in Athens at 19:30.

Time Tour Plan & Services
8:30 Depart from the terminal at +/- 08:30
11:30 After a short break outside Levadia you arrive in Delphi
11:45 With the professional tour guide you visit the sanctuary
13:45 Proceed for lunch at a local restaurant (not included in the price).
15:00 Continue to Kalambaka via Thermopylae (photo stop) and Trikala.
19:15 Arrival in Kalambaka. Check-in at the hotel and (optional) dinner at 19.30
08:15 Depart from the parking of Hotel ORFEAS and visit an 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 see all the different options (guided tours and independent tours by train) to visit Meteora.

FAQs


QUESTION: How many hours do we stay at the ancient site in Delphi? ANSWER: You spend 1.30 hours 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 over their clothing before entering.
FREE TIME: After the guide takes you around, you have enough time to see whatever is left to see.
IN DELPHI the 2-day tour to Meteora meets the 3-day classical tour, and the tour company usually moves guests traveling 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.

CANCELATIONS Please see the Terms of use in the footer.
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 the 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 has been able to attune its services and offerings to a very wide range of traveler needs. Their list of contacts is vast, which worked helpfully in our favor: 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, personalization of services, and traveler support are 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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(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 sites 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 sites are in ruins. The tour which I joined was organized by G.O. TOURS. Information about the tour can be found on 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 nights 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 center while the First-Class hotels were located at quieter locations outside the towns providing small luxuries (swimming pools, good dinners, breakfasts, etc.)

After checking into 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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Singh, 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 the issuing of vouchers. Kosta gives excellent value for money. He is highly knowledgeable, caring, and courteous. Very trustworthy. There were 6 of us going on the tour and on the morning of the tour, he personally came by and made sure we got on the tour! Great discount for the tour and we did save €’s by booking with him rather than directly with a 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 sounds interesting, send us the booking form.

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

 

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

Upon arrival, you realize 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, 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, 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

Itinerary


* You collect your tickets from us and settle the account anyday 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 it travels 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.
* 16:45 – 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 +/- 22.45.

To make a booking you deposit 40.00 euro per person and you settle the balance when we meet in Athens.

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

Price & Inclussions


The price for the 3.30 hours private tour of Meteora includes your return B class train ticket and the taxi hire from the moment that you 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.

– 1 passenger: Train ticket (B class), 86.00 € p.p.
– 1 passenger: Train ticket (A class), 98.00 € p.p.
– 2 passengers: Train ticket (B class), 82.00 € p.p.
– 2 passengers: Train ticket (A class), 94.00 € p.p.
– 3 passengers: Train ticket (B class), 76.00 € p.p.
– 3 passengers: Train ticket (A class), 88.00 € p.p.
– 4 passengers: Train ticket (B class), 69.00 € p.p.
– 4 passengers: Train ticket (A class), 81.00 € p.p.

Following the Covid-19 measures the train runs in 50% capacity
resulting to a surcharge of 15 € p.p. that must be added to all prices.

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

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

* Return train ticket. Pay 12.00 euro, and upgrade the train ticket to A class (recommended).
* Upon arrival, you meet our bus driver and for 3 hours, you visit up to 3 monasteries.
* Visit hidden beauties & explore the area with a local, English-speaking leader.

NOT INCLUDED in the price:
* No professional tour guide service is included. It’s you and the taxi driver.
* 3.00 euro per person, is the entrance ticket to each monastery, and
* Your lunch and drinks on the train and while you are in Kalampaka.

Our 3 day tour includes


SEE our tour to Meteora and Delphi combining train, taxi and bus.

  • Daily departures, travelling on your own or in a small group.
  • Travelling by train in a scenic and smooth ride.
  • Visit well hidden spots that other travellers never experience.
  • Learn the culture and history of the place from the local leader.
  • INCLUDES:
    – Stay in the hotels KOSTA FAMISI and Hotel LEFAS,
    – B class Train tickets from Athens to Kalambaka and on to Levadia,
    – The Taxi transfer at 21:10 from Levadia train station to Delphi,
    – The Intercity Bus from Delphi to Athens. Arrival in Athens at 19:15

    Following the Covid-19 measures the train runs in 50% capacity
    resulting to a surcharge of 25 € p.p. that must be added to all prices.

    EXCLUDED: Lunches and dinners, entrance fees to the monasteries and the archaeological site.

    All options to visit Meteora

    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,
    48 Stadiou street, Athens 10564, Greece.
    Tel. +302103250380, +306932888585.
    Click here and send us a message

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

    Furthermore following the Covid-19 measures the train runs in 50% capacity
    resulting in a surcharge of 25 € p.p. that must be added to all prices.

    The 3 Day Tour from Athens to Meteora and Delphi gives you the chance to visit Meteora, and Delphi, independently and on your own pace!
    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? The tour departs daily, 365 days a year and you may travel on your own or in a small group. Traveling by train is incredibly scenic. Let us do the organizing for you. You will go to spots that other travelers will never experience. You will learn about the history of the place from a local’s perspective.
    The 3 days/2 nights trip includes:
    Train tickets from Athens to Meteora
    3* hotel with breakfast in Kalambaka
    Train tickets from Meteora to Levadia
    Taxi transfer from Levadia to Delphi
    3* hotel with breakfast in Delphi
    Bus tickets from Delphi to Athens.
    Join the Meteora Sunset Tour
    Choose the second day’s tour
    Pick-up from Kalampaka train station to the hotel
    English speaking tour leader on the tours
    Map and Bottle of water on the tours
    Free wifi onboard the tour bus

    NOT INCLUDED:
    Entrance fees to the monasteries
    Entrance fees to the archeological site in Delphi
    Tour guide in Delphi

    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 below the knees are required.

    Description

    The 2 Days package to Meteora by train is organised daily.
    METEORA is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage monument. 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 of 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 train tickets, a 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 your platform and board the train to Kalambaka which 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 sunsets).
    * 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 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,
    Following the Covid-19 measures the train runs in 50% capacity
    resulting in a surcharge of 25 € p.p. that must be added to all prices.

    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 on 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

    Meteora by train

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

    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.

    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, cultural heritage of 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) 103 €
    – 2 passengers: Train ticket (B class) 99 € p.p.
    – 3 passengers: Train ticket (B class) 96 € p.p.
    – 4 – 6 passengers: Train ticket (B class) 94 € p.p.

    To secure your booking, please, click and see the terms, find the pay online link in the footer, and, deposit 50.00 € p.p.

    INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

    * Meet and assist service at the Larissis Railway Station in Athens.
    * Return train ticket. Pay 15.00 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 euros per person, is the entrance ticket to each monastery, and
    * Your lunch and drinks on 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.
    * Meet me at the LARISA railway station in Athens +/- 30 minutes before the train departure.
    * Your train comes at 07:10 am. I shall help you find your 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 50.00 € per person and you settle the balance in Athens.

    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 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 on 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 as most guys did. He is honest and reliable.

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    Astoria Travel, (Est. 1958)
    48 Stadiou street, Athens 10564, Greece.
    Tel. +302103250380, +306932888585.
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    Travelling to Meteora by train is a comfortable and efficient way. A smooth and scenic ride.

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    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 ticket, and 1 night stay with breakfast in the 4* hotel Kosta Famissi.
    You can add to it a local tour organized by our partner (the Sunset Tour, and either the Meteora morning tour or the Meteora Hiking Tour or,
    After checking into the hotel, you can explore Kalampaka. Don’t miss the 9th c church about a 15 min. walk from the hotel.

    Suggested itinerary
    Day 1: Travel by train to Kalampaka, and visit the Meteora rocks in the afternoon.
    * 07:20 – The train departs from Athens straight to Kalampaka.
    * +/- 11:30 – Arrive in Kalambaka and check in at the hotel KOSTA FAMISSI.
    * 15:30 – Optional “sunset tour” to Meteora.
    * 20:00 – Return to Kalampaka. The rest of the day is free.

    Day 2: A day to explore Meteora before returning to Athens.
    * 09:00 – 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.
    * 05.30 pm – 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 MAKE AND SECURE A BOOKING You deposit 50.00 € 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 plains. It is of worldwide 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 contemporary human and the transition of the human hunter in the agricultural revolution.
    At a small distance from the cave, you can find the Documentation and education center of Theopetra cave.

    Prices


    Prices: 112.00 € in single, 98.00 € p.p. in double room, 95.00 p.p. in triple room
    Includes B class return train ticket + hotel in a 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 a 4* hotel with breakfast
    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 knows his stuff and he is one of the best at his job. He helped me plan a trip to Kalambaka and Delphi by train, private taxi, and Intercity bus. He arranged everything and all went very smoothly like clockwork.
    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 compared to other tours. I definitely recommend him

    I was in Greece the last week of March and the 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 is the most comfortable & efficient way.

    Meteora by train

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    Following the State’s COVID 19 measures the monasteries do not provide wrappings anymore.
    Appropriate clothing is required for everybody that visits the monasteries.

    Tour details


    Join 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-organized tour.
    Enjoy unique landscapes and visit monuments of great historical importance.
    At Meteora join the local tours organized by our local partner and learn the history of the unique area.
    Choose between:
    a) the Meteora Sunset Tour, and
    b) either the morning Half-Day Tour, or
    c) the midday tour to Meteora (12:00-17:00), or
    d) the morning Meteora Hiking Tour

    The train tickets are offered in B class. Upgrading to A class costs 15.00 € p.p. extra

    Departures daily, traveling on your own or in small teams.

    See the alternative tours:
    1-day Meteora by train. Train and local bus tour 94 €
    2 days Meteora package Tarin and hotel 95 €
    2 days Meteora “special” Train, hotel and 2 local tours 135 €
    2 days guided tour to Delphi and Meteora from 120 €
    3 days guided tour to Delphi and an extra day in Kalambaka for 148 €
    5 days guided classical tour of Greece staying an extra day in Kalambaka.

    Itinerary


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

    * Collect your tickets and settle the account, at least a day before departure
    * Be at Athens’ LARISA Railway station at 06:50.
    * 07.20 – Depart from Athens and travel straight to Kalambaka.
    * 11.30 – Arrive in Kalambaka and check in at the Hotel KOSTA FAMISSI.
    * 15.30 – Optional Sunset tour and overnight in Kalambaka

    Day 2. Explore Meteora in the morning, return to Kalambaka and at 16:15 take the train and travel to Delphi.

    * Go for an early walk and experience the flora and the fauna of the area.
    * 08.00 – Have a good breakfast at Hotel Kosta Famissi.
    * 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.
    * 20.00 – Get off at Levadia, meet our driver, and drive to Delphi.
    * 21.00 – Arrive in Delphi and check in at 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
    50 € p.p. for a B-class ticket, or, 60 € p.p. for an A-class ticket.

    Price


    Our price is:
    € 163 p.p. in a double room, € 156 p.p. in a triple room with breakfast
    – This package is not organized for single travelers.

    INCLUDED:
    * Train ticket from Athens to Kalambaka
    * Train ticket from Kalambaka to Levadia Railway station
    * 1-night stay in Hotel Kosta FAMISSI with breakfast in Kalambaka
    * Transfer by taxi from Levadia railway station to Delphi
    * 1-night stay in Hotel LEFAS with breakfast in Delphi
    * Intercity Bus ticket from Delphi to Athens

    NOT INCLUDED:
    # Optional Meteora Sunset Tour. English-speaking tour leader included.
    # Optional second day’s tour. English-speaking tour leader included.
    # Pick up /drop off in Athens. You catch the train at Athens’ LARISIS Railway station.
    # The € 3.00 p.p. to each monastery, and the entrance fee to the museum and site of Delphi.
    # All meals and drinks, except the 2 breakfasts.
    # The hotel overnight tax = 1.50 € per room, per night.
    # Services of a professional tour guide.

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

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    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 were 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. It is important 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 compared with what others paid. I highly recommend Astoria travel for Greece travel.

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    Astoria Travel (Est. 1958)
    48 Stadiou street, Athens 10564, Greece.
    Tel. +302103250380, +306932888585.
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    In the footer of this website, you find the “4 steps to make a booking”. If our offer sounds interesting, please, send us the booking form.

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    The Grand Meteoro monastery. The highest and biggest of the six monasteries open to the public.

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    The Grand Meteoro monastery. The highest and biggest of the six monasteries open to the public.

    The Grand Meteoro monastery. The highest and biggest of the six monasteries open to the public.

    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.

    Spectacularly perched atop rocky pinnacles in Thessaly, the Meteora monasteries are among the most striking sights in Greece. The name Meteora (Μετεωρα) is Greek for “suspended in the air,” which perfectly describes these six remarkable Greek Orthodox monasteries. The sandstone peaks were first inhabited by Byzantine hermits in the 11th century, who clambered up the rocks to be alone with God. The present monasteries were built in the 14th and 15th centuries during a time of instability and revival of the hermit ideal; the first was Great Meteoron (c.1340) and there were 24 monasteries by 1500. They flourished until the 17th century but only six survive today; four of these still host monastic communities.

    The nearest major town is Kalambaka (from the Turkish word for “pinnacle”), at the base of the Meteora, which has accommodation for overnight visitors as well as some medieval churches. Neighboring Kastraki has some accommodation as well. Alternatively, a guided day tour from Athens is a popular and easy way to visit. To visit all six in one day without joining a tour, begin with Ayiou Nikolaou Anapavsa, Varlaam and Great Meteoron before 1pm, break for lunch while the monasteries are closed, then see Roussanou, Ayias Triadhos and Ayiou Stefanou in the afternoon. A strict dress code is enforced: all shoulders must be covered, men must wear long trousers and women must wear long skirts.

    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.