Category Archive : Tours to Meteora

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

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

Description

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

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

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

Tour itinerary

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

Second day.

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

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

Prices

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

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

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

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

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

    contact us

    Astoria Travel, (Est. 1958)
    48 Stadiou street, Athens 10564, Greece.
    Tel. +302103250380, +306932888585.
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    Meteora by train

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Price & Inclussions


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

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

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

    INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

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

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

    Itinerary


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

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

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

    Options to visit

    CLICK and see all the options to visit the Meteora

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

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

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

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

    Testimonials


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

    contact us

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

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

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

    Description

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

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

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

    Why book with us

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

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

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

    Do not miss


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

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

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

    Prices


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

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

    NOT INCLUDED:

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

    Included

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

    Testimonials


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

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

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

    contact us

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

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

    Meteora by train

    SEE ALL THE TOURS that visit Meteora guided or independent.

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

    Tour details


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

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

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

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

    Itinerary


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Price


    Our price is:
    € 138 p.p. in a double room with breakfast
    (47 € per person after Covid-19 surcharge must be added. The final price is 185 €).
    € 131 p.p. in a triple room with breakfast
    (39 € per person after Covid-19 surcharge must be added. The final price is 170 €).
    – The trip is not organized for single travellers.

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

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

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

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

    Testimonials


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

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

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

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

     

    Prehistory, Classical Period, Roman Domination, Byzantine Empire, Crusades & Modern Times in 7 days.

    Dates of operation: 23/04/20 – 14 & 28/05/20 – 11 & 25/06/20 – 16/07/20 – 06/08/20 – 10, 17 & 24/09/20

    Description


    Free pick up service starts at 07:30 am and is included in the price. (See the list of hotels in the footer).

    Day 1: Drive from Athens to Corinth Canal (short stop). Visit Epidaurus and the famous Theatre. Short stop in Nafplio (photo stop) and proceed to Mycenae. Visit the Tomb of Agamemnon and the Archaeological Site and drive on to Olympia. Dinner & overnight.

    Day 2: OLYMPIA. Visit the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus. See the temple of Zeus, the temple of Hera, the spot where the torch of the modern Olympic Games is lit, the Stadium, and the Archaeological Museum.
    Continue to Delphi crossing the Corinthian Bay, driving on the bridge to Antirion. Drive by the beautiful towns of Nafpaktos(famous Lepanto for the Spaniards), Galaxidi and the port of Itea. Dinner and overnight in Delphi.

    Day 3: Visit the famous oracle and see the Temple of Apollo, the Treasury of Athenians and the Museum with great sculptures such as the Sphinx monster, the athlete Aghias and the bronze Charioteer.
    After lunch depart for Kalambaka the town at the foot of the gigantic sandstone rocks of Meteora.

    Day 4: METEORA, meaning “suspended in the air”. You will visit 2 Monasteries and see unique specimens of Byzantine art.
    Depart from Kalampaka to Thessaloniki, the second largest city of Greece (dinner & overnight).

    Day 5: THESSALONIKI. In the morning explore the city that during the Byzantine Empire was the “co-reigning” city. Visit the Museum of Byzantine Culture and the most characteristic churches of the Christian world. The rest of the day you are free to see more of the city. Dinner & overnight.

    Day 6: Departure for the historical Greek Macedonia. Visit Edessa, the city with the waterfalls. Second stop at Naoussa where Aristotle, the great philosopher, taught morals and politics to Great Alexander.
    Continue to Vergina (ancient Aigai). Visit the royal tombs of King Philip, Alexander’s father, and the unique museum.
    Last stop is Veria (Biblical Berea). See the Bema of St Paul. Stroll through the old Jewish neighbourhood and the market area and return to Thessaloniki for dinner & overnight.

    Day 7: Today you visit Pella, the birthplace of Great Alexander. In the museum you see the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th c.
    Next stop is in the Archaeological Park of Dion, at the foot of Mt Olympus, residence of the 12 Olympian Gods. Return to Athens arriving late in the afternoon.

    Price & Highlights

    All travel agents, in Greece and worldwide, offer the same tour at different prices. We are sure that our price is not matched. After 62 years of organising tours throughout Greece we have secured the best deals in all aspects of travel.
    Our prices are:
    Sharing a double/twin bedroom, 930.00 € per adult, 650.00 € per child.
    Single travellers in a single 4* star hotel bedroom is 1160.00 €.

    The price includes:

    * 6 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels
    * 6 Dinners & 6 breakfasts
    * The services of the professional tour guide throughout the tour
    * Entrance Fees to the sites and the museums visited
    * Pick-up service from or near your hotel (see the list of hotels in the footer)
    * Transportation by modern air-conditioned coach
    * All taxes except the hotel overnight tax

    Discounts

    If you are 3 persons sharing a triple room you save 5% per person.

    Maps & routes

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    Astoria Travel,
    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 good send us the multi day booking form and start communication.

    The Pnonaia temple in Delphi

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    Description


    Day 1: Arrive in Delphi at +/- 11:30.
    Visit the famous “Temple Bank” of the ancient times, dedicated to the God Apollo, and see the Temple of Apollo, the Treasury of Athenians and in the archaeological Museum you will see fantastic Greek sculptures like the Sphinx, the famous athlete Aghias, the handsome Antinoos and the bronze Charioteer.

    Day 2: The morning is free to explore the ancient site of Delphi. After lunch leave for Kalambaka through the town of Lamia. On the way, a short stop in Thermopylae, the place where the 300 Spartans (fought against the Persians) is in the plan, to see Leonidas Monument. Arrive in Kalambaka at +/- 19:00. Overnight.

    Day 3: Visit Meteora, meaning “hanging from the sky”. It seems to be “suspended in the air”. You will visit two ageless Byzantine Monasteries and you will see unique specimens of Byzantine art. After lunch, return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, and arrive in Athens at +/- 19:30

    Days of departure & prices

    The Delphi and Meteora tour operates April – October: Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & selected Fridays. CLICK and see the dates.

    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 organising tours throughout Greece we have secured the best deals in all aspects of travel. So, why pay more?

    Our discounted prices in 3 star hotel per person are:
    – in double room with 2 breakfasts 225.00 €, or, 270.00 € with 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts
    – in single room with breakfast only 260.00 €, 335.00 € with 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts

    The tour includes:

    1 night in Delphi and 1 in Kalambaka.
    – Meals according to price paid.
    – The services of the professional tour guide.
    The fee to enter the site and the archaeological museum in Delphi (=12.00 €) is not included.
    – Pick-up service from or nearby your hotel (see the list of hotels in the footer)
    – Transportation on modern air-conditioned coach
    – Taxes, except the hotel overnight city tax.

    Places visited


    Places visited during this tour:

    * The traditional village of Arachova.
    * The sanctuary of Apollo and the Archaeological museum of Delphi.
    * Overnight in modern Delphi.
    * The monument of Leonidas, the Spartan King, in Thermopylae.
    * Overnight in Kalambaka, the city below the rocks of Meteora.
    * 2 monasteries are visited. One of them is the nunnery of St. Stephen.

    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. Delphi was the most sacred place in the ancient world and thousands of pilgrims visited here, from kings and philosophers to common people to hear the prophesies of the Oracle and to watch and compete in the ancient games held here, the Pythian Games, similar to the Olympics.

    The ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE consists of the temple of Apollo, the treasury houses, the theatre, and the stadium. DELPHI is one of the best archaeological sites in Greece with ancient temples and shrines placed along the sacred way, making Delphi one of the best places to visit all year round. The site consists of the temple of Apollo, the treasury houses of the City States, the ancient theatre, the stadium at the top of the hill, the gymnasium, and hippodrome. The sanctuary was built in an imposing location, on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus. The Temple of Apollo, the treasury house of the Athenians, the Polygonal wall, the treasury houses of the different city States — where treasures from all over Greece were kept, and the Theatre are some of the most important building.

    The remaining part of the ancient site, bellow the road, with the temple of Athena Pronaia, the Tholos (a circular structure with 3 of its original 20 doric columns restored), the gymnasium and the sports facilities, used for training for the athletes that took part in the “Pythian or Delphian Games”, is not visited in the guided tours. Choose the tour without lunch and when the group is having lunch you can visit them on your own, without the tour guide.

    Today, next to the archaeological site, there is an impressive museum, displaying findings from the local excavations, that started 1892, masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture. The highlights are offerings by the oracle visitors, such as the famous bronze statue of the Charioteer, the statue of Antinoos, the famous athlete Aghias, the two “kouros” statues, the Roman “omphalos”, being the sculptured stone that represented the navel of the world, and many others.

    METEORA-THE ART OF NATURE

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

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

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

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    Caves in the Meteora rocks

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

    For real pleasure, combine walking and touring between the monasteries. Give yourselves an extra day to explore Meteora on your own. The sight of the Meteora is a unique spectacle and experience, but walking on the well marked paths, between the rocks, is breathtaking. One morning in Kalambaka is not enough. Spend an extra night there, wake up early and go for a walk. Experience and observe the local flora and fauna, join the optional “sunset” tour and you will remember Meteora for the rest of your life.

    Days & Prices


    Unfortunately this guided tour operates ONLY between April-October,
    You depart on Wednesday with a group and a tour guide, you visit the ancient site in Delphi and spend the night in Kalambaka. Thursday in Kalambaka, you are free to explore Meteora on your own – (take the optional morning hiking tour and in the afternoon join the optional “sunset tour”). Finally, Friday, with a group and a professional tour guide, you visit 2 monasteries that are open on Fridays and return to Athens at +/- 19:30
    It can be combined and offered with other day departures but the return from Kalambaka to Athens is by train for extra 20.00 €.

    ***CLICK & SEE the alternative 3 days/2 nights independent tour, that we organize daily by train.

    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:

    1) Sharing a room with your partner, 2 nights with 2 breakfasts = 148.00 + 12.00 entrance fees = 160.00 €
    2) For single travellers, 2 nights in single room, with 2 breakfasts = 188.00 + 12.00 entrance fees = 200.00 €

    The hotel that we use in Kalampaka for this tour is the 3* “Hotel KOSTA FAMISI”.
    The prices include:
    – transportation on modern air conditioned buses
    – Pickup / drop off from or near your lodging. (See the list of hotels in the footer of this page).
    (This service is from hotels in Athens. The airport and the Port of Piraeus are not in Athens).
    – The services of the professional tour guide on Wed & Friday. Thursday you are on your own.
    – Hotel accommodation in single / double rooms including BREAKFAST, ONLY.
    – The entrance to the ancient site of Delphi (April – Oct = 12.00 €, Nov – March = 6.00 €)
    – The entrance tickets to the 2 monasteries visited.

    Not included:
    – SINCE 2018, a hotel accommodation tax is applied and paid by clients to the hotels as follows: 3* hotels=1.50 € per room/per night.

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    The tour which I joined was organized by G.O.TOURS. Information about the tour can be found at their website at http://www.gotours.com.gr/en/
    However I did not book through their website. I booked it through ASTORIA TRAVEL https://astoriatravel.gr/
    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 (30% cheaper) compared to the travel company’s price? Is this a scam? Well, believe it! It was not a scam. I even booked my first two nights in Athens at Hotel Arethusa (next to Syntagma Square) at a very cheap price through ASTORIA TRAVEL.

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    Highlights


    DELPHI-the centre of the universe
    Delphi was the most sacred place in the ancient world and thousands of pilgrims, from kings and philosophers to common people, came to hear the prophesies of the Oracle and to watch and compete in the Pythian Games, similar to the Olympics, that were organized in Delphi. The archaeological site is one of the best in Greece with ancient temples and shrines placed on the slopes of Mt Parnassus, makes Delphi one of the best places to visit all year round. It is a 2.30 hr drive from Athens.

    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 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 “omphalos”, 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.
    The huge rocks of Meteora were formed millions of years ago, a mixture of sandstone, pebbles and hard gravel. These mountain pillars are extraordinary, with horizontal stripes and strange shapes, reaching 600 m tall. The art of Nature; a rocky forest. Meteora have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and since 1995 the Hellenic government declared it a ” sacred area”, belonging to everybody and protected from any change or interference. What makes them even more remarkable are the exquisite monasteries, built by hermits during the 9th c. AD, at the pinnacles of the rocks. For centuries these towers of sandstone provided cliff-top retreats for the monks.

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    SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE TOUR

    1st DAY: Depart at 08.30 from Athens and driving via THEBES (the town connected with legendary Oedipus), LEVADIA (short stop) and ARACHOVA, the group arrives in DELPHI 11.30am. With the tour guide you visit the sanctuary of Apollo, and the archaeological museum, located near the site.
    13.30 break up for lunch at a restaurand outside the modern Delphi town, and at 15.00 proceed after a short stop at THERMOPYLAE, the area where the Spartan king LEONIDAS and his 300 soldiers fought the Persians in 480 BC you arrive in Kalampaka, at +/- 19.00. Overnight in Hotel KOSTA FAMISI.

    2nd DAY: Today you are free to explore the area of Meteora. Start in the morning hiking on the path towards Holy Trinity and St. Stephen. When you get up there, sit at the edge of one of the rocks, and let your mind travel million years back. Imagine that you wet your foot in the water of a huge lake. A lake covering the whole valley. Look at the horizon and imagine the lake drying gradually, recovering all this natural beauty in front of you. This is the most probable option of how all these were created. You are in front of a geological phenomenon universally unique, where words like admire, unexplainable, impressing which we usually find in many writings can describe it’s size only to one point.
    Follow the same path for your return or walk on the asphalt road back to Kalampaka. Relax in one of the cafeterias and when you recover, walk to Kastraki and find the cave dwellings at Badovas. Here is where everything started. Here, you will see old hermitages, original cloisters, and monasteries built in the caves.
    You haven’t finished yet. Walk inside the old town of Kalampaka and find the old Byzantine church. It’s the most important monument of Kalampaka. Another “must do” is to take the optional “Sunset tour”, visit one monastery (usually the Rousanou) and capture beautiful sunset photos. Return to the hotel for overnight.
    Local tours: “Afternoon Sunset tour”, “Morning 4 hour tour” or “4 hours hiking tour”. Special price 20.00 € either one.

    3rd DAY: After breakfast, meet and join the group and on the bus this time, drive to the METEORA and visit 2 of the monasteries that are open on that day. One of them is the St. Stephen (the only with easy access).
    Return to Kalampaka for lunch, and after lunch you say farewell to mystical Meteora and start the return to Athens. Arrive in Athens, +/- 19.30.

    itinerary

    DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY: The bus departs from the terminal at +/- 08.30
    Passing from THEBES, LEVADIA (short stop) and the village of ARACHOVA, you arrive in DELPHI,
    the famous “Temple-Bank”, at 11.30. Delphi was considered by the ancient Greeks and the Romans as the “the centre of the universe”.
    With the professional tour guide you will explore the legendary site of the Oracle band the nearby archaeological museum.
    13.30 The group proceeds for lunch, and at +/- 15,00 departs via 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 (Short stop), LAMIA(stop for rest room), KARDITSA and TRIKALA for KALAMBAKA. Arrival at +/- 19:00, and overnight in hotel KOSTA FAMISSI.

    DAY 2 – THURSDAY: This is the extra day. You are free to explore the area.
    Wake up early to experience the surrounding terrace, the flora and fauna of the area.
    We suggest that in the morning you explore the area on your own, using to local bus (May-October), to visit the monasteries, or, hire our taxi driver, or do an easy hiking trip.
    In the afternoon, take the optional “SUNSET TOUR”. Our pre-booked price is 20.00 euro per person. The tour bus will pick you up from the hotel at +/- 15.30 and you will be back at +/- 20.00.

    DAY 3 – FRIDAY: After breakfast, at +/- 08:15, meet the bus behind your hotel, join a new group, drive to the METEORA, and visit two of the monasteries that are open on Fridays. One of them is the monastery of St. Stephen, the only monastery easily accessible.
    +/- 12:00 Return to Kalampaka for lunch and after lunch you start the return to Athens arriving at +/- 19.30.

    Time Tour Plan & Services
    08:30 Hotel pick up starts from 07.30 Depart from the terminal in Athens at +/- 08:30
    11:30 After a short break near Levadia, arrive in modern Delphi village
    11:45 With the professional tour guide, visit the ancient sanctuary site. Entrance fees included.
    13:45 Lunch at a local restaurant, outside the modern village of Delphi.(Optional).
    15:00 Via Thermopylae (short stop), Lamia (stop), Karditsa & Trikala, you proceed to Kalambaka
    18:30 Arrive in Kalambaka and at 19:30 check-in the hotel of your choice.
    09:00 Today you are free to explore Meteora. Do your hiking excercise and visit GRAND METEORO.
    16:00 Take the optional “Sunset Tour”, and capture beautiful sunset memories. (Optional tour)
    09:00 After breakfast, with a new group, visit 2 monasteries. Entrance fees included.
    12:00 Lunch at a local restaurant. (not included in price).
    14:00 Start the return to Athens and arrive in Athens at +/- 19:30. Hotel drop off by 20:00

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    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 160.00 €
    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 by train from…62.00 €
    Independent trip and private taxi
    Train ticket & taxi hire
    1 day Meteora, train & shared bus
    Independent train trip
    Train & tour of Meteora in shared bus
    2 days trip train package
    Independent train trip
    Train ticket & hotel
    2 days by train – “Meteora special”
    Train ticket, hotel, Sunset & morning tour
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Meteora monasteries

    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.

    Organised on... & prices

    NOVEMBER-MARCH this tour is organised ONLY on Mondays
    APRIL-OCTOBER Click and see details and prices for this tour organised between April – October.

    Highlights: Corinth canal-Epidaurus-Mycenae-Olympia(o/n)-Delphi(o/n)-Thermopylae-Kalambaka(o/n) and a short photo stop in Nafplion.

    Free pick-up/drop off service is included (See the link in the footer of this website).
    The pick up starts 07:30 on Monday, brings the people to the terminal and returns on Thursday at +/- 19:30

    PRICES: The guided tours are organized by 3 big tour operators and are offered by travel agencies at different prices. People tell us that our prices are the best. Many clients ask the question: Why are your prices cheaper than others. The answer is simple: Organising tours throughout Greece since 1958 we have secured the best deals in all aspects of travel. Our discounted prices are not matched. Book in advance and save even more.

    Two choices Total price in double room Total price in single room
    Option 1: 3* hotel with breakfast 320.00 + 24.00 entrance fees = 344.00 € 385.00 + 24.00 entrance fees = 409.00 €
    Option 2: 4* hotel, 3 dinners & 3 breakfasts 435.00 + 24.00 entrance fees = 459.00 €
    includes arrival transfer offer
    530.00 + 24.00 entrance fees = 554.00 €
    includes arrival transfer offer

    * Child (4 – 12 y.o.) pays 75% of the tour price (Entrance fees depends on Nationality.)
    * E.U. Nationalities up to 26 y.o. enter free of charge. Other Nationalities pay full entrance fees.
    * Infants up to 4 y.o. travel free of charge when they share the parents’ double bed

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

    * If our offers sound interesting read the “4 steps to book” in the footer and start communication.
    * Fill the booking request and start the communication. We shall get back asap.

    The tour services include:
    – Modern air-conditioned buses
    – 3 nights accommodation with 3 breakfasts & if you choose half board plus 3 dinners.
    – Pick up/drop off from or near your hotel (See the list of hotels at the footer of the website), and
    – The services of the tour guide along the tour.
    – Complimentary arrival airport transfer wherever it is mentioned.
    – The applicable entrances to sites and museums visited.
    – All taxes except the “city tax” (1.50 – 3.00 € per room, per night). This city tax is paid extra by the client to the hotel.

    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 discounted price for the package.

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    Copied from a client’s blogspot:
    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 (20% cheaper) compared to the travel company’s price? Is this a scam? Well, believe it! It was not a scam. I even booked my first two nights in Athens at Hotel Arethusa (next to Syntagma Square) at a very cheap price through ASTORIA TRAVEL. Read more in the testimonials section….

    Description


    Visiting Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, and Kalambaka

    This tour includes nearly all of the most important archaeological sites, ­and museums on mainland Greece. It gives a complete picture of ancient Greek civilization beginning with the Mycenaean, the Greek Bronze Age, the Archaic, Classical, the Hellenistic and Roman Greece. It also provides a glimpse of the Byzantine art and architecture.

    It is a full itinerary, but the pace is manageable. Plenty of time is available on the sites and in the museums, allowing time both for adequate exposition by the tour guide and time for further exploration on your own.

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

    NAFPLION – “The town of the Venetians” in Greece. (Short photo stop). Modern architecture hasn’t spoiled the old town of Nafplion, which is a feast for the eye with the Venetian influence everywhere. Nafplion was the capital of the new Greek state in the early 1830s. Here, is the first residential palace of the Bavarian Prince, Otto, the first king after the revolution against the Turks. The old town is beautiful, with mansions and paved roads. The two fortresses, the Palamidi and the Akronafplia, played a key role during the war of independence.

    MYCENAE – “the City in gold”, the kingdom of Agamemnon controlled the land and sea routes. Myths related to history have inspired poets and writers over the centuries from Homer and the Greek tragedies of the classical period.
    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 visit 2 monasteries that are open on the day that you visit Meteora. Return to Kalambaka for lunch and after lunch start the return and arrive in Athens at +/- 19:30

    Itinerary

    08:30 The pick up starts from 07.30am and the bus departs from the terminal at 08:30.
    10:00 Arrival at Corinth canal. 20 min. short stop for photos
    11:15 Arrival at the sanctuary of Epidaurus. Visit the museum & the theatre
    12:30 Proceed to restaurant for lunch. Lunch is optional. It’s not included in the price.
    13:45 Drive on to Nafplion. Short photo stop.
    15:15 Arrival at legendary Mycenae. Visit ancient site & museum
    18:30 Arrival at modern Olympia town. Check in the hotel of your choice
    09:15 Visit the museum & the site of ancient Olympia. Departure and drive towards Patras
    13:00 Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Lunch is optional.
    14:30 Drive to Delphi. Cross the Rio – Antirio bridge to the mainland
    18:15 Arrival and check in the hotel of your choice in Delphi.
    09:00 After breakfast visit the museum and the site. Optional lunch at a local restaurant.
    15:15 Depart for Kalampaka. Short stop at Thermopylae. Arrival in Kalampaka at 19.00
    08:30 Drive to Meteora and visit 2 monasteries. Return to Kalampaka at 12:30.Optional lunch
    14:00 Departure for Athens with a short stop near Lamia. Arrival in Athens centre at 19.30

    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
    Visit 2 of the Meteora monasteries that are open on the day you visit Meteora
    Short stop at Nafplion town

    More info & Map
    – These tours are organized by 3 Tour Operators. All the Travel Agents sell the same tours at discounted rates.
    – Start the communication, and choose the travel agent that suits your budget.

    * In the footer of the website find the “4 steps 2 book” 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.
    * There is a deadline and the bookings are cancelled if they are not paid on time.

    MAP – ROUTE OF THE TOUR

    Testimonials


    ESP4525, Bozeman, Montana, 62 Reviewed November 26, 2017
    wonderful Athens experience
    Just completed a 4 day 3 night tour of the major archeological sites in Greece that we booked through Astoria travel. We could not have been happier with the service they provided. The personal service we received from Kostas was more than we could have hoped for. We will definitely use them again if we get the opportunity.
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    From: https://travelbunny8.blogspot.com/2016/07/greece-4-days-classical-greece-tour.html
    (Visit the excellent blog site, read the description and comments)

    If you wish to see the major sights of mainland Ancient Greece including UNESCO listed ancient site of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora monasteries, then I recommend you to join a 4 Day Classical Greece Tour.
    The tour departs from Athens and returns to Athens. You visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Site in 4 days. I have to warn you that 4 out of the 5 World Heritage Site are in ruins. The tour which I joined was organized by G.O.TOURS. Information about the tour can be found at their website at http://www.gotours.com.gr/en/

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

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

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

    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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    Emeo, San Juan, Puerto…, 41 posts, 35 reviews, Re: Astoria Travel Meteora trip Reviews

    In the end of April we joined the G.O. Tour for the Classic 4 days tour in Greece. Due to unexpected medical reason, we decide not to commit until we had gotten an okay from our doctor.
    Finally we confirmed the tour one day before we flew to Athens. We booked with Kosta. He was nice and very prompt. And he has one of the best rates in the internet.

    In the morning of the tour day, Kosta even came to the main bus pick-up point to make sure we made it. We had a good time in the tour and made friends with several families and couples from different countries. We compared the prices we had paid and our price was the best.
    Remember to print the voucher at home or hotel. The tour operators keeps the printed copy. Thank you Kosta!!! : )

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    The Greek people are friendly and welcome you to Greece.

    Greek people in majority are well manored, smiling, helpful, and optimistic personalities. English language is widely spoken.
    Athens, is still one of the safest European capitals although there are areas that you do not need to walk through. Ask the hotel employees.
    It’s very likely you’ll be as charmed by the Greek people as you will be, by Greece’s beautiful landscape.

    If your time is limited, a guided tour is the best way to see places.

    We offer the tours without the entrance fees, caring for clients that are allowed to enter to sites & museums f.o.c. or by paying discounted entrances.
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    * Night Out in Athens with traditional Greek dinner and Greek dancing show, 58.00 €
    * Morning half-day tour to Ancient Corinth. St Paul lived here for almost 18 months. April-October 51.00 €
    * One day guided tour to Delphi. Visit the museum & the sanctuary of Apollo…Students 49.00 €, adults 59.00 €
    * One day tour to Argolis. Mycenae, Nafplion & Epidaurus…Students 49.00 €, adults 59.00 €
    * One day tour to Ancient Olympia Price shared by passengers
    * One day tour to Meteora by train…from 69.00 €
    * One day cruise to Hydra-Poros & Aegina. Price on request
    * One day cruise and 1 day tour to Delphi 129.00 €
    * One day cruise and 1 day tour to Argolis 129.00 €
    * One day tour to Mycenae & the island of Poros 66.00 € without lunch, or 73.00 € with lunch
    * Two day tour to Delphi at “slow pace”. April-October
    * Two day tour to Nafplion at “slow pace”. April-October
    * Two days to Delphi (site only) & Meteora. A popular tour from 120.00 € and arrival transfer offer for 4 star bookings.
    * Two day “special” tour to Meteora by train…115.00 €
    * 3 day tour, 1 night in Delphi & 1 in Kalampaka
    * 3 days tour to Delphi with 2 nights in Kalampaka– Explore Meteora during your free day in Kalambaka… 148.00 €, April-October
    * 3 days Classical tour – Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia & Delphi from 225.00 € and arrival transfer offer for 4 star bookings.
    * 4 days Classical with Meteora monasteries tour from 320.00 € and arrival transfer offer for 4 star bookings.
    * 4 days Monday’s special Classical tour. First night in Nafplio. April – October from 372.00 € and arrival transfer offer for 4 star bookings.
    * 4 days Classical tour with Nafplio. April – October on Sun – Mon-Fri and selected Wed.
    * 5 days Monday’s Classical & Meteora. First night in Nafplio. April – October from 422.00 € and arrival transfer offer.
    * 5 days Classical tour with a day free in Kalambaka. April – October 380.00 €
    * 5 days tour of Northern Greece. April – October 660.00 €
    * 7 days Grand tour of Greece. April – October 890.00 €

    Independent trips by train:

    * One day tour to Meteora by train & local taxi from 69.00 €
    * Two days train & hotel trip to Kalampaka 73.00€
    * 2 days “special” Meteora, with “morning” and “sunset” tours 115.00 €
    * By train, Meteora and Delphi, 3 days/2 nights 138.00 €
    * By train, Meteora and Thessaloniki, 5 days/4 nights. Price on r/q

    Independent trips on Intercity buses:

    * One day trip to Delphi on the intercity bus
    * Two days to Olympia on the intercity bus

    Private tours to:

    * Half day tour to Marathon, Arch. museum, tomb and museum of Olympic Games.
    * 1 day private tour to Olympia, museums & archaeological site.
    * One day private tour to Delphi, monastery of Ossios Lucas and visit to the new museum of Thebes.
    * One day private tour to ancient Corinth, Mycenae, lunch in Nafplion & Epidaurus.
    * 2 day tour to Olympia, Ancient Messene & Nafplion(o/night).
    * Two days tour to Delphi, Olympia(o/night) & ancient Messene.

    Cruises to the Aegean islands

    * One day cruise to Hydra, poros & Egina. Combine it with 1 day tours and pay a discounted price.
    * 3 days to Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Kusadasi
    * 4 days to Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Kusadasi
    * 7 days cruise to Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Kusadasi

    All options to visit

    * Meteora from Athens
    * Olympia from Athens
    * Nafplion from Athens
    * Delphi from Athens

    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.