Category Archive : Tours to Meteora

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

Meteora - St Stephan nunnery

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

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

Departures & prices


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

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

PRICES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Places visited

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

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

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

ORACLE OF APOLLO in DELPHI-the centre of the universe

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

METEORA-THE ART OF NATURE

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

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

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

Itinerary

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

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

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

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

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Tour options

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

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

FAQs

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

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

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

Testimonials

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

I visited them at their office in Athens. It was impressive to see that Astoria Travel has been in business since 1958, and through experience have been able to attune their services and offerings to a very wide range of traveller indeed. Their list of contacts is vast, which worked helpfully in our favour: Kosta just picked up the phone and got a taxi to pick us up at Kalampaka station (paying no more than the normal rates, despite being booked ahead).
Moreover, they are a family-run concern, so their levels of friendliness, personalisation of services and traveller support is several notches higher than what a more impersonal agency could provide.
I would highly recommend Astoria Travel not just for booking tickets, tours and hotels, but for help and advice in planning your holiday as well. He graduated from a University in South Africa, his English is excellent and he is highly knowledgeable and courteous.
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If you wish to see the major sights of mainland Ancient Greece including UNESCO listed ancient site of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora monasteries, then I recommend you to join a 4 Day Classical Greece Tour.
The tour departs from Athens and returns to Athens.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

    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 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.
    ———————————————————————–
    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

    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 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.
    Click here and send us a message

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    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.

    * TOURS from Athens
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    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 depart for Kalambaka through the town of Lamia. On the way, a shortstop in Thermopylae, the place where the 300 Spartans (fought against the Persians) to see the Monument of Leonidas, is in the plan. 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

     

    POPULAR TOURS: Afternoon to Sounion 31 € | 1 day Argolis 59 € | 2 days Delphi-Meteora 120 € | 4 day classical & Meteora | 1 day cruise
     

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    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 price is not matched. Organizing tours throughout Greece since 1958, we have secured the best deals in all aspects of travel.

    The price per person in 3-star hotels is:
    – in a double room with 2 breakfasts, 249.00 € p.p.,
    – in a double room with 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts, 285.00 € p.p. (Htl Hermes and Htl Orfeas)

    The price per person in 4-star hotels (Htl Amalia and Htl Grand Meteora is:
    – in a double room with 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts, 335.00 € p.p.

    The “City TAX” for hotel accommodation is not included. This tax is payable by the guests to the hotel upon check-in: 4* hotel: 3 € per night, per room, 3* hotel: 1,50 € per night, per room.

    The price includes:

    1 night in Delphi and 1 in Kalambaka.
    – Meals according to the price paid.
    – The services of the professional tour guide.
    The entrance fee to the site and the museum in Delphi is included.
    – The entrance fee in 2 monasteries at Meteora is included.

    – Pick-up service from or near your hotel (see the list of hotels at the footer)
    – Transportation on a 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 the 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 prophecies 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 buildings.

    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 in 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 Meteoro, 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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    48 Stadiou street, Athens 10564, Greece.
    Tel. +302103250380, +306932888585.
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    Caves in the Meteora rocks

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    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.

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    Days & Prices


    This tour is organized April-October,
    You depart 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 – (join the optional hiking tour and in the afternoon join the optional “sunset tour”). Friday, you join a group and with the professional tour guide, you visit 2 monasteries that are open on Fridays and return to Athens at +/- 19:30 .

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

    PRICES: We are sure that our price cannot be matched. Organizing tours throughout Greece since 1958, we have secured the best deals in all aspects of travel. Our prices, per adult, for this tour, are:

    1) Sharing a room with your partner, 2 nights with 2 breakfasts = 148 + 12 entrance fees = 160 €
    2) For single travellers, 2 nights in a single room, with 2 breakfasts = 200 + 12 entrance fees = 212 €

    The hotel that we use in Kalambaka 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 a 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 €)
    – The entrance tickets to the two 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.

    MORE OFFERS and DISCOUNTS (only one discount allowed – the higher one):
    a) 5% TRIPLE ROOM DISCOUNT: Share a room with another two of your friends and gain 5%.
    a) 5% GROUP DISCOUNT: Make a team of five or more passengers and gain 5%.
    b) 5% ADVANCE BOOKING and payment discount. Follow the following three steps and save 5%.
    # SUBMIT your booking request form at least 4 months before the scheduled departure.
    # WITHIN ONE WEEK following our confirmation, pay a non-refundable deposit of 50.00 € p.p.
    # 2 MONTHS before the departure of the tour, settle the balance in full and save 5%.

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    After browsing through the web, I found that ASTORIA TRAVEL offers the cheapest tour packages in Athens. Initially, I was quite sceptical. 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 fraud. I even booked my first two nights in Athens at Hotel Arethusa (next to Syntagma Square) at an unbelievably 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 prophecies of the Oracle and to watch and compete in the Pythian Games, like the Olympics, which was 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, making 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 the 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 facilities, used for training during the “Pythian Games”.
    Today, next to the archaeological site, there is an impressive museum, displaying findings from the local excavations, which started in 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 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 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 has 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 drive via THEBES (the town connected with legendary Oedipus), LEVADIA (shortstop) and ARACHOVA, the group arrives in DELPHI at 11.30 am. 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 restaurant 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 Kalambaka, 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 a 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 example 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 its 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 Kalambaka and find the old Byzantine church. It’s the most important monument of Kalambaka. 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 overnight.
    Local tours: “Afternoon Sunset tour”, “Morning 4-hour tour” or “4 hours hiking tour”. The special price is 20 € for 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 St. Stephen (the only one with easy access).
    Return to Kalambaka 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 (shortstop) 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 centre of the universe”.
    With a 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 (Shortstop), LAMIA (stop for restroom), 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 the fauna of the area.
    We suggest that in the morning you explore the area on your own, using a 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 € 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 Kalambaka 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 (shortstop), Lamia (stop), Karditsa & Trikala, you proceed to Kalambaka
    18:30 Arrive in Kalambaka and at 19:30 check into the hotel of your choice.
    09:00 Today you are free to explore Meteora. Do your hiking exercise 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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    Astoria Travel (est. 1958)
    48 Stadiou street, Athens 10564, Greece.
    Tel. +302103250380, +306932888585.
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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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