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Meteora - St Stephan nunnery

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Appropriate clothing is required for everybody that visits the monasteries.
For men: Sleeveless clothing and shorts over the knees are not allowed, and
For ladies: Skirts below the knees are required.

Departures and prices


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

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

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

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

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

MORE OFFERS and DISCOUNTS (only one discount allowed – the highest one):
a) Share a triple room with a friend and save 5% on the double room rate.
b) 5% GROUP DISCOUNT: Make a team of 5 or more passengers and gain 5% or

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

 

POPULAR TOURS: Tour to Sounion 33 € | 1 day Delphi 59 € | 1 day Argolis 59 € | 4 day classical & Meteora | 1 day cruise

 

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Places visited


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

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

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

ORACLE OF APOLLO in DELPHI-the centre of the universe

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

METEORA-THE ART OF NATURE

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

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

Itinerary

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

13.30 The group proceeds for lunch, and at +/- 14.45 departs via AMPHISSA, LAMIA, and TRIKALA for Kalambaka with a short photo stop at THERMOPYLAE, the site of the famous battle between the 300 Spartans against the huge Persian army in 480 B.C. took place. In antiquity Thermopylae (= hot gates,) was a narrow coastal passage. Its name comes from its hot sulfur springs. “Hot gates” is also “the place of hot springs and cavernous entrances to Hades. After a brief rest stop outside Lamia, we shall arrive at your hotel in Kalambaka at +/- 19:00. Overnight.

DAY 2: 08.15 After breakfast you will visit a local art studio where you learn about the technique of painting icons.
You continue and visit two of the monasteries that are open on that day.
12:30 Return to Kalambaka for lunch and at +/- 14:00 you start the return and arrive in Athens at 19:30.

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

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Tour options

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

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FAQs


QUESTION: How many hours do we stay at the ancient site in Delphi? ANSWER: You spend 1.30 hours in the ancient site of Delphi.
QUESTION: Is there any free time, or is it all guided? ANSWER: There is free time but I suggest you break from the group as early as possible. The tour doesn’t go to the top of the mountain to see the Delphi stadium.
AT METEORA: You spend about 1 hour in each monastery but there is no need to break early.
Appropriate clothing is required to visit the Monasteries and nunneries. Skirts below the knees for ladies and long trousers for gentlemen.
The monasteries/nunneries provide wrappings that the visitors can wear over their clothing before entering.
FREE TIME: After the guide takes you around, you have enough time to see whatever is left to see.
IN DELPHI the 2-day tour to Meteora meets the 3-day classical tour, and the tour company usually moves guests traveling to Meteora onto another bus and they proceed to Kalambaka and visit Meteora together.
For the 2-day tour to Delphi and Meteora clients: The restaurant in Delphi is 3 km after the modern Delphi village.

CANCELATIONS Please see the Terms of use in the footer.
Read more about Athens to Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Trip 2019 – https://www.viator.com/tours/Athens/2-Day-Trip-to-Delphi-and-Meteora-from-Athens/d496-31408A?mcid=56757

Testimonials


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

I visited them at their office in Athens. It was impressive to see that Astoria Travel has been in business since 1958, and through experience has been able to attune its services and offerings to a very wide range of traveler needs. Their list of contacts is vast, which worked helpfully in our favor: Kosta just picked up the phone and got a taxi to pick us up at Kalampaka station (paying no more than the normal rates, despite being booked ahead).
Moreover, they are a family-run concern, so their levels of friendliness, personalization of services, and traveler support are several notches higher than what a more impersonal agency could provide.
I would highly recommend Astoria Travel not just for booking tickets, tours, and hotels, but for help and advice in planning your holiday as well. He graduated from a University in South Africa, his English is excellent and he is highly knowledgeable and courteous.
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From: https://travelbunny8.blogspot.com/2016/07/greece-4-days-classical-greece-tour.html
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If you wish to see the major sights of mainland Ancient Greece including UNESCO-listed ancient sites of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi, and Meteora monasteries, then I recommend you to join a 4 Day Classical Greece Tour.
The tour departs from Athens and returns to Athens.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upon arrival, you realize why the first hermits chose this location to create their monastic community and seek communication with God. See the 4 monasteries and the 2 nunneries, and visit two of them. Learn about the everyday life of the monks, admire their architecture and gaze at the priceless relics and treasures of the monasteries, cultural heritage to all Christian religions.

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

Itinerary


* You collect your tickets from us and settle the account anyday before departure.
* Be at the LARISA railway station in Athens at least 30 minutes before the train departure.
* Your train comes at 07:10 am. Find your carriage and seat.
* 07:20 – The train departs and following a scenic route it travels straight from Athens to Kalampaka(last stop).
* 11:30 – Arrive in Kalampaka and meet our English-speaking driver outside the railway station.
* 11:45 – Drive to Meteora. Visit up to 3 monasteries. See old hermitages and cloisters in the caves.
* 16:45 – Return to Kalampaka. Stop at a local restaurant for a light meal (not included in the price).
* 17:00 – The train departs from Kalampaka and arrives in Athens (LARISA station) at +/- 22.45.

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

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

Price & Inclussions


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

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

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

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

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

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

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

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 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.

Tour details


Join this independent tour and visit Meteora and Delphi in 3 days at your own pace.
Travel from Athens and back combining train, taxi, and public bus.
We have built a reliable team of partners and offer a well-organized tour.
Enjoy unique landscapes and visit monuments of great historical importance.
At Meteora join the local tours organized by our local partner and learn the history of the unique area.
Choose between:
a) the Meteora Sunset Tour, and
b) either the morning Half-Day Tour, or
c) the midday tour to Meteora (12:00-17:00), or
d) the morning Meteora Hiking Tour

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

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

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

Itinerary


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

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

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

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

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

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

To secure a booking, please, read the terms and conditions and deposit
50 € p.p. for a B-class ticket, or, 60 € p.p. for an A-class ticket.

Price


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

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

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

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

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Testimonials


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

contact us

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

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

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