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Olympia stadium

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Operating days & prices


April-October, the tour operates Monday-Tuesday-Saturday & selected Thursdays.
November-March, the tour operates ONLY on Mondays

Pick up / drop off service from or near your hotel starts at 07:30, departs from the terminal at 08:30 and returns at 18:30

HOTELS at Olympia: (3*) NEDA, KRONION, ANTONIOS, or similar | (4*) OLYMPIC VILLAGE or EUROPA or ARTY GRAND
HOTELS in Delphi: (3*) FEDRIADES or HERMES or PARNASSOS and (4*) AMALIA or APPOLONIA

PRICES: All travel agents, in Greece and worldwide, offer the same tours organized by 3 big tour operators, in different prices. We believe 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 aspect of travel. However, don’t take our word for it. Compare our prices and services, and decide. Why pay more? Our prices per adult are:

Three choices Double room Single room
Option 1: 3* hotel with breakfast 225.00 + applicable entrance fees 285.00 + applicable entrance fees
Option 2: 3* hotel – half board 265.00 + applicable entrance fees 325.00 + applicable entrance fees
Option 3: 4* hotel – half board 320.00 + applicable entrance fees
includes complimentary arrival transfer
395.00 + applicable entrance fees
includes complimentary arrival transfer

* Upgrade your night at Olympia in hotel OLYMPIC VILLAGE (4*) with breakfast paying 14.00 € p.p. extra
* Child (4 – 12 y.o.) pays 75% of the tour price (No entrance fees apply)
* Infants up to 4 y.o. travel free of charge when they share the parents’ double bed

EXTRAS

APPLICABLE entrance fees:
JANUARY – DECEMBER, Juniors under 19, plus E.U. students are allowed free of charge.
JANUARY – DECEMBER, Students from other countries, plus E.U. seniors over 65, pays 24.00 €
NOVEMBER – MARCH, everybody else, pays 24.00 € while, from
APRIL – OCTOBER everybody else pays 48.00 € extra.

We offer the tours without entrance fees since we have clients that because of age, occupation, etc. are allowed to enter sites/museums f.o.c.
To make the matter clear: The price for a full adult is 225.00 + 48.00 for entrance fees = 273.00 euro

The tour services include:
– transportation on modern air-conditioned buses
– 2 nights hotel accommodation, 1 at Olympia, and 1 in Delphi
– 1 breakfast at Olympia and 1 in Delphi
– 2 dinners (if you choose to pay half board), 1 at Olympia, and 1 in Delphi
– 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 professional tour guide.
– All taxes except the “hotel overnight tax” (1.50 – 3.00 € per room, per night).
– If you pay the 4 star price, the arrival airport transfer is included.
– No hidden costs or surcharges. We offer you the best price in the market.
The decision is yours. We can assure you that you ‘ll have a great tour.

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 special price for the package. See our combo prices in the footer.
* At Olympia upgrade your 3 star hotel to the 4 star OLYMPIAN VILLAGE by paying 14.00 euro p.p. extra

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Copied from a client’s blogspot:
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 (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 details in the testimonials section…

Description


Visit Epidaurus, Nafplion, Mycenae, Olympia & Delphi

The Amazing open THEATRE OF EPIDAURUS
The priests of the sanctuary of god Asclepius were excellent surgeons. On the ground of the sanctuary, the administration of the Asclipieion, in order to entertain the patients, decided to build a theatre. Today, next to the sanctuary of Asclepius, there is a small museum, displaying 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. The town was in the hands of the Venetians for 200 years and when they gave it back to the Greeks they also left their signature on the old charming town. Nafplion was the capital of the Greek state in the early 1830s. Here, is the first residential palace for the young Bavarian Prince, Otto, the first king of the new country after the revolution against the Turks. The old town is beautiful, with old mansions and paved roads. The town’s fortresses, the Palamidi and the Akronafplia, played a key role during the war of independence. The Venetian influence is everywhere justifying the town’s name as the “Greek Venice”.

MYCENAE – “City in gold”
Mycenae, the city that controlled both the land and sea routes, was the kingdom of mythic Agamemnon. Myths related to history have inspired poets and writers over the centuries from Homer and the Greek tragedies of the classical period to contemporary literary and artistic creations. 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 Olympic stadium, the Gymnasium, the Palaestra and others. See the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the seven echo stoa and the archaeological Museum where between the other exhibits you will see the statue of Nike and the beautiful Hermes of Praxiteles.

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.

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
Short stop at Nafplion town

More info & Map


* Read the 4 steps 2 book that you find in the footer 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.

MAP – ROUTE OF THE TOUR

Testimonials


From Trip advisor comments on Astoria Travel Athens.

rnohr, Boston, Massachusetts 3116, Reviewed October 15, 2017
Underrated travel agent service
I don’t know if people know about this gem of a service, but I would HIGHLY recommend using it for booking tours in all of Greece. Kosta is extremely serviceable and offers a GREAT deal on the tour.
I booked a 3 day classical greece tour with Kosta and he was able to arrange it for a price that was cheaper than what the tour agency actually offered. He always responded promptly to emails and got back to me within 24 hours. Everything was arranged as it would be expected.
Would recommend using this company for any needs before other people find out how great of a gem this is.
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Re: Astoria Travel Meteora trip Reviews.
Hi SomeGirl111. All the bus tours in Greece are organized by three Tour operators. The travel agents do not organize, they sell these guided tours at discounted rates. So, whoever you decide to buy your tour from, you will end up sitting in one of the T.O. buses. All three T.Os. use modern, air conditioned buses., and knowledgeable professional tour guides. You travel in the same bus with visitors that paid the full brochure price. Astoria Travel was established 1958 and is still operating and prospering. So, your question should be: is the price that they sell the tours organized by G.O.Tours, CHAT or KEY Tours, good? What differs between the travel agents, is how fast they reply to you, and the way they answer to your request. Being in the travel trade for such a long time, I am sure that they know the way to satisfy their clients.
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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.

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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Ancient Olympia GreeceAncient Olympia Greece

There is no other ancient site that has more relevance on today’s world than Olympia.

Itinerary & Prices

Olympia, site of the ancient Olympic Games.
Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

The only way to visit Olympia in a day trip is by hiring a self-driven car or hiring a taxi, or, taking our private day trip, preferably with the extra expense of a local guide.

– Starting from your hotel at 06.45am, we stop at Corinth canal for a short photo-stop, and arrive at Olympia at 10.45am.
– Meet the tour guide (recommended) and spend 3 hours with her, visiting the archaeological museum, and the ancient site. (The suggested guided tour is longer than any other guided tour, but it’s the size and the history of Olympia that makes it long).
– When you finish with the sightseeing, relax having lunch in the peaceful setting of the modern Olympia town, and
– At +/- 16.00 start the return trip and arrive in Athens before 20.00. An enjoyable and memorable full day tour.

Comprising of the ancient site, the stadium and the Olympia museum, there is so much to see, that visitors should give themselves at least half a day to explore and experience ancient Olympia.
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Prices in euro, per person

3 persons
4 persons
5 persons
6 persons
7 persons
8 persons
1 day tour
90.00
75.00
65.00
60.00
55.00
50.00
2 days tour
190.00
150.00
130.00
110.00
95.00
85.00

There is no price for 2 passengers. Persuade one or more friends to join you and share the cost of this day trip.
The price includes: transportation and tolls. The entrance fees, and the lunch mentioned, are not included.
A local professional tour guide can be arranged at the extra cost for her lecture.

Plan a 2 day trip and combine the tour to ancient Olympia with an overnight in the beautiful Venetian town of Nafplion, Homer’s Mycenae and the sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus, or, with the lakes of Polylimnio, the historical Navarino, and the rival city of Sparta, Ancient Messene, an archaeological site, generally accepted as the most beautiful site in Greece. Following our suggestions, the hotel is chosen and paid by you.

OLYMPIA minibus
The air-conditioned minibus seats up to 8 passengers, and the driver, in 3 rows of seats.

Video


In the video Prof. Hale speaks about the sanctuary and the history of Olympia. An excellent presentation.

As a day trip Olympia cannot be visited on a tour bus. It is outside the mileage and working hours of a bus driver. The only way to visit it in a day trip is by hiring a self-driven car or a taxi, or by taking our private day trip.
Ancient Olympia, the Acropolis of Athens and the Oracle of Delphi are 3 sites that the services of a professional tour guide are appreciated. There are a lot of amusing myths and interesting stories about ancient Olympia and the Olympic Games that the tour guide will talk about.

History of Olympia

Olympia was the most important religious and athletic centre in Greece, and as such, it must be included in everybody’s itinerary. There are amusing myths and stories about ancient Olympia and the Olympic Games that your tour guide will talk about.

* The four Pan-Hellenic Games. The Games at Olympia was one of them. The other 3 were, the Isthmian, the Pythian and the Nemean Games.
* Olympia was not a city as such. It was the sanctuary, the stadium, the sports facilities, the VIP hostel, and the administration buildings,
* The city responsible for the organization of the ancient Olympic Games that took place at Olympia was ILIS, +/- 30kms from Olympia,
* The huge temple of Zeus, that housed one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, the statue of the god, made by the sculptor Pheidias.
* The structures in the “sacred” sanctuary were made and dedicated to the gods, except the Philippeion and the villa of emperor Nero.
* The Zannes, being the statues of the cheaters. (Emperor Nero was the biggest cheater of the ancient Olympic Games).
* The amazing organization of the ancient Olympic Games, similar and even better than today’s organization.
* The females had their own Games, the Heraia Games that were organized in favour of goddess Hera.
* The story of Kallipateira, the mother that disguised as a man watched her son competing and winning in the Games.
* The story of Kyniska, the cheeky Spartan princess, a chariot owner, that became the first female Olympic winner.
* The lighting of the Olympic flame and the torch relay is celebrated every year (summer, winter, youth Olympics, etc).
* Following the Baron’s last wish, his heart was buried at Olympia. It is at the base of the monument in the I.O.A. grounds.
* The emblems (the five Olympic rings) of the modern Olympic Games, revived by Baron Pierre De Coubertin.
The ancient Olympic Games started about 3000 years ago, when Hippodameia, daughter of the local King, Oinonaos, married Pelops, who decided to name the whole peninsula after his name and called it Peloponessus (= Pelop’s island). However only in 776 BC the first Olympic Games’ win was recorded, and that year marks the first Olympiad. Since then, every four years the Olympic Games were held attracting athletes of Greek origin from all the Greek city states. At Olympia, the victors’ prize was an olive branch wreath. A month before the opening ceremony, until a month after the closing day of the games, the Olympic truce was in effect and all hostilities were suspended, for the spectators to visit Olympia and return safely from Olympia to their city states.

Map


Photos

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Stadium ancient Olympia Greece

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Ancient Olympia Greece

Ancient Olympia Greece

 

Ancient Olympia is a UNESCO site that must be included in everybody’s itinerary.

 

The Iconic Aegean Greek islands cruise is the classic experience for those encountering Greece for the first time. Embark on a journey of a lifetime as you cruise along emerald waters through a series of enchanting destinations, and watch postcard images come to life. Swaying windmills, striking cliffs and legendary ancient cities greet you at every destination, inviting you to explore the islands and all that’s hidden within them.

Itinerary
Day Port Arrive Depart
Fri Piraeus (Greece) – 11.30
Fri Mykonos (Greece) 18.00 23.00
Sat Kusadasi (Turkey) 07.30 13.00
Sat Patmos (Greece) 17.45 21.30
Sun Heraklion (Greece) 07.00 12.00
Sun Santorini (Greece) 16.30 21.30
Mon Piraeus (Greece) 07.00

This is a tour organized and sold exclussively by ASTORIA Travel.
Nafplion (o/n)-Corinth canal-Epidaurus-Mycenae-Olympia (o/n)-Delphi (o/n)-Athens

Operates APRIL-OCTOBER every Monday and selected Wednesdays. On request on Sundays and Fridays.
NOVEMBER-MARCH is organized ONLY on request departing from Athens on Sundays

Hotels and prices


HOTELS in NAFPLION: (3* with breakfast), Hotel ELENA or Hotel NAFPLIA
HOTELS at OLYMPIA: (3* with breakfast) Hotel KRONIO, or Hotel NEDA
HOTELS in DELPHI: (3* with breakfast) PARNASSOS, or similar

PRICES: After 60 years organizing tours throughout Greece we have secured the best deals.

Double room, per person, with breakfast 300.00

Entrances to museums / sites are included.

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 special price for the package.

Places visited


Stopping at Nafplion, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, & Delphi


NAFPLION – the “Venice” of Greece
Modern architecture hasn’t spoiled the old town of Nafplion, which is a feast for the eye. Nafplion was the capital of the Greek state before Athens in the early 1830s. Here was the first residential palace for the young Bavarian Prince, Otto, the first king of the new country after the liberation from the Turks. The old town is beautiful, with old mansions and paved roads. The town’s fortresses, the Palamidi and the Akronafplia, played a key role during the war of independence. Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors left their signature in the town and strongly influenced its culture, architecture and traditions during the years of occupation. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statues, Ottoman fountains and Venetian or neoclassical buildings attract the visitor with their unique architecture and beauty.

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

MYCENAE – “City in gold” Mycenae, the city that controlled both the land and sea routes, was the kingdom of mythic Agamemnon. Myths related to history have inspired poets and writers over the centuries from Homer and the Greek tragedies of the classical period to contemporary literary and artistic creations. 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 of 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 Athens you stop at Arachova for a short stop and arrive in Athens at +/- 19:30

Highlights


Short photo stop at Corinth canal
Visit the sanctuary of Asclepius and the Epidaurus Theatre
Proceed to the romantic Nafplion and spend the night there
Visit the Mycenae Archaeological site & Tomb of Atreus
Visit the Olympia Archaeological site & Museum
Visit the Delphi Archaeological site & Museum
1 night hotel accommodation in Nafplion town
1 night hotel accommodation at Olympia
1 night hotel accommodation in Delphi
3 dinners & 3 breakfasts
Services of the Professional guide along the tour
Transport for 4 days on modern air-conditioned coach
Pick up / drop off service from central hotels in Athens(see the list in the footer)
All taxes except the hotel overnight tax (0.50-4.00 € per night)

Not included: drinks, beverages & Tips
Youth under 19, and E.U. students are free to enter sites & museums.

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 sounds honest and suits your budget.

* Read the 4 steps 2 book that you find in the footer 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.

MAP – ROUTE OF THE TOUR


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CLICK AND SEE ALL THE TOURS AND OPTIONS to visit Meteora by shared bus guided tours or independent trips by train.

Discover and visit the hidden treasures of the Meteora Eternal Rocks in Greece!

Book a Meteora Photo Tour and we will take you on a journey through this majestic place. We will pick you up by car or mini bus depending on the size of your group.

We will go on a road trip through Meteora and explore the area around the rocks with the backdrop of the monasteries for our viewing pleasure.

You will guide by Meteora locals to the most picturesque places as we capture images that will leave you with an imprint of your time here. We will head up on top of the rocks and shoot from interesting peaks as you learn practical tips that you can immediately put to use for landscape photography. We point out details invisible to the untrained eye and identify photo opportunities for creative shots.

Are you interested in architectural photography, landscape photography or night photography? If the answer is yes then Meteora Photo Tour is the right tour for you. We offer you a once in a lifetime experience with knowledge that you will utilize for future photo opportunities.

We promise that time spent photographing Meteora will make you even more excited and experimental about your interest in photography.

Meteora Photo Tour offers a variety of Photo Tours in Greece allowing you to choose what is ideal for your time and lifestyle while visiting Greece

CLICK AND SEE ALL THE TOURS AND OPTIONS to visit Meteora by shared bus guided tours or independent trips by train.

Take the train from LARISA Train Station in Athens at 08:20 and travel to Kalambaka through beautiful Greek landscapes. Arrive in Kalambaka at 13:40, meet our driver outside the local train Station and be transferred to your hotel to check in and get ready for the Sunset Meteora Tour. The driver will be looking for you at +/- 16:00 to take you for the tour. After your tour, we will drop you off again at your hotel or in Kalambaka for a short walk.
Next morning at 09:00 join a comprehensive Panoramic Morning Meteora Tour or an Authentic Hiking Meteora Tour (your choice). For 4 hours you will have the chance to experience all the beauty of the unique phenomenon of Meteora and the Holy monasteries on top of the rock giants. After your morning Meteora activity we will transfer you back to your hotel to have lunch and prepare for your departure back to Athens. The train departs at 17:32 from Kalambaka and you will be in Athens at 22:30.

*IMPORTANT NOTICE* : During the Winter Season (Nov 1st – March 28th) we offer pick up directly from Kalabaka Train Station since the Majestic Sunset Meteora Tour starts upon train arrival

INCLUDED

Roundtrip B class Train tickets
One night 3* hotel accommodation with breakfast
Pickup & Transfer from Kalambaka Train Station to your hotel.
Sunset Meteora Tour – ( 1st day )
Morning OR Hiking Meteora Tour – ( 2nd day )
English speaking, Tour Guide
Hotel Pickup / Drop off (for the tours)

EXCLUDED

Entrance fees of Monasteries (3 euro each)
Hotel tax paid personally in reception (1.5€/room 3* hotel)
Meals and soft drinks

USEFUL INFO

Departure place: Athens Train Station (Larissis Station)
Meeting point: Kalabaka Train Station
Train tickets will be sent to your email 3 days before your trip or immediately if it is a last minute reservation
It is not necessary to print the train tickets you can just have it on your phone

* Child price applies to children aged between 4 – 12 years old

Visit Meteora and Delphi, two important Greek sites, independently and on your own pace.
For more details on this tour, click and see description and other details. Read about the tour itinerary and prices.
If you wish to modify this tour according to your own needs, feel free to contact us.

Why book with us?

Daily departures, travelling on your own or in a small group. Travelling by train is scenic and smooth.

So, let us do the organizing for you.

In Kalambaka you will go to well hidden spots that other travellers will never experience. You will learn about the culture and history of the place from a local’s perspective.

INCLUSIONS
2 day Meteora Special tour: Stay in the 3-star hotel KOSTA FAMISI, B class Train tickets from Athens to Kalambaka and back to Athens, Pick-up from the Kalampaka train station to your hotel, the Meteora Sunset Tour led by a knowledgeable English speaking tour leader, Free Map and Bottle of water provided on the tours, Free wifi on board the tour bus, Taxes & service fees.
Excluded: Lunch and Dinner, Entrance fees to the monasteries.

3 day Meteora-Delphi tour: Stay in the hotels KOSTA FAMISI and Hotel LEFAS, B class Train tickets from Athens to Kalambaka and on to Levadia, the Taxi transfer from Levadia railway station to Delphi, the Intercity Bus tickets from Delphi to Athens.
Excluded: Lunches and dinners, Entrance fees to the monasteries and the archaeological site.

CLICK AND SEE ALL THE TOURS AND OPTIONS to visit Meteora by shared bus guided tours or independent trips by train.

A well marked path in the rocks of Meteora

For real pleasure, combine walking and touring. The sight of the Meteora is a unique spectacle and experience, but walking on the well marked paths, is breathtaking. Experience and observe the local flora and fauna.

Step off the tourist trail and discover the little-known routes that most visitors do not get to see. On this half-day hiking trip, you follow the guide on a leisurely hike to the Grand Meteora Monastery. Along the way, you pass from the Ypapanti monastery and some of the smaller rock monasteries, and listen to fascinating commentary about the formation and history of this unique site.

When the leader calls: “let’s go hiking in Meteora” you follow him in the narrow path that leads into the valleys set on the foothill of the great rocks.
There are numerous hiking paths in the area, some are more difficult than others. The routes that we have chosen are not too difficult. You must wear the proper shoes and be careful where you step, other than that it is a great experience to become one with the nature.

“Go hiking in Meteora” then, and see this unique geological phenomenon walking. Experience a unique convergence of nature and spirituality unlike any other place in Greece. Discover and follow the paths of the monks. Hiking in Meteora gives you the opportunity to see the monasteries and landscape from a different perspective.
The views of the town of Kalampaka at the base of the rocks and the valley of Pineios river are stunning. Plus a visit to a monastery (Great Meteoron or Varlaam) is included.
The Professional Hiking Guide will be with you to give you all the information you need about the area and wherever is needed, transport is organized on a modern minibus.

Distance : +/- 8 km | Duration : 4 hours | Difficulty level : Easy

INCLUDED
Visit One monastery, Certified Hiking Guide, Hotel Pick up / Drop off, Free Meteora Map

EXCLUDED
Entrance fees to the Monastery (3.00 €), Meals and soft drinks.

Useful advice!

The best season for walking at Meteora is Spring and Autumn. If you are walking in the Summer, you will need to have a lot of water with you. You should avoid walking in the heat of the day (11.00 – 4.00 pm).
In the Winter you should also avoid areas that are very wet and slippery.
You should wear shoes that are correct for such sports.
Please respect the holiness of the site and maintain the proper behaviour.
Please keep the area clean of all forms of thrash.

Hiking Tour of Meteora
Witness nature at its best and admire the historic monasteries on this morning escapade. The views are majestic and our tour guides will make sure you enjoy them through the most efficient paths, all while informing you about the history and tales of the area.

The hiking tour of Meteora is best possible way to experience this historic site and geological mystery. On this tour you will walk through paths less traveled by the masses, which only locals are able to guide you through. Follow the trails taken by the first hermits and monks to settle in Meteora in the 9th Century AD, enjoy views which most visitors do not get the opportunity to see!

We begin our trek at Doupiani rock, right under the remains of Pantokrator monastery. We continue through the imposing sandstone mountains and move to the north side of Meteora. There we visit the concealed monastery of Ypapanti and the remains of St. Dimitrious Monastery. While visiting these landmarks, you will hear the history, legends and dark tales associated with the area and each site as told by the locals.

Visit the Ypapanti monastery from the inside (it is open until October), and then the monasteries of Great Meteoron or Varlaam. After filling your soul and absorbing history, we begin the last leg of this one of a kind tour by taking the original paths monks used before more modern road construction began.

Difficulty level: Easy. We do suggest, though, that you are a generally active person to participate in this tour.

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Take the 4 hour morning tour and explore Meteora.

Visit at least 2 monasteries and discover the natural beauty and the cultural heritage of this area. Many visitors never learn or hear that just few km away from Kalampaka there is one of the most important prehistoric caves not only for Greece but for the entire world, with archaeological findings dating back to 130,000 BC!

Take this morning tour, include the guided visit to Theopetra prehistoric cave, 4 km from Kalampaka and discover the ancient man made structure on earth, a stone wall dated back to 26,000 BC. Have the chance to see on the caves’ floor the petrified footprints of a 7 years old child that walked on the ashes 60,000 years ago.

Think back in time when the prehistoric child running inside the cave left his footprints for us to see them thousands of years later.

Minimum number applies.

Price is 25.00 euro and includes:

Pick up and drop off from your Hotel
Transportation by modern air-conditioned tour bus
Stop for photo shooting and learn about local traditions, myths and history
Visit 2 of the 6 monasteries
Visit Theopetra’s pre-historic cave

Not included and must be paid extra:

Entrance fees, 3.00 euro per person at each monastery
The 2 monasteries visited are the Grand Meteoro + the St Stephen’s
If the Grand Meteoro is closed, the Varlaam is visited instead.

Useful information:

Wear proper shoes.
Do not forget to bring your camera.
The monasteries have a strict dress code. Wrappings are provided.

Many centuries ago, on these gigantic rocks reaching heights of close to 2,000 feet, one of the most important monastic communities of Greece was formed.
After you’re picked up from your hotel in Kalabaka or Kastraki enjoy a comprehensive morning Meteora tour in all 6 Monasteries with the chance to visit inside 3 of them. Our expert in the area Tour Guide will be with you to give you all the information you need about the area.
Transported with comfort and safety, by our luxury air conditioned LIMO VIP Mini Bus towards cliff-top monasteries.
Numerous photo opportunity stops , to the best panoramic places for photo in Meteora , with short walks during the excursion.

INCLUDED
See all 6 monasteries
Visit inside 3 of them
Local Tour Guide (English speaking)
Upon request French,Italian,Russian,Spanish (extra cost)
Certified guide (optional)
Hotel Pick up / Drop off
Free WI FI
Free Panoramic Meteora Map

Meteora Half-day Tour from Kalampaka is the perfect way to explore the amazing Meteora Monasteries. History, science and mythology alike have attempted to explain the formation of the sandstone mountain, but it is still a mystery which makes it one of the most unique places in the world and places it on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Its deep religious history offers many tales and legends as well. It is estimated that the first hermit monks settled on Meteora around the 10th century AD. It has since been a Christian sanctuary with a very complicated and rough history. 24 monasteries were built during its history, 6 remain to this day.

Go on a daytime tour of 3 of the 6 remaining monasteries in Meteora, learn the history and hear dark tales of the area from local guides. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and take photos from unbelievable positions. Give yourself the privilege of absorbing some of the most breathtaking sights, views and colors nature has to offer. Combine that with learning the history of the area and hearing impressive tales about the first hermits and monks who settled in Meteora, and you have a complete day of body and soul fulfilling activity.

Vravrona or Artemida

Near the  Hotel-Spa Mare Nostrum resort.
Vravrona belonged to the mythical King Kekrops, the founder of Athens.

It is known for the 6th C. BC Temple of Artemis in a beautiful setting, one of those quiet magical places you find around Greece and to make it even more attractive the area around it has very little if any development. Its all farms, vinyards, olive and fig trees as well as rocks and bushes, trees and wild plants and looks like what Attika used to look like in the ancient days. If you have some extra time in Athens I would suggest may be visiting a winery or two, taking a swim at Avlaki,xand then having lunch either in Loutsa (also called Artemida after the temple and sanctuary). Actually if you have a stopover for 4 or 5 hours you could probably do this in about three hours in a private tourfrom Athens. There is also a brand new museum here with artifacts from the area. The pay beach at Avlaki is beautiful and has a Greek island feel. As nice a beach as you will find near Athens.