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Nafplion old city

Organized every Monday between April – October, only.
Bus terminal: In Syntagma area, heart of Athens at 08:30, return to Athens at +/- 19:30
Free pick-up/drop off service starts at 07:30 am (See the list of hotels in the footer)

Details & prices

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HOTELS in NAFPLION: (3* half board) VICTORIA and (4* half board) AMFITRYON
HOTELS at Olympia: (3* half board) OLYMPIC VILLAGE and (4*) ARTY GRAND
HOTELS in Delphi: (3* half board) HERMES and (4* half board) AMALIA
HOTELS in Kalambaka: (3* half board) ORFEAS, and (4* half board) AMALIA

PRICES: All travel agents, in Greece and worldwide, offer the same tour at 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 aspects of travel.
So, why pay more? Our discounted prices, per adult, for this tour are:

Two choices Double room Single room
Option 1: 3* hotel 422.00 € Half board 538.00 € Half board
Option 2: 4* hotel 522.00 € Half board
includes arrival transfer offer
666.00 € Half board
includes arrival transfer offer

Entrances to museums / sites (must be added):
* Under 19 and E.U.students are free of charge.
* Other students & E.U. citizens over 65 y.o. pay +24.00
* Everybody else pays +48.00 €

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%


Visiting Epidaurus, Nafplion, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi & Kalambaka

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, and excellent surgeons, to perform even brain operations.

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 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. Frankish, Venetian, and Turkish conquerors left their signature on 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.

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 on the oracle of Apollo, was the spiritual centre of the Greek world. Situated in a spectacular natural setting on the mountain of Parnassus, it was the symbol of Greek cultural unity from the 8th century BC onwards.

Driving from Delphi to Kalambaka you take a short stop at Thermopylae, the place where Leonidas and the 300 Spartans fought the Persians. Overnight in kalambaka.

KALAMBAKA – The unique “ART OF NATURE”. Travel on the rocks of Meteora and visit 2 monasteries that are open on the day that you visit Meteora. Return to Kalambaka for lunch and after lunch start the return and arrive in Athens at +/- 19:30


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
Visit 2 of the Meteora monasteries that are open on the day you visit Meteora
1-night hotel accommodation in Nafplion
1-night hotel accommodation at Olympia
1-night hotel accommodation in Delphi
1-night hotel accommodation in Kalambaka
4 dinners & 4 breakfasts
Services of the Professional guide along the tour
Transport by 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: The entrances to museums and sites, drinks, beverages & Tips
Juniors 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 agent that offers the tour at the price that suits your budget.

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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: 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.

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.,
– 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.


  • 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 €

    Accommodation in a 4* hotel with breakfast
    Round trip train ticket from/to Athens


    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

    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.


    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.


    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.

    * 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

    # 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.
    # 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.


    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

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

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

    Following the paths of monks to Meteora

    Meteora is a complex of Greek Orthodox monasteries built on natural sandstone pillars. Today four monasteries and two nunneries are open to the public.

    Meteora today

    If there is one place that you must visit is Meteora in central Greece. This huge Eastern Orthodox monastic complex is unlike anywhere else in the world – and despite how overused this phrase is nowadays, at Meteora it means the exact picture. If the unearthly landscape of massive pillar-like mountains and columns weren’t striking enough, monks went ahead and built huge monasteries ON TOP of them 800 years ago. 6 of them are still working monasteries nowadays and are open to the public if you are willing to make the trek up to them.

    A view from Meteora is spectacular no matter where you stand, and it will make even the most seasoned traveler to say “wow”. Greece is full of spectacular sites, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one more unique and with so many fabulous views as in Meteora. The World Heritage monasteries of Meteora, in the middle of Greece, are one of the most extraordinary sights.

    Meteora map

    Meteora map

    Built on top of huge pinnacles of smooth rocks, the monasteries provided monks with peaceful havens from increasing bloodshed as the Byzantine Empire waned at the end of the 14th c. The earliest monasteries were reached by climbing removable ladders. Later, windlasses were used so monks could be hauled up in nets, a method used until the 1920s. Apprehensive visitors enquiring how often the ropes were replaced were told ‘When the Lord lets them break’.

    These days access to the monasteries is by steps hewn into the rocks and the windlasses are used only for hauling up provisions.

    Don’t miss this unique place at this special price!

    Monasticism at Meteora

    The Monasticism at the Holy Meteora and its living witness over the centuries
    The monks’ love of God and of monasticism and asceticism formed the impetus for this miraculous way of life on the rugged spires of the plain of Thessaly. Monasticism is the highest calling and the path that leads most directly to holiness. It is the complete devotion of the human person to the triune God. It is the imitation of the angels in divine love, chant, obedience and the ministry of souls, which is why it was called ‘equal to the angels’ and an ‘angelic state’. The entire life of a monk consists in fully opening the heart to God and keeping His commandments, in constantly striving for sanctification and praying continually. Whether working, studying or in the stillness of prayer, the monk is unceasingly crying out to the Lord in the heart with the brief prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon us”.

    Over the centuries the Meteora monasteries were seed-beds of holiness for a multitude of monks, a bastion of faith and civilization, treasuries of the values and virtues of the Greek Orthodox spirit. Here, the unparalleled natural wealth of Meteora coexists in absolute harmony with discreet human intervention; intense spiritual striving and devotion to God is juxtaposed with a love of beauty and culture; the harsh ascetic way of life stands side by side with the refinement of art and artistic creativity, with the sole purpose of glorifying the Creator.

    The monks’ ascetic struggles were characterised by heroism, their spirituality by a spirit of self-sacrifice, self-denial and support to the troubled souls who sought refuge in these strongholds of Orthodoxy. Thus the monasteries of Meteora became the watchful custodians and guardians of tradition: they became schools for the Greek children under Turkish rule and a refuge for the persecuted, they offered provisions to the freedom fighters and at the same time gave an education in holiness and salvation.

    The valuable ascetic tradition of Meteora, the large number of saints who have lived on the hallowed spires, its rich liturgical life and many relics, which are its most precious treasures, together make the monasteries vital centres of Orthodox spirituality.

    Meteora is a holy land, a sacred space created and guarded by God, its cliffs and caves and ravines sanctified by the host of holy ascetics and martyrs of the Greek Thebaid who have inhabited them. A contemporary saint, St Porphyrios, used to say: “I speak with the rocks, for they have so much to tell of the ascetic life of earlier fathers”.

    Over the last fifty years a remarkable programme of restoration has been carried out to the monasteries of Meteora, as a result of the hard work and tireless efforts of the energetic and worthy abbots and monks, the watchful care and blessing of Metropolitan Seraphim of Stagoi and Meteora and the excellent collaboration of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Larissa (formerly of Trikala). This major undertaking includes extensive reconstruction work, the preservation of frescoes and treasures in the monasteries’ collections and improvements to the surrounding space, making Meteora one of the most spiritual and attractive destinations in the world.

    The monastic communities of Meteora participate in liturgical life and attend to the many visitors with love and sensitivity. In addition they preserve and maintain the sites, paint icons, embroider with gold thread, create miniatures, produce beeswax candles, incense and small icons, cultivate the monastery gardens and keep bees. Their publications include studies in history, theology and hymnography. However, their primary purpose is to offer a living witness of Christ in an age which is spiritually barren, when people have lost their sense of national and religious identity and are experiencing a crisis that is not only economic but also spiritual. The monks strive to preserve the precious legacy of their faith and rich tradition and to highlight their inestimable value in modern times.

    The origin of the monastic community

    Perched high atop spires of conglomerated Calcerous and sandstone rock, the monasteries of Meteora are one of the world’s most spectacular sacred sites. Located in the Thessaly region of North Central Greece and overlooking the valley of Pinios, the towering rocks of Meteora, meaning ‘rocks in the air’, have long evoked awe in human beings. Paleolithic remains indicate settlements around the stones from between 100,000 to 40,000 BC, and hermits and ascetics have lived in the area since long before the Christian era. The arrival of Christianity began in the 8th century, organized monastic communities had developed by the 12th century, and by the mid 1500’s twenty-four Greek Orthodox monasteries had been constructed upon the spires of stone. The monasteries, 200-600 meters high (and some accessible only by baskets lowered by ropes and winches), became a center of scholarship and art until the mid 18th century when popular interest in monasticism declined. Most of these meteorisa monastiria (‘hanging monasteries’) were abandoned and today only six survive, of which four can be visited by way of bridges and rock-cut steps. Previously a remote area, the construction of a highway in the early 1960’s made the monasteries accessible to pilgrims and tourists. This influx of visitors, however, has discouraged new monks from joining the monasteries and compelled others to move to Mt. Athos in search of solitude and privacy.
    Orthodox Monks started to populate the area of Meteora over 1200 years ago, initially searching for quietness, peace and the perfect environment

    Lifting system with ropes in Meteora to pray and meditate. They were living in caves like hermits, with little human relations. Beginning of the 12th c. they started to congregate and create the first monasteries. To make things more difficult, they decided to build their communities on top of rocky peaks, apparently inhospitable places to live in, but with more protection from the outside world, and amazing views to enjoy daily.
    Approching Meteora the visitor wonders how could they manage at that time to climb these steep peaks with very little equipment and later to carry the materials to build the monasteries. The cliffs are as high as 600m (1800 feet) from the plain level, and hardly accessible even today to equipped rock climbers. Originally entrance to the monasteries was possible only with ladders, or ropes connected to nets, used to lift goods and people. Not only it was adventurous, but also really dangerous, since the legend say that the ropes were changed only “when the Lord let them break”. The advantage of such an access system was that the ropes could easily be lifted to protect the monks from external threats. The biggest expansion of the monasteries had place at the end of the 14th c, when Greece was threatened by Turkish invaders, and monks from other areas of Greece took refugee in Meteora, building a total of 24 monasteries, progressively abandoned in the last two centuries.

    While walking in Meteora we saw buses packed with tourists going from one monastery to the other without even stopping on the way to enjoy the amazing views. This means to miss all of the magic of this place, the fusion of the human-made monasteries perfectly integrated on top of incredible rock formations. We advise you not to do the same mistake and enjoy the route in between the monasteries!