Day trip

Athens: Meteora Independent Train Trip and Monastery Tour

Activity provider: Meteora Rocks

Athens: Meteora Independent Train Trip and Monastery Tour

Activity provider: Meteora Rocks

From US$ 124.18 per person

A full-day tour in which you will catch the train from Athens to discover the fabulous Meteora. You will travel through the countryside, seeing the biodiversity and the enormous ecological value of Greek nature.

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Duration 14 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 15 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience a scenic train ride from Athens
  • Visit all six monasteries in one day
  • Explore the interiors of 3 of the monasteries
  • Hear about the culture, history, and influence of the area
  • Enjoy amazing photo stops and some of the best views
Full description

Discover the beauty and history of Meteora on a day trip from Athens. Take in stunning views of the Greek countryside on the comfortable train ride to the town of Kalambaka. Travel with a guide on a van or bus and stop to capture pictures at six historic monasteries.

Begin from Stathmos Larissis, the fabulous central railway station of Athens, where you will depart to Kalambaka. Throughout your train journey, indulge in the unique scenic routes the Greek countryside provides. Upon arrival, meet your guide, who will be holding a signboard with your name on it. Walk with your guide to the Meteora Monasteries, where you can admire the fantastic Christian architecture. Discover the over 700 years of history and influence of the monasteries. After the tour ends, you will be transferred to Kalabaka's city center, where you will have over an hour to spend under the shadow of giant rocks, having lunch or a coffee.

You will get all the necessary information on how to get to the train station, which is around 5 minutes' walk from the city center. You must be at the train station no later than 6:20PM to catch the train back to Athens.

Includes
  • Transportation by mini-bus
  • Round-trip train ticket from Athens-Kalambaka
  • Local tour guide
  • Bottle of water
  • Wifi on board
  • Photo stops in Meteora
  • Meteora Monasteries entrance fees (€3 per person to be paid in cash only)
  • Guided tour inside the monasteries
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (optional)

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Date

Meeting point

You take the train yourself from the Central Railway Station of Athens (Stathmos Larissis) at 7:52 AM, departing for Kalambaka. Your guide will meet you holding a sign with your name on at the main entrance of Kalambaka Train Station. Please be at the train station in Athens 30 minutes before the train departure time (7:30AM is the ideal time to be at the train station).

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Snacks
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Long pants
  • Cash
  • Sarong

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Due to the monasteries' strict dress code, men must wear trousers and a t-shirt or shirt with sleeves and women must wear a long skirt
  • At the monasteries, there are usually trousers and skirts provided
  • Babies up to 3 years old are free to join if they can share the seat with their parent
  • The guide will not escort you into the monasteries
  • Food and drinks will not be provided
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 168 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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A complete and beautiful trip. We went by ourselves to the train station without much difficulty and found everything fine. The workers at the station help a lot and many times you just have to follow all the tourists to know where to go. The trip is 4 hours and the train is a bit uncomfortable. I recommend taking a travel pillow. They have chargers too and a bar. Once in Kalambaka we were met by Krissa, the guide. He was very nice and informed us of everything very precisely. You can tell he was competent at it. We visited Gran Meteora, Vaarland and San Esteban. We liked it a lot even though they made us wear a ridiculous skirt when we were covered to the top because of the cold it is, but hey. Incredible views and a good atmosphere. The stairs are not difficult in winter (in summer I imagine they are). In general, everything was fine, we didn't have any problems with anything and we left very happy. The return train quite tiring but not bad.

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January 26, 2023

This was a lovely tour. Train is long but 100% worth it. Meteora looks like it’s out of a different world, so gorgeous. Tips: definitely pack a lunch. There is not time to get a substantial meal in the middle of the day so eating is essential. Make sure to bring coins for the 3 monasteries, 3€ each. Make sure to wear a skirt if you’re a woman to avoid issues. We went late December which I thought was lovely. It was never too cold and it was sunny our day so it was quite lovely. Crisa (?) our guide, was so knowledgeable, helpful, and kind. Definitely recommend!!

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December 29, 2022

Meteora is amazing, so grateful we got to go and experience this unique place! Booking this tour took all of the planning and stress off of us so we could just enjoy the whole experience. We enjoyed our tour guide, Dimitri, very much and he was very professional, prompt, knowledgeable, and personable!! He made us laugh the moment the tour began. Would recommend to others and would do it again!

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September 9, 2022

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