From Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

From Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

From US$ 66.83 per person

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora on a full-day bus trip from Thessaloniki. Enter 2 of the 6 holy monasteries and get panoramic views of the giant rocks.

About this activity

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COVID-19 precautions
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Private or small groups available
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Duration 11 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
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Live tour guide
English, Greek

Experience

Highlights
  • See 2 of the 6 holy monasteries of Meteora
  • Get panoramic views of the buildings perched on near-vertical rocks
  • Enjoy a traditional Greek lunch in Kastraki
Full description
Depart Thessaloniki in the morning and journey to the amazing monasteries' complex of Meteora to visit 2 of the 6 holy monasteries, depending on their operating schedule. Built on immense natural pillars and rounded boulders that dominate the area, the monasteries date back to the 14th century, following settlement by monks as far back as the 11th century. Get access to holy sites such as the women's Monastery of Agios Stefanos with its impressive wood-carved iconostasis, or visit the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, perched on the top of a rocky precipice over 400 meters high. Alternatively, discover the tower of the old preserved net at the Monastery of Varlaam, or explore the largest of the monasteries at the Monastery of Great Meteoron, consecrated in honor of the Transfiguration of Christ. Get panoramic views of these incredible structures and the stunning landscape. Enjoy a traditional Greek lunch in Kastraki, near the city of Kalampaka, before heading back to Thessaloniki.
Includes
  • Round-trip transportation
  • English-speaking escort
  • Basic travel insurance
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if private option is selected)
  • Entrance fees (€3 per monastery)
  • Cost of lunch at the restaurant
  • Guided tour inside the monasteries
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

There are several meeting points for this tour: Meet at the entrance to the White Tower at 8:00 AM; at the Makedonia Palace Hotel at 8:05 AM; by the Venizelos statue on Aristotelous Square and Egnatia at 8:15 AM; at the Capsis Hotel at 8:20 AM; or at the Met Hotel at 8:25 AM.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please note that to reach the monasteries, you will be required to climb stairs. Please wear comfortable shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 318 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5 / 5
  • Transportation
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Great tour to a fantastic destination. Sure, the trip is a little long, but it is very much worth it. Our tour guide Lazarous gave us a lot of information on the way there, during our time at Meteora we were free to roam around at our own pace, while our guide was available for questions. We visited two monasteries, as well as a viewpoint which commanded a view of five of the six monasteries still in operation. The lunch place at Kastraki is (as others have mentioned) somewhat expensive, but you are not in any way obligated to have lunch there. You can go into town on your own, or even hike back up the road. Right behind the restaurant (marked with a sign) there is also a little trail which loops around the base of the foothills and ends where a series of caves in the rockface begin. Can recommend doing this for those who don't want to spend a whole our on lunch. We were very pleased with the punctuality and professionality of the organization. A great trip in all!

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September 26, 2020

Broadly speaking, our excursion to Meteora fulfilled all our expectations: the vehicle was comfortable, and we were driven safe to the listed points. At first, owing the low demand due to COVID-19, we were concerned about getting our trip called off. Instead, even counting on three passengers only, our reservation was kept and the schedule was sharply carried out. The driver (who was also our guide) was very friendly and caring. all information about Meteora and the Monasteries, provided beforehand on website, was useful and accurate. We’re happy for having taken this trip with AMMON EXPRESS. Strongly recommended!

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September 8, 2020

The trip to the Meteora was very interesting. During the trip we visited two monasteries, (actually there were three, but on Friday one was closed) and we climbed the rocks from which you can see the beautiful panorama of the valley. At the end of the tour we also made a stop in the town of Kalambaka. A particular appreciation to mr. Demetrios, companion of the Ammon Express for the interesting news and the courteous and valid management of the whole trip. Dino and Paola

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July 27, 2020

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