Meteora: 2-Day and 1-Night Tour by Train from Athens
- Duration: 2 days
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Fantastic tour of this spectacular corner of the world. I was surprised to find myself the only person on this 2 day 1 night tour. After the four hour train ride from Athens I was picked up at the train station and delivered to my hotel.Rex Hotel was perfect except I was the only guest. (A large tour bus showed up later.) I had four hours on my own for lunch and shopping in the charming town of Kalambaka. A small van with 7 other tourists picked me up at 4:00 pm for an excellent 4 hour tour - entrance into one monastery and a tour of the Byzantine Church. Guide Dimitri was incredibly knowledgeable. We drove around all the monasteries with plenty of photo stops and Sunset Rock. Amazing! However do not confuse this with a Hiking Tour - it is not. The second day was a four hour tour with 3 other people- entrance into 3 monasteries. Great to get amazing photos in morning and afternoon sun. Then a couple hours free time for lunch before catching the train back to Athens. Meteora is amazing!
This was an excellent tour and Dino the tour guide was excellent! Understand you will need to take the train by yourself. I had some worries because I didn't know that the train ends where you get off for the tour. Take toilet paper and hand sanitizer for train. Bring your own drink and breakfast on train which can be purchased cheaply at Everest cafe inside train station. The train station in Athens is small. Not like in USA. Maybe ear buds for music and a book for the train is 4 hours each way. 1st monastery has 175 steps, 2nd 50-75, & 3rd just about 10 total. Dino would do well to offer a phone call to Fiesta Pizza at end of tour so passengers can get dinner to take back on train. I saw the young man on the scooter deliver to train station. We could pay at train station when food is delivered! BTW, the toilets at monasteries are simply a hole in ground. Women, bring a portable female urinal found on Amazon. Really fantastic day!!
The guided trip was excellent! Our guide was very knowledgeable and could answer any question you asked him. Be prepared to walk up and down a lot of steps-not for the faint-of-heart. The train trip was very long but I was able to nap, and there's food and drink available. The toilets were not the best so try to relieve yourself before the train or right as you get on. I would recommend to anyone wanting to see the geological phenomena with a strong spiritual connection and beautiful architecture. It was my last day in Athens and I'm very glad that I went. The history is fascinating, a must-see if you do one thing outside of Athens.
One of the best tours I ever did. Both guides were amazing and Meteora visit was definitely a highlight of my trip.
Teh guide Joy awesome. A lot of stories and myths were told and explained.