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Full-Day Meteora Tour from Thessaloniki by Train

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Experience the dramatic clifftop views and inspiring solitude of Meteora on this full-day train trip from Thessaloniki. Ride the rails through the countryside to the town of Kalambaka, where a driver whisks you away in a Mercedes van to the UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit ancient monasteries built at astonishing heights up in the cliffs and learn the legends behind these sacred places from your guide.
  • Train tour to Meteora from Thessaloniki includes round-trip fare and lunch
  • Visit three active monasteries at the UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Take in sweeping panoramic views of clifftop monasteries and hermit caves
  • Learn the fascinating, ancient history of Meteora from a guide
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Mineral water
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle with Wi-Fi
Gratuities
Entrance fees (3 euros per person at each monastery)
Lunch
Thessaloniki , Thessaloniki 546 29, Greece

This tour starts at 08:18 from Thessaloniki train station. Board the morning train to Meteora and enjoy a memorable day trip to a World Heritage Site. This day trip from Thessaloniki will give you the chance to admire the beauty of Greek countryside and to visit an awe-inspiring site. Upon your arrival in Kalambaka train station at 11:30, a VIP Limo minibus with your guide will be waiting outside holding a signboard with your name on it for an amazing 4-hours tour to Meteora. Visit inside 2 monasteries of Meteora, the secluded hermit caves of Badovas and the best panoramic viewpoints of the site and of the 6 monasteries. At the end of the tour (16:00) your minibus will transfer you back to Kalambaka, where you will have an hour free time to stroll around the town or to have a light lunch (not included). At 17:15 the train departs from Kalambaka and arrives back in thessaloniki at 20:31.

8:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
The full-day adventure begins at the Thessaloniki railway station, where you'll catch a morning train with provided tickets. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Grecian countryside on the journey, stopping to switch trains at Paleofarsalos station. After arrival at Kalambaka, the closest town to Meteora, you’ll be greeted by an English-speaking driver at the station and transported to the monasteries in a comfortable Mercedes Sprinter van.

Visit three of Meteora’s captivating, UNESCO-listed monasteries, built directly into the cliff face at dizzying heights by monks in search of solitude and safety. Learn the history and legends behind these sky-high sanctuaries as you tour them with your guide (entrance fees not included). You'll also see the hermit caves of Badovas and admire the exteriors of neighboring monasteries; be sure to keep your camera handy while traveling through a dramatic landscape of ancient stone jutting out of a lush valley.

Say goodbye to your driver and guide at the Kalambaka train station in the late afternoon. You will have about an hour of free time to walk in the town’s center. Then trace the route back to the Thessaloniki train station.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Meteora
Kastraki is indeed a most picturesque place with an authentic, local character. Feeling closer to the local lifestyle in the Greek province, enjoying the proximity to nature and finding peace of mind are some of the major assets of this place that urge visitors to book accommodation in this traditional, beautiful village.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas
The Holy Monastery of Saint Nicholas of Anapafsas is the first Monastery that we encounter on our way to the Holy Meteora and was founded at the end of the 14th century. For the name Anapafsas there are numerous interpretations two of which are the most popular. The first one is that the name Anapafsas was attributed by one of the monastery’s benefactors, while the second explanation has to do with the monastery’s position being the first to be encountered on the way up and probably served to the pilgrims and other visitors as a resting place before continuing on.
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Roussanou Monastery
The Holy Monastery of Roussanou has received the name of the first probable hermit who settled on the rock. The main cathedral was founded at the end of the 16th century and was decorated thirty years later. Compared to other rocks where monasteries were built, the one of Roussanou has a lower elevation, which makes it more accessible. The monastery was initially founded by monks and it suffered severe damage during World War II. It became a convent in 1988.
Stop At:  
Great Meteoron Monastery
The Great Meteoron Monastery is the biggest and oldest one of all. It was called the monastery that was “suspended in the air” (meteoro), because of the formation of the gigantic rock on top of which it was built. The Great Meteoro Monastery was founded by Saint Athanasios the Meteorite who was the first founder of the monastery and the organizer of the systematic koenovion. For this reason, the foundation of this monastery is considered to be a turning point, or even better, the beginning of the organized monastisicm in Holy Meteora.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Varlaam Monastery
The Holy Monastery of Varlaam is the second biggest monastery. It is located opposite of the Great Meteoro Monastery and it was founded in the mid 14th century by the exercitant Hosios Varlaam. The elegant monastery Catholicon was built in the honour of Agioi Pantes in 1541-42, by two brothers from Ioannina, the priest-monks Hosioi Theophanes and Nectarios the Apsarades. The main church was decorated in 1548. Based on stylistic criteria, this magnificent wall-painting is attributed to the famous hagiographer from Thebes, Frago Catelano.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada)
The Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) is the most difficult to reach, but once you get to the very top the panoramic view of the surroundings is simply captivating! This Monastery is very close to the Saint Stephen’s Nunnery and it is perched on a steep and magnificent rock. It had already been organized Monastery since the year 1362 as indicated in a document by Symeon Uressis Palaeologos. Visitors have to follow a pathway that directs them initially to the foot of the rock, before they start walking up about 140 steps.
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Agios Stefanos
This is the most accessible monastery, where instead of steps you simply cross a small bridge to reach the entrance. It is ideal for visitors who cannot use the steps and yet they wish to have a real experience of a Meteora monastery. The beginning of monastic life on the rock of Agios Stephanos dates back to early in the 12th century. Hosios Antonios, in the first half of the 15th century, and Hosios Philotheos, who renovated or rather rebuilt from its foundations the old small and elegant Catholicon, the present church of Agios Stephanos, in 1545 are mentioned as its founders. St. Stephen’s Monastery includes two cathedrals; the old 16th century chapel which was severely damaged during WWII and the consequent Greek Civil War, and the 18th century main cathedral that is dedicated to Saint Charalambos and includes his holy relics.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • To enter the monasteries, appropriate clothing is required; Ladies should not wear short skirts and must have long sleeves; Men are not allowed to wear shorts
  • A small amount of walking is involved, but there are stairs to climb in the monasteries
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 34 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Visit Meteora
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Meteora Tour from Thessaloniki by Train?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Meteora Tour from Thessaloniki by Train.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Meteora Tour from Thessaloniki by Train?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Meteora Tour from Thessaloniki by Train.
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What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Meteora Tour from Thessaloniki by Train?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Meteora Tour from Thessaloniki by Train.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Meteora Tour from Thessaloniki by Train?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Meteora Tour from Thessaloniki by Train.

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star-3
Meteora is a wonderful place to visit, but not with the tour group I was assigned!
triciaburritt
, May 2022
This is a fantastic place to visit, but I was disappointed on my arrival on the train at Kalabaka to find that I was assigned to travel on a very full and cramped coach of 30 plus people. My tour was described as having the comfort of a VIP limousine minibus in a group of no more that 15 people. The guide was not particularly welcoming and tended to be too casual and opinionated in her remarks.
star-4
It's very, very amazing!
Shawn_T
, Apr 2022
We had a great visit to Meteora - our guide was very informative. The coach was very comfortable. There is a fair amount of walking - perhaps 15 minutes at the first stop - Many steps (500+ in and out) at the first monastery, about 100 steps at the second, and no significant distance at the third. We visited on a Sunday, so there were not many options for food during the day. We brought some snacks with us, picked up a few at the first stop (a bar & a bakery), and brought extra water, also. On the day we went, there were snack and souvenir opportunities at the first two monasteries, and also restrooms at all 3. It was a great trip and we highly recommend it.
star-5
Highly recommend
William_D
, Apr 2022
Very nice guide, comfortable car, stunning and very interesting places you get to see during tour. Highly recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Katerina was amazing
kimberleyjbailey
, Feb 2020
The tour guide Katerina was very knowledgeable and had so many personal stories about each of the monasteries. She made up for the fact that taking the train there was inconvenient.
star-5
Meteora
beverley_r
, Sep 2019
Great day, amazing pics, Ava our guide was fantastic and informative, and more than happy to take some pics of me
star-5
Great Trip!!!
Dennis_S
, Oct 2018
Other than an almost disaster with the train transfer at Paleofarsolos (the train ticket should also be written in English as we almost made a big mistake with the transfer. Meteora was beyond amazing and the only regret is that the next time I would stay in Kalabaka for a few days to have more time to take this incredible in place in a more leisurely pace (not the fault of the tour company). We did see two of the six monasteries but by staying longer, I found out that all six are available if there was more time. Sotos our driver and Vasilios our guide made the trip even more enjoyable.
star-5
Demetrios did an excellent job as...
Alex_L
, Mar 2018
Demetrios did an excellent job as our tour guide. My wife and I very much enjoyed the monasteries. It was very nice small group in the van and the guide and driver did such a great job not only describing the sights, history and significance. But they stopped for pictures and helped take pictures and got us some great views. Very much enjoyed the tour!
star-4
Great guide, amazing driver...
Kris S
, Jan 2018
Great guide, amazing driver, fascinating, one-of-a-kind site. Highly recommended. The only problem was that this tour involved taking 2 trains to the town where the guide and driver met us, and 2 trains back. All 4 trains were late - the last had me waiting on a dark platform for 2 hours. I was later told this is normal for Greek trains.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
This tour was great once we got...
Ivory S
, Oct 2017
This tour was great once we got there. We really enjoyed the monasteries, but I felt like it was a little short for all the traveling 3hours it took to get there by train. It's definitely worth seeing because it's just amazing. We had to make a train connection going, which didn't take too long. Coming back, we would have had to wait 1.5 hours for the connection, but luckily there was a train there that we caught by 1 minute.
star-5
Excellent service all round and they...
Lance D
, Aug 2017
Excellent service all round and they tried very hard to make up for the late train. Great value for those short of time but if you have the time consider staying there overnight. We would use Viator again.

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