Full-Day Excursion to Meteora by Train – Departing from Athens

4 reviews

Highlights

  • The meteors: the imposing rocky pillars

  • The monasteries that sit at the rocky summits

  • The panoramic views

  • Discover the city of Kalambaka

Essential info*

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Duration 14hrs

Languages
  • English

Starting time 8:00 AM

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Description

Do not miss the opportunity to visit the curious monasteries of Meteora, perched high up on cliff summits, departing from Athens!

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988, these Orthodox-Christian monasteries are located in northern Greece and date back to the period of antiquity. These “monasteries in the sky” got their name from the rock formations on which they were built. According to ancient lore, these rock formations were sent to earth from the sky.

To discover Meteora, take the train in the morning from the Athens railway station to the small village of Kalambaka. During your train voyage, admire the landscape of the Greek countryside.

In Kalambaka, your English-language driver will wait for you holding a sign with your name and will take you to the monasteries. For 4 hours, you will have the time to explore 3 monasteries at your own rhythm and learn more about their history. You will also discover the hermit caves of Badovas.

At the end of the day, return to Kalambaka where you will have time to wander the town, eat and buy souvenirs. But make sure to not miss your return train!

Good to know

  • Availability: Monday to Sunday (excluding exceptional dates)
  • Times: Meeting point at Athens Railway station (Larissa train station)
    Departs from Athens at 7:20am – arrive in Kalambaka at 11:30am – (Train journey)
    Return: Departs from Kalambaka at 5:15pm – arrive in Athens at 9:25pm – (Train journey)
     
  • You must take the train alone. In Kalambaka your driver will wait for you
  • Your train tickets will be sent to your email inbox 2 or 3 days before the date the activity will take place. You must print out your tickets before departure time
  • A detailed itinerary will be sent to you at the same time as your train tickets
     
  • Admission tickets to the monastery are not included (3€/ person / monastery)
  • The monasteries are generally open from 9am to 5pm. Certain monasteries close at 3pm
  • Please note that the Great Meteor or Transfiguration Monastery is closed on Tuesday. It is one of the largest and most impressive of the monasteries

 

Cancellation Terms & Conditions

No charges will be levied for cancellations made more than 30 days before the date of the activity. After this, the following charges will be levied:
Between 30 and 10 days prior: 50% of the price
After this time and in case of a no-show: no cancellations are possible

Cancellation policy terms and conditions

Price includes

  • Return train tickets
  • Private return transfer between Kalambaka and the Meteors
  • English-language driver
  • Local taxes

Not included

  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Admission tickets for the monasteries (3€)
  • Food and drink
  • Tips

Customer reviews

4 reviews
  • La partie en train est un peu longue mais nous l'avons fait avec 3 enfants de 9 à 15 ans. Ça vaut vraiment le coup car les paysages sont magnifiques, l'histoire de cette région est intéressante et la guide est passionnante.
    vincent B.
    Oct 23, 2018
  • Had a great trip to Meteora. The train journey was long, but there was a lot to look at. Beautiful scenery. The driver/guide was there to meet us, and he was very informative and friendly. Forgot his name, but he was an excellent guide. The monasteries were spectacular, something very unique. We even had time for a great meal at a local restaurant before boarding the train for the trip back to Athens. I can warmly recommend this trip.
    Valther T.
    Apr 19, 2018
  • Definitely a must visit if you are in Athens. Amazing and unique place. Totally worth the long day to get it done in a day without having to overnight outside the city. 1st class cabin is worth it as well. Your cabin holds 6 and has an outlet to charge your phone, door to block out track noise, a reclining seats, shades for the windows. The train has food and a washroom. Tour was just me and one other. The driver was friendly and very knowledgeable. He spoke good English as well. We went inside 2 monasteries well, 1 monastery and 1 nunnery, as well as many nice photo spots along the road. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because it is expensive. You could definitely do it cheaper on your own by buying your own train ticket and hiring your own taxi for the few hours you are there. Although, you might not get as knowledgeable and friendly a driver.
    John K.
    May 16, 2017

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