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Full day tour Meteora

Athens, Greece
Excellent

Duration

12 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

18 people

Languages

ENG

Overview

Escape from the big city buildings and embark for a wonderful journey to one of the most astonishing sites in Greece, the towering rock formations of Meteora. Your private tour starts from your hotel /preferred pickup point early in the morning (suggested 05:00-06:00 a.m.) in order to drive you to Northern Greece, through Thessaly lowlands, to the town of Kalampaka.

On our way to Kalampaka we will pass some towns which are a reference point in the history of Greece like Thebes,Lamia and Trikala. Thebes was an important Mycenaean centre in the middle to late Bronze Age and was a powerful city-state in the Classical period, participating in both the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars, reaching its peak of influence in the early 4th century BCE when it was the most powerful city in Greece. The original Lamía was founded in the 5th century BCE as the centre of the tribes of Malis, a semi-indigenous Dorian people who contributed to the construction of a temple at Delphi.The acropolis dominating the modern city has ruins that range from classical wall foundations to Roman, Catalan, and Turkish battlements.

The town of Trikala is built upon the ancient town “Trika” or “Triki” founded around the 3rd millennium d.c. The largest part of the town is inhabited since pro-historical times and the first signs of life in the cave of “Theopetra” reach till 49.000b.c. Few minutes after the town of Trikala we will reach our final destination Kalambaka and Meteora. There you will get on the top of the immense natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders that dominate the local area to visit 2 (of an original twentyfour) historic monasteries that were built from monks that left Mount Athos. On this part of the tour you will go back in the 13th century to learn the story of the monks that were climbing the steep rocks by carrying materials to build the Great Meteoron monastery. A place which was perfect for the monks to pray and find peace away from the civil world. This was the beginning that laid the foundations of the monastic community of Meteora as we know it at present. At the moment only 6 of the monasteries are active and available to visit as they have been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Monuments.

After exploring the famous monasteries we will get back to the town of Kalampaka to visit the “Cavern of Theopetra” and admire a 23,000 years old stone wall in front of the entrance which was probably built to protect its residents from cold winds. Maybe the oldest known manmade structure! There you will have the time to visit the town of Kalampaka and have a meal in an authentic Greek tavern. Once you feel ready and filled with amazing images from Meteora its time to get started for the return,with an important stop on the way.Τhe battlefield of Thermopylae (or Hot gates/ Hot springs) where King Leonidas of Sparta with his army of 300 brave men, gave their last breath by fighting against thousands soldiers of Persian King Xerxes’ to save Ancient Greece. Their ‘motto’ was “Honor and Glory”. Their memory lasts over the centuries with Greece and Greeks honoring their loss. After a day exploring the Greek religion, monasteries and wonderful landscapes is time to relax and enjoy an afternoon drive back to your hotel.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 1. KALAMPAKA
  • 2. METEORA MONASTERIES
  • 3. CAVERN
  • 4. GREEK TAVERN
  • 5. THERMOPYLES

Itinerary

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • English-speaking driver
  • Free wifi onboard
  • All taxes and fees
  • Water
  • Entrance fees for all attractions
  • Any extra services

Tour's Location

Athens, Greece

Reviews

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Ava Word

04/11/2022
The trip was good. The guide was full of fascinating information about the area.
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Medel Ortega

25/08/2022
Great day excursion to Meteora. The monasteries are awesome, it's worth a day trip.
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Mutia Putri

07/08/2022
Meteora is a beautiful part of Greece. Absolutely fantastic trip with beautiful scenery and fascinating history.
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Millie Brown

14/07/2022
I had a perfect time on this tour with so much history and stunning views.
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Sina Goge

04/07/2022
Memorable and fun experience. Our driver was very professional and helpful. I recommend this tour to anyone!
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Danni Blair

25/06/2022
We loved every second of this experience. We made memories for a lifetime with our family. The guide was full of fascinating information about the area both historically and in the present.
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Matilda Tagoe

08/06/2022
We enjoyed our Tour, the entire journey was simply flawless. Highly recommended.
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Nick Peterson

20/04/2022
It is a long day - but totally worth it. The view was quite majestic. The tour was efficient. The weather was lovely, the history was fascinating, and the views were breathtaking.
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Karen Karls

10/04/2022
Meteora was just beautiful. Truly so much history and stunning views.
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Priscilla Tran

06/04/2022
The day was long but worth it. Our guide was local, extremely knowledgeable, and informative, answering any questions asked. Absolutely recommend!!
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Antonio Lucio

21/03/2022
A great day trip, but the tour guide was irresponsible and careless.
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Tick Lim

13/03/2022
Wow! This was a fascinating tour, The tour and guide were incredible, this is a must-see; it's also worthwhile for anyone interested in the history of the area in general.
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Jamal Bentley

01/03/2022
The whole experience is absolutely value for money, Its beauty and history were absolutely breathtaking. Do take a tour if you are genuinely interested in knowing about the history of Meteora.
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Belen Giner

20/02/2022
Extremely beautiful, My history isn't that great, and didn't realize this happened in Greece. Overall I would book this again.
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Lina Delaney

08/02/2022
We had time to explore the monasteries on our own, and there was plenty of time to stop and take good pictures. This is a truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience would absolutely recommend a trip to Meteora.
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Toby Womack

26/12/2021
Visit Meteora is extremely professional. I loved everything. Great guide, took in amazing sites, explained everything very well.
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Payal Damor

18/12/2021
This was the first monastery we visited during our stay in Meteora and the whole experience was amazing! fully appreciate the beauty of this place.
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Bili Stella

30/11/2021
Wonderful time. A city with historical sights and a fabulous atmosphere.
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Ruth Bergmans

20/10/2021
We absolutely love it here. The most magical relaxing experience.
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Lupita Enriquez

20/10/2021
We had a good time! The tour itself was excellent.
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Chaya Maurya

08/10/2021

Fabulous experience

Fabulous experience, we really enjoyed that, Meteora is one of the beautiful places.
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Hadleigh Sharp

16/09/2021

Unique experience

Unique experience… fascinating places and wonderful landscapes. The guides were very kind and gave us information on everything about the place and history. I can strongly recommend this tour to anybody.
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Dalila Deluca

15/08/2021
Had a great time on the tour! our guide was a great really informative and gave many wonderful suggestions.
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