Kastraki, Greece

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When visiting Athens, take a full-day detour to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora. Ride a train through the Grecian countryside with included rail tickets, and travel from the town of Kalambaka to the ancient clifftop monasteries in a luxury Mercedes minivan with onboard Wi-Fi. Learn the fascinating history and legends of the sky-high monastic retreats as you visit two of them, and keep your energy up with a typical Greek meal of gyro sandwiches.
  • Full-day train tour to Meteora from Athens
  • Visit the spectacular UNESCO-listed clifftop monasteries
  • Travel from Kalambaka to Meteora in a luxury Mercedes minivan with onboard Wi-Fi
  • Tour two monasteries and see the others from the outside
  • Enjoy a typical Greek lunch of gyro sandwiches
  • Includes round-trip train fare from Athens
  • Great way to fit in a trip to one of Greece's most inspiring sites from the capital
  • Group numbers limited to 18 people for a more personalized experience
The journey begins at the Athens Railway Station in the morning, where you’ll catch the 8:27 train with provided tickets. Relax and take in the diverse scenery of the Grecian countryside on the roughly 5-hour journey to reach Kalambaka, the town closest to Meteora. When you arrive at about 1:30 pm, an English-speaking driver awaits you in a Mercedes Sprinter minivan equipped with air conditioning and onboard Wi-Fi.
Travel through a landscape of green valleys dotted with dramatic grey cliffs to reach Meteora, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Learn about the monks who built these incredible hard-to-reach sanctuaries high above ground and the communities who inhabited them over the years. Visit two different monasteries, spending about 45 minutes inside each one (entrance fees not included). See the others from the outside on a van tour, stopping for frame-worthy photos at each site.
After about 3 hours of touring, return to Kalambaka and pick up a take-away lunch of gyro sandwiches, just like the Greeks do. Say goodbye to your driver back at the train station, and hop on the 5:22 return train to Athens, where you'll arrive in the late evening.


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, Dec 2017

This is well worth the money and time even tho it doesn't seem like it! Check to make sure it is not rainy or foggy tho. The views are absolutely amazing and I felt like a day was more than enough time to view and tour a couple monasteries. The train ride might be long but it is well worth the wait and three hours tour is enough to get some great views and pictures in while learning about the history. The tour guide was a local and was knowledgable, funny and very accommodating! They really knew the best places to stop and get pictures since the tour guide grew up there.

NOTE: Tips on train ride from Athens: Don't feel abandoned. Get to the station early the tour will start in the area where Meteora is so no one from the tour will meet you at the Athens station. Take food and drinks since it is a long train ride there and back. When you get to the Athens station don't spend time trying to figure out the platform just ask someone which platform to take because there are no displays that will inform you unlike most train stations in Europe. The paper on the display is confusing and not in English. And don't worry if the train gets to destination 30 mins late from the time it is supposed to arrive there is enough time for the tour. Once you get to the destination the tour bus and tour guide will be waiting for you probably holding a sign or with a list.

, Jul 2017

They were very helpful in getting my train ticket to me and meeting me at the train station in Kalambaka. The small group was nice and the guide was knowledgeable. I only wish that maybe he had gone in the Monasteries with us to tell us more details but he did tell us a fair amount before entering

, May 2017

Meteorea is fascinating but it's a long way from Athens. The train got some delays. However the tour and the guide were very good.

, Apr 2017

Meteora is well worth visiting. The tour was very disappointing. First of all the train journey from Athens arrived at its destination forty five minutes late and I was told by the locals that this happened more or less every day. I expected to be picked up by an English speaking travel guide, I was picked up by a taxi driver who then whisked me off to see the sights calling for a take away lunch on the way. I must say the taxi driver was a very nice person but he was not a guide. Meteora is breathtakingly beautiful and I would recommend a visit but this tour needs to be modified. I have booked numerous tours through viator and this tour is the only one where I feel that I have been disappointed and let down. J Marsh.

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