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From Athens: Full-Day Rail Tour to Meteora

From Athens: Full-Day Rail Tour to Meteora

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From £88.49 £70.79 per person

Don't miss the opportunity during your stay in Athens to visit the breathtaking Meteora monasteries with this amazing full-day rail tour. Countless panoramic images will remain etched in your memory with the opportunity for video and photos along the way.

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Duration 1 day
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  • Visit the hermit caves and the astonishing Meteora monasteries
  • Admire the beauty of the countryside
  • Enjoy a 5 hour tour with the locals
Full description
Catch the train to Kalambaka in the morning from the Athens railway station and enjoy a trip that will give you the chance to admire the beauty of the countryside. Arrive in Kalambaka, a small town built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks, and crowded by the Meteora monasteries. Your driver will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name, and you will board a 19-seater VIP Mercedes minibus that will transfer you to the Meteora monasteries (Meteora is included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites). For 5 hours, you will have the time to explore three monasteries. Visit the thousand years old hermitages of Bandovas, learn the stories and the legends, and enjoy great views from the most panoramic spots. At the end of the day, your driver will transfer you back to Kalambaka, where you will have the time to stroll around and have a light lunch (not included). At 5:15 PM, the train will depart from Kalambaka and arrive back at 9:25 PM to Athens.
  • English- or Spanish-speaking tour leader
  • 5-hour tour of Meteora
  • Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Free map
  • Bottle of water
  • Free Wi-Fi on-board the bus
  • Roundtrip train tickets from Athens to Kalambaka
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fees to the monasteries (3 EUR per person for each monastery)
  • Transfer to the Athens railway station
  • State licensed guide
  • Personal travel insurance
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Catch the morning train to Kalambaka from Athens 'Larissa' Railway Station (ΣΤ.ΛΑΡΙΣΗΣ). The driver will be waiting for you at the Kalambaka train station holding a signboard with your name on it.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • 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. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • You will board the train from Athens on your own, using the tickets sent to you via email.
  • Your guide will meet you at Kalambaka train station after your train arrives
  • You will be sent the train tickets via email approximately one month before your trip date
  • Please be at the station at least 30 minutes before the departure in order to have plenty of time to find your coach and seats. The stewards there will assist you.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 141 reviews

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Getting on the train was stressful as there weren’t signs in the trains with stops. We were rushed to get on and fortunately it was the right one. The tour itself was great. Katarina, our guide was so informative. She has a vested interest in the monasteries as her uncle was a monk. She has been in all of them and gave so much history. Highly recommended! If we had tried to do this on our own, we would have been so stressed and missed so much. Worth the money!

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15 July 2021

Not cheap and long bus ride (we took the bus because the train connection was interrupted due to the cyclone that had taken place the day before) ... but the trip is worth every euro! The monasteries are breathtaking, we took more photos that day than we did in a week in Greece! Definitely worth seeing! The process was problem-free. Our driver on site (unfortunately I don't remember his name) was very, very nice and competent. There was enough time for all the monasteries

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28 September 2020

This is a long trip (at least 4 hours each way from Athens and frequently longer because of work on the railway) but so worth it. This is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. The pictures don't even do it justice. The guide and driver were great. They give you the history and geology of the region. The driver was so kind in helping people get further out on rock formations to get pictures. This was one of my favorite parts of my trip to Greece. I highly recommend if you can take a long day.

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22 March 2020

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