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From Thessaloniki: Meteora Monasteries Full-Day Guided Tour

from thessaloniki: meteora monasteries full-day guided tour-2

Discover the beauty of Meteora, as you get a chance to see the six Holy Monasteries firsthand. Delve into its history with the help of an English-speaking guide.

Highlights

  • Get a chance to visit 2 of the 6 renowned monasteries of the Greek city of Meteora.

  • Delve into the history of the attractions with the help of an English-speaking archaeologist guide.

  • Catch stunning panoramic views of these monasteries perched on top of massive natural pillars.

  • Enjoy hassle-free transfers to and from the attractions and savor a delicious traditional Greek lunch against stunning views of Meteora.

  • Fun fact: Meteora is featured in the James Bond movie, ‘For Your Eyes Only’.

Inclusions

  • Round-trip bus transfers

  • Expert English-speaking tour guide

  • Travel insurance

Exclusions

  • The visit ticket to each monastery costs € 3 for all visitors (cash only), except those with Greek citizenship who are entitled to free admission

  • Meteora monasteries tour

  • Lunch

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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julia novakova

Julia

5/5

Oct, 2023

Bus comfortable, departure on time, friendly guide Katherina, regular rest stops. We had a nice day, the visit to the monasteries was really worthwhile, it's beautiful.
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James Paterson

James

5/5

Sep, 2023

Very easy and straightforward booking, with clear joining instructions for the Meteora tour. Our guide Konstantina and driver Dimitris were both excellent. Well timed stops for refreshments and comfort breaks. Excellent choice of restaurant for lunch. Comfortable new Mercedes minibus. The site at Meteora was magnificent: a natural wonder! The only thing I didn't like was the fact that women visitors at the monasteries were required to wear an additional long skirt even if they were already wearing full-length trousers: a very antiquated and discriminatory attitude towards women!
esther aligmayo

Esther

5/5

Sep, 2023

Our guide constantina, our driver who is quiet but alert our group and the best part was the climb to the 2 monasteries we visited.
Yan Zhou

Yan

5/5

Mar, 2024

super nice guiding. Learned many interesting tips and stories about this area. I will recommend this tour.

A natural rock formation in central Greece, the Meteora is home to one of the largest built complexes of Eastern Orthodox Monasteries in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988, Meteora is a must-see destination.

The experience starts early in the morning, and you will be picked up between 8 and 8:30 AM from Thessaloniki. The 230-kilometer journey will take approximately 3 hours, including a 20-minute break.

You will reach Meteora around 11:30 and see the complex of rocks firsthand! The 6 remaining monasteries are a sight to behold, standing atop massive natural pillars. You will get to visit two of these six monasteries, depending on the exact schedule for the day. Each of the 6 monasteries has its own attractions and guarantees to leave you with a unique experience.

The tour bus will make a short stop at a viewpoint, where you can enjoy some stunning panoramic views of the Holy Monasteries. The sight of these majestic natural structures and monasteries is a confluence of mystery and awe, and promises to take your breath away!

Next up on the itinerary is a traditional Greek lunch at the Kalambaka area while enjoying the unforgettable sights of Meteora. You will depart back to Thessaloniki at 3:30 PM.

What's not allowed

  • Strict dress code: Men wearing shorts, and women wearing sleeveless sweatshirts are not allowed to enter the monastery.

Additional information

  • Every Monday we visit the monasteries of Varlaam and Rousanou, every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday the monasteries of Saint Stefanos and Varlaam and every Friday the monasteries of Rousanou and Saint Stefanos. In exceptional cases, visits to the monasteries may be varied.

  • Please wear comfortable shoes, since there will be a fair amount of walking.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid delays.

  • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification.

Meeting Point

At 8am, meet your guide on Aristotelous Square and Egnatia Street, in front of the Venizelos Statue.

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

The nearest bus stop is Thessaloniki 21 Lagkada Street, which is a 15-minute walk to the meeting point. Catch bus Kyiv-Atheny to get here.

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