Meteora Hike with Transport from Kalambaka 348 reviews
 
Meteora, Greece

  • Operates Daily - 4 hours
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  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Activity Highlights
Itinerary
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Pass By: Meteora, Kastraki, Kalambaka 422 00 Greece

Meteora is an area that covers few square kilometers, where an ancient monastic community and a rare geological phenomenon of huge rock pillars coexist in absolute harmony. Located at the northwest tip of the plain of Thessaly, Meteora today has become one of the most popular destinations of mainland Greece. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an archeological site and an officially declared holy place! At the foothills of the rocks, there are 2 settlements, the town of Kalabaka and the village of Kastraki.

Stop At: Meteora, Kastraki, Kalambaka 422 00 Greece

Hike through the majestic 'rock forest' of Meteora, see the best monasteries and experience the most captivating views on this morning tour. The Meteora Hiking Tour is one of the best ways to enjoy this unique geological phenomenon and to learn the history of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. By joining this morning hike you will walk through hidden trails that only locals know. Let us take you on a journey back in time following the footsteps of the first monks who arrived here more than 15 centuries ago. Join this amazing guided hiking tour and walk among the gigantic rock pillars of Meteora to enjoy truly breathtaking views.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Great Meteoron Monastery, Eparhiacos dromos Meteoron, Kalambaka 42200 Greece

The Great Meteoron Monastery is the biggest and oldest one of all. It was called the monastery that was “suspended in the air” (meteoro), because of the formation of the gigantic rock on top of which it was built.

The Great Meteoro Monastery was founded by Saint Athanasios the Meteorite who was the first founder of the monastery and the organizer of the systematic koenovion. For this reason, the foundation of this monastery is considered to be a turning point, or even better, the beginning of the organized monastisicm in Holy Meteora. Hosios Athanasios was born around 1302 in the medieval town of New Patras, today’s Hypati and his lay name was Andronikos.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ypapanti old monastery, Meteoron, Kalampaka 422 00, Greece

Fully constructed inside a large cavity of a rock, this monastery is very indicative of its kind, compared to the ones that are usually seen on the peaks of rocks. A monk under the name of Nilos, in the year 1367 AD, along with another monk named Cyprianus became the founders and the owners of the monastery. It was destroyed in 1809, when the local rebel and hero Papathymios Vlahavas was arrested here by the Turkish army of Ali Pasha. The pathway to this monastery is a very simple and pleasant one.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Varlaam Monastery, Kalambaka Greece

he Holy Monastery of Varlaam is the second biggest monastery. It is located opposite of the Great Meteoro Monastery and it was founded in the mid 14th century by the exercitant Hosios Varlaam.

The elegant monastery Catholicon was built in the honour of Agioi Pantes in 1541-42, by two brothers from Ioannina, the priest-monks Hosioi Theophanes and Nectarios the Apsarades. The main church was decorated in 1548. Based on stylistic criteria, this magnificent wall-painting is attributed to the famous hagiographer from Thebes, Frago Catelano.

Pass By: Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas, Kalambaka Greece

The Holy Monastery of Saint Nicholas of Anapafsas is the first Monastery that we encounter on our way to the Holy Meteora and was founded at the end of the 14th century.

For the name Anapafsas there are numerous interpretations two of which are the most popular. The first one is that the name Anapafsas was attributed by one of the monastery’s benefactors, while the second explanation has to do with the monastery’s position being the first to be encountered on the way up and probably served to the pilgrims and other visitors as a resting place before continuing on.

Activity Details
Explore Meteora on a gentle-paced hike, and discover the little-known trails that many day-trippers to the UNESCO World Heritage site don’t get to see. On a round-trip route from the Doupiani rock to the heady heights of Grand Meteora Monastery, pass some of the smaller rock monasteries such as Ypapanti and learn about Meteora’s intriguing rock formations and history. 
• You will go to secret local spots that the vast majority of other travelers will never experience.
• Visit the Great Meteoro Monastery and the hidden monastery of Ypapanti and avoid the crowds.
• You will learn about the culture and history of the place on a deeper level and from a local’s perspective.
• You will learn about etiquette and behavior (especially important at religious sites).
• Daily departures depart any day you want, 365 days a year
• You get to meet people from around the world
• Small size groups up to 12 pax.
Departure & Return
Departure PointTraveler pickup is offered We offer pick up and drop off from all the hotels and AirBNBs that are located at Kalambaka and Kastraki village. Departure Time8:30 AM
What's Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off to/from Kalambaka or Kastraki
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Local English speaking mountain guide
  • Bottled water
  • Visit the hidden monastery of Ypapanti
  • Entrance fees (approx. 3 euros each)
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Meteora
  • Entry/Admission - Great Meteoron Monastery
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Please bring comfortable and appropriate hiking shoes
  • This tour requires customers to be physically fit
  • The monasteries have a strict dress code: men must wear trousers and long sleeves, women must wear a long skirt. If you do turn up in shorts, trousers and skirts will be provided.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Due to the current COVID situation, all Monasteries of Meteora will no longer be providing skirts and shawls at the entrances. Sleeveless clothing and shorts over the knee for men are prohibited and you‘ll be denied access if dressed that way. For ladies skirts below the knee are required.
Cancellation Policy
Free Cancellation - upto 24 hours in advance
Traveler Reviews
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  • Beautiful way to see the surrounding space of the mountains. Our guide was very knowledgeable of history, facts, and the plant life.
  • The hike was wonderful - without big crowds and with a lot of interesting information on the area, the history and nature. Even though the day was hot - most of the time we were in the shade. Evan, the guide was great and very professional. One thing we would add, is some explanations inside the Monastery (but we heard explanations of one of many other another guides there, so not really a problem).
  • Our tour guide Evan was awesome! This was a great hike to see the monasteries. It was warm out along the way but could easily find shaded places to stop and Evan would have good information about the area.
  • Our tour guide, Chris, was knowledgeable of the geology, flora and fauna of the area. He was friendly, kind and helpful during the hike.
  • This is the best way to see Meteora…period. Kostas was a great guide. Nice, informative, helpful. And it’s a beautiful hike up to the monasteries. You just gotta do it.
  • We had an amazing hike with Kostas. The group was small and the experience was intimate. We learned about the local landscape, the history, and got to explore present day at the monasteries. Would highly recommend a tour with Meteora. It was first class!
  • Our local guide was knowledgeable, passionate and entertaining. This tour was a great way to explore the area, learn the history of the region and get some exercise. The hike was about 5.5 miles and 1300 ft elevation gain so good shoes are recommended. It makes a loop so there are new things to see around every corner, including the monasteries of course. The guide knew all the hotspots for great photographs and was generous with taking pictures as well. The company, Visit Meteora was friendly, quick to respond and well organized. The entire experience definitely exceeded my expectations!
  • We stayed at the Doupinani House and woke up with the sun. The sunrise was beautiful over the valley. Our guide arrived and we boarded the van to go to the start of the trail. We ascended for a bit and then received a lesson on the history of the area while looking at caves and structures that were used by early hermits and monks. We ascended higher and saw our first monastery, then hiked on for a view of the valley. Having our guide with us was good for learning about the area. He was also versed on plant life, this was an added bonus! We walked on to the monasteries and unfortunately, we had to be back in Athens so we did not go inside. Franky, the views are the best part of this hike. The weather was perfect. The hike down was gorgeous. It is easily a 9:00 - 14:00 deal. Having a guide makes it better!
  • Kristos was an amazing guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Lots of fun. Great scenery. Thanks much.
  • Absolutely beautiful sites, and Chris was amazingly knowledgeable and fun. This was a perfect way to find the best views of Meteora not knowing the area. Hike wasn't too difficult but wear decent shoes. Highly recommend this tour!
  • This tour was amazing. Office is conveniently located in the center of kalambaka with a quick bus ride to where the hike begins. Saw many monasteries along the way including Ypapanti monastery. The day we went was HOT (94 degrees) so make sure you bring lots of water and comfortable shoes! Believe we did nearly 20,000 steps some of which had a good steady incline but no true scrambling or rock climbing so good for all ages!
  • My clients and I found the private hiking tour with Lambros AMAZING ! Everybody loved it, the landscapes, explanations, Lambros was perfect, very attentive, had great knowledge of plants, culture, history, it was very much appreciated.
  • i specially loved the first part of the hike to ypapanti, the landscape is just wonderful. the guide not just gave explanations about the monasteries but also about the surrounding nature. the hiking speed was perfect. good hiking boots are important for this tour!
  • I highly recommend this hiking tour as a way to experience the phenomenal setting of the Meteora in an outside-the-tour-bus fashion. Our 4 1/2 hour hike took us through a peaceful oak forest and through wooded trails, all peppered with fantastic views of the monasteries. After a couple of hours of gradual uphill climb, we had about an hour to spend at The Great Meteoron, and the hike was all downhill after that point. Our guide, Evan, was very knowledgeable and friendly, and kept a steady pace that was perfect for our group of 7.
  • On time pick up, comfortable coach, knowledgable and friendly guide (Ivan), easy hike with stops to explain rocks and the significance. I took the sunset tour the same evening and it paled in comparison to the hike.
  • We had a super great hiking tour with our tour guide Chris. He knows everything about the area…history ,plants in this area etc. You will have a stunning view and get also the chance to visit one monastery.
  • This hiking tour is one of the best experiences me and my family had in life! Meteora is by itself a magical place, but visiting it this way makes it really unforgettable! After 5 hours of hiking through forests and incredible spots, my children were sad when we finished the tour. The previous day we took also the sunset tour which was really great too as they are not overlapping and I must say that both guides were amazingly interesting and nice! I am looking forward to doing that again!
  • The tour was very entertaining and, thanks to the extensive botanical and historical knowledge of our guide, also very informative.
  • Such a wonderful hiking. We saw a lot and it was so nice to walk. Nature was beautiful and Meteora so amazing. We also visited Grand Meteora Monastery. We hat plenty of time for the visit and tje walking space was good for everyone. Thank you so much
  • We were collected from our accommodation at 08.30 and joined a group of 4 others which made us a small group of 8 people. Our guide, Jim, took us through the beautiful countryside at a steady pace and gave us a tremendous amount of information about the local area, history, flora, fauna and personal anecdotes. The scenery was wonderful and made all the better for gaining an understanding of the area courtesy of Jim. We took in Great Meteora monastery before a gentle descent back into the valley. The tour concluded at around 13.30 just in time for lunch in the village of Kastraki This tour was the highlight of our visit to the area and we would have missed out on so much had we not done it.
  • Pick up from hotel in Kastraki and our guide Chris was just fantastic from the start, he introduced the small group to each other and displayed a real interest in everyone. We were a mix of French, Spanish and British and we soon had a great vibe as we hiked around Meteora. Chris displayed real passion for the area and was very knowledgeable on the history, culture and natural wildlife, we had a great time and a very memorable few hours, highly recommended
  • good, but the ticket did not correspond to what happened. the ticket said that we were going to have snacks and that we were going to Visit to the hidden monastery of Ypapanti. None of this happened.
  • Meteora morning Hiking tour- Highly recommend this moderately challenging hike, as an excellent way to see the natural beauty and wonders of Meteora. Bring the extra bottle of water, pack a snack and join them, it’s worth the challenge. I was worried I wouldn’t be fit enough for it and although some parts were good cardio work, the pace made it possible; go for it! We did this tour followed by the Sunset tour a few hours later and both were excellent and not overlapping info/content. Meteora Sunset tour- This tour and Vasilis’s knowledge and passion for the subject were the best 4 hours of our time in Greece. My son and I were captivated by the topics we covered and sites we discovered and saw, thanks to Vasilis and our driver, George. I cannot recommend this tour and Visit Meteora highly enough. GO.
  • We started our day in Meteora with this hiking tour. There were only two other people in our group too. A perfect size! Our guide was Chris, who was absolutely fantastic! He did a wonderful job explaining the history and geology of the area. The hike had some steep parts, but was overall not too difficult. My 10 year old had no problems. This tour gave us a really great sense of the area, and we got to see and go to places you can’t get to from a van. Of course the sites and scenery were completely stunning. For anyone looking to visit Meteora and have a more active adventure, this was the perfect option. At the end of the tour, Chris also recommended a restaurant for lunch in downtown Kalambaka that we all agreed had delicious food! We also paired this with the sunset tour to make for a full day experience! I would highly recommend this tour!
 
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