A full day tour that brings you one step closer to the spiritual and cultural treasures of Greece
€450 Luxury sedan up to 4 pax
€500 Mercedes Mini Van or similar up to 7 pax
We depart from Athens early in the morning and head towards the north of the country. We arrive to Kalabaka at the mainland of Greece and to our main destination, Meteora. One of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage. Feel the natural beauty of the landscape combined with the historical and spiritual context of the area. Admire ageless Monasteries containing historical and religious treasures, including 16th-century frescoes that mark a key stage in the development of post-Byzantine painting.
At Meteora, in a region of almost inaccessible sandstone peaks, monasteries were built by monks who were previously hermits in the area and who settled on these “columns of the sky” from the 11th century onwards. With much determination, it took months and years to carry the construction materials to the top of the rocks some as high as 550 meters (1800 ft), using ropes, folding ladders, nets and baskets. Twenty-four of these monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties only 6 of them have made it through the centuries. You will have the opportunity to visit 2 or 3 of these monasteries that will be open to the public.
Even if your interests are not deeply religious, this is a truly unique and inspiring experience not to be missed!
During the tour you will have a chance to take a lunch break at a traditional tavern of Kalabaka or Kastraki village.
As we return to Athens, on the way, we will make a brief stop at Thermopylae, where one of the most memorable battles of all times took place. In 480 BC, 300 Spartan warriors led by King Leonidas battled against the Persian army of Xerxes. Here the statue of Leonidas was erected as a symbol of his bravery.
Note: If you prefer to enjoy a more relaxed tour of Meteora, you have the option to extend this tour to a 2 day/1 night trip. Please see our Overnight Trips category.
This tour requires climbing many steps that lead to the monasteries. We recommend comfortable walking shoes, preferably flat-soled. For protection from the heat and sun, we strongly suggest you wear a hat, sun glasses and sunscreen.
Appropriate clothing is required to visit the monasteries. Sleeveless clothing and shorts are permitted, as long as you cover your shoulders and knees. Skirts and shawls are available at the entrance for those who are unprepared.
Please note that due to strict Greek laws and regulations, your Tour Driver is not licensed to accompany you inside the sites. Your Tour Driver will provide commentary and basic information only inside the vehicle and only when it is deemed safe to do so while driving. Please refrain from any distracting behavior as your safety during the tour is our top priority.
Your Driver will drop you off as close to the sites as legally possible and in accordance to Traffic laws.
If you wish to have a personal licensed Tour Guide, you may hire one at extra cost. Please include your request on the booking form.
What is included in this private tour
Pick-up service from your hotel in or near the center of Athens OR your cruise terminal.
Transport by air-conditioned luxury vehicle.
An English-speaking professional driver with a good knowledge of history and culture of Greece.
All taxes, road toll fees, fuel charges and parking.
What is not included in this private tour
All Meals & Beverages.
Admission Fees for the Archaeological sites and museums.*
Licensed official tour guide (optional)
*Admission Fee €3 at each Monastery you visit (minors under 18 years of age entrance is free)