Kalambaka to Meteora Sunset Tour with Church of Virgin Mary

Outdoor Activities in Greece

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When all the masses of tourists are long gone, join an amazing sunset tour that undoubtedly will be the highlight of your entire Meteora visit. Allow the locals to guide you through the winding narrow roads of Meteora to places away the beaten tourist paths. Sunset tour begins with a visit to one of the 6 monasteries of Meteora, Agios Stefanos or Holy Trinity. Then we will guide you to the oldest standing monument of our place, the Byzantine church of Virgin Mary located at the old town of Kalambaka. Visit the thousand years old hermitages of Bandovas, learn the stories and the legends and enjoy great views from the most panoramic spots.Let your heighten senses to explore moment by moment the dimming of the light as the sun disk sinks behind the mountains. This will be the most perfect way to end a beautiful day at Meteora with an awe-inspiring tour to be remembered forever!
Start your sunset tour with a pickup from your Kalambaka hotel, and travel to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage site of Meteora, a short distance away. Meteora is busy with visitors during the peak daytime hours, but your tour is perfectly timed to arrive at the site when the day crowds are leaving. The historical site was once home to more than 20 rock monasteries, clustered precariously on top of Meteora’s sandstone cliffs and etched into the rocks as caves dwellings. With your guide, visit one of the six remaining monasteries and hear fascinating facts and trivia about the monks who once called Meteora their home. After exploring the monastery, continue to one of the caves (or ‘hermitages’), high up in the cliffs, near the remote St Nicolas Badovas Monastery. Originally inhabited by hermits, these intriguing caves later became havens for monks seeking safety around the time the Roman Empire started its demise. See inside the caves, and then visit an old Byzantine church nearby — a site often considered as one of the finest examples of an early Christian church. Continue your tour to a little-known vantage point and relax as you watch the sun sink below Meteora, casting an ethereal glow on the rocky vistas that stretch out in front of you. Soak up the tranquil sight, and then return to your minivan to travel back to your Kalambaka hotel. • You will go to secret local spots that the vast majority of other travelers will never experience. • 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). • You will be able to ask as many questions as you want. • You help support a local economy. • Daily departures depart any day you want, 365 days a year • Excellent reviews on trip advisor • You get to meet people from around the world • Small size groups.

What’s included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off to/from Kalambaka or Kastraki
  • Visit the Byzantine Church of Virgin Marry.
  • Visit the hermit caves and the hidden monasteries.
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Local English speaking tour leader
  • Bottled water
  • Small size groups.
  • Great Photo oportunities
  • Avoid the crowds

What’s not included

  • Entrance fees (approx. 5 euros)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Highlights

  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Led by a local guide
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