Welcome to Northern Greece
Immense northern Greece (βόρεια Ελλάδα) stretches across more cultures and terrains than any other region in the country. Mighty civilisations, including Macedonians, Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs and Turks, have left traces here. You'll find beaches to rival the islands, especially in popular Halkidiki and around Parga, along the golden Ionian coast. Ruins such as Ancient Dion and the Byzantine castles in... Read More
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Meteora Half-Day Tour from Kalambaka
Meet your guide and air-conditioned minibus outside your Kalambaka hotel to begin your 4-hour tour of the UNESCO-listed Meteora. Translated as ‘suspended in the air,’ ‘middle of the sky’ or ‘in the heavens above,’ Meteora is located just over three miles (5.4 km) from central Kalambaka and is a remote region of sandstone peaks where, from the 11th century onward, monks settled. By the end of the 15th century, 24 monasteries had been systematically built on top of the towering rock formations. On arrival in Meteora, discover the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the sandstone pillars and spend a few minutes snapping photos. With your guide at your side, visit three of the remaining monasteries. As you explore the sites, listen to fascinating stories about the first hermits and monks who settled in Meteora, and discover their motivations for building the monasteries atop the sheer rock spires.During the tour, stop in spots with panoramic views and learn about the local traditions, myths and history. After exploring the monasteries, board your air-conditioned minibus and relax on the journey back to Kalambaka. Your tour concludes at your hotel in the afternoon.
Sunset Meteora Tour from Kalambaka plus Caves
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.
Panoramic Meteora and all Monasteries Tour from Kalabaka
Travel a few miles northwest of Kalabaka, to Meteora following your hotel pick-up location. See impressive rocks of Meteora rise from the plains of Thessaly, one of the most amazing places in Greece. Enjoy breath-taking landscape reaching heights of close to 2000 feet (600 m), one of the most important monastic communities of Greece. Meteora is a great place to experience spectacular landscapes and byzantine monasteries perched on top of steep rocks that house priceless artifacts and wall paintings. During your morning tour, safely and comfortably transport by luxury air-conditioned mini-bus towards the cliff-top monasteries. View six active monasteries, operated by a small number of monks and nuns who reside on Meteora. Take delight in viewing all 6 monasteries and have the chance to visit inside 3 of them.Create numerous photo opportunity stop along the way, so to record your memories. Take pleasure in short walks during the excursion, as well. Return to your hotel just after noon, leaving the rest of your day free for other activities.
Meteora Hike with Transport from Kalambaka
Start your experience with a hotel pickup by air-conditioned minivan, and travel the short distance to Meteora, a UNESCO-listed area known for its cliff monasteries, caves and ethereal rocky landscape.On arrival, hop out of your minivan, and follow your guide on a leisurely hike along the trails that only the locals know. While tracing the footsteps of the first hermits and monks who lived in Meteora many centuries ago, chat with your guide and hear little-known stories about the area’s history, geology and sights.Make your way along a gently climbing route from the Doupiani rock, just below the old ruins of the Pantokrator monastery. Amble around the imposing pillars of Meteora toward the northern side of the rocks and stumble upon the rarely visited monasteries of Ypapanti and St Dimitrios — two hidden Meteora gems. As you listen to tales of bygone battles between the Ottoman Turks and locals, gaze further up the hill to see the Grand Meteora and Moni Varlaam monasteries, clinging to the cliffs. Visit one of these impressive monasteries with your guide (own expense) before hiking back to your Meteora start point.At the Doupiani rock, reboard your minivan and finish the experience with a drop-off at your hotel.
Majestic Sunset on Meteora Rocks Tour
Enjoy a comprehensive tour to all six Monasteries and have the chance to visit the interior of one or two of them. Your tour guide will be with you to provide all the information you need about the area and make you feel comfortable in your own language.Visit the Byzantine church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, one of the most important monuments, situated North-East of the municipality of Kalabaka.You will be transported with comfort and safety by our luxury air conditioned LIMO VIP Mini Bus towards cliff-top monasteries.During the winter season (November – March) we also offer pick up and drop off from Kalabaka Train Station. We can pick you up from the train station, join a three hour tour and return back at the train station in time to take the afternoon train back.
Private Tour: Meteora Tour from Kalambaka
Meet your guide and air-conditioned minibus outside your Kalambaka hotel to begin your private 4-hour tour of the UNESCO-listed Meteora. Known for its surreal rocky landscape and gravity-defying cliff monasteries, Meteora translates as ‘in the heavens above’ and has been home to hermits and monks since the 11th century.Board your comfortable minibus and sit back and relax on the scenic journey from central Kalambaka to Meteora. As you travel, chat about the region with your guide and take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The beauty of having a private guide is that any commentary is tailored to your interests.On arrival, marvel at the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the awe-inspiring sandstone pillars and spend a few minutes snapping photos. With your private guide at your side, follow in the footsteps of the first hermits and monks who lived in Meteora centuries ago, and listen as your guide shares fascinating stories about the area’s history, geology and sights.Then, head to the first of the two monasteries that you will visit during your trip — entrance fees to both are at your own expense. Today, only six of the 24 monasteries that were crafted atop the sandstone pillars still house religious communities. Your guide will help you choose between the monasteries that you would like to visit based on your interests. Perhaps visit the Grand Meteora, which is perched on top of the highest pinnacle, or Roussanou, which occupies the lowest rock of all the monasteries.After exploring the monastery with your guide, perhaps head to one of the area’s viewpoints for sweeping panoramas, before heading on to the second. Following roughly 4-hours at Meteora, board your private minibus and relax on the journey back to your hotel where your tour concludes.