Two days tour to the Byzantine Monasteries of Meteora

Overview

The two days tour to the Byzantine Monasteries of Meteora is a private tour you cannot miss if you are into unique landscapes and monuments in Greece.

Meteora is included in the list of protected sites by UNESCO, due to its immense importance and beauty. It is a complex of Byzantine Monasteries, the second largest in Europe after the complex of Athos.

Itinerary of the two days tour to the Byzantine Monasteries of Meteora

Athens – Kalambaka – Kastraki – Meteora – Theopetra – Thermopylae

Highlights of the two days tour to the Byzantine Monasteries of Meteora

  • The suspended rocks of Meteora with the famous Byzantine Monasteries
  • Drive through a scenic countryside
  • Visit to Thermopylae, the battlefield of the 300 Spartans
  • Experienced and professional English speaking driver
  • A typical Greek lunch at a traditional restaurant

Description

Description of the 2 days tour to the Byzantine monasteries of Meteora

Day 1 : Athens, Amphisa, Lamia, Thermopylae, Meteora

The tour will start from Athens early in the morning, with the driver taking you to the two days adventure you will always remember, through a lovely and scenic route.

You will drive through Central Greece towards the fertile plain of Thessaly (birth place of Achilles), and you will reach the town of Kalambaka that nests at the feet of Meteora late in the afternoon, after almost 4 hours.

The Meteora in Greece

You will have the chance to visit two of the Meteora monasteries on this first day of the private tour.

In the prefecture of Trikala rises up the proud and majestic rocky cliffs of the Holy Meteora, created by fossil shells, revealing a unique geological phenomenon. At the meteorite landscape, the height of the rocks reaches the 400 meters.

In the 14th century Saint Athanasios the Meteorite, formed the first organized monastic community with regulations and organized it according to the typical organized monasteries of Mount Athos.

Twenty four monasteries were founded from 1350 to 1500 AD, but with the ravages of time and over the centuries most of the monasteries in Meteora were deserted, fell in ruins and few exist today. In the early 18th century the decline of monasticism started and as a result, both the number of monasteries, the number of monks was reduced, and quite a few monks ensured their survival and restructuring.

You will have a free evening and overnight in Kastraki, Kalambaka.

Day 2: Visit to Meteora, Amphissa, Lamia, Athens

meteora rocks and monasteries
Monasteries on the imposing rocks of Meteora

The second day of the tour will take you to the a thorough tour to the Meteora Monasteries, allowing you to spend more time on the spectacular rocks. Keep in mind that due to the specific regulations, you should dress accordingly, in respect to the monks and nuns living there.

After the visit to the Monasteries you will have a tasteful lunch where you can try some of the local flavors and wines.

After the lunch, the driver will take you to the Theopetra Cave that dates back to 50.000 BC and then you will take the road back to Athens, passing by important towns of Greece, such as Amfissa prefecture and Lamia.

The tour ends late in the afternoon in Athens.

Details

Important notes

Tour Type

Included in the tour

  • Car and Driver
  • A professional English speaking driver or escort with good knowledge in history and culture of Greece, to guide you till you enter archaeological sites and museums. Tour drivers are not licensed to companion you inside the archaeological sites and museums. If you'd like to have a licensed by the state tour guide to escort you inside the sites and museums, we can arrange it for you with an additional cost. Licensed by the state tour guides are freelance and it is subject of availability on bookings day!
  • Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle or similar appropriate for the size of your group
  • Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple day tours only)
  • Pick-up from and return to your hotel
  • Pick-up from the Port of Piraeus
  • Private tour, Road tolls and local taxes
  • Our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athina, Greece.

Excluded from the tour

Additional info

  • Dress: religious and marmoreal sites: shoulders and knee must be covered
  • Terms & Conditions and Frequent Questions
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A voucher will be emailed to you with our contact numbers and all necessary information for your tour.
  • This is your ticket and proof of purchase. On the day of tour please present a paper voucher in order to redeem your tour/activity.

Persons with Disabilities

  • Due to uneven surfaces, certain sites are not recommended for persons with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Such sites are the Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Mycenae, Delphi and Meteora
  • In all cases, we recommend comfortable flat-solid walking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Restrictions:

  • Please note that on this tour, your tour driver is not licensed to accompany you on your climb. If you want this service you may book a licensed by the state tour guide for an extra cost.
  • In case a group is followed by a licensed tour guide or an English speaking tour-escort the professional driver is not obliged to speak English!

Opening hours & Admission fees

  • Opening Hours:Summer April 1st to October 31st from 08:00 AM to 07:30 PM
  • Winter: November 1st to March 31st from 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
  • Free admission fees: Children under 18 & Students from E.U.
  • Reduced admission fees: Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65 & Students from countries outside the E.U.

Free admission days

  • March 6: In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
  • June 5: Environment international day
  • April 18 : International monuments day
  • May 18: International museums day
  • September 27: International tourism day
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • National Holidays
  • Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
  • The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September
  • NOTE: If the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the free admission day

Holidays in Greece

  • January 1: closed
  • January 6: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Shrove Monday: 08:30AM - 03:00 PM
  • March 25: closed
  • Good Friday: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Holy Saturday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Easter Sunday: closed
  • Easter Monday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • May 1: closed
  • Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • 15 August 15: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • October 28: 08:30 AM- 03:00 PM
  • December 25 & 26: closed

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