From Athens: Meteora day trip by train (daily)
Engage in a day-trip to Meteora, a spectacular natural landmark that will properly introduce you to the sanctity and religiosity of this pivotal monastic community.
Meteora is a natural landmark nowhere to be found around the world. The imposing vertical rocks standing as pillars reaching the sky, host on their plateaus ancient monasteries with a vast cultural significance not only for the region but for the whole of Christianity’s history as well. Therefore, while in Greece you should definitely invest a day in visiting this place of splendor. Hop on a train from Athens and enjoy the historical route full of spectacular images of natural beauty as you will pass through national parks, stone arched bridges. Let the landscapes follow one another and reach Meteora, spend your day there and return in Athens late that day.
Start your day early (7.20 am) and head to the main Railway Station of Athens (Larissis station) to catch your train to Kalambaka, the main city close to the rocks of Meteora. Your journey will take approximately 4 hours as you are following the historical route of the railway through national parks, historical cities such as Thebes, and the forests of the foothills of mountain Oeta, from where Herakles ascended to Olympus according to ancient Greek mythology. Continue your trip through the Plain of Thessaly, having as destination the city of Kalambaka. Enjoy as the different landscapes alternate in front of your eyes and without noticing find yourselves in the mountainous Kalambaka.
As you are exiting the train station, a luxury vehicle is going to wait for you to pick you up. Your expert, fluent in English, tour guide will welcome you at the station and take you to an unforgettable experience. Ascend to the imposing rocks of Meteora and realize why these first monks of Christianity, hundreds of years ago, chose this location to create their monastic community and seek real communication with God. See all 6 monasteries and nunneries of Meteora, visit the hermit caves of Badovas, and have the chance to enter three of the monasteries in order to witness the everyday life of the monks, admire their architecture, and gaze at the priceless relics and treasures of the monasteries; a cultural heritage to all Christianity.
After your Meteora tour, your limo minibus will take you to the Kalambaka station for you to catch the train back to Athens. The train departs at 17.55 and arrives in Athens at 21.30.
- Round Trip Train tickets
- 5-hour guided tour (seeing all monasteries & entering 3 of them)
- Pick up/drop off from/to Kalabaka train station
- Transfers in a luxury limo minibus
- Services of a fun insightful and expert tour guide
- Free map and bottle of water on the bus
- Free WiFi on the bus
- Pick up/drop off from/to your hotel in Athens (can be arranged)
- Entrance fees to the monasteries (EUR 3 per person for each monastery)
- Meals, soft drinks, and any other personal purchases
- Licensed guide
Know before you go
- You will receive your train tickets by email - no need to print them
- Dresscode: Sleeveless clothing and shorts over the knee for men are prohibited. For women, skirts below the knee are required in order to enter the monasteries.
Customize your Tour
We traveled to Kalambaka by morning train from Athens. The same day we had to come back. So we arrived aprox at 2 pm and had only 4 hours to see as much as possible. We were lucky as we were assigned an excellent guide. He tried to show us as much as possible. We have got a lot of interesting information during the tour in a comfortable mini-bus. Amazing experience!