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Few tips on how to better organize an itinerary for your Meteora visit

Making plans to visit Meteora and you are not sure which is the best itinerary for your travel plans? You are in the right place! Below we have prepared some tips and suggestions on how to better organize an itinerary for your Meteora visit.

One of the first things you need to check are the sights you wish to visit during your stay here. Meteora offers a wide range of sights and things to do, all listed on our website in the “what to see” and the “things to do” sections. Of course, the things that you’ll do and see always depend on the time and energy you wish to spend in each place you visit. So make sure to allocate enough time for Meteora, if that is possible because this is a destination that truly offers a magical and unique travel experience. What most of us would call it a lifetime experience.


The main attraction of Meteora is, of course, this “out of this world” geological marvel and the 6 active monasteries sitting on top of these immense rocks. There is a timetable for visiting hours of the Meteora monasteries that you’ll have to check first. From Monday to Friday one or two monasteries, depending the season remains closed. During the weekend all 6 active monasteries are open to visitors from morning until late afternoon. The timetable and the opening days change with every season. There are 2 main seasons for the visiting hours, the winter period (November to March) and the summer (April to October) and one must take notice of the visiting hours before arrival. Over the years we came across of a lot of visitors who arrive with the impression that it’s somehow possible to visit all 6 monasteries within a day. This is something highly inadvisable, unless you are a person with a near perfect physical condition, or if there is no other way around. 5 out of the 6 monasteries, in order to visit them you’ll have to climb steep footpaths and stairs. With each one of the staircases that lead up to the monasteries to have approximately 150 to 300 steps! The monastery with the easiest access is the monastery of Agios Stefanos that has no stairs at all, a perfect choice for people with mobility limitations.

St Stephens Monastery

If you have less than 24h to spend at Meteora then you may plan to visit 2 or 3 monasteries, whether in the morning or in the afternoon hours. Have in mind that in order to visit a single monastery it will take roughly from 45 minutes to an hour minimum, counting from the parking lot outside the monastery. If you are planning to visit Meteora in the winter period via a train and you are planning to depart the same day, then the best and cheapest way to visit Meteora, including some of the monasteries, is to book a “train-to-train” tour. Another option you have is to hire a taxi from outside the train station. If you are planning to drive your own car here, then you can scroll down in our front page near the footer and there you can submit us your e-mail and we will e-mail you back a detailed map of the whole area in pdf format. The map will give you a better idea of Meteora area, parking lots, roads, and routes.

Something else to keep in mind is that you won’t find places for lunch or dinner up on the rocks. There are only 3 cantinees that sell small snacks and soft beverages, that’s all you will find up there. Each one of the cantinees is parked outside of Great Meteoro, Varlaam and Agios Stefanos monasteries respectively. So don’t expect to find any taverns or restaurants inside the site of Meteora. You can have lunch or dinner at a restaurant either in the village of Kastraki or in the town of Kalambaka.

If you are planning to spend few nights at Meteora your choices to make the most out of your visit here multiply exponentially! You can organize your itinerary in many different ways. Below we have prepared for you 2 indicative itinerary examples.

2-days itinerary example

Let us assume that you have a rental car and arrival is scheduled for Monday late afternoon late spring, planned for 2 nights stay with departure due to Wednesday morning. Let’s see an example of an itinerary for 2 nights stay:

Monday afternoon

If you arrive around 15:00 then, immediately after check-in, take the car and drive up on the rocks to visit Great Meteoro monastery (it closes at 17:00 in the summer period) which is a not to be missed sight. That particular monastery remains closed every Tuesday during the summer period.


Meteora Hiking Tour

Book a Hiking tour and walk the ancient trails of Meteora and include a visit to Varlaam monastery. It’s one of the best ways to experience Meteora. The tour will end at around 13:30, have lunch and then in the afternoon around 16:00 you can either explore the area by yourself, or you may choose to join the Meteora Sunset tour that will take to another monastery Agios Stefanos (except on Mondays) including all the hidden gems of this place. At the end of the day, you get to enjoy the beautiful sunset, sitting on top of a rock in one of the best viewpoints of Meteora.

3-days itinerary example

Now lets’ see an itinerary for 3 nights stay, assuming arrival by train is scheduled for Wednesday 6th, July 2015, departure Saturday 9th afternoon:

Wednesday afternoon

Meteora Half-day Sightseeing Tour

Take a taxi and ask the driver to drop you off outside Holy Trinity monastery. That will cost you between 9 to 10 Euros, visit the monastery and then walk down to the town of Kalampaka through the old trail that you will find it on the base of that monastery. It’s a beautiful 40 min walk back to the town.


Meteora Private Tour

Join a 4-hour morning tour the Meteora half-day morning tour and visit (between 09:00 and 13:00) two Meteora monasteries (Great Meteoro and Roussanou) learn about the history and the legends plus include a visit to the prehistoric cave of Theopetra, a 130.000 years old site! In the afternoon you may visit the Natural History Museum of Meteora, located in the town of Kalampaka where you will be able to learn about the wildlife and the flora of this place. Late evening take the public bus or walk from Kalampaka to have dinner in the picturesque village of Kastraki. The village is located only a kilometer away from the town of Kalampaka so you could easily walk back. Greece, generally speaking, is a very safe country that you’ll see kids during summer playing outside till midnight! So feel safe here at Meteora to walk freely without fear even very late at night.


St Nikolaos Anapafsas

In the morning around 09:00 try to catch the public bus to Meteora and reach Great Meteoro. From there visit Varlaam monastery and then from the foothills of the rock where the monastery lies take the ancient trail and walk down in search of the Dragon’s cave, located right beneath the monastery. A bit further down the road, you will find the monastery of St Nikolas of Anapafsas monastery to include a visit. In the afternoon make plans to see the Sunset on the rocks either by joining the Sunset tour or by yourself.

Saturday morning

Hiking and Scramble Tour of Great Saint

If you wish to experience a small adventure why not to join the hiking and scramble tour of Great Saint. This particular 3-hour hike will take you up on the tallest of all Meteora rocks, some 400 meters above the town of Kalampaka, through an ancient winding path upon the rock of Great Saint. A huge rock complex thousands of years ago used to be an integral part of the ancient fortifications of the town below. This is the kind of activity to remember for a lifetime and the best way to end a memorable stay here at Meteora!

Hope to help you a bit sorting out an itinerary for Meteora. If you still have any questions regarding your visit here don’t hesitate to contact us by e-mail or phone, and we will be more than glad to assist you in any way we can!

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  • Olga 08 / 02 / 2018

    Dear all,

    We would like to receive your map for driving in Meteora area.

    Thank you in advance.

    Kind regards,

    Olga and Marco

  • Chris 08 / 02 / 2018

    Please send me a map for parking my own car. Thanks!

  • admin 09 / 02 / 2018

    Dear Olga and Chris,

    You can download our map of Meteora from this link:

    Best regards

  • Hellen Comino 20 / 02 / 2018

    Hi, great detail. We were thinking of visiting in December this year(2018). Would we be able to see these sites if we stayed between December 26th to January 3rd.


    • Kostas 22 / 02 / 2018

      Dear Hellen,

      Yes, you will be able to see the sites during Christmas holidays. If you wish for more information you can always send us an email at

      Best regards

  • Jeiny Rodriguez 04 / 04 / 2018


    We’re planning to visit Meteora by car and we would like to receive your detailed map of the whole area of Meteora.

    Thank you very much!

    Best regards,

    Jeiny and Thomas

  • Leon Navickas 15 / 04 / 2018

    Driving to Meteora with 8-persons in a van.
    Seeking maps and information about parking and sightseeing itineraries.
    Thank you

  • Sandy 03 / 05 / 2018

    Thanks for the info.nyes we would like to receive your detailed map with parking and sightseeing info.
    Thanks so much in helping fellow travelers.

  • Alison Ng 04 / 06 / 2018

    We would like a detailed map as we’re planning to drive there and stay 2 nights (Arrive on a Sunday and leave on a Tuesday). We’d like to plan the best way to see Meteora. Thanks.

  • Ana karavidovic 23 / 06 / 2018

    A map of Meteora would really help my visit. Can yo send it to me? Thanks!

  • Sheryle Rogerson 10 / 07 / 2018

    Thanks this information is great could you send the detailed PDF
    Thanks Sheryle

  • Jasna Berket Bakota 03 / 08 / 2018

    Could you please send the map of meteora with roadster for a car drive 🙂 that would help ..
    Thank you

  • Lois 14 / 01 / 2019

    Please send me a detailed map of Meteora, we will be driving and would need areas to park.
    Thank you,

  • Ric 07 / 04 / 2019

    planning to do a self drive in meteora and do a 2 days tour. Please send me the map as stated in this article. Much appreciated. Thanks!

    • vangelis 08 / 04 / 2019

      Hi Ric, we have sent you the map on your e-mail

  • Harsh 14 / 04 / 2019

    Can you tell me if there are buses from the town of Kalampaka to the monasteries. I am planning to be there in the first week of October.

  • Mihai Hutanu 14 / 04 / 2019


    Can you kindly send me the map?
    We’ll be driving from Thessaloniki with 2 kids – 1+ and 4+ years old, next Wednesday. Do you have any advice we could use e.g. accessible but stunning landscapes, etc considering the age of the kids? I’ll have the little one in a chair on my back…

    Kind regards,

    • vangelis 15 / 04 / 2019

      We have sent the map as requested to your e-mail. Out of the six active monasteries the 5 of them they have stairs to climb. I guess if you visit 2 or 3 monasteries it would be enough. My suggestion is to include Agios Stefanos which has no stairs and its the most accessible of all. You can also include Varlaam and Roussanou… If you need more detail directions and nice spots to find you should come by our offices in Kalambaka or Kastraki to give you tips and advises. Our offices are marked on the map

  • Nicolette Landman 28 / 04 / 2019


    Can you kindly send the map for Meteora as well as parking areas – family of 6 doing a selfdrive in October.

    Many thanks

  • stella avram 16 / 06 / 2019

    can you email me a map and suggestions for best places to see. Family of five travelling on 26 june for one night. Staying in Kalambaka.
    My email is

  • Andrii 03 / 11 / 2019

    Hello, can you please email me a map for Meteora. Visiting on 18-22 of November

  • Elīna 20 / 11 / 2019

    I would like to get a map for Meteora . We are planing to come on April next year.
    Best regards from Latvia


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