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

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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 is 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 a lifetime experience…

 

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The monastery of Roussanou in the mist

Opening hours of Meteora monasteries

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 on the season remain 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 seasons of the visiting hours: the Winter period (November to March) and the Summer (April to October).

Over the years we came across 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 having 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 issues or disabilities.

 

St Stephens Monastery

The monastery of Agios Stefanos in the evening light

Things to know for a short visit to Meteora

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 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. If you wish to spare yourself all the hassle of finding train tickets online you can also choose to book our “Day trip for Athens to Meteora by train“.

 

Here are the things you should know before you visit Meteora by train 

 

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 on our post to fill the form with your e-mail to send you a map of Meteora. You can do the same on our front page near the footer, there you can submit your e-mail in the Map-Request form and we will e-mail you back the link to download a detailed map of the whole area in pdf format. The map will give you a better idea of the Meteora area, parking lots, roads, and routes.

Something else to have in mind is that you won’t find places for lunch or dinner inside the archaeological site of Meteora. There are only 3 cantines that sell small snacks and soft beverages, The cantines are 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.

 

Make sure to read 5 important things to know before visiting the monasteries

 

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3-Days at Meteora, itinerary example:

If you are planning to spent a 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  2 indicative itinerary examples.

Assuming 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/3-Days stay:

 

Monday (Day 1)

If you arrive around 15:00 then, immediately after check-in, take the car and drive up on the rocks to visit a monastery. The Great Meteoro Monastery it closes at 15:00, so if you wish to visit this one you’ll have to be there at least an hour earlier because Tuesday would be closed. Agios Stefanos Monastery remains closed down every Monday, so you don’t have this option. Roussanou would be a good choice of a monastery to visit late in the afternoon. The monastery has a moderate difficulty to reach, small in size and mesmerizing views.

Tuesday (Day 2)

Book a Hiking tour and walk the ancient trails of Meteora and include a visit to the 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.

Wednesday (Day 3)

Departure early in the morning

 

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On the trail which leads to the top of the Great Saint

3-Nights/4-Days at Meteora, itinerary example:

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

 

Wednesday (Day 1)

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 45 min. walk downhill back to the town. Alternatively you can always join our Sunset tour, one of the best things to do in the whole area!

Thursday (Day 2)

Join a 4-hour morning tour the Meteora half-day morning tour and visit (between 09:00 and 13:00) three monasteries (Great Meteoro, Agios Nikolaos and Roussanou) to enjoy captivating vies and to learn about the history and the legends of the monuments! 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 wildlife and the flora of this place.

Late evening take the public bus or walk from Kalampaka (15 to 20 min.) 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 at Meteora to walk freely without fear, even very late at night.

Friday (Day 3)

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 Agios Nikolaos 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 (Day 4)

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. This activity will lead you through an ancient winding path upon the rock of Great Saint. A huge rock complex, which 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!

Departure late in the afternoon

 

Hoped we 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

    Reply
  • Chris 08 / 02 / 2018

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

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  • admin 09 / 02 / 2018

    Dear Olga and Chris,

    You can download our map of Meteora from this link: https://www.visitmeteora.travel/our-map/

    Best regards

    Reply
  • 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.

    Thanks

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    • 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 info@visitmeteora.travel

      Best regards

      Reply
  • Jeiny Rodriguez 04 / 04 / 2018

    Hi,

    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

    Reply
  • 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

    Reply
  • 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.

    Reply
  • 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.

    Reply
  • Ana karavidovic 23 / 06 / 2018

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

    Reply
  • Sheryle Rogerson 10 / 07 / 2018

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

    Reply
  • 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

    Reply
  • Lois 14 / 01 / 2019

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

    Reply
  • 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!

    Reply
    • vangelis 08 / 04 / 2019

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

      Reply
  • Harsh 14 / 04 / 2019

    Hi.
    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.
    Thanks

    Reply
  • Mihai Hutanu 14 / 04 / 2019

    Hello,

    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,

    Reply
    • 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

      Reply
  • Nicolette Landman 28 / 04 / 2019

    Hello

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

    Many thanks

    Reply
  • stella avram 16 / 06 / 2019

    hi
    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 stellamatsamakis@gmail.com.au

    Reply
  • Andrii 03 / 11 / 2019

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

    Reply
  • 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

    Reply
  • Nithya Maghaindra Kumar 29 / 01 / 2020

    Hi
    I would like to get a driving map of Meteora. Thanks!

    Reply
    • vangelis 30 / 01 / 2020

      You can download a map of Meteora from our site. Go to our homepage, scroll down, near the footer you will find a form, put your email to mail you the link to download it as a PDF.

      Reply

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