Daily Excursion to Meteora from Thessaloniki with a bus

The place where divinity meets the miracle of nature

Every year, millions of visitors from all over the world visit Meteora in order to admire this unique phenomenon. Since 1988, Meteora is part of the World Heritage sites of UNESCO. Don’t miss this absolute experience!

Rates

  • Adult Price: 62€
  • Child Price: 31€

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Inclusions

  • Round-trip transportation to Meteora
  • English speaking trip attendant-archaeologist
  • Basic travel insurance (during transport)

Exclusions

  • Entrance fee 3€ per monastery, valid for all non-Greek citizens
  • Tour-guide inside the monasteries
  • Cost of lunch at the restaurant

Useful Information

  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Starting Time: 8:00am
  • Pick up: Thessaloniki
  • The monasteries have strict dress rules prohibiting entry to male visitors wearing shorts and women visitors with sleeveless sweatshirts
  • Our trip attendant-archaeologist shall wear clothing with the Ammon Express marking so that he/she will be recognisable easily
  • You should be at the departure point 10΄ before the time indicated in the schedule. The bus cannot remain at designated stops, except for boarding
  • In summer season bear in mind to have sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat

Highlights

  • 2 of the 6 Holy Monasteries of Meteora
  • Kastraki, in Kalampaka area (lunch-break against the magnificent view of Meteora)

Tour Details

Humongous rocks, monasteries «hanging in the sky» and beautiful paths compose an enchanting scenery that everyone must see. This almost “unearthly state” with monasteries that clambered on the edge of impressive steep mountainous masses, challenge you to discover the majesty of nature. The earth meets the sky, the human intervention the divine element and the traveler finds the emotional serenity and spiritual well being which arises eternally from the atmosphere. Every year, millions of visitors from all over the world visit Meteora in order to admire this unique phenomenon. Since 1988, Meteora is part of the World Heritage sites of UNESCO.

Itinerary

We depart to Meteora with the bus of Ammon Express along with our friendly trip attendant-archaeologist,

  • at 08:00 from the White Tower (entrance),
  • at 08:05 from Makedonia Palace Hotel,
  • at 08:15 from Aristotelous Square & Egnatia Street (at the white Statue of Venizelos),
  • at 08:20 from Capsis Hotel,
  • at 08:25 from The Met Hotel

The distance is 230km and lasts approximately 3 hours. During our way, we have a 20΄ stop for rest and coffee.

We reach Meteora at around 12:30p.m; this fascinating complex of huge steep rocks of pennant, arising close to the first elevations of the longest sierra in Greece, Pindos (the “spine” of Greece). We visit two of the six operating Holy Monasteries depending on the schedule of each one*:

  • the women’s monastery of Saint Stefanos with the impressive wood-carved iconostasis and the magnificent view of the city of Kalampaka, the river Lithaios and the plain,
  • the monastery of the Holy Trinity at the steepest rock of Meteora, through stairs cut through the stone,
  • the women’s monastery of Rousanou with the extraordinary wall paintings of the small church, and the verdant path leading to it,
  • the Varlaam monastery with the valuable surviving frescoes of the painter of icons Frangos Katelanos and, among others, the thirteen-ton wooden barrel,
  • the monastery of the Transfiguration (Metamorphosis) of Christ, which is the largest monastery of Meteora,
  • the monastery of Saint Nicholas Anapafsas, with the frescoes of the famous painter of icons Theophanes the Cretan, which has a balcony that is a stone’s throw away from the huge rocks.

*Every Monday we visit the monasteries of Varlaam and Rousanou, every Wednesday and Sunday the monasteries of Saint Stefanos and Varlaam and every Friday the monasteries of Rousanou and Saint Stefanos.

The monasteries are built οn the peak of the huge rocks, and form the second most important complex of monasteries after Mt. Athos. In the past, there were twenty four monasteries but today only the six of them operate properly. In 1988, Meteora joined the list of the World Heritage sites of UNESCO.

For your convenience, the bus stops in front of the entrance of the Holy Monasteries.

During our visits to the monasteries we make a short stop to admire the stunning panoramic view of the Holy Monasteries from up high and capture the mystique of the landscape. The wild unapproachable area with the sandstones of more than 65 millions years old is majestic and at the same time unearthly and divine as until today their origin cannot be explained.

Next, we enjoy our greek traditional lunch break in Kastraki, at Kalampaka area, against the view of the astonishing Meteora.

We depart to Thessaloniki at around 15:30p.m and we have a last stop for 20΄ for coffee and rest. We are back at about 19:00p.m, making the same stops where we started from.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations received within 2 days of departure will incur a penalty of 50% per person.
  • Cancellations received within 1 day of departure will incur a penalty of 100% per person.
  • Unused features are non-refundable. No shows forfeit entire payment.

Our Latest Reviews

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Rating: by wongk185 on June 15, 2019

Very nicely organized tour

The tours are very well organized. The guides are well trained and professional who explained us the history of the places. Also the tours allowed sufficient time for us to take photos and visit those monasteries. Highly recommended!

Rating: by YingYingLai on June 14, 2019

The highlight of our trip!

We had found out more about the trip from Visit Meteora website. The website is extremely informative and has helped a lot in the planning a Meteora trip. Our guide, Jim is very knowledgeable and humorous and we have learnt so much about Meteora, Greek...

Rating: by susanyg2016 on June 14, 2019

Meteora Sunset Tour Kalambaka

Our tour guide is Jim he is very knowledgeable and he has a good sense of humor.. we enjoyed our Meteora Sunset tour. Thank you Jim.

Rating: by gps42 on June 14, 2019

Great tour

Meteors was amazing and they did a good job of showing us the sights. We really enjoyed it. I also forgot my hat in theIr bus twice and the returned it to our hotel both times!

Rating: by Dreamer26420152573 on June 14, 2019

SO worth the trip from Athens!

My sister and i took this tour and we are so glad we did! The area is so beautiful and so completely different than Athens and the monasteries are amazing to see. Our guide did an excellent job of telling the history of the place...

Rating: by yonseekian on June 14, 2019

Meteora Hiking Tour

My Wife and I booked the 3D2N Meteora/Delphi by Railway from Athens with the company. They were very responsive and they provided clear instructions to take the train. The Dellas Boutique Hotel was booked for our stay, which was very lovely. We enjoyed both the...

Rating: by Qingyang X on June 13, 2019

Great experience

My parents, a friend and I took the two-day rail tour from Athens. It's a great experience. We selected the sunset tour and the hiking tour. The sunset tour is perfect for photograph-the light is so beautiful! The hiking tour is also great, but we...

Rating: by Curious_travellr on June 13, 2019

Great experience

Great experience, excellent value for money. I took the train myself from Thessaloniki and they met me and the rest of the group at the train station in really nice air conditioned Mercedes vans. The guide Maria was excellent and so was our driver, he...

Rating: by Passenger48336467362 on June 12, 2019

Visit to Meteora

This was an excellent company to deal with and everyone of their employees were awesome. We had a driver (Antonias) meet us in Athens and take us to Kalambaka, he was fabulous and fun. Next we took a morning tour to the Monestaries. Both Driver...

Rating: by Explorer64439416537 on June 12, 2019

Meteora Sunset Tour

Great tour. Very informative. Guide was excellent. Tour bus was very comfortable. Picked us up at our hotel and dropped us off in town at our request. I would recommend this tour.

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