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 Adi E on August 17, 2019

Gorgeous

We drove in our private car all around the area, about 15 minutes. And we had stops in each monasteries (without getting in) the view is fabulous. Aftrr a few hours we went up again to see the sunset ???? and it was amazing!!

Rating: by Philip B on August 16, 2019

Do it

Guide Katerina and driver Andonis took the four of us (including a 7 year old boy - he loved it) on a 5 hour journey through 1,700 years of fascinating history and some of the most spectacular landscapes in Greece. They were simply brilliant in...

Rating: by vincentm922019 on August 16, 2019

Excellent tour with fantastic views

We had a great time with Evan our guide. We had unique views on 5 out of 6 of the active monasteries and visited one. Evan provided a lot of explanations (on the geology, wild life, monasteries, etc) and was also very caring and cautious...

Rating: by leilajordyn on August 15, 2019

What an incredible experience!

My day trip from Thessaloniki to Meteora was one of my greatest experiences as an avid traveler. Beautiful, historical and unlike any place I have seen, Meteora is a must. The team at Visit Meteora went above and beyond in helping me orchestrate the logistics...

Rating: by peterF6877CK on August 15, 2019

Strongly recommended

We took the 2 day train tour from Thessaloniki with a sunset tour and a hiking tour the following day. The three star hotel was worth four and our two guides were very courteous, funny and extremely knowledgeable in every aspect of Greek history and...

Rating: by joepE3008MR on August 14, 2019

Full day round trip from Athens to Meteora

The train ride was long. It was supposed to be 4 hours, but delayed 45 minutes because of mechanical issues. Having said that...it was all worth it! Our guide was phenomenal—native from the area. She described personal experiences she had interacting a particularly wise monk....

Rating: by mara5256 on August 13, 2019

Best Tour

With a variety of ages, this tour was perfect for everyone. Eva was a very knowledgeable and professional, and the driver was very careful and professional. Also participated in the sunset tour which can be combined to see some additional sights. the tour really made...

Rating: by Evelyn D on August 13, 2019

Absolutely fantastic!

On August 5, 2019, I took this train tour from Thessaloniki to Kalambaka and was greeted at the train station by Eva and George from Visit Meteora. This was the best tour I’ve ever had anywhere! Eva was amazing - such vivid and articulate storytelling...

Rating: by 63surf on August 12, 2019

Absolutely Wonderful

Took the tour as a last minute thing with my son. Having everything from the train tickets to the hotel to the food and the tours set for us, made this a truly memorable experience. We spent a month in Greece, and those three day...

Rating: by Achung9595 on August 11, 2019

Great tour except for the train

This was a fantastic day trip except for the train ride to and from. The day begins early at 7:20. The train is not very nice and the seats are not very comfortable, especially for a four hour ride. The ride brings you through a...

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