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 795flaviom on September 19, 2019

Excellent tour

A comfortable vehicle, a small group, a friendly, informative and Meteora passionate guide, means a perfect tour. We enjoyed it very much.

Rating: by Kaf80 on September 19, 2019

Amazing & great!

Amazing views & nicely organized trip! Small bus was very comfy. We had a nice young lady as our guide- who was a local from Kalabaka- full of knowledge of the history & geology of the region.

Rating: by ישראל ג on September 19, 2019

excllent trip

very interesting trip. the guide gave a lot of information about the monastaries and the history of the area very recommnded trip. the guide was very very good

Rating: by JohnK1279 on September 19, 2019

Amazing Time

Booked the half day tour and I was not disappointed the guide (Vasilis) was informative and very engaging and friendly and I highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to visit the best of the best of this overwhelming historic site.

Rating: by LesM105 on September 18, 2019

Sunset tour

Katerina was an excellent guide with so much local knowledge. We were taken to great spots with lots of stops for photo ops.

Rating: by catherinedevaublanc on September 18, 2019

Meteora sunset tour

Very interesting trip. The different places discovered during the tour perfectly complete the visits of the monastries that you can do by yourself. Good guide. I highly recommend.

Rating: by OzCarebear on September 17, 2019

Sunset Tour

We did the sunset tour with Katerina and Costa (apologies if I spelt your names wrong). Costa is a great driver expertly navigating cars, buses, people and goats. He expertly navigated the winding roads & I didn’t have to worry about being car sick after...

Rating: by RAnnDomized on September 17, 2019

Athens to Meteora (Day Trip)

I decided to visit Meteora on my last day in Greece because well, why not. Visit Meteora took care of booking my train tickets so all I had to do was show up at the Athens train station. When I arrived in Kalambaka, the tour...

Rating: by cheryleats on September 16, 2019

Train to Train Tour

The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. The restaurant that the guide recommended was very very good too! We enjoyed the tour and learnt so much! Train ride was pretty long though, it was a (4+4) 8 hour in total to-and-fro ride.

Rating: by MaryL1254 on September 16, 2019

Half day Meteora trip from Athens

Very straight forward and informative tour, just what we needed for a day away from Athens. Beautiful scenery, went into 2 of the monasteries, the minivan/bus was comfortable and we would not have been able to do this on our own since we didn't drive....

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