Hiking Meteora’s Hermit Caves

Explore the secret places of Meteora!

Join the hike to discover Meteora's caves and to climb the rock of Aghio Pnevma (Holy Spirit).

Rates

  • Adult Price: 35€
  • Child Price: 20€

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Inclusions

  • English-speaking guide
  • French and Italian-speaking guides upon availability
  • Water 0.5 L
  • Taxes and service fees

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Pick up and Drop off service

Useful Information

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Min People: 2
  • Max People: 12
  • Starting Time: Varies, check the FAQ
  • Pick up: Visit Meteora Office at Kastraki
  • This tour requires a good fitness state.
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate.

Highlights

  • See the prison where the monks were expelled
  • Unique views from the top
  • Visit the chapel dedicated to the Holy Spirit
  • Sunset Hiking Tour

Tour Details

Our Hiking Meteora’s Caves hikes up the rock of Aghio Pnevma (Holy Spirit), which is located in the middle of the valley that extends from the village of Kastraki towards the vast rock complex of Meteora.

This 3 hrs hike will guide you on the trails near the village of Kastraki. On top, a chapel made inside a cave and dedicated to Holy Spirit was erected by the very first hermit of Meteora. A hermit-monk named Varnavas who lived there in the 10th century. So, one could say that this rock became the birthplace of the monastic community of Meteora. It’s the rock where all began more than a thousand years ago.

Walk in the footsteps of those first hermit-monks of Meteora; see the caves where those faithful people chose to live centuries ago. Learn all the stories and the legends through the narrative of our guides. The hike starts from the village of Kastraki, on the foothills of Aghio Pnevma rock, to lead you some 250 meters higher above the village. Filled with the most awesome views of the surrounding area you will then reach the prison cave of the monks, located on the northern side of Aghio Pnevma. The hike will then pass below the cave of St. George and it will finish at the central square of the Kastraki village.

The hike starts from the village of Kastraki, on the foothills of Aghio Pnevma rock, to lead you some 250 meters higher above the village. Filled with the most awesome views of the surrounding area you will then reach the prison cave of the monks, located on the northern side of Aghio Pnevma. The hike will then pass below the cave of St. George and it will finish at the central square of the Kastraki village.

This tour requires a good fitness state.

Difficulty level: Intermediate.

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.

FAQ

What time does the Hiking Meteora's Caves Start?

  • From Feb 24 to March 25: 3:00pm
  • From March 26 to April 15: 3:30pm
  • From April 16 to April 30: 4:00pm
  • From May 1 to August 23: 4:30pm
  • From August 24 to September 11: 4:00pm
  • From September 12 to October 26: 3:00pm

I am staying at an AirBNB. Where can I get picked up from?

We cannot pick up clients from AirBNBs for our tours. If you are staying in Kalampaka then you can come by our offices here to start the tour. If you are staying in Kastraki then you can meet us at our offices there.

I am staying at Trikala. Do you offer pick up from there?

Trikala is a city about 21km away from Kalampaka. Because of that, we do not offer pick up from there. You can catch the local bus to Kalampaka, which runs regularly and come by our offices here to start the tour.

How late can I make a booking?

You can make a booking with us literally at the last minute! Just keep in mind that there may be no seats left on the tour if you do that! We recommend booking at least one week in advance, in order to have the best chances of finding availability.

Which tours can I join on the same day?

We have split our tours to morning and afternoon ones. Furthermore, all our tours visit different places at Meteora. This way, you can combine any morning tour with any afternoon tour you wish! All all-time-classic combination is the Meteora Hiking Tour in the morning and the Meteora Sunset Tour in the afternoon.

What happens if it rains?

In case of bad weather the tour will be cancelled and you will get a full refund.

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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