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
  • Water 0.5 L
  • Taxes and service fees

Exclusions

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

Useful Information

  • Duration: 3 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 of the Holy Spirit cliff
  • Visit the cave chapel dedicated to the Holy Spirit
  • Find the hermitage of St. George of "Mandilaras"
  • An afternoon hike off the bitten tourists paths

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.

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Rating: by frosynib on December 6, 2019

Amazing experience - have to do it!

Hiking up to the Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron was a great way to experience the beauty of the area and nature as well as learning a lot about the history. Our guide Kostas was great, very friendly, knowledgeable and made the tour extra fun....

Rating: by margaritarias on December 3, 2019

Spectacular!

Meteora is one of those places you should go with a guide, its history is fascinating. Visit Meteora was the perfect choice for our group. Katerina our guide was professional and friendly and Dino our driver a very special person. Thank you!

Rating: by ZairaPR on November 30, 2019

Memorable experience!

We had a great visit at Meteora with our tourist guide Antonis. We did a full day private English tour on Nov 23rd. Antonis arrived at hotel early for the tour which we appreciated and stayed later than our scheduled time with him in order...

Rating: by Kate L on November 25, 2019

Best choice we could have made!

We used Facebook messenger to get in touch with them the night before we wanted a tour, and they were great about responding even after hours. I’m sure it helps that it was low season, but we booked a tour for the next day. Katerina...

Rating: by protokev2 on November 25, 2019

Beautiful

A must go when in Greece! It will take your breathe away. Tour was quick and painless. Maria was great and answered all of our questions

Rating: by Pliszek on November 23, 2019

Excellent day trip, and the local guide made all the experience even better

It was a little bit of a "last minute" decision, we initially thought of doing it in a little different manner, but it all turned out great. All the vouchers were immediately sent upon payment, with exact information "where to go, when to go", we...

Rating: by Travel115809 on November 22, 2019

Fascinating view of Meteora

Must visit if you are in Athens. The views are breathtaking and is worth the time and money spend. The guide Maria is very knowledgeable and helpful.

Rating: by Aussiemum67 on November 19, 2019

Highlight of our holiday

We booked the package through Visit Meteora Travel as it was easier than organising it separately (i think it was actually a few dollars cheaper too). We arrived at the train station in Athens and the train was on time, we had second class tickets...

Rating: by DeepikaMehta713 on November 19, 2019

Just Fantastic!

I signed on at the last minute to take the Sunset tour, and so glad I did! Eva our guide was great—she’s a local and very knowledgable. Made it so fun with not only the history and geology, but stories about the area and the...

Rating: by jaynemelbourne2019 on November 18, 2019

VisitMeteora fantastic travel company

Our trip to Meteora was organised by VisitMeteora company. They were exemplary. All pickups were punctual, vehicles were safe and immaculate, drivers careful and courteous and the guide Vasilis was thoughtful, and provided relevant information in an interesting manner. In addition, on arrival in Meteora we...

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