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.

Our Latest Reviews

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Rating: by Annie W on October 18, 2019

Great day to Meteora

I’ve spent a great day at Meteora. It was very easy to book this trip. Quick answer to my concerns by mail. E-ticket available. Shuttle was waiting for us at the rail station in Kalambaka and we had time for quick lunch and spare time...

Rating: by gylsnc on October 17, 2019

Meteora is amazing!

My daughter and I did the 2 day train tour to Meteora with sunset tour followed by half-day hiking tour. The perfect combination! Beautiful vistas, amazing history, phenomenal views. Truly breathtaking!

Rating: by Bistro2400 on October 16, 2019

Jaw Dropping Good Time

This is a magical place that I highly recommend seeing with a guide. Actually, don't do this without one. Katarina was a true pro who showed us the monasteries in the most efficient way possible. This driving is precarious and our driver Santos was A+....

Rating: by enrique l on October 15, 2019

Probably no better way to enjoy Meteora

Vassili on the mic and Kostas on the wheel took us to a formidable four hour trip in and around Meteora, its history, its monasteries, its geography, its nature, its architecture and its religion. If the place itself is beyond words, visiting it with this...

Rating: by Laura C on October 14, 2019

Excellent guides

I was very pleased with the 3-day/2-night Meteora tour. The mini-buses are good quality, the drivers are good, pickups were always on time, water is provided, and the two guides were superlative. On the Sunset Tour, Dimitri (Jim) provided four hours of commentary about the...

Rating: by JapaneseBob on October 13, 2019

MUST Do!

Yeah, you got to get up early to catch the 7:20am train. And, yeah, you got to give up a day of Athens sightseeing. And, yeah, you wont get back to the Athens train station until 9:30pm.... BUT BUT, this is soooo worth it. It's...

Rating: by Debbie T on October 12, 2019

Day trip

I had a wonderful day in Meteora. Our guide Katarina was excellent, she had great knowledge and passion for this area and history of her country. Our driver was great also. Thankyou

Rating: by Travelincoach on October 12, 2019

Well worth your time and money

Well-organized tour with excellent guide and driver. My small group of about 12 people was led by Jim, who was born and raised here in Kalambaka. He took the time to show us not just the tourist attractions (the monasteries and the rocks, of course),...

Rating: by Jonathan S on October 12, 2019

Great way to see Meteora

We were completely happy with the half-day sightseeing tour from Visit Meteora. Our guide Vassily and driver Kostas were perfect hosts. We learned about the history, geology and culture of the area while driving between viewpoints and monasteries in a super comfortable van. At each...

Rating: by Hui B on October 11, 2019

Great tour. Don't miss it!

The tour guide Katerina was very knowledgeable, well presented, pleasant and supplied a comprehensive commentary. The driver Shostosh was the best driver.He worked above and beyond the call of duty. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and appreciated all their efforts.

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