Meteora Hiking Tour

Experience nature at its best and enjoy great views other visitors will never get to see!

Hike through the majestic 'rock forest' of Meteora, see the best monasteries and experience the most captivating views on this morning tour. The Meteora Hiking Tour is one of the best ways to enjoy this unique geological phenomenon and learn the history of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. By joining this morning hike you will walk through hidden trails that only locals know. Let us take you on a journey back in time, following the footsteps of the first monks who arrived here more than 15 centuries ago. Join this amazing guided hiking tour and walk among the gigantic rock pillars of Meteora to enjoy truly breathtaking views.

Rates

  • Adult Price: 35€
  • Couples Price: 60€
  • Family Price: 25€
  • Group Price: 25€

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Inclusions

  • Professional English speaking Mountain guide
  • French and Italian-speaking guides upon availability
  • Bottle of water 0.5L
  • Local snacks
  • Transportation by VIP Mercedes mini bus
  • Taxes and service fees

Exclusions

  • Entrance fee on the monastery
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • State licensed guide

Useful Information

  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Max People: 12 per mountain guide
  • Availability: Daily Departures
  • Starting Time: 8:30am
  • Pick up: Pick up Service from Kalampaka or Kastraki
  • Distance: 7km
  • Elevation Gain: 200m
  • Minimum Age: 7 years old
  • Entrance Fees: 3€. Ypapanti monastery has no entrance fee.
  • Sleeveless clothing and shorts over the knee for men are prohibited. For ladies skirts and shawls are available at the entrance in case they don’t have such clothing to cover themselves.
  • Please wear hiking or sports shoes. No sandals or flip-flops

Highlights

  • See the renovated monastery of Ypapanti, built at the side of the rock. Open Monday to Friday from April till October
  • Walk through the forest of Meteora, away from the crowds
  • Discover places accessible only on foot
  • Visit the monastery of Great Meteoron, or Varlaam on the days Great Meteoron is closed
  • Great photo opportunities

Tour Details

The hike begins from the foothills of Doupiani rock, beneath the old ruins of Pantokrator monastery. Then crosses through the immense rock formations to reach the northern side of Meteora. Over that side, you’ll discover the hidden monastery of Ypapanti and the ruins of St. Dimitrios. Listen to the stories and the legends behind each place you pass along the trail and the thousand years of history will become alive through the exciting narrative of our local mountain guides. You will enter the hidden monastery of Ypapanti (only Monday to Friday), which opened for hikers. Afterward, you will visit the monasteries of Great Meteoron or Varlaam and then you’ll walk down the old footpath monks used for centuries before the construction of roads for the last part of this marvelous hike.

This tour requires a reasonable physical and mental health on behalf of all participants!

This tour does not overlap with our Meteora Sunset Tour

Why Book This Tour

  • You will go to secret local spots that the vast majority of other travelers will never experience.
  • You will learn about the culture and history of the place on a deeper level from a local’s perspective.
  • You will learn about etiquette and behavior, especially important at religious sites.
  • You will be able to ask as many questions as you want.
  • You help support a local economy.
  • Daily departures depart any day you want, 365 days a year.
  • Excellent reviews on TripAdvisor.
  • You get to meet people from around the world.
  • Small size groups.

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

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 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.

Which monasteries do we visit inside on our tours?

First of all, keep in mind that, since every monastery closes on some days of the week, we do not visit the same monasteries every day. The monasteries we usually visit though are the following: Meteora Half-day Tour: Great Meteoron, Varlamm and Rousssanou Meteora Sunset Tour: St. Stephen Meteora Hiking Tour: Great Meteoron, Ypapanti

What if it rains?

All our bus tours run regardless of weather. Our Meteora Hiking Tour does run as well if it rains, but in case of heavy rain you will be given the option to switch to our Meteora Half-day Tour (provided there is availability), reschedule your hike to a different day, or cancel the tour and get a full refund.

What time is the pick-up time for the tours?

The pick-up time for all our tours is the same as the meeting time, indicated on your vouchers and our website. Please note that there may be a slight difference of 5-10 minutes between that time and the actual pick up time, depending on the number of pickups we have scheduled. Please be ready 10 minutes prior to your trip in order to facilitate that.

Can I bring my luggage inside your bus?

Yes you can! In case there is no room in our bus, we will drop off your luggage on our offices and you will be able to pick them up after the end of the tour.

How late can I make a booking?

You can make a booking with us literally 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 time classic combination is the Meteora Hiking Tour in the morning and the Meteora Sunset Tour in the afternoon.

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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