Meteora Hiking Tour

This tour is on winter offer. Save up to 20%!

November 1st to February 28th

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 to 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€
  • Child Price: 15€
  • Couples Price: 60€
  • Family Price: 20€
  • Group Price: 25€

Inclusions

  • Visit the hidden monastery of Ypapanti
  • Visit one monastery inside (Great Meteoron or Varlaam)
  • Hotel pick up from Kalampaka or Kastraki
  • 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

Exclusions

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

Useful Information

  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Max People: 12 per 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 is free.

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

Tour Details

The hike begins from the foothills of Doupiani rock, beneath the old ruins of Pantokrator monastery. It 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. Dimitrious. 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 get to enter the hidden monastery of Ypapanti (Monday to Friday only) which opened for hikers. Afterward, you will visit the monasteries of Great Meteoron or Varlaam and then you’ll walk down the old footpath the 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!

Difficulty level: Easy, Distance: ~7km, Avg. Elevation: ~200m

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 and 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 trip advisor
  • 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 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.

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 Sunset 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 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 tom 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.

Our Latest Reviews

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Rating: by Benedict B on January 16, 2019

Worry and hassle free tour. Breathtaking place.

I studied a few meteora sites but the Visit Meteora Travel website just gave me more options that would cater to my needs. I chose the train to train day trip from Athens since I only had one day to spare. It was a 5...

Rating: by Aliona R on January 11, 2019

Pleasant tour in one day with special overview of Meteora

Contact with agency was pleasant and comfortable; Nickolas and Fotinis meet us on the railway station and showed us secret places of Meteora and Kalambaka. We have visited 2 monasteries and have gotten advices for place where we can make beautiful photos with stops to...

Rating: by grecia2019 on January 11, 2019

Snowy and wonderful Meteora

As soon as we saw the weather conditions (snow) we contacted the agency and they rescheduled the tour twice to make it possible for us to see something at Meteora. Not only they did that, but also managed to make us join the Sunset tour,...

Rating: by Luminita S on January 10, 2019

Meteora...winter wanderland

I took a day trip by train to Meteora from Athens on 3rd January. In Kalambaka, the real journey starts by taking a comfortable coach and and good snack, before heading to Meteora. It was a foggy day but the snow accentuated its charm and...

Rating: by Kaleb Gage D on January 9, 2019

Heavy Snow Ruined the Trip

Caught the train to Kalampaka and got picked up at the Train station which was really good. There was no forewarning via email or text that the snow might impact the trip. Went to one church (that was pay-to-enter with no prior warning of this)....

Rating: by Phil T on January 6, 2019

Monthly visit to Greece

All I can say is WOW. Hellas never fails to amaze me. Beautiful people and beautiful Country. I was in Greece and had a empty couple of days and was recommended to go on this tour. Very well organised and friendly, knowledgeable tour guide. Would...

Rating: by RitaMukhina on January 4, 2019

Breathtaking views

I visited Meteora with my sister in November. Since it's not exactly a touristic period, it turned out that there were just 2 of us in the train2train tour, but they still organized it even for 2 people. There was a whole minivan. Our guide...

Rating: by Anthony L on January 3, 2019

Sunset and half day Sightseeing tour

must see if visiting Greece. visited from 29 Dec to 30 Dec 2018. there are 6 active monasteries, we visited 1 on sunset tour and another 3 on the sightseeing tour. skilful driver with a knowledgeable guide.

Rating: by Andreas S on January 3, 2019

Excellent guided tour

Joining a tour is the only way to get the most out of such a perfect place like Meteora. The organization was perfect and our guide Jim was excellent. You can take the tour and then revisit the monasteries the next day on your own...

Rating: by Vikram V on January 3, 2019

Beautiful and Informative

The trip was quite informative. Our guide and driver were very friendly. The guide provided information both in greek and english languages. We had a lovely time in this beautiful place with breathtaking landscapes, Quite different from other trips to museums, churches, beaches, etc. Must...

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