Meteora Hiking Tour

Hike through the majestic 'rock forest' of Meteora, see the best monasteries and experience the most captivating views on this morning tour.

Tour Details

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. Experience nature at its best and enjoy great views other visitors will never get to see! Join this amazing guided hiking tour and walk among the gigantic rock pillars of Meteora to enjoy truly breathtaking views.

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. Afterwards, 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

This tour does not overlap with our Meteora Sunset Tour

Why book the hiking tour

  • You will go to secret local spots that the vast majority of other travellers 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 behaviour (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.

Inclusions

  • Visit the hidden monastery of Ypapanti
  • Visit one monastery inside (Great Meteoron or Varlaam)
  • Pick up and drop off service
  • Professional English speaking Mountain guide
  • French and Italian-speaking guides upon availability

Exclusions

  • Entrance fee on the monastery
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Information

Additional Info

  • Minimum persons required for this activity: 2.
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
  • Children NO UNDER 8 years old.
  • Suitable walking shoes required – no flip-flops. Suggestions: walking boots or sneakers, closed-toe shoes with nonslippery soles.
Voucher info:
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Distance: 7 km.
  • There is a limit of 12 people in this small-group hiking tour. In case you are a bigger group we will have to split you into smaller groups, with more guides ensuring you will receive personalized attention.
  • Respect the holiness of this site, keep it clean and seek the right balance between tourism and spiritual activities.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations received within 5 days of departure will incur a penalty of 50% per person.
  • Cancellations received within 24 hours of departure will incur a penalty of 100% per person.
  • Unused features are non-refundable. No shows forfeit entire payment.

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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

Does the Meteora Sunset Tour include any hiking?

The Meteora Sunset Tour is a bus tour, not a Hiking Tour, so it does not include and hiking at all.

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. 

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. I am arriving by train. Can I still join the Meteora Sunset Tour?Yes, you can! During winter time, when the tour starts at its earliest, we can pick you up from the train station and start it straight away. Later on, when the tour starts after 3:00pm, you will have plenty of time to check in your hotel and wait for us to pick you up!

How many monasteries do we visit on the Meteora Hiking Tour?

On the Meteora Hiking Tour we visit the Monastery of Great Meteoron and the hidden monastery of Ypapanti. In case the Monastery of Great Meteoron is closed, we visit the one of Varlaam instead.

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billyAtsg

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Sunset Tour provides you the brief history of Meteora before you start your journey

They are able to pick you up at some designated hotel. I stayed Hotel Galaxy which is near to Kalambaka Train station. The guide is very professional, he is able to provide a brief history of Meteora while touring the mountainous via bus. Along the...

Shikha M

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Amazing sunset tours

Just to give you perspective We usually rent a car and tour places ourselves , reading guide books . We booked this tour as we had seen good reviews We loved it !! Our tour guide , Jim was friendly , funny and kept us...

kohearnsoo

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Good visit to Meteora

Overall we had a good visit to Meteora. The hotel was excellent and the ground arrangement to visit the monasteries was good and the guides were knowledgeable and good - will recommend the company to others. However, wish that there were more information and help...

Martin W

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Sunset and scramble

Sunset tour informative, with a passionate guide - an excellent introduction to this fantastic site; scramble tour very professional, with an experienced guide.

Andy M

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Sun set tour

Excellent tour, tour guide and driver. I highly recommend them Vangelis, our tour guide was excellent and so was the driver.

Madhav M

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Excellent Tour and accomodations

We had a great time with the Visit Meteora Tour. We took the three day option and the company took care of all our travel, accommodation and tour. Their buses are great (Mercedes Sprinters) and picked us up right from the train station. We upgraded...

Useful Information

  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Min People: 2
  • Max People: 12
  • Availability: Daily Departures
  • Starting Time: 8:30am
  • Adult Price: 35€
  • Child Price: 15€
  • Couples Price: 60€
  • Family Price: 20€
  • Group Price: 25€
  • Private max 6: 200€
  • Private max 12: 350€
  • Pick up : Pick up Service

Reasons to Book

  • See the renovated monastery of Ypapanti, built at the side of the rock
  • 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
  • Professional Mountain Guide

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info@visitmeteora.travel

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