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 pforner on August 24, 2019

Amazing Meteora

Awesome visit to Meteora. Our guide Eva was very friendly, very professional and charming. It was the second time we visited this incredible destination, and it has surprised us again. We also have the extra that the tour was in Spanish, which we liked a...

Rating: by Roopster1 on August 23, 2019

Beautiful Meteora !

We were given adequate instructions re.train and times. Were picked up promptly,by a very able guide and a great driver. The guide, she was very informative, and helpful. She went beyond the scope of the tour to show us the views,which we would have missed...

Rating: by amineelb2019 on August 23, 2019

A Must Do !

Lovely tour that ends with an amazing sunset for the first day and a really nice hiking tour the following day. The guides are really nice and everything is included in the package, from accomodation to transportation from and to the railway station. Highly recommended.

Rating: by kmchau2047 on August 23, 2019

Nice Trip

a 4-hour trip allow us to visit 3 out of the 6 available monasteries. The great meteora monastery is highly recommended.

Rating: by amymarie110 on August 22, 2019

Two Days Rail Tour to Meteora from Athens

A MAJOR highlight of our two-week journey through Greece! Visit Meteora was kind enough to let us customize our two-day tour so we could do the sunset tour on our first night and the scramble hiking up Great Saint for the second day. The sunset...

Rating: by Silsil16 on August 20, 2019

4 days/ 3 nights rail tour from athens to meteora

Tour guides and drivers are friendly. Explain very detailed in good English about the history of the monasteries. Booked a really convenient guesthouse near train station. Guesthouse chosen was amazing and warm to stay. Overall had a pleasant trip when I went meteora

Rating: by pgk5572 on August 19, 2019

Perfect tour for a short stay in area

We had only a single day in the area and the half day tour was perfect. Saw 4 monasteries at a quick pace that did not felt rushed. Our guide Jim was amazing, very informative and funny. He and the driver helped us take a...

Rating: by AsemK24 on August 18, 2019

It was great experience

The team was very professional. The service was excellent (the guides offer water, taking a picture of you). We saw a lot of delightful view. Great sunset. I highly recommend to book a hiking activity cause you feel more close to the nature. BIG THANK...

Rating: by Sarah-Jane86 on August 18, 2019

Fantastic Sunset Tour

My husband and I booked the sunset tour and had Eva as our guide. Eva was very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting, despite the heat we thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The bus was comfortable and air-conditioned and the driver also helped talk photos...

Rating: by Adi E on August 17, 2019

Gorgeous

We drove in our private car all around the area, about 15 minutes. And we had stops in each monasteries (without getting in) the view is fabulous. Aftrr a few hours we went up again to see the sunset ???? and it was amazing!!

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