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.

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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.

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Rating: by moutassemy on February 13, 2020

Amazing experience

It was amazing experience, we enjoyed every single second spent here in Meteora. The guide Eva and driver Sotos were so professional and friendly, the explanation was perfect... Worth of price and time We really recommend to visit at least once this breathtaking monasteries full...

Rating: by Cowwzy on February 13, 2020

Perfect

We had a wonderful time! We did the hiking tour and the rock scramble up the Great Saint. Our guides for both tours were fantastic. We learned so much about the area. Highly recommend these guys.

Rating: by S4427UKandrewf on February 1, 2020

Morning in Mountaintop Monasteries and Retreats

As a mid-winter tour this was small-group, unhurried, thoroughly informative and responsive to the group's interests and requests. History of the stunning mountain scenery and the hermit history leading to mountaintop monasteries was given in a relaxed and clear way appropriate to the size of...

Rating: by WindyPinesWife on January 31, 2020

Great trip!! Amazing scenery and excellent tour guide!!

The directions for getting the train from Athens were perfect. Lovely scenery along the way and then the tour guides were right there to pick us up when we arrived. The restroom on the train is a bit nasty. The guides took us to the...

Rating: by Asparafans on January 29, 2020

Divine and Natural Beauty

We booked for the 3-day Meteora /Delphi but due to the train problem (from Kalambaka station), we missed to see Delphi. However, the experience was compensated by getting to visit more monasteries. We enjoyed the visits after all. All of the Visit Meteora staff were...

Rating: by Michelle R on February 16, 2020

Terrific & Majestic!

Just a wonderful experience from Dimitris & his team... The luxury bus was safe, clean, water & wifi provided. It was a small group of us given the tour running in the colder months, but it was perfect to see the monasteries and views without...

Rating: by AdamPhilly on February 15, 2020

This tour was excellent!

This was a great experience. Their office was incredibly helpful while I booked this tour, giving me recommendations for the trains out of Athens. On day of tour, the van picked me up from the hotel on time. Eva was our guide and she was...

Rating: by moutassemy on February 13, 2020

Amazing experience

It was amazing experience, we enjoyed every single second spent here in Meteora. The guide Eva and driver Sotos were so professional and friendly, the explanation was perfect... Worth of price and time We really recommend to visit at least once this breathtaking monasteries full...

Rating: by Cowwzy on February 13, 2020

Perfect

We had a wonderful time! We did the hiking tour and the rock scramble up the Great Saint. Our guides for both tours were fantastic. We learned so much about the area. Highly recommend these guys.

Rating: by S4427UKandrewf on February 1, 2020

Morning in Mountaintop Monasteries and Retreats

As a mid-winter tour this was small-group, unhurried, thoroughly informative and responsive to the group's interests and requests. History of the stunning mountain scenery and the hermit history leading to mountaintop monasteries was given in a relaxed and clear way appropriate to the size of...

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