Meteora Private Hiking Tour

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

On this private basis tour, you can choose to modify the itinerary according to your own personal preferences and needs. You can do this by either contacting us directly through our e-mail, or by writing your comments on the comment section during the booking process what changes you wish to make. With our extensive knowledge and expertise gained over many years of operating tours and activities around Meteora, will help you adjust the tour’s itinerary in the best possible way for the best tailor-made experience ever!

Rates

  • Private up to 6 people: 200€
  • Private up to 12 people: 350€

Inclusions

  • Visit the hidden monastery of Ypapanti
  • Visit one monastery inside (Great Meteoron or Varlaam)
  • Pick up and drop off service from Kalampaka or Kastraki
  • Professional English speaking Mountain guide
  • French and Italian-speaking guides upon availability
  • Bottle of water 0.5L
  • Local snacks

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

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.

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 the hiking 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

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

Read them all on TripAdvisor

jeffhH7904AM

Rating: by jeffhH7904AM on November 24, 2018

Great Tour of Amazing Meteora

Awesome 24 hours - 5 hour comfortable train ride, two excellent tours of 4 monasteries plus other sites, cute hotel - great trip!

Chadi K

Rating: by Chadi K on November 25, 2018

Computer Engineer

It was a wonderful tour especially with the guide Mr. Vasilis he has a unique way of guiding us througout this tour

camide90

Rating: by camide90 on November 25, 2018

Meteora and the tour was amazing!

We went on the tour to Meteora from Athens by train.. The tour guides were so helpful and nice. They explained everything, were willing to take pictures! Loved it! Wouldn’t change anything!

siddarthar2017

Rating: by siddarthar2017 on November 25, 2018

Day trip to Meteora

The trip is a must for someone who would like to see something very different from ancient Greek archeological sites or the Greek islands and beaches. These monesi are situated on very stiff rocky cliffs and are one of it's kind and vary few places...

tessdes

Rating: by tessdes on November 29, 2018

Fabulous!

We loved this tour! Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t the best (crazy amounts of fog), but our guide Jim/Dmitri and our excellent driver altered the itinerary to make sure we got the best experience (and views) possible. They were both so knowledgeable and personable, it really...

I3271DGmw

Rating: by I3271DGmw on December 1, 2018

Hiking and Scramble Tour of Great Saint

I highly recommend this tour! It's a great way to see a beautiful, but more inaccessible corner of Meteora. It was just challenging enough to feel like an adventure (I would definitely not attempt it by myself without the guides and the equipment). The climbing...

NurulAyuniN

Rating: by NurulAyuniN on December 4, 2018

Amazing guide, amazing views!

My friends and I booked 2 tours with them, and both were amazing! Our guide for both trips, Jim, had so much knowledge and information to share with us and answered all our questions perfectly. The minibus was clean and perfectly air conditioned, with huge...

S J

Rating: by S J on December 5, 2018

Fantastic Hike with Beautiful Landscapes to Enjoy

We highly recommend this hike. It's an excellent way to see the monasteries and enjoy the amazing landscapes in the area. We initially drove up to a couple of monasteries to visit, which was nice but the hiking tour is much better as it gives...

JennyAdaya

Rating: by JennyAdaya on December 10, 2018

Amazing Experience

This tour was amazing. Although we spent more hours in the train (almost 12h round trip in just one day) and the price was a little bit expensive, the tour is actually worth it. We were lucky as together with my partner and brother, we...

Jeaniephelan

Rating: by Jeaniephelan on December 11, 2018

enjoyable journey and great place to explore with friendly people

our two day train trip to Meteora was faultlessly arranged. We took the train first class option and the sunset and morning Hike. Enjoyed every minute of it. Staff at the Guest house monastiri were welcoming and helpful. Its a beautifully decorated hotel with good...

jeffhH7904AM

Rating: by jeffhH7904AM on November 24, 2018

Great Tour of Amazing Meteora

Awesome 24 hours - 5 hour comfortable train ride, two excellent tours of 4 monasteries plus other sites, cute hotel - great trip!

Chadi K

Rating: by Chadi K on November 25, 2018

Computer Engineer

It was a wonderful tour especially with the guide Mr. Vasilis he has a unique way of guiding us througout this tour

camide90

Rating: by camide90 on November 25, 2018

Meteora and the tour was amazing!

We went on the tour to Meteora from Athens by train.. The tour guides were so helpful and nice. They explained everything, were willing to take pictures! Loved it! Wouldn’t change anything!

siddarthar2017

Rating: by siddarthar2017 on November 25, 2018

Day trip to Meteora

The trip is a must for someone who would like to see something very different from ancient Greek archeological sites or the Greek islands and beaches. These monesi are situated on very stiff rocky cliffs and are one of it's kind and vary few places...

tessdes

Rating: by tessdes on November 29, 2018

Fabulous!

We loved this tour! Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t the best (crazy amounts of fog), but our guide Jim/Dmitri and our excellent driver altered the itinerary to make sure we got the best experience (and views) possible. They were both so knowledgeable and personable, it really...

I3271DGmw

Rating: by I3271DGmw on December 1, 2018

Hiking and Scramble Tour of Great Saint

I highly recommend this tour! It's a great way to see a beautiful, but more inaccessible corner of Meteora. It was just challenging enough to feel like an adventure (I would definitely not attempt it by myself without the guides and the equipment). The climbing...

NurulAyuniN

Rating: by NurulAyuniN on December 4, 2018

Amazing guide, amazing views!

My friends and I booked 2 tours with them, and both were amazing! Our guide for both trips, Jim, had so much knowledge and information to share with us and answered all our questions perfectly. The minibus was clean and perfectly air conditioned, with huge...

S J

Rating: by S J on December 5, 2018

Fantastic Hike with Beautiful Landscapes to Enjoy

We highly recommend this hike. It's an excellent way to see the monasteries and enjoy the amazing landscapes in the area. We initially drove up to a couple of monasteries to visit, which was nice but the hiking tour is much better as it gives...

JennyAdaya

Rating: by JennyAdaya on December 10, 2018

Amazing Experience

This tour was amazing. Although we spent more hours in the train (almost 12h round trip in just one day) and the price was a little bit expensive, the tour is actually worth it. We were lucky as together with my partner and brother, we...

Jeaniephelan

Rating: by Jeaniephelan on December 11, 2018

enjoyable journey and great place to explore with friendly people

our two day train trip to Meteora was faultlessly arranged. We took the train first class option and the sunset and morning Hike. Enjoyed every minute of it. Staff at the Guest house monastiri were welcoming and helpful. Its a beautifully decorated hotel with good...

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