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 12 people: 350€

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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
  • 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

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 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

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 Cathy492014 on February 18, 2019

Fabulous hike

We really enjoyed our hike with Vangelis (Evan for short). He identified all kinds of trees and plants for us. The crocuses were just beginning to appear on the mountain and it was very beautiful. There were only 4 people in our group so we...

Rating: by mimikosk on February 17, 2019

Excellent tour with excellent guide !

We visisted Meteora after Christmas and we had a tour in the Monasteries of Meteora me , my wife and my mother-in-low. The tour guide Dimitris he did the tour in english but also he gave many information to my mother-in-low who speaks only french...

Rating: by pslhk on February 16, 2019

Fantastic Hiking and Sunset tour

The landscape of the Meteora was amazing .The guides for both tours were informative and professional, and the tour was well organised at a reasonable price. Highly recommend!

Rating: by 427monicab on February 16, 2019

Amazing!

My husband and I came to Kalambaka to see the Meteora Monasteries and booked through our hostel this tour. Our tour guide Eva was absolutely amazing and we had a very personal tour (we are here in the shoulder season). I recommend this place 100%

Rating: by Guy_Needham on February 14, 2019

Fantastic Guide

What made this tour was our guide, Vasilys. He took the time to explain in detail the history of Meteora from the first hermits to today, and answered all of our questions patiently. Even though we didn't see the sun on our sunset tour, we...

Rating: by 749zvig on February 12, 2019

Great morning tour with Jimmy

My friend and I had a wonderful time this morning with Jimmy on a tour of Meteora. His knowledge and enthusiasm are second to none. We will be back for the hiking tour in the near future. Thanks so much Jimmy! Ευχαριστούμε πάρα πολύ από...

Rating: by bleachedquasar on February 6, 2019

Wonderful experience

I picked the 2 day 1 night tour from Athens to Meteora. It's a 5 hour train ride to the train station where Visit Meteora will pick you up in a tour bus. On the first day, we had time to grab a coffee, then...

Rating: by Pauline G on February 4, 2019

great tour

It was really interresting. The guide explain a lot of stuff about the city, the monestary ... really great ! It was a cloudy day so no sunset but we saw a another stuff beacause we have time ^^ So do this tour !

Rating: by Danaispanaki on February 3, 2019

Brilliant introduction to the area!

We have booked the half day tour which lasts for 4 hours. We had the opportunity to enter 3 monasteries and take an abundance of picturesque photographs. It was us and another 10 people so the number was ideal (not too crowded like during the...

Rating: by Cesare G on January 28, 2019

Great mini tour!

Best tour for the least amount of cash [25 pp in winter]. We were able to visit 3 monastries that were open. Great guide, too! Tons of photo ops during the tour. If you like crowds, go in summer and join the 2 million [yes]...

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