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 795flaviom on September 19, 2019

Excellent tour

A comfortable vehicle, a small group, a friendly, informative and Meteora passionate guide, means a perfect tour. We enjoyed it very much.

Rating: by Kaf80 on September 19, 2019

Amazing & great!

Amazing views & nicely organized trip! Small bus was very comfy. We had a nice young lady as our guide- who was a local from Kalabaka- full of knowledge of the history & geology of the region.

Rating: by ישראל ג on September 19, 2019

excllent trip

very interesting trip. the guide gave a lot of information about the monastaries and the history of the area very recommnded trip. the guide was very very good

Rating: by JohnK1279 on September 19, 2019

Amazing Time

Booked the half day tour and I was not disappointed the guide (Vasilis) was informative and very engaging and friendly and I highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to visit the best of the best of this overwhelming historic site.

Rating: by LesM105 on September 18, 2019

Sunset tour

Katerina was an excellent guide with so much local knowledge. We were taken to great spots with lots of stops for photo ops.

Rating: by catherinedevaublanc on September 18, 2019

Meteora sunset tour

Very interesting trip. The different places discovered during the tour perfectly complete the visits of the monastries that you can do by yourself. Good guide. I highly recommend.

Rating: by OzCarebear on September 17, 2019

Sunset Tour

We did the sunset tour with Katerina and Costa (apologies if I spelt your names wrong). Costa is a great driver expertly navigating cars, buses, people and goats. He expertly navigated the winding roads & I didn’t have to worry about being car sick after...

Rating: by RAnnDomized on September 17, 2019

Athens to Meteora (Day Trip)

I decided to visit Meteora on my last day in Greece because well, why not. Visit Meteora took care of booking my train tickets so all I had to do was show up at the Athens train station. When I arrived in Kalambaka, the tour...

Rating: by cheryleats on September 16, 2019

Train to Train Tour

The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. The restaurant that the guide recommended was very very good too! We enjoyed the tour and learnt so much! Train ride was pretty long though, it was a (4+4) 8 hour in total to-and-fro ride.

Rating: by MaryL1254 on September 16, 2019

Half day Meteora trip from Athens

Very straight forward and informative tour, just what we needed for a day away from Athens. Beautiful scenery, went into 2 of the monasteries, the minivan/bus was comfortable and we would not have been able to do this on our own since we didn't drive....

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