The Footsteps of the Monks

Let us take you on an unforgettable journey that will bring you back in time to walk on the footsteps of Meteora’s monks!

Tour Details

Book this 2 days tour, walk in the footsteps of the monks and enjoy a great adventure in a unique place with unparalleled breathtaking views that you will remember forever.

Meteora is a place that combines a unique geological phenomenon and a monastic community. Six active monasteries exist today; all placed on top the immense rocks of Meteora. Let us take you on an unforgettable journey that will bring you back in time to walk in the footsteps of Meteora’s monks. We will guide you on the secret trails of Meteora, the same ancient trails the monks used for centuries in order to learn the history and to discover all the hidden gems of this place. This 2-days itinerary undoubtedly will be the highlight of your entire visit to Greece.

On the morning of the first day, you will join the hiking tour of Meteora. The hike starts in the foothills of Doupiani rock, right beneath the old ruins of Pantokrator monastery. From there you will walk literally among giants, between these massive rock pillars of Meteora towards the northern side of the rocks. With this morning hike, you’ll have the chance to visit the monastery of Great Meteoron and you will learn all the stories behind each landmark you encounter through the exciting narrative of our local mountain guides.

On the afternoon we will guide you to discover the caves of the monks near the village of Kastraki. This afternoon hike will take on the rock of “Holy Spirit” some 200 meters above the village where the first anchorite of Meteora lived more than a thousand years ago. On the second day, we will guide you on a hiking and scramble tour through the most ancient trail to reach on the highest rock of Meteora 400 meters above the town of Kalambaka. Enjoy a great adventure in a unique place with unparalleled breathtaking views that you will remember forever.

 

Inclusions

  • English speaking guide
  • 2-nights Accommodation: 3 star Hotel in Kalampaka
  • Join the Meteora Hiking Tour, the Hiking Meteora's Caves and the Hiking and Scramble Tour of Great Saint
  • Pick-up and Drop-off service
  • Visit the old ruins of the Monasteries
  • Free Map and Bottle of water provided on the tours

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fees to the monasteries, 3 euro per person

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1 morning,Hiking Tour of Meteora

The hiking tour of Meteora is one of the best ways to enjoy this unique geological phenomenon and to learn the history of an 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. Experience nature at its best and enjoy great views other visitors will never get to see!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.Visit the monasteries of Great Meteoron or Varlaam and then you'll climb 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.Difficulty level: Easy Duration: 4-5 hours (approx.) Departure point: Pick-up from your Hotel in Kalampaka or Kastraki
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Day 1 afternoon,Hiking Meteora's Caves

The hiking tour begins from Kastraki square and after a while reaches to Doupiani hermitage. It passes below the ruined Pantokratoros monastery on the north side of Dupiani's rock. The tour then reaches the Ypapanti monastery and St Dimitrious ruins, a monastery destroyed by the Ottomans in 1808. during a local uprising. From there the trail leads all the way up to the impressive Great Meteoro and Varlaam Monasteries. In the end, walk down from Varlaam monastery to St. George the Madilas and see the place where local boys and girls climb with only a rope to dedicate offerings to St George.Duration: 3 hours (approx.) Departure point: Pick-up from your Hotel in Kalampaka or Kastraki
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Day 2,Hiking of Great Saint (Aghia)

This is the highest of all the Meteora rocks, with a height of 630 m (1890 ft). A path leading up to the tower of Aghia (which means “Great Saint”) starts from the old quarters of the village Kastraki. This amazing hiking path is a challenge of great adventure that appeals mostly to active individuals with good fitness levels. Because of its high difficulty, it is not recommended without a guide, unless you are an experienced climber. On the way to the top one passes by the bizarre-looking rock of Adrachti, then proceeds to walk on the rock-carved steps and encounters the naturally-formed cisterns before reaching the spot in which a white cross has been placed. The view from the peak of this rock is exceptional!This tour requires a physical and mental healthDuration: 3 hours and 30 minutes (approx.) Departure point: Pick-up from your Hotel in Kalampaka or Kastraki Difficulty level: Intermediate

Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking NO UNDER 7 years old Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately Suitable walking shoes required – no flip-flops. Suggestions: walking boots or sneakers, closed toe shoes with non-slip soles. Entrance fees for the 2 monasteries of Great Meteoro and Varlaam not included on the Tour price. Entrance fees are 3 Euro per person/per monastery. Voucher info:You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.Departure time: Day 1 morning 8:30 am, Day 1 afternoon time varies, Day 2 8:30 am Distance: Day 1: 14 km, Day 2: 8 km Return details: Returns to original departure point Numbers are limited to a maximum of 12 people on this small group hiking tour, in case you are a bigger group we will split you into small groups with more guides ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide.Respect the holiness of this site, keep it clean, seek harmony and balance between tourism and spiritual activities

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Hiking Meteora's Caves

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Meteora Hiking tour

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Katerinka K

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We were preparing for the trip for quite a lot of time and were doubting a lot about the excursion in Meteora. Finally we chose Meteora tour and it was outstanding. The minivan picked us from the hotel and drove to the most beautiful spots...

pianofication

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The tour guide was an authentic local expert - had climbed the rocks himself as a boy and could really speak to the culture of the area and the backstories behind the monks. Also taught the group a few new ways to use the panorama...

ChristopherMW

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We actually did two tours with VM, we arrived via train from Athens, walked from the station into the town, walked around a little bit then went to the offices and were offered juice while we waited for our tour that would be starting very...

Panos C

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Amazing crew of people who love their city, their job! They taught us a lot about Meteora. The sunset tour was amazing by their guidance!

ianpresnell

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I had never been rock climbing and am normally terrified of heights - it was fantastic. You need to have some physical capacity and be prepared to trust the rock but our guideBilly was great flexible not rushed and safe. Wow.

LI H

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The train was arriving late, driver called to inform that they'll pick us up at the train station instead of hotel. They were very professional in arranging the change in pickup, sharing the history and always helping to take instagram worthy photos for everyone! Super...

Spreelissa

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Absolutely breathtaking views! Jimmy, our guide, has been very professional in providing information and very helpful and attentive to each and everyone of us. Strongly recommended.

WhatisleftMadison

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Was hesitant to use because of lack of licensed guides but attention to detail, unmatched knowledge of the area and excellent customer service greatly make up for it. Had a great experience on a private six hour tour of the monasteries and area that ended...

P3826RJjamiew

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Efficient, informative and loads of fun. Recommend it for anyone. Thanks Jimmy for a wonderful tour.

Useful Information

  • Duration : 2 days
  • Adult Price : 250€
  • Couples Price : 430€
  • Group Price : 185€
  • Pick up : Pick up Service

Reasons to Book

  • 2 days of pure enjoyment in nature
  • Hike through magnificent trails to the top of the Meteora rocks
  • Enjoy the captivating and inspiring view from the top like the first Monks did 1.000 years ago
  • Stay at the foothills of the Meteora rocks enjoying the view from your balcony
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience

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