Please note that to go inside the monasteries you must be dressed modestly. Women must wear long skirts (no pants/trousers) and have their shoulders covered. Men must wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
There is one location in Greece that you must see when you are in the country: the Meteora Monasteries. With the rocks that rise into the sky in the background of majestic mountains sprinkled with red-roofed monasteries, the place, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, is different from any other place on Earth. People are drawn to Meteora for a variety of reasons, including its extraordinary geological structures, which make the tour of this place unforgettable. There are currently six functioning monasteries in Meteora, each housing a limited number of monks or nuns.
Take a trip to Meteora to experience the beauty of nature and the religious vibe of the monasteries. Read on to know more about the attraction, timings, highlights, ticket options and more.
The Great Meteoron Holy Monastery in Meteora, Greece is the largest and oldest monastery located there. Because of the cliff structure of a huge rock on top of which it was constructed, it was given the name Meteora, which means "monastery that remains hanging in the air". Also known as the "Megalo Meteoron," it was built in the fourteenth century by Saint Athanasios the Meteorite.
A true jewel of Meteora is its secret monastery, Ypapanti. Mostly accessible on foot, the old, deserted monastery, built in the 14th century is situated in Meteora's northern region. It has undergone extensive renovations over the years from when it was built.
The Holy Monastery of Varlaam, which was established in the middle of the fourteenth century by a monk named Varlaam is the second-largest monastery in Meteora. It is situated very close to the Great Meteoro Monastery and it has breathtaking views as well as a stunning new museum that houses many of the monastery's priceless artifacts.
On Dimitrios Rock, where the Ypapanti Monastery is situated, you will see the monastery ruins of St. Dimitrios. St. Dimitrios, which was formerly an Eastern Orthodox monastery, and was once destroyed in 1809, is now a part of the Meteora Monasteries.
Meteora hiking tours provide you the chance to experience a one-of-a-kind terrain surrounded by local flora and species with the company of a professional guide.
The hiking tour starts daily at 8:30 am. The total duration of the tour is around 4 hours.
The hiking tour to Meteora offers a guided hike to Meteora and a visit to the hidden monastery of Ypapanti and the Great Meteoron or Varlaam monasteries.
With the help of a knowledgeable guide, you'll first hike the secret trails of Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, like a real local before heading to see the monasteries. On the trip, you will also learn about the legends and history of these hills.
The tour transports you there in a minibus and allows you to explore nature's unsolved secrets and unexpected marvels and takes you to the monasteries in Meteora, which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Meteora bus tour starts daily at 12.03 pm from Kalampaka's Train Station. The total duration of the tour is around 4 hours.
According to the type of tickets you purchased, your Meteora bus tours will take you to awe at the magnificence of each of the six monasteries in Meteora in a VIP minibus.
On the day of the tour, you will join the daily trip leaving from the train station in Kalambaka, travel through the stunning Greek countryside in a luxurious VIP minibus while learning about the monasteries' and then explore the sights at Meteora.
Meteora day trips by train offer you to relish the views of the Greek countryside and visit 6 cliff-top monasteries in Meteora while learning about the history and splendour of the Meteora.
The Meteora train trip starts daily at 7:57 am and the total duration of this tour is 14 hours.
The Meteora day trip by train includes a visit to the Meteora monasteries, a train journey through the beautiful countryside, and a visit to explore what is inside 3 of the 6 monasteries.
With this tour, you will travel by train from Athens to Kalambaka railway station where you get a chance to take in the varied scenery. The local tour guide will be waiting for you at the station and take you to the UNESCO-protected Meteora sites, and inside three monasteries.
A. The Meteora day trip tickets can be purchased online in advance.
A. Yes. The Meteora day trip tickets are available online.
A. Tickets for Meteora day trip tours start at €25. However, depending on the tickets you decide to buy, the price of Meteora tour Tickets may vary.
A. No. Most of the Meteora day trips don't have audio guides.
A. Yes. You can avail of discounts on tickets by booking them online.
A. You can explore nature's unexplainable wonders and unsolved mysteries on day trips to Meteora, where you can also see the monasteries that are situated on breathtaking cliff formations.
A. Some of the sights that are covered on the Meteora day trips include the great Meteoron monastery, Hidden Monastery of Ypapanti, Varlaam monastery, etc.
A. The Meteora monasteries are open from 9 AM to 01:30 PM and from 03:30 PM to 05:30 PM every day, except Mondays throughout the year. Depending on the kind of tour and transfers you book, your day trip timings may differ.
A. Depending on the experience type you have bought, you will benefit from amenities like free wifi, an English-speaking guide, etc. during your Meteora Greece Tour.
A. No. Though some tours allow prams and strollers, the tours are not wheelchair accessible.
A. Yes. Photography is allowed during the trips.
A. Yes. Meteora trips are worth going to. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed place is a must-see as it combines geological beauty with a historically important monastery.