Meteora private full day trip from Athens

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Meteora private full day trip from Athens

12-14 HOURS UP TO 14 PERSONS FREE CANCELLATION
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Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Meteora, a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries on this private, full-day excursion from Athens.

Travel in private, air-conditioned vehicles and get around all the sites your group is interested in visiting within the extensive mountain complex before returning comfortably to Athens.

  • Walk around the rock formations and visit up to three of the monasteries for an up-close look at ancient hermit life
  • Take photos and create lifelong memories at this picturesque yet imposing natural beauty
  • Enjoy authentic Greek food in Kastraki village
  • Return to Athens via Thermopylae, hearing battle tales along the way where 300 Spartans fought 100,000 Persians

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LOCAL PRODUCTS
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CULTURAL
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  • Professional drivers with deep knowledge of history (not licensed to accompany you in any site)
  • Hotel/ airport/ port pick-up and drop-off
  • Private transportation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • WiFi on board
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch (With Greek Traditional Food option)

  • Licensed tour guide (upon request and depending on availability)
  • Entrance fees to the monasteries (€3 per person per monastery)
  • Gratuities

  • Our drivers are not official tour guides, but they are knowledgeable and can provide fascinating commentary in fluent English. Although they will not enter the archaeological sites with you, they can answer most of your questions about the places you visit with this tour.
  • Our company complies with all the health instructions of the World Health Organization about COVID-19
  • Third party activities and especially extreme sports are not allowed during the tour. This could be a cause for immediate cancellation of the tour.
  • This is a private tour. Only your group will participate. The pick-up time is adjustable upon your request. Your personal driver will pick you up and return you to the same place or to the point you prefer.
    • In the case of a hotel pick-up, he will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby.
    • In the case of an apartment pick-up, he will be waiting for you at the entrance of the building.
    • For airport pick up, he will be waiting for you at the arrival hall holding a sign with your name on it so you can spot him upon arrival. We will track your flight and our driver will be there on time.
    • For port pick up, he will be waiting for you at the gate, just as you disembark, holding a sign with your name on it so you can spot him upon arrival.

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Athletic/ walking shoes are recommended
  • Hats, sunglasses, and suntan lotion are highly recommended

  • You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.

Tour itinerary

13 hours roundtrip | 3 stops total | 1 stop for lunch

PICK UP

Start our tour from Athens

We start our tour early in the morning from Athens to Meteora. Our driver will pick you up from your hotel/ apartment or the airport/ port. The travel time is about 4.5 hours.

PASS BY

Kalabaka

Kalabaka is a town and seat of the municipality of Meteora in the Trikala regional unit, part of Thessaly in Greece. The population was 12,000 at the 2011 census, of which 8,330 in the town proper. The Meteora monasteries are located near the town.

3 HOURS ADMISSION TICKET NOT INCLUDED

Meteora

We arrive at Meteora and visit up to three Monasteries. Breathtaking at first sight, the Monasteries are of great cultural and natural importance. Split from earthquakes, weathered from the wind and the water over millions of millions of years, these immense rocks are an authentic masterpiece of mother nature.

The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox Monasteries. The six (of an original 24) monasteries are built on immense natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders that dominate the local area.

Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the name means "lofty", "elevated", and is etymologically related to meteor.

Please be modestly dressed. Women are suggested to wear long skirts & long sleeves. If you do not have one, you will be given a skirt on your way in.

1 HOUR LUNCH

Kastraki

Free time for lunch at a traditional Greek tavern with your friends and family or shopping at Kastraki, a picturesque village near Meteora.

PASS BY

Thermopylae

Thermopylae is a place in Greece where a narrow coastal passage existed in antiquity. It derives its name from its hot sulphur springs. In Greek mythology the Hot Gates is one of the entrances to Hades.
Thermopylae is the site of a battle between the Greek forces and the invading Persian forces, commemorated by Simonides of Ceos in the famous epitaph, "Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, That here obedient to their laws we lie." Thermopylae is the only land route large enough to bear any significant traffic between Lokris and Thessaly. To go from north to south along the east coast of the Balkan peninsula requires use of the pass, and so Thermopylae has been the site of several battles.

15 MINUTES ADMISSION TICKET FREE

Battlefield of Thermopylae

As we leave the magnificent Meteora behind us, let us not overlook the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BCE, which has long been the topic of cultural motivation, as it is perhaps the most famous military last stand of all time. The monument of the Great Leonidas, King of Sparta, in Thermopylae, will grace our path on our way back to Athens in the late afternoon.

Thermopylae is world-famous for the battle that took place there between the Greek forces (notably the Spartans, Lakedemonians, Thebans and Thespians) and the invading Persian forces, commemorated by Simonides in the famous epitaph, "Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, That here obedient to their laws we lie."

15 MINUTES ADMISSION TICKET FREE

Leonidas momument

Leonidas was a king of the Greek city-state of Sparta, and the 17th of the Agiad line, a dynasty which claimed descent from the mythological demigod Heracles and Cadmus. Leonidas was son of King Anaxandridas II. He succeeded his half-brother King Cleomenes I to the throne in c. 489 BC.
Leonidas had a notable participation in the Second Persian War, where he led the allied Greek forces to a last stand at the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BC) while attempting to defend the pass from the invading Persian army; he died at the battle and entered myth as the leader of the 300 Spartans. While the Greeks lost this battle, they were able to expel the Persian invaders in the following year.

Way back to Athens

We start our way back to Athens late in the afternoon. The drive is about 4.5 hours.

Map Overview

Available Pickups

NOTE: Pick-up starts 10 minute(s) before departure.

We offer pick-up to the following places for this experience:

Tour info

Experience type

Day tour / activity

Difficulty

Easy

Booking in advance

Cut off: 1 day

Live tour guide

English



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Trip Advisor Reviews

A fantastic day seeing Arachova, Delphi and Galaxidi! Notis was great, very friendly, he kept us well hydrated and gave us plenty of time in each location so we never felt rushed. He also brought us to a delicious lunch spot with a great view. We definitely recommend this tour!

Kaitlin S

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26/07/2022

Awesome day tour to Thermopylae and Delphi! Getting out of Athens and seeing the mountains with a beautiful view along the drive was great. The battlefield at Thermopylae is a good sight for those with knowledge of the battle to overlook, but not much other than the monument and small museum. Worth the detour on the way to Delphi for any fan of 300. Delphi was a great historical site with lots of ruins and artifacts. The lunch and town were fun to see as well. The drive all around Greece was also unbelievable as the countryside is beautiful. Highly recommend!

jason h

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17/10/2022

We had a wonderful day with Billy. It was a busy, packed day of sightseeing around the peninsula of Greece. He picked us up from the hotel right on time and showed us a great time all day. If you want to see a lot in one day, I would highly recommend this tour.

jdeluccia

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16/10/2022

What an incredible place! What a breathtaking view! Our visit to Cape Sounio and the Temple of Poseidon was one of the best tours we have ever experienced. Special thanks to Anthony who let us take our time and enjoy ourselves.

Suzan R

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05/06/2022

This was the most fun I’ve had in a tour ever. For the first time in all my years of traveling, I had the same tour guide in two separate tours. I happened to have THE MAN Notis as my tour guide again. With that being said, we were already very well acquainted from the first tour I had with him earlier that week; so I just asked a couple of questions for my notes and then we spent the rest of the way talking about so many different topics. Highly recommend this tour for solo travelers, couples, or small groups.

Saúl Navarro

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16/11/2022

This was by far one of the most interesting and informative tours I have ever received, all thanks to our amazing tour guide Panos! He was extremely knowledgeable in terms of Greek History, as well as World History. He graciously answered all our questions in great detail. We will always remember this awesome tour not only because of the amazing sites and history, but also Panos’s company and humor.

Saad R

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29/12/2022

Delphi was magnificent! So much more than we thought it would be. The grounds were magical (as expected) and the museum was outstanding. The artifacts all around were definitely something to behold. Words and pictures cannot do them justice. Just to think how these temples and stadiums were built is mind blowing! We are also very grateful that we had Takis as our guide/driver. He was very friendly, helpful and professional, gave us good information and tips, and took us through all the winding city streets of Arachova. Another gem of a town we thoroughly enjoyed!

Donna D

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27/10/2022

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