Posted on 27/07/2019
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Meteora 2-day Private Tour From Athens  

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Visit spectacular Meteora, on a 2-day Private tour from Athens, and experience one of the most imposing landmarks of mainland Greece and its amazing cliff suspended monasteries.

What is included

✔ One night accommodation
✔ Pick up/drop off service
✔ Round-trip transport by private vehicle
✔ Onboard WiFi
✔ Handmade candies
✔ Refreshment wipes
✔ Bottled water
✔ Coffee and tea
✖ Food and drinks

Highlights

◾ Enjoy majestic views of cliff suspended monasteries and the plain of Kalambaka
◾ Visit 4 different monasteries and observe the religious ceremonies
◾ Enjoy a lovely trip from Athens to Kalambaka in a luxury vehicle

Description

Meteora is considered one of the most beautiful areas of central Greece, and its monasteries are one of the country's most unique attractions. The monasteries are perched on top of towers of sandstone, which for centuries provided totally inaccessible retreats for the monks. They are built on top of rock towers and they are providing fantastic views over the plain.

In the 11th century, the first hermits came on the untrodden peaks of the imposing rocks and build the hermitage of Doupiani. In the 14th century, holy Athanasios Meteoritis formed the first organized monastic community on the rocks of Great Meteoro. Meteora Monasteries had its peak period in the 16th century but then were slowly abandoned. Of the 24 monasteries that were built between the 13th and 16th centuries only six are still inhabited: The Great Meteoro, Agia Triada, Agios Nikolaos and Varlaam by monks, Agios Stephanos and Roussanou by nuns.

The Meteora Monasteries themselves, besides providing an incredible view are full of religious treasures, wall paintings, icons and libraries rich in old manuscripts. Every day, innumerable visitors gather here from all four corners of the world to meditate and pray. The fascinating landscape was used when filming the Bond film “For Your Eyes Only”.

Itinerary
Day one:
Visit 1-2 monasteries
Visit the town of Kalambaka and the village of Kastraki
Meteora sunset tour
Lunch/ dinner at a traditional taverna
Overnight at Kastraki or Kalambaka
Duration: 8 hours

Day two:
Visit 2-3 monasteries
Optional Shopping in Kalambaka town
Lunch/ dinner at a traditional taverna
Drive back to Athens
Duration: 12 hours

Duration of activity

Two days, one night

Not included/Bring with you

Private Certified Guide-tour leader (Available Upon Request At Extra Charge)

Who can come/Other requirements

This tour is suitable for anyone. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Where we will meet

We can pick you up from one of the following:
Athens International Airport
Centre of Athens
Piraeus port
Corinth Suburban Train Station (Proastiakos)
Corinth
Loutraki
Nafplio
All Hotels, AirBnbs and Apartments from the regions listed above

Language/s

  • English

Cutoff time before activity

  • 2 days

Additional Info

This is a private tour for up to 4 persons
Please Note: Appropriate clothing is required to visit the monasteries. Sleeveless clothing and shorts are prohibited. Skirts and shawls are available at the entrance for those who are deemed to be unacceptably dressed.
infant seats available at request
Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship

Country

  • Greece