Day trip

From Athens: Full-Day Rail Tour to Meteora w/ Hermit Caves

Activity provider: Visit Meteora

From Athens: Full-Day Rail Tour to Meteora w/ Hermit Caves

Activity provider: Visit Meteora

From US$ 132.98 per person

See all 6 monasteries of Meteora, with visits to the inside of 3 active monasteries. Explore the hidden Hermit Caves and learn about the area's rich history through the eyes of the locals.

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Duration 14 hours - 1 day
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Live tour guide
English
Private or small groups available

Experience

Itinerary
6 - 16 hours
  • Athens

  • 4 hours
  • Kalabaka

  • Meteora (guided tour)

  • Kalabaka (free time)

  • 4 hours
  • Athens

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Admire panoramic breathtaking views of a unique landscape
  • See all 6 monasteries and visit inside 3 active monasteries
  • Enjoy the tour with a first-class train ticket option and luxury bus
  • Discover the hidden hermit cave and avoid the crowds
  • Skip the line at the train station with your ticket sent directly to your e-mail
Full description

Travel by train through the countryside on a day trip from Athens to the Meteora monasteries and Hermit caves, with the option to upgrade to first-class tickets. Take a scenic drive from Kalambaka and visit 3 of the monasteries atop their rock pinnacles along with the caves of Badovas with a guide.

Catch the train to Kalambaka in the morning from the Athens railway station and enjoy a trip that will give you the chance to admire the beauty of the countryside. Arrive in Kalambaka by noon, a small town built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks, and crowded by the Meteora monasteries.

Meet your driver and board a VIP Mercedes minibus to transfer to the UNESCO-listed clifftop monasteries of Meteora. Travel through a landscape of green valleys until you reach the rock formations. Visit 3 active monasteries over the next 5 hours (entrance fees not included).

Next, discover the caves of Badovas, where the last of the hermit monks of Meteora lived more than 2 centuries ago. Stop for frame-worthy photos at each site, learn the stories and legends, and enjoy great views from the most panoramic spots.

At the end of the day, be driven back to Kalambaka. Enjoy an hour of free time to walk in the town’s center or to have a light lunch (at your expense) before hopping on the return train to Athens.

Includes
  • Round-trip train tickets from Athens to Kalambaka
  • Pick up and drop-off at Kalambaka train station
  • 5-hour tour of Meteora
  • Local tour guide
  • Tour of Meteora by Mercedes luxury bus
  • Visit 3 monasteries inside
  • Panoramic view of all 6 monasteries
  • Visit to the hermit caves of Badovas
  • Bottle of water
  • Map of Meteora
  • Wi-Fi onboard the bus
  • Leisure time in Kalambaka town
  • First-class train ticket (if option selected)
  • Entrance fees to the monasteries (€3 per person for each monastery)
  • Transfer to Athens railway station
  • State-licensed guide inside the 3 monasteries
  • Meals
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • To enter the monasteries, women must wear long skirts and long-sleeved clothing or T-shirts. Shorts or pants are not allowed. Both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. You may risk being refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • You will board the train from Athens on your own, using the tickets sent to you via email, 1 week before your trip date. Your guide will meet you at Kalambaka train station
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 380 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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Well organised, I had fun and the views were amazing! The guide was ok, I was wondering if she is tired of telling the same thing for - I guess - for the hundreth time, but she was funny. The driver was very good, safe and is also a good photographer ;). Yes, I fully recommend this tour!!

January 19, 2023

All in all a great trip, which we think could be better with pictures (e.g. of the caves in the stone). The train was also 2.5 hours late, so we didn't get home until late at night. It was also annoying in the long run that a photo stop was made after every 100m. Otherwise it was a nice trip.

January 2, 2023

Katarina and Kostas were awesome. Katarina as guide is very passionate—she has deeply studied the caverns and monasteries, and also grew up in the town. She is like talking to a history book. And our driver Kostas was the most helpful and careful, and took some amazing pictures. It is breathtaking to enter the monasteries, see the landscapes and visiting the church. One of a kind experience that makes the train ride worth it (it’s not bad actually, pretty cool sightseeing and comfortable seats for 2nd class). Note: read the tour itinerary carefully. If not, you’ll be disappointed—I’m not talking for myself but for the people who were with me. All the info is sent beforehand or is on the description including the dress code for the monasteries.

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December 5, 2022

Product ID: 87635