Meteora Day Tour

Meteora Day Tour

Starting early in the morning from Athens we will start this incredible journey following the national highway towards Thermopylae.

We will visit the statue of king Leonidas and the Thermopylae histirical information center were you can watch a short 3D movie about the battle between 300 Spartans and the Persian empire known from tne movie 300.

Afterwards we will drive you to kalambaka the town that lies beneath the breathtaking rocks of Meteora.

We will have our first stop at the holy monastery of Great Meteoro which is the biggest and the oldest one of all.After we will visit the holy monastery of Varlaam which is the second largest monastery and is located on the top of a rock 380m height.Our last stop will be to the great monastery of St. Stephen which is a small church rest on the plain rather than a cliff. It was damaged by the Nazis during World War 2 but nuns took over it and reconstructed it.

This wonderful tour will complete at the small town of Kalampaka where you can have traditional Greek lunch the best way to recharge our batteries and then we will drive you safely and comfortably back to Athens.

Top Visits

  • Thermopylae
  • Kalampaka
  • Meteora
  • Monastery of Great Meteoro
  • Monastery Varlaam
  • Monastery of St. Stephen

THERMOPYLAE

Thermopylae (hot gates) is a place in Greece where a narrow coastal passage existed in antiquity. It derives its name from its hot sulphur springs.The Hot Gates is “the place of hot springs” and in Greek mythology it is the cavernous entrances to Hades.

Thermopylae is world-famous for the battle that took place there between the Greek forces (notably the Spartans) and the invading Persian forces.Thermopylae is the only land route large enough to bear any significant traffic between Lokris and Thessaly. This passage from north to south along the east coast of the Balkan peninsula requires use of the pass and for this reason Thermopylae has been the site of several battles.

The land surface on which the famous Battle of Thermopylae was fought in 480 BC is now buried under 20 meters (66 ft) of soil. The shoreline has also advanced over the centuries because of the sedimentary deposition. The level of the Malian Gulf was also significantly higher during prehistoric times and the Spercheios River was significantly shorter. Its shoreline advanced by up to 2 kilometers between 2500 BC and 480 BC but still has left several extremely narrow passages between the sea and the mountains. The narrowest point on the plain, where the Battle of Thermopylae was probably fought, would have been less than 100 metres (330 ft) wide. Between 480 BC and the 21st century, the shoreline advanced by as much as 9 km (5.6 mi) in places, eliminating the narrowest points of the pass and considerably increasing the size of the plain around the outlet of the Spercheios.

A main highway now splits the pass, with a modern-day monument to King Leonidas I of Sparta on the east side of the highway. It is directly across the road from the hill where Simonides of Ceos’s epitaph to the fallen is engraved in stone at the top.

The hot springs from which the pass derives its name still exist close to the foot of the hill.

KALAMPAKA

Kalambaka is a town and a municipality in the Trikala regional unit, part of Thessaly in Greece. The population was 21,991 at the 2011 census, of which 8,330 in the town proper. The Meteora monasteries are located in the town.

METEORA

The Metéora literally “middle of the sky”, “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above” is a formation of immense monolithic pillars and hills-like huge rounded boulders which dominate the local area.

It is also associated with one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second in importance only to Mount Athos.[1] The six monasteries are built on natural conglomerate pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece.Metéora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.The nearest town is Kalambaka.

MONASTERY OF GREAT METEORO

The Monastery of Great Meteoron this is the largest of the monasteries located at Metéora, though in 2015 there were only 3 monks in residence. It was erected in the mid-14th century and was the subject of restoration and embellishment projects in 1483 and 1552. One building serves as the main museum for tourists. The Katholikon (main church), consecrated in honour of the Transfiguration of Jesus was erected in the middle of the 14th century and 1387/88 and decorated in 1483 and 1552.

MONASTERY OF VARLAAM

The Monastery of Varlaam is the second largest monastery in the Metéora complex, and in 2015 had the largest number of monks (seven) of the male monasteries. It was built in 1541 and embellished in 1548. A church, dedicated to All Saints, is in the Athonite type (cross-in-square with dome and choirs), with spacious exonarthex (lite) is surrounded by a dome. It was built in 1541/42 and decorated in 1548, while the exonarthex was decorated in 1566. The old refectory is used as a museum while north of the church is the parekklesion of the Three Bishops, built in 1627 and decorated in 1637.

MONASTERY OF ST. STEPHEN

The Monastery of St. Stephen has a small church built in the 16th century and decorated in 1545. This monastery rests on the plain rather than on a cliff. It was shelled by the Nazis during World War II who believed it was harboring insurgents and was abandoned. The monastery was given over to nuns in 1961 and they have reconstructed it into a flourishing nunnery, with 28 nuns in residence in 2015.

  • SUMMER PERIOD: 1 April – 31 October
  • WINTER PERIOD: 1 November – 31 March

METEORA MONASTERIES

€ 2,00 per monastery
Winter: 09:00 – 13:00 & 15:00 – 17:00
Summer: 09:00 – 13:00 & 15:00 – 17:00

THERMOPYLAES HISTORICAL INFORMATION CENTER

Full: €3,00 Reduced: €1,00

Winter: (Mon-Fri): 08:00 – 17:00 and weekends: 9:00 – 17:00
Summer: (Mon-Fri): 08:00 – 19:00 and weekends: 10:00 – 18:00

Free admission:

  • Escorting teachers during the visits of schools and institutions of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education and of military schools.
  • Members of Societies and Associations of Friends of Museums and Archaeological Sites throughout Greece with the demonstration of certified membership card.
  • Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS.
  • Persons possessing a free admission card.
  • The employees of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Archaeological Receipts Fund, upon presentation of their service ID card.
  • The official guests of the Greek government, with the approval of the General Director of Antiquities.
  • Young people, under the age of 18, after demonstrating the Identity Card or passport to confirm the age.

Free admission days:

  • 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
  • 18 April (International Monuments Day)
  • 18 May (International Museums Day)
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st
  • 28 October

Reduced admission for:

  • Greek citizens and citizens of other Member – States of the European Union who are over 65 years old, upon presentation of their ID card or passport for verification of their age and country of origin.
  • Holders of a solidarity card
  • Holders of a valid unemployment card.
  • Large families’ parents of children up to 23 yrs old,or up to 25 yrs old (on military service/studying), or child with disabilities regardless the age, having a certified pass of large families, certification from the Large Family Association or a family status certificate issued by the Municipality.
  • Persons with disabilities (67 % or over) and one escort, upon presentation of the certification of disability issued by the Ministry of Health or a medical certification from a public hospital, where the disability and the percentage of disability are clearly stated.
  • Single parent families with minors, upon presentation of a family status certificate issued by the Municipality. In the case of divorsed parents, only the parent holding custody of the children.
  • The police officers of the Department of Antiquity Smuggling of the Directorate of Security
  • Tourist guides upon presentation of their professional ID card.
  • University students and students at Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent schools from countries outside the EU by showing their student ID.

IMPORTANT

All our tours are flexible it’s up to you to make changes according to your wishes

Admission fees and lunch are not included in the price of the tour.

Confirmations

You may receive multiple e-mails until you receive an e-mail starting confirmation your booking will NOT have been confirmed.

FLEET

Our company fleet consist of non-smoking luxury sedan taxis Mercedes Benz full air conditioned. All vehicles covered by a fully comprehensive insurance policy and licensed by Hellenic Ministry of Transportation and Communications.

All prices are quoted per car / not per person

Prices include:

  • local taxes
  • VAT
  • Tolls
  • Baggage charges

Prices exclude:

  • Entrance fees
  • Personal expenses (drink,meals etc.)

DRIVERS

  • The drivers are not a licensed to accompany you on your walk to the top of the Acropolis or inside any other site or museum.
  • If you require a licensed guide to tour the sites with you, you need to hire one additionally.