Meteora and Kalabaka from Thessaloniki

There is a place where divinity meets the absolute miracle of nature, lets drive through a magical scenery to find all that out !

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Description

Humongous rocks, monasteries «hanging in the sky» and beautiful paths compose an enchanting scenery that everyone must see. This almost “unearthly state” with monasteries that clambered on the edge of impressive steep mountainous masses, challenge you to discover the majesty of nature. The earth meets the sky, the human intervention the divine element and the traveler finds the emotional serenity and spiritual well being which
arises eternally from the atmosphere. Every year, millions of visitors from all over the world visit Meteora in order to admire this unique phenomenon. Since 1988, Meteora is part of the World Heritage sites of UNESCO.

Please note :

We will actually enter two of the Holy Monasteries of Meteora !

We depart from Thessaloniki to Meteora with our bus of Ammon Express along with our friendly trip attendant-archaeologist 

The distance is 230km and lasts approximately 3 hours. During our way, there is a 30’ stop for rest and coffee.

We reach Meteora at around 12:30p.m; this fascinating complex of huge steep rocks of pennant, arising close to the first elevations of the
longest sierra in Greece, Pindos (the “spine” of Greece). We visit two of the six operating Holy Monasteries depending on the schedule of each
one: 

  • the women’s monastery of Saint Stefanos with the impressive wood-carved iconostasis and the magnificent view of the city of Kalampaka, the river Lithaios and the plain,
  • the monastery of the Holy Trinity at the steepest rock of Meteora, through stairs cut through the stone,
  • the women’s monastery of Rousanou with the extraordinary wall paintings of the small church, and the verdant path leading to it,
  • the Varlaam monastery with the valuable surviving frescoes of the painter of icons Frangos Katelanos and, among others, the thirteen-ton wooden
    barrel,
  • the monastery of the Transfiguration (Metamorphosis) of Christ, which is the largest monastery of Meteora,
  • the monastery of Saint Nicholas Anapafsas, with the frescoes of the famous painter of icons Theophanes the Cretan, which has a balcony that is a
    stone’s throw away from the huge rocks.

Please note Mondays we visit the monasteries of Varlaam and Rousanou, every Wednesday and Sunday the monasteries of Saint Stefanos and Varlaam and every Friday the monasteries of Rousanou and Saint Stefanos.

The monasteries are built οn the peak of the huge rocks, and form the second most important complex of monasteries after Mt. Athos. In the past, there were twenty four monasteries but today only the six of them operate properly. In 1988, Meteora joined the list of the World Heritage sites
of UNESCO.

For your convenience, the bus stops in front of the entrance of the Holy Monasteries.

During our visits to the monasteries we make a short stop to admire the stunning panoramic view of the Holy Monasteries from up high and capture
the mystique of the landscape. The wild unapproachable area with the sand stones of more than 65 millions years old is majestic and at the
same time unearthly and divine as until today their origin cannot be explained.

Next, we enjoy our greek traditional lunch break in Kastraki, at Kalampaka area, against the view of the astonishing Meteora.

We depart to Thessaloniki at around 15:30p.m and we have a last stop for 20΄ for coffee and rest. We are back at about 19:00p.m, making the same
stops where we started from. Not to be missed !

Itinerary

08:00 - aprox we pick you up from your hotel or very close to it ! (please check)

Our drive 230klm drive and lasts approximately 3 hours, we will take a 30 min break for rest and coffee. We reach Meteora at around 12:30p.m

13:00 approx, lunch in betutifull Kalampaka area!

What is better than enjoy our Greek traditional lunch break in Kastraki, at Kalampaka area, against the view of the astonishing Meteora !

15:30 p.m we depart to Thessaloniki !

We depart to Thessaloniki at around 15:30p.m and we have a last stop for 20΄ for coffee and rest. We are back at about 19:00p.m, making the same stops where we started from.

What’s included

  • Transport to and from Meteora
  • English speaking excursion attendant
  • Basic travel insurance (during transport) 

What’s excluded

  • The visiting ticket to each monastery, which costs 3 euros per monastery for all visitors except those of Greek nationality and is paid
    directly at the entrance.
  • The tour of the Meteora monasteries.
  • The cost of the lunch at the restaurant 

Important information

  • You should be at the departure points 10’ before the time indicated in the schedule. The bus cannot remain at designated stops, except for boarding. 
  • The monasteries have strict dress rules prohibiting entry to male visitors wearing shorts and women visitors with sleeveless sweatshirts. 
  • The approach to the monasteries is achieved through stairs and requires comfortable footwear. 
  • INFANTS from 0 - 2 years old FREE of CHARGE, without seat. 
  • STARTING POINTS AND DEPARTURE TIME
  • Starting point: WHITE TOWER(Entrance) 08:00
  • Stop 1: MAKEDONIA PALACE HOTEL 08:05
  • Stop 2: ARISTOTELOUS square & EGNATIA (Venizelos Statue) 08:15
  • Stop 3: CAPSIS Hotel 08:20
  • Stop 4: THE MET Hotel 08:25 

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