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Meteora Day Trip by Train from Athens

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Meteora Day Trip by Train from Athens
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icon14 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Travel by train through the beautiful countryside on a full-day tour from Athens to the Meteora monasteries. Your driver meets your train in the town of Kalambaka and take you to the medieval monastery complex, which sits perched high atop sandstone cliffs and is honored by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It’s a wonderful way to experience one of Greece’s most breathtaking and off-the-beaten-path cultural treasures.
  • Day trip from Athens to the UNESCO-listed Meteora monasteries
  • Reach the dramatic monastery complex with the help of an expert escort
  • Learn about the history of these unique, 14th-century monasteries
  • Enjoy free time to dine and explore in the town of Kalambaka
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Round-trip shared transfers in Kalambaka
Round-trip rail tickets based on your choice
Expert English speaking escort
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle with WiFi
Panoramic views of the six active monasteries
Visit three Monasteries and the hermit caves of Badovas
Free Map and bottle of water
Local taxes
Hotel pick-up and drop-off service in Athens
Food and drinks
Entrance fees of the Monasteries
Theodore Diligiannis 31-33 , Theodore Diligiannis 31-33, Athina 104 38, Greece

You need to go at the Athens Railway Station on your own at 07:00 having your train tickets with you. You can reach the Athens Railway Station by metro. You need to get off at the Larissis Metro Station.

7:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants (ages 3 and under) are free
  • To enter the monasteries, appropriate clothing is required. Women should not wear short skirts and must have long sleeves. Men are not allowed to wear shorts.
  • You will receive an e-mail with the train e-tickets a few days before the activity
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Keytours - Greece
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • 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.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Meteora Day Trip by Train from Athens?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Meteora Day Trip by Train from Athens?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Meteora Day Trip by Train from Athens?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Meteora Day Trip by Train from Athens?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "It is a long day, be prepared for hiking and heat." See review
  • "This beautiful and other worldly destination is a must if one has the time when in Greece." See review

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star-5
Possibly the best tour ever
Steven_F
, Jul 2022
Everything was incredible, the sights, the bus and the guides. Well worth the long train ride. Possibly the best tour and I’ve been traveling the world and doing this stuff for 2 years now
star-5
Great Monstries and a great way to explore them
G_V
, Jul 2022
It was very well organised. We had chance to stop at great view points and click pictures. The guide was well versed with the history and facts of the place. The place where we stopped for Lunch was bad though. Terrible options for vegetarians. Although they showed us great restaurants in the city for our way back. The train times communicated were different from the actual train times. They differed slightly primarily because the change in schedule. Just a call out
star-5
Great Experience!
Amy_D
, Jun 2022
We had a great time on the Meteora Tour. Make sure that you have cash/euros to get into the monasteries. There is also a dress code for men and women. It was a long day but totally worth it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great historical day trip
Zara_M
, Jun 2022
This was Such an important trip if you want to learn more about how Greek traditions and religion had evolved in Greece over time. Beautiful views. A long day but worth it!
star-5
It was very interesting...
Jody_L
, Jun 2022
It was very interesting to learn about the monks and how they lived. The guide was very knowledgeable about how rhe monks lived
star-4
Final destination was good, but not getting there
Tom_K
, Jun 2022
The part of the trip which was Meteora was amazing. The guide was knowledgeable and had first hand experience. What we did not like was the train ride. We were sold first class tickets to seats that did not exist. We ended up sitting separately and in an unoccupied handicap area because there was no place to put us, and the conductor tried. Five people were restricted to a bench/folding chair.
star-5
Amazing views
Mison_Z
, Jun 2022
Tour guide was great! Even provided skirts for us women to enter the monasteries. The tour guide made a stop in town for breakfast at a local cafe.
star-5
Incredible views - a real day to remember.
Sapphire_L
, Jun 2022
This trip is well worth the money and time spent on the train to and from Kalabaka. Our guide Maria was very knowledgeable and having grown up in the area was able to give personal stories about Meteora and injected a lot of humour during the day. There was time for lunch if you wanted and to use the bathroom before starting the monasteries tours. Given the heat that day being able to get on and off the well air conditioned bus was a welcome respite and there were many stops aside from the monasteries to take photos including “the fish rock”. Maria knew all the spots for the most incredible views. Our driver was also excellent offering to take pictures for all the people in our group and taking his time doing different angles to make sure everyone got a photo they loved. The views themselves are second to none and will literally take your breath away. During the tour our entire tour group was also provided with a free bottle of water to keep hydrated. Overall a day to remember and worth every penny.
star-5
Breathtaking views & rich history
Daniel_B
, Jun 2022
You will NEVER forget the views of Meteora. This was an incredible adventure that included rich history and breathtaking sights. It is a 4 hour train ride from Athens — so plan accordingly. But once you see the beautiful monasteries and views, you’ll forget all about it. I don’t remember our tour guide’s name, but she was AMAZING! She is from Meteora, so she offered a unique perspective on the area. This is a trip that you’ll never forget … it’s a unique journey into the mountains of Greece with instagram-worthy photos!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
Meteora amazing, Viator could improve communications a bit
Susan_M
, Jun 2022
To be clear, Meteora was incredible and not to be missed. That's a 10 out of 10. Viator missed the ball on a few occasions, but in the end it all worked out. For example, we paid for four A Class train tickets from Athens in January for a trip in May and were confirmed, but a couple of weeks before our trip Viator told us the A Class tickets were sold out and asked if we were agreeable to downgrade with a partial refund. I went onto the train website and found four or more A Class seats available each way, and told Viator. They said yes, someone must have released them, this has never happened before, sorry we had to look for ourselves, and they got us A Class tickets. (Maybe it never did happen before, but I can only report on what happened to our group.) Then they kept sending emails saying the tickets would be issued a few days ahead. A few days ahead of time I did receive emails saying "tickets inside!" but no matter what I clicked, it would read "this is not your ticket". I figured I was doing something wrong and contacted them again and they said the train tickets would be sent one day ahead. So there is confusion about what tickets were supposedly included in the email, and when the tickets actually arrive. They also didn't tell us until the last minute what time the train was leaving (was it leaving at 7AM or were we supposed to be at the station by 7AM?) Again, I checked the train website so I could pre-arrange transfers to and from the train station. As I say, in the end it all worked out, but Viator's communication can use a bit of improvement.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Once in a lifetime visit
Brandon_F
, Jun 2022
Tour guide Maria was amazing and was funny and Informative. The bus ride is beautiful but long. Definitely worth it to see the meteora. One of the most magical experiences
star-2
Ruined by Keytour's greed.
Mark_G
, Jun 2022
This should of been an excellent tour with Maria our tour guide. However, Keytour's decided that rather than keep the numbers small (the description says a minibus) they would book as many people as possible and use a full-size coach. This resulted in a huge amount of lost time getting in and out of the coach and finding missing members of the tour. We did have much time in the monasteries or any free time in the town. Don;t get me wrong both our driver and guide were amazing but Keytour's greed ruined a good ay out (again).
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Beautiful trip yet physically challenging
Mantea_S
, Jun 2022
Meteora is a beautiful part of Greece. However, it really wasn’t for us as we have mobility issues. Your information did not indicate that it was a physically challenging tour. We should also should have been told that good walking shoes are needed. Some didn’t bring good shoes. Finally your tour guide was excellent as was the bus driver!
star-5
Stunning place
Lesley_A
, May 2022
Absolutely stunning place and worth the four hour train journey, but be prepared to climb a lot of steps especially at the first monastery, but so worth it
star-4
Be prepared for a long day, but a good day
Elizabeth_A
, May 2022
The excursion I had originally booked was cancelled last minute so I had a choice, do nothing so close to my birthday or go see a bunch of monasteries. I think I made the best choice 😆. It's probably something I wouldn't have chosen for myself, but that's why I love travelling, I get to have new and different experiences. The tour consisted of history and various facts both vast and interesting. The question you really want to know is, would I recommend this tour, I would recommend if anything you get to see another part of Greece, do something different, and you’re if anything like me, you can put a pin in your map, and say I've been there. The main downside was time, we packed a lot in one day, and by the end, you are feeling it, and all you wanted to do is sleep, We had to take a 5 hour each way train, (the tickets will be sent to you by email) fortunately, or unfortunately, the train journey back was slightly longer, as more people get on the train, so you have plenty of time to sleep. I also wished I had more time in the main town we drove through, you know, to get some souvenirs, sit down, relax, and eat some food without feeling rushed. I kept checking my phone, because I thought that I was going to miss the train, and be stuck hours away from where I meant and wanted to be, unable to get back, without ordering one of the most expensive Uber rides ever, plus going off of the number of people on the train, on the way back to Athens, this was likely the last train of the night. Extra tip: Download a movie or something, the connection on the train is trash, and I don’t even remember if the train has Wi-Fi. If all else fails, just listen to music.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Great driver / guide team
Sharon_R
, May 2022
Excellent tour. Hard-working driver and guide made this over the top. If you want a change of pace from ancient ruins, these monasteries are incredible. Just one complaint. Tour company reserved train tickets for you. They didn't book in time to get first class tickets and the tickets they bought had to be e the worst on the train. Last row in front of partition so upright/no recline and limited leg room for 4 hour trip.
star-5
Worth it
Naomi_C
, May 2022
It was a memorable trip. Definitely worth the 8 hour trip in total. The guide was very friendly and informative! 5 stars
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Attractions of Meteora in a day
Nitin_K
, May 2022
It was a great trip covering the main attractions and monasteries from Meteora. Maria, the guide was excellent and friendly. The kids got a bit tired at the end, but it was a great trip overall.
star-5
Must see! LOTS OF STEPS! Great views!
David_H
, May 2022
Fantastic day out. Trip from Athen was kind of confusing finding the platform. Once we arrived everything was perfect. The tour guide was amazing and we had plenty of time to see the Monasteries. Word of caution. There are a lot of steps to climb for the first two Monasteries. All in all was a great experience and is a must see when visiting Greece.
star-4
Worthwhile trip
Teresita_H
, May 2022
It was a very good trip with excellent guide and driver. The trip advertised as a small group with a van; instead we were in a full bus.
3 travelers found this review helpful

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