private Tour of Meteora

Meteora is considered one of the most beautiful area of Central Greece, and its monasteries are one of the country's most unique attractions. The monasteries are perched on top of towers of sand-stone, 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. Everyday, 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”.

You will experience:
  • The 'Hanging Monasteries'
  • Agios Nikolaos Anapafsas
  • Roussanou
  • Varlaam
  • Grand Meteoro
  • Agia Triada (St.Trinity, where the James Bond film 'For Your Eyes Only' was filmed!)
  • Agios Stefanos
  • Sunset views
  • Night View of Kalambaka, Kastraki and Meteora
  • The town of Kalambaka
  • The village of Kastraki
  • Coffees/Refreshments
  • Lunch/dinner at authentic Greek tavernas enjoying 'village style' specialties
  • Shopping

You will be delighted in the play of light on the rocks and their changing moods!
On sunny mornings the red roof tiles of the monasteries glisten in sharp contrast to the weather-stained greyness of the rocks while the late afternoon sun bathes the landscape with a golden glow.
At night time the rocks are dramatically illuminated by spotlights while autumnal mists shroud them in an ethereal mysteriousness that must have appealed to the hermits and monks who sought refuge.

Please Note*
Appropriate clothing 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. Sleeveless clothing and shorts are prohibited. Skirts and shawls are available at the entrance for those who are deemed to be lightly dressed.

Meteora is the biggest and most important group of monasteries in Greece after those of Mount Athos. The rock monasteries have been characterised by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage.
In a region of almost inaccessible sandstone peaks, monks settled on these 'columns of the sky' from the 11th century onwards. 'Suspended in the air' ( the meaning of Meteora in Greek ), these monasteries represent a unique artistic achievement and are one of the most powerful examples of the architectural transformation of a site into a place of retreat, meditation and prayer.
The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars at the northwestern edge of the plain of Thessaly, near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains in Central Greece. The nearest town is Kalambaka and the nearest village is Kastraki where there are many hotels and country style traditional tavernas.
The Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron the largest of the monasteries located at Meteora. It was erected in the mid 14th century and was the subject of restoration and embellishment projects in 1483 and 1552. The building serves as the main museum for tourists. The Katholikon (main church) consecrated in honor of the transfiguration of Jesus in the middle of the 14th century and decorated in 1483 and 1552. The Holy Monastery of the second largest monastery in the Meteora complex. 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 chairs ) with spacious exenarthex (lite) is surrounded by a dome. It was built in 1541/42 and 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.
The Holy Monastery of Rousanou / St. Barbara...was founded in the middle of the 16th century and decorated in 1560.
The Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas... built in the 16th century, has a small church decorated by the noted Cretan painter Theophanis Strelitzas in 1527.
The Holy Monastery of St. Stephen... has a small church built 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 WWII who believed it was harboring insurgents and was abandoned. Nuns took it over and reconstructed it.
The Monastery of Holy on top of the cliffs. It was built in 1475 and was remodeled in 1684,1689,1692,1741. In the 9th century an ascentic group of hermit monks moved up to the ancient pinnacles. They were the first people to inhabit Meteora where they lived in hollows and fissures in the rock towers and found protection from the raid of several conquerors and those who passed from the area. Bold hermits and anchorites apart from shelter seeked mental calmness, tranquity and while praying they sought for Christian perfection. The immense solid rocks split by earthquakes weathered by water and wind over millions of years are natures authentic masterpieces.
Activity level: Moderate
Duration: Two days, one night
Type: Religious Tour, Sightseeing, Shopping, Walking, Overnight

Infant seats available
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship

Pickup Information

Athens International Airport
Centre of Athens
Piraeus port
Corinth Suburban Train Station (Proastiakos)
All Hotels, AirBnbs and Apartments from the regions listed above
    Private Certified Tourist Guide (Available Upon Request At Extra Charge)
    Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
    Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
    Port pickup and drop-off
    Private tour
    Round-trip private transfer
    Transport by private vehicle
    Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    We speak your language
    On-board WiFi
    Handmade candies
    Refreshment wipes
    Bottled water
    Accommodation as per itinerary
    Coffee and/or Tea
Private Certified Tourist Guide (Available Upon Request At Extra Charge)
Food and drinks
Gratuities (Appreciated not expected!)