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Two-Day Tour from Thessaloniki to Meteora by train

Embark on a captivating two-day expedition from the vibrant city of Thessaloniki to the otherworldly landscapes of Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage site, all enhanced by the scenic charm of a train journey. This meticulously crafted tour promises a harmonious blend of cultural discovery, breathtaking scenery, and the spiritual allure of Meteora's monastic marvels.

NOTE: Train services in the region have ceased, prompting the transportation between Thessaloniki and Meteora to be provided by bus.

Tour Details

Day 1

Your adventure commences at the Thessaloniki railway station, where you'll have to board (on your own) a comfortable train bound for Kalabaka. As the train meanders through the picturesque Greek countryside, you'll witness the transition from urban energy to the tranquil beauty of the landscape. Upon arrival in Kalabaka, a local tour leader will greet you and accompany you to your accommodation. After settling in, the afternoon invites exploration of the charming town and the surrounding area with a majestic sunset tour.

Day 2

Awake to the breathtaking views of Meteora and relish a hearty breakfast before embarking on a morning tour of the monastic complex. Explore selected monasteries, each a testament to centuries of history, religious significance, and architectural brilliance. Absorb the spiritual ambiance and panoramic vistas that make Meteora a unique destination. After the tour, a walk in Kalabaka provides an opportunity to recharge before spending the afternoon at your leisure. As the day draws to a close, board the return train to Thessaloniki. The journey back offers a reflective interlude, allowing you to appreciate the memories created amid the natural wonders of Meteora. This two-day tour promises an enriching experience, offering a deep dive into the cultural and spiritual tapestry of Greece while surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of Meteora's towering rock formations.








• Priority seating available upon request and availability (at an extra cost)
• Round-trip tickets (Thessaloniki-Kalampaka-Thessaloniki)
• Pick-up from/Drop-off at Kalampaka railway station

• Stay at a 3* hotel with breakfast
• Explore 4 monasteries
• Visit the Hermit Caves

• Visit the Byzantine Church in the old town of Kalampaka
• Small group (up to 19 people)
• English-speaking tour leader
• Bottled water
• Free Wi-Fi on the mini bus 

• All taxes and services


  • Snacks/Meals/Soft drinks

  • Pick-Up from/Drop-Off at your hotel in Athens

  • (Guided) Tour inside the monasteries

  • Entrance fees (3€/person per monastery)

  • Gratuities (Optional)

  • Personal Travel Insurance

Useful Information

Starting Point: Thessaloniki Railway Station, Thessaloniki

Meeting point (with company tour leader and minibus): Kalampaka Railway Station
Start time: ~ 08:00 AM of the first day
Tour duration: 2 Days

Meteora Tour Duration: 8 hours in total
Maximum number of people: 19
Dress code: Visitors and pilgrims must adhere to a dress code in order to enter the monasteries. Women are required to wear skirts that extend below the knee and ensure their shoulders are covered. Similarly, men should wear long pants, preferably, or shorts that also reach below the knee, with their shoulders covered. This dress code is enforced to maintain the sanctity and reverence of the monastic environment.

Cancellation, Change & Refund Policy

• Full-refund if you cancel your reservation up to 24 hours prior to the tour's starting time.

• Free change of tour date once
• Unused attributes are not returned. No show forfeits the entire payout.
• Unused tickets are not valid for a later date.

  • Will I meet someone at the Athens Railway Station?
    You will have to board the train from the departing city yourself. Our tour leader will be waiting for you at Kalampaka's Railway Station, holding a sign with your name.
  • When and how will I receive the train tickets?
    We will send you the train tickets by email a few weeks before the tour. Keep in mind that you should check your spam folder of your email address often, given that the tickets will be a PDF file attached to the email.
  • Do I need to print the train tickets?
    We suggest that you print the tickets, in addition to having a digital version of them - in order to avoid any issues that may arrise (e.g. running out of battery etc.).
  • What time should I be at the train station?
    We suggest that you arrive at the train station at least 20 - 40 minutes early.
  • Can I get water and food on the train?
    Of course! There is a cafeteria on the train where you can get water, coffee and snacks.
  • What is the difference between first class and ordinary tickets?
    First-class seats are quieter and more comfortable. They are arranged in 6-seat rooms, which affords you more privace and easy access to the cafeteria, given that the latter is usually in the next coach.
  • If it rains, does the tour still take place?
    Our tours run as normal, unless the weather conditions are extreme. In this case, you have the option of either changing the date or activity or canceling and getting a full refund.
  • Can I bring my luggage in your mini bus?
    Of course you can!
  • How late can I book?
    Your reservation can be made whenever you wish, even at the last minute. However, there is a high chance that there might not be (an) available seat(s) for you on the train, given that the train is almost always fully booked at the last minute.
  • How many and which monasteries will I visit on this tour?
    On this tour, you get to see all 6 monasteries and visit 3 of them. However, the monasteries we visit are not always the same, given that each monastery has its own visiting hours and is closed once a week.
  • Is there a dress code for entering a monastery?
    Visitors and pilgrims are required to follow a dress code in order to enter the monasteries. Women must wear a skirt (reaching below the knee) and have their shoulders covered. Men must wear long pants (preferably) or shorts (reaching below the knee) and have their shoulders covered, as well.
  • How many stairs does each monastery have?
    All monasteries have, on average, 200-250 steps each (with the exception of The Nunnery of St. Stephen, which has only a small bridge). Please, be mindful that even though we will try to modify the tour to make it easy for you, it is not guaranteed that the Nunnery of St. Stephen will be visited (depending on the day and/or other special occasions/circumstances).
  • How much is the entrance fee into the monasteries?
    Each monastery has an entrance fee of 3€ per person. Children up to 12 years old do not pay an entrance fee.
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