Hiking Tour of Meteora
Experience a hiking tour of Meteora, one of the most unique spots on the globe, the rocky sandstone mountains of Meteora in Thessaly.
Witness nature at its best and admire the historic monasteries on this morning escapade. The views are majestic and our tour guides will make sure you enjoy them through the most efficient paths, all while informing you about the history and tales of the area.
We are all about eco-tourism and always make sure we show the proper respect to the environment and local traditions.
Meteora is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list due to its historic and religious significance, but also due to the structure of its rocky mountains. Many attempts have been made to explain how they were formed, to no avail. The hiking tour of Meteora is best possible way to experience this historic site and geological mystery. On this tour you will walk through paths less traveled by the masses, which only locals are able to guide you through. Follow the trails taken by the first hermits and monks to settle in Meteora in the 9th Century AD, enjoy views which most visitors do not get the opportunity to see!
We begin our trek at Doupiani rock, right under the remains of Pantokrator monastery. We continue through the imposing sandstone mountains and move to the north side of Meteora. There we visit the concealed monastery of Ypapanti and the remains of St. Dimitrious Monastery. While visiting these landmarks, you will hear the history, legends and dark tales associated with the area and each site as told by the locals. You’ll feel like you’re actually living the narrative.
Visit the Ypapanti monastery from the inside (it is open until October), and then the monasteries of Great Meteoron or Varlaam. After filling your soul and absorbing history, we begin the last leg of this one of a kind tour by taking the original paths monks used before more modern road construction began.
Difficulty level: Easy. We do suggest, though, that you are a generally active person to participate in this tour.
Itinerary of the Hiking Tour of Meteora
Pick up from your hotel
An air-condition minivan picks you up and transport you to Meteora, an UNESCO Heritage site where you will visit the imposing rocky mountains, caves and historic monasteries.
Once there, your tour guide will take you on a hike through paths only locals are familiar with. Along the way, your guide will give information on the area, along with history, legends and tales. All this while you’re are hiking along the same paths the hermits and monks used to walk when they first settled.
See the hidden monastery of Ypapanti
Continue your adventure along the Doupiani Rock climbing trail, right under the remains of Pantokrator monastery. Continue to the north side of Meteora and have a chance to see the rarely visited and well hidden monasteries of Ypapanti and St. Dimitrios.
Visit the monastery of Great Meteoron
If you tilt your head up you will be able to see the Grand Meteora and Varlaam monasteries “hanging” off the cliffs, while listening to stories about locals fight off soldiers of the Ottoman Empire. You may ask your guide to take you to one of these monasteries (not included in package price) before your return to your initial position in Meteora.
This activity offers pickup from your hotel in Kalampaka
- Professional English speaking Mountain guide
- Visit the hidden monastery of Ypapanti
- Visit one monastery inside (Great Meteoron or Varlaam)
- 4:30 hours of pure enjoyment in nature
- Pick-up and Drop-off from hotels
- French and Italian-speaking guides upon availability
- Entrance fee on the monastery of Great Meteoron is not included in the price. The entrance fee is 3 Euro per person.
- Food and drinks, unless specified.
- Gratuities (optional).
- Minimum persons required for this activity: 2.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
- Children NO UNDER 6 years old.
- Tour operates in all weather conditions - please dress appropriately.
- Suitable walking shoes required – no flip-flops. Suggestions: walking boots or sneakers, closed-toe shoes with non slippery soles.