Meteora Hiking Tour
About The Place
Meteora, is a mesmerizing and unique geological wonder that has captivated travelers and spiritual seekers for centuries. The word “Meteora” translates to “suspended in the air,” a fitting name for this otherworldly landscape of towering rock formations that seem to defy gravity. This UNESCO World Heritage site is renowned for its monasteries perched precariously atop these colossal sandstone pillars, creating a breathtaking fusion of natural beauty and human ingenuity.
The history of Meteora dates back to the 11th century when hermit monks sought solitude and spiritual elevation in this remote wilderness. The first monasteries were built during the 14th century, and by the 16th century, there were nearly 24 monasteries clinging to the cliffs. These monasteries served as sanctuaries during times of political turmoil and invasions, offering both protection and a peaceful environment for prayer and contemplation.
Access to the monasteries was originally via ropes and baskets, making them almost impregnable. Later, steps and pathways were carved into the rock, making it somewhat more accessible. However, the ascent remains a formidable challenge even today. Visitors can explore several of these monasteries, each with its unique history, religious artifacts, and stunning frescoes.
During the 20th century, Meteora gained international recognition, attracting travelers and photographers from around the world. It also played a role in World War II, serving as a refuge for resistance fighters. Today, the area is a popular destination for tourists, hikers, and spiritual pilgrims alike, offering not only a glimpse into Greece’s rich monastic history but also an opportunity to commune with nature and experience a profound sense of serenity amid the awe-inspiring landscape of Meteora.
Walk the beautiful trails in the oak forest of Meteora, away from buses and crowds
Discover the hidden Monastery of Ypapanti and the emblematic statue of Euthimios Vlahavas
Learn all about this miracle of nature and religion from a local, certified Guide.
Find the most breathtaking view points for priceless pictures
Includes one active monastery visit
- 4 Hours
Starting from our offices in the center of Kalampaka. you will hear stories about tradition, history, and landmarks you see along the way. Frequently stopping for pictures, stories, and snacks.
Start from the center of Kalampaka and within minutes you will find yourself on a beautiful trail, enjoying unique sceneries of the most amazing nature. Discover the monastery of Ypapanti, constructed inside a large cavity of a rock and it’s considered to be one of the hidden gems of Meteora. The statue of the local hero Papathymios Vlahavas stands nearby, a monument to remind all of the Greek war for independence and the long history of this place.
The breathtaking geological phenomenon of Meteora, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
A minimum of 2 participants are required for this tour.
What to Bring
Comfortable clothes (preferably quick-drying material: cotton or polycotton not denim)
Sunglasses, Sunscreen and Hat
Local, knowledgable and certified mountain Guide
Water & Light snack
Raincoat (if needed)
- Children must be over 12 years old
- The tour is not recommended for anyone with heart complaints, knee or hip problems, or other serious medical conditions.
- Basic fitness and at least one past hiking experience
- Starting Time 09:00
- Ending Time 13:00
Cancellation Policy - Flexible
- Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
- In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
- Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds