Meteora Hiking Tour
About The Place
The Meteora region, situated in central Greece, is a land of captivating mystique and awe-inspiring natural and cultural wonders. This unique destination is renowned for its otherworldly rock formations that host a series of ancient monasteries perched precariously atop their towering cliffs, creating a spiritual and visual spectacle that seems plucked from the realms of myth and fantasy.
The most striking feature of the Meteora region is undoubtedly the massive sandstone pillars that dominate the landscape. These imposing geological formations, which reach heights of up to 400 meters, were sculpted by the elements over millions of years. Their sheer vertical faces create an almost surreal sight, and it’s no wonder that the word “Meteora” translates to “suspended in the air” in Greek, a fitting name for these gravity-defying monoliths.
Perched atop these towering pinnacles are the Meteora monasteries, a collection of six active Eastern Orthodox monastic complexes that are as impressive for their spiritual significance as they are for their architectural marvel. Dating back to the 14th century, these monasteries served as a refuge for monks seeking solitude and safety during times of political unrest. Today, they offer a glimpse into the past, preserving priceless religious relics, intricate frescoes, and a profound connection to Greece’s spiritual heritage.
Exploring the Meteora region isn’t just a journey through history and religion; it’s also an immersion in breathtaking natural beauty. Hiking trails meander through the area, providing opportunities to witness the monasteries from different angles and to appreciate the diversity of flora and fauna that call this unique habitat home.
The Meteora region is more than just an attraction; it’s a testament to the melding of nature’s grandeur and human perseverance. It’s a place where the spiritual and the earthly meet in a harmonious union, where ancient traditions and timeless landscapes converge to create a destination that is truly one-of-a-kind. Whether you’re standing in awe at the base of these towering rocks or ascending the steps to a monastery in the clouds, the Meteora region is an unforgettable journey into the heart of Greece’s cultural and natural heritage.
3 hours of enjoyable walk in the nature
Stops for photo shooting
Explore the secret highlights of the area
Avoid the crowds
- 4 Hours
Embark on a mesmerizing hiking adventure through the awe-inspiring landscape of Meteora, Greece. Suitable for all seasons, our Meteora Hiking tour promises breathtaking views and insightful knowledge shared by our professional local guides about the region’s history and geological significance.
The journey commences at St. Nicolas Monastery in Kastraki village, where we follow ancient paths once used by monks, weaving through the towering rock formations. Passing beneath the remnants of the Pantocrator Monastery on the north side of Dupiani rock, we delve into the heart of a lush forest, reaching the abandoned yet restored Monastery of “Ιpapanti” and the historic ruins of St. Dimitrios. As we continue our trail, it gradually ascends, leading us to the cliff-top monasteries Varlaam and Great Meteoro, where we have the opportunity to visit one of these extraordinary places.
The descent takes us through the rock formations via the ancient path frequently traversed by monks. Along the way, we pass the revered cave of St. George Mandila, where climbers annually hang their scarves as a tradition.
- Guided tour inside the monasteries
- Monastery entrance fee (€3 per person)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Anything not mentioned in the “includes” section.
- Distance: 7.2 km
- Sun Exposure: 10%
- Altitude: 615 m
- Ascent: 320 m
- Descend: 320 m
Suitable Seasons: Throughout the year
What to Bring
Athletic clothing according to weather conditions
3€ cash for monastery entrance
Dress code for visiting the monasteries: For men shirts that cover the shoulder and trousers or shorts over the knee length. Sleeveless clothing and shorts shorter than the knee are prohibited. For women, skirts over the knee length and clothing that covers shoulders and chest are required in order to enter the monasteries. Sleeveless clothing, shorts or trousers are prohibited for women.
You can bring a backpack to carry your monastery clothing and wear it inside the monasteries.
Experienced Local Guides
- Minimum 2 Participants
- Mental and physical health
- Basic physical condition
- No previous experience required
- Meeting 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