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Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens: History, Monasteries & Breathtaking Views
Departure from Athens and Stop at Thermopylae
Your journey begins with a convenient 08:00 am pickup from your hotel in Athens. En route, make a brief stop at Thermopylae, the site of the historic battle in 480 BC where 300 Greeks stood against thousands of Persians. Visit the statue of King Leonidas and explore the new museum of Thermopylae, which offers a digital retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae.
Arrival in Kalambaka and Meteora Visit
Upon arriving in the town of Kalambaka, the tour heads to the stunning Meteora region, known for its awe-inspiring rock towers and 11th-century monasteries. Visit two of the six grand monasteries listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List (subject to their opening days). Notable monasteries include the “Megalo Meteoro,” the “Monastery of Varlaam,” and the “Monastery of Holy Trinity,” famous for scenes in the James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only.”
UNESCO’s Recognition and Return to Athens
As UNESCO describes, Meteora’s monasteries were built on ‘columns of the sky’ by monks since the 11th century. The 16th-century frescoes in these monasteries represent a significant period in post-Byzantine painting. Capture as many photos as you can of Meteora’s breathtaking landscapes before starting your return trip to Athens. Opt for lunch in Kalambaka or at a later stop of your choice. The tour concludes with your late afternoon return to Athens, rounding off a 12-13 hour tour.
Important Dress Code for Meteora’s Monastery Visits
To ensure entry into the churches and monasteries, visitors should avoid bare shoulders and legs. Ladies are advised to wear long skirts, although some monasteries may provide them during your visit. This dress code helps maintain the sanctity and tradition of these historic sites.