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The footsteps of the monks



The footsteps of the monks

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Meteora is a place that combines a unique geological phenomenon and a monastic community. Six active monasteries exist today; all placed on top the immense rocks of Meteora. Let us take you on an unforgettable journey that will bring you back in time to walk on the footsteps of Meteora’s monks. We will guide you on the secret trails of Meteora, the same ancient trails the monks used for centuries in order to learn the history and to discover all the hidden gems of this place. This 2-days itinerary undoubtedly will be the highlight of your entire visit to Greece.
On the morning of the first day you will join the hiking tour of Meteora. The hike starts on the foothills of Doupiani rock, right beneath the old ruins of Pantokrator monastery. From there you will walk literally among giants, between these massive rock pillars of Meteora towards the northern side of the rocks. With this morning hike you’ll have the chance to visit the monastery of Great Meteoron and you will learn all the stories behind each landmark you encounter through the exciting narrative of our local mountain guides.
On the afternoon we will guide you to discover the caves of the monks near the village of Kastraki. This afternoon hike will take on the rock of “Holy Spirit” some 200 meters above the village where the first anchorite of Meteora lived more than a thousand years ago. On the second day we will guide you on a hiking and scramble tour through the most ancient trail to reach on the highest rock of Meteora 400 meters above the town of Kalambaka. Enjoy a great adventure in a unique place with unparalleled breathtaking views that you will remember forever.
Day 1 morning: Hiking Tour of Meteora
The hiking tour of Meteora is one of the best ways to enjoy this unique geological phenomenon and to learn the history of an UNESCO World Heritage Site. By joining this morning hike you will walk through hidden trails that only locals know. Let us take you on a journey back in time following the footsteps of the first monks who arrived here more than 15 centuries ago. Experience nature at its best and enjoy great views other visitors will never get to see!
The hike begins from the foothills of Doupiani rock, beneath the old ruins of Pantokrator monastery. It then crosses through the immense rock formations to reach the northern side of Meteora. Over that side you'll discover the hidden monastery of Ypapanti and the ruins of St. Dimitrious. Listen to the stories and the legends behind each place you pass along the trail and the thousand years of history will become alive through the exciting narrative of our local mountain guides.
Visit the monasteries of Great Meteoron or Varlaam and then you'll climb down the old footpath the monks used for centuries before the construction of roads for the last part of this marvelous hike.
• This tour requires a reasonable physical and mental health.
• Difficulty level: Easy
• Duration: 4-5 hours (approx.)
• Departure point: Pick-up from your Hotel in Kalampaka or Kastraki
Day 1 afternoon: Hiking Meteora's Caves
The hiking tour begins from Kastraki square and after a while reaches to Dupiani hermitage. It passes below the ruined Pantokratoros monastery on the north side of Dupiani's rock. The tour then reaches the Ypapanti monastery and St Dimitrious ruins, a monastery destroyed by the Ottomans in 1808 during a local uprising. From there the trail leads all the way up to the impressive Great Meteoro and Varlaam Monasteries. In the end, walk down from Varlaam monastery to St. George the Madilas and see the place where local boys and girls climb with only a rope to dedicate offerings to St George.
• Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
• Departure point: Pick-up from your Hotel in Kalampaka or Kastraki
Day 2: Hiking of Great Saint (Aghia)
This is the highest of all the Meteora rocks, with a height of 630 m (1890 ft). A path leading up to the tower of Aghia (which means “Great Saint”) starts from the old quarters of the village Kastraki. This amazing hiking path is a challenge of great adventure that appeals mostly to active individuals with good fitness levels. Because of its high difficulty, it is not recommended without a guide, unless you are an experienced climber. On the way to the top one passes by the bizarre-looking rock of Adrachti, then proceeds to walk on the rock-carved steps and encounters the naturally-formed cisterns before reaching the spot in which a white cross has been placed. The view from the peak of this rock is exceptional!
• Duration: 3 hours and 30 minutes (approx.)
• Departure point: Pick-up from your Hotel in Kalampaka or Kastraki
• This tour requires a physical and mental health
• Difficulty level: Intermediate
INCLUSIONS
• English speaking guide
• 2 days of pure enjoyment in nature
• 2-nights Accommodation: 3 star Hotel in Kalampaka
• 1 dinner
• Join the Meteora Hiking Tour, the Hiking Meteora's Caves and the Hiking and Scramble Tour of Great Saint
• Entrance fee of the Museum of Natural History of Meteora & Mushrooms Museum
• Pick-up and Drop-off service
• Visit the old ruins of Monasteries, one of the best-preserved monastic complexes in Greece
• Hike through magnificent trails to the top of the Meteora rocks and enjoy the captivating and inspiring view from the top like the first Monks did 1.000 years ago
• Free Map and Bottle of water provided on the tours
• Stay at the foothills of the Meteora rocks enjoying the view from your balcony
• Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a personalized experience
EXCLUSIONS
• Gratuities (optional)
• Entrance fees to the monasteries, 3 euro per person
ADDITIONAL INFO
NO UNDER 7 years old. Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. This tour requires a minimum number of 2 passengers to operate. There is a possibility that the tour may be canceled after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative activity or refunded in full. Suitable walking shoes required – no flip-flops. Suggestions: walking boots or sneakers, closed toe shoes with non-slip soles. Entrance fees for the 2 monasteries of Great Meteoro and Varlaam not included on the Tour price. Entrance fees are 3 Euro per person / per monastery.
Voucher info:
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
• Departure time: Day 1 morning 8:30am, Day 1 afternoon time varies, Day 2 8:30am
• Distance: Day 1: 14 km, Day 2: 8 km
• Return details: Returns to original departure point
Numbers are limited to a maximum of 12 people on this small group hiking tour, in case you are a bigger group we will split you in small groups with more guides ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide
Meeting point: Kalambaka train station

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