Meteora Sunset Tour

From EUR 15

When all the masses of tourists are long gone have an amazing sunset tour organized by our travel agency that will be your highlight of your entire Meteora visit. This particular tour will take you on a late afternoon tour to all the places around Meteora that only locals do know, in order not only to enjoy amazing views but to learn as well about the real history and traditions of the place.

You will see the 1,000 years old Bandovas hermitages inside caves high up on the rocks and learn the amazing history of one of the most ancient churches of Greece, the Dormition of Virgin Mary in kalampaka. Imagine a church so ancient and old that even before becoming the church it is today it was an ancient temple dedicated to god Apollo!


And then filled with all the history and culture of the place the tour will take you to enjoy panoramic views on the most perfect spot of Meteora and capture one of the most beautiful sunsets you could ever imagine. And at that very moment, when then sun begins to slowly and tenderly touch the back of the distant mountains and all you hear is the silence and an awe feeling of this magnificent Meteora landscape, in that very moment one can truly understand why Meteora was chosen by the monks to build here all those monasteries.

Simply by gazing at this landscape you unconsciously perform an act of meditation, meditating on the beauty and awe of all creation.

This is a Tour not to be missed by anyone visiting Meteora!

  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult

Inclusions

  • Professional English-speaking tour leader
  • Pick up and drop off from your Hotel in Kalampaka town or Kastraki village 
  • Transportation by air-conditioned mini bus
  • Combines a bus tour with short walks
  • Stop in spots with panoramic view for photo shooting and learn about the local traditions, myths and history
  • On your tour of Meteora you will be able to visit 1 monastery
  • Visit Byzantine church of Virgin Mary
  • Take the most perfect sunset photos ever

Exclusions

  • Gratuity (optional)
  • Entrance fees at the monasteries are not incluted, 3 euro per person at each monastery

Additional info

  • Confirmation for this product will be received at time of booking
  • Wear closed toed shoes
  • There are many beautiful sights. You are encouraged to bring a camera along
  • Weather will not affect the operation of the tours However if canceled due to unfavorable weather conditions, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • The monasteries have a strict dress code men must wear trousers and long sleeves, women must wear a long skirt. If you do turn up in shorts trousers and shirts will be provided.

Voucher info

  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity

Departure point: Pick up and drop off from your Hotel in Kalampaka town or Kastraki village

Departure time: Depends on the season

Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

Return details: Returns to original Pick up point

 

 

Additional Information

Cancellation and Refund policy
Cancellations received within 5 days of departure will incur a penalty of 50% per person. Cancellations received within 24 hours of departure will incur a penalty of 100% per person. Unused features are non-refundable. No shows forfeit entire payment. Trips require a minimum number of participants to avoid cancellation. We reserve the right to cancel a scheduled trip and fully refund affected customers, although we will make every effort to maintain the normal operation.

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Meteora

The rocks of Meteora were first inhabited by hermit monks during the 11th century, they lived in caves and cut outs in the cliffs. It wasn't until 1344 that the first proper monastery was built at Metora when a group of monks from Mount Athos lead by Athanasios Koinovitis came and built the Monastery on road rock. The monks were completely safe from the world, the only way up was with a set of ladders, and these were pulled up whenever the monks felt threatened.

Due to the security of Metora another 20 monasteries were built on the rocks during the 14th century, especially as Byzantine Greece was slowly being absorbed into the Ottoman Empire.

Steps were carved into the rocks during the 1920's, before this the only access to the monasteries were ladders. The monasteries had many priceless artwork and artefacts, but a lot of this was looted during World War Two, Meteora was also bombed during this period.

 

Byzantine Art

The term Byzantine art generally refers to the production and artistic expression that developed between the Byzantine Empire between the 4th century and the conquest of Constantinople in 1453. The Byzantine art that is born initially in the capital of the empire Istanbul, but was extended to most of the Mediterranean world and east as Armenia. Was the result of interaction both the ancient Greek tradition and the other eastern influence and religiosity. With the prevalence of Christianity, the Byzantine style characterized by the elements of a purely religious art aimed not so much the quest for beauty and harmony as the inner, the notation and the presentation of religious emotion.

 

 

Highlights

  • Visit 1 monastery in the afternoon when public transportation is not available
  • Learn how byzantine icons are made inside a local workshop
  • Visit Byzantine church of Virgin Mary
  • View one of the best sunset sceneries in the world!
  • Take the most perfect sunset photos ever
  • Pick up and drop off from Hotel

Detailed information

Route

  1. Kalambaka