Meteora (Greek: Metéora "middle of the sky" or "in the heavens above”) is one of the natural gems of Greece and second only to Mount Athos as being the largest and most important sites of Eastern Orthodox monasteries. Located near the towns of Kalampaka and Kastraki in northwestern Thessaly, it consists of a number of rock pinnacles. These immense, solid rocks, split by earthquakes, weathered by water and wind over millions of years, are nature’s authentic masterpieces.
Twenty-four monasteries emerged on the countless summits of the rocks from the 14th until the 16th century. Six of them (The Hole Monastery of Great Meteoron; The Hole Monastery of Varlaam; The Hole Monastery of Rousanou; The Hole Monastery of St.Nicholas Anapausas The Hole Monastery of St.Stephen; The monastery of Holy Trinity) remain today to be explored and admired by all. These monasteries became centres of the Orthodox creed in the Byzantine era, having produced some of the best pieces of religious art and craft and still possessing a collection of precious manuscripts, which today are on display in their museums.
The Meteora monasteries have been included in the Unesco World Heritage List and the Meteora-Antichassia region has been officially declared a Natura 2000 Ecological Zone by the Greek Ministry of Environment, for the protection of its rare species of birds and flowers. Important: All monasteries enforced a strict dress code: Shoulders should be covered, men must wear long pants and women must wear long skirts.
Duration: Full day (about 8-9 hours).
Inclusions: Transportation, Professional guide.
Exclusions: Entrance fees, food and drinks.