one day excursion
Duration
16km
Distance
Easy to Intermediate
Difficulty
Up 683m / Down 614m
Elevation
Road, Trekking
Bicycle type

Meteora day tour

Scheduled tour dates of Meteora day tour

Tour upon requestr

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Visit to a monastery

Particularities

  • One-day excursion
  • Children friendly (children’s bicycles and/or children’s bike seats and appropriate car seats)
  • VIP tour – small group, great care (groups till 5 people)
  • The 5th person travels in seat of limited comfort (back seats have less space for legs)

Highlights

  • Cycling through the unique rocks of Meteora
  • The innumerable monasteries and breathtaking views during the cycling tour
  • The traditional village of Kastraki

A trip back in time and in the imposing landscape of the “Holy rocks” of Meteora

According to a theory, the giant rocks of Meteora were created millions of years ago, when the area was still covered by sea.
What strikes us, though, is that, no matter how much we look into Greek mythology, we cannot find a single reference about this unique place.
The name Meteora is attributed to the founder of Great Meteor monastery, Saint Athanasios of Meteorite, who named Meteoros the wide stone, where he first ascended in 1344.
Nowadays, a few monks live in 7 of the 30 monasteries that originally were there, carrying on the tradition of worshipping God in this area.
On this short but full day, we are going to approach Meteora by our bikes for a brief trip back in time…

What to bring with you on this tour

In order to know what necessary things to bring with you on this tour, please check the information at the What to bring” section of our General Information. Especially, though, for this tour you are going to need:

  • Cycling clothing suitable for the season
  • A change of clothes for after the cycling trip

Departure and return

Departure: from Thessaloniki (from your hotel or any other location upon agreement)
Return: to Thessaloniki (to your hotel or any other location upon agreement)

 

Day program

Distance on bicycle: 16 km
Elevation on bicycle: Up 683m / Down 614m

At 08.00 o’clock we depart from Thessaloniki.

After getting to know each other briefly and settling administrative matters, we are going to depart for the city of Kalabaka at the foot of Meteora, following the highway under the shadow of Mount Olympus. If the mountain isn’t covered as usual by clouds, we will be able to admire “Zeus’ throne” and “Mytikas”, its two highest and distinctive peaks. When we arrive in Kalabaka, after about a three‑hour trip, we are going to drink coffee accompanied by a local snack overlooking the rocks. There, we are going to prepare our bicycles and equipment in order to start the cycling trip.

Our route will pass by, in the following order, the Monastery of St. Stephen, the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, the Monastery of Varlaam, the Monastery of Great Meteor, the Monastery of Rousanou and finally the Monastery of St. Nicholas.

We will have the chance to visit the interior of one of the Monasteries, based on their availability.

Upon completion of our visit, we are going to gather in the square of Kastraki village, where we are going to leave our bicycles and dine in a traditional tavern of the area.

We are going to return via Grevena city following the modern road of Egnatia motorway.

Our arrival in Thessaloniki is estimated between 20.00 and 21.00 hours.

*In case of bad weather, the tour won’t be cancelled, instead the programme will be adjusted.

 

Route specifications table

General route difficulty level: erica-weel-level-3
Easy to Intermediate
*
Rider’s ability level (technical): Not applicable (only for MTB)*
Physical fitness: erica-weel-level-3
Average to Intermediate*
Bicycle type: Trekking or road bicycle
Distance of route: 16 km
Elevation: UP 683 m
DOWN 614 m

* For a detailed description of our rating scale please refer to the corresponding Levels of Difficulty Tables on our website.

It’s a relatively easy cycling tour, where we will ride our bicycles for about 4 hours in a mild pace in asphalted and quiet roads through the unique landscape. It start with an uphill that may be skipped with the assistance of the support vehicle that will accompany us the entire trip, ready to offer some rest whenever needed.

Price and what it includes

The participation fee for “Meteora day tour” is €150/person for this Guided tour

Minimum number of participants in order for the tour to take place is 3 people (or €450).

Full payment of the participation amount should be settled two days in advance of the scheduled start of the event.

What is included and what is not in the Guided tour

INCLUDED Transfer from and to Thessaloniki
2 attendants (support vehicle driver and bilingual certificated bicycle guide with First-Aid certification)
Support vehicle (with first-aid kit, bicycle repair kit, water and snacks)
Water flask
Bicycle and bicycle helmet (to be returned)
Children’s bicycle (for 7 years old and over)
Children’s seats (for vehicle and for bicycle)
Taxes
Free photos
NOT INCLUDED Coffee and Meals
Trip insurance
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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
30 April, 2018

AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!
Travel to Greece, in a regular trip, is just alone an unforgettable trip. But to know Meteora, with GREECEBYCYCLE team in once in a life time experience. Meteora is remarkable, but with the bike you can look close to all details and feel the energy from a very different point of view. The monasteries are unique places and all the surrounding rocks are wonderful. The Greecebycycle staff is very well trained and kind, and allowed us to experience all the unique tastes and good feelings Greece has to offer.
I really enjoyed my experience and suggest everybody to do the same.

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