VOLOS Kalambaka and Meteora Monastery

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  • VOLOS
  • GREECE

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ITINERARY:

  • Port of Volos
  • Kalambaka
  • Meteora
  • Port of Volos

DURATION:

  • FULL DAY - 8 HOURS

SUPPLEMENTS:

  • Monasteries: Adult 6.00€

NOTE:

  • Monasteries: Proper clothing required to cover the body: long pants for men and long skirts for women (at least to the knees).
  • Videos and pictures are not allowed inside the Monasteries.
  • Approx. 180 steps to climb - Wheelchairs not allowed.

Our guide will meet you at the port of Volos.

We will leave the port in the Northwest direction, towards the fertile plain from Thessalya to Larissa, capital of the province, also known as the country of the centaurs and the site where the battle of Pharsalla took place, where Julius Caesar defeated Pompey. After our journey to the heart of Greece, we will arrive at the city of Kalambaka, and will make a brief stop.

Then we will go to Meteora, one of the most spectacular places in Greece. The immense pinnacles of smooth stone that constitute it are ancient geological formations, and on these, the monasteries enhance this unique landscape. The name Meteora comes from the adjective meteors, which means "suspended in the air". The word meteorite has the same root, just a glance to understand this extravagance of nature, a fantastic forest of rocks.

These granite rocks rise to very high altitudes and many of them are crowned by monasteries built more than six hundred years ago. Formerly the access was only with baskets with ropes (they worked as elevators), which transported the monks to the cusps. This is undoubtedly a magical and unforgettable place, where in these granite rocks the monks took refuge and protected against looting of bandits. Their communities have been created in the lines of the sacred mountain of Athos. Most of the monasteries were destroyed during the Second World War, and of the twenty-four original monasteries six of them are uninhabited and two others have been transformed into convents of nuns.

We will visit two of these monasteries. At the end we will return to the city of Kalambaka where we will enjoy free time to have lunch and walk before returning to the port of Volos where we will end the visit with a day full of history. 

Bon voyage!!