Things to do in Kalambaka, Thessaly: The Best Archaeology Tours

July 11, 2021 Renato Branum

Discover the best top things to do in Kalambaka, Greece including 2 Days Private Tour: Delphi & Meteora, 7-Day Classic Greece Private Tour, Amazing Meteora Sunset, 5-Day Tour of Athens, Delfi, & Meteora, 6 Day Tour at Ancient Greece & Corfu Island, UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, 2-days rail trip from Athens to Meteora, 2-Days Delphi and Meteora Private Tour from Athens by Luxury Minivan, Two Days Rail Tour to Meteora from Thessaloniki, Visit Meteora & Thermopyles. Live the experience of mythic and urban Greece!, Two Days Rail Tour to Meteora from Athens.
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1. 2 Days Private Tour: Delphi & Meteora

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For those who want to see two of the most visited places in Greece only in two days. Visit Delphi, the centre of the earth and the incredible Meteora rocks and feel impressed by Greek nature…

Inclusions: Professional Drivers with Deep knowledge of history. [Not licensed to accompany you in any site.], Transport by private vehicle, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Bottled water

Exclusions: Entrance Fees, Licensed Tour guide on request (Additional cost), Accommodation (We work with some of the best hotels. We have to know the number of the rooms), Airport Pick Up and drop-off (Additional cost)

Reviewed By Akulasthraxus

My guide Vasile met me at the Acropolis metro stop, we headed to the Acropolis, and I was the only person that had signed up for a tour that day so it was a solo tour. We stopped at the Acropolis, Temple of Hephaestus, Greek Agora, Lycabettus Hill, the glass running man, and the Olympic Stadium in my half day tour. 100% worth it, got some great photos and better memories, and would happily suggest them again.

2. 7-Day Classic Greece Private Tour

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This private tour exclusive of your group journeys to 8 UNESCO world heritage sites, visiting some of the most impressive remains of Ancient, Classical, and Byzantine Greece spanning over 5000 years in the development of one of the worlds great civilizations. From the Sanctuary of Asclepius, to the first regional culture at Mycenae, breathtaking Olympia, and the center of the ancient world at Delphi. Equally impressive is the natural beauty of the locations as you sit back & relax along the way in full leather comfort in one of our new Mercedes E-Class, AudiA6 or Minivans with WiFi. With minimum 4 star hotels at the end of each day the program is also thoughtfully designed with details of flexibility, travel stops and guest experience. Perfect for couples, families & small groups our tour offers a thoroughly rewarding and memorable experience. To make things hassle free you can also choose the lunch option to include a delicious 3-Course traditional meal

Inclusions: Athens Hotel, Residence or Cruise ship pickup & return, Professional English speaking experienced Tour driver throughout the day, First class transport: Groups of 1 to 3: Mercedes EClass or AudiA6; 4 to 7 Minivan; 8 to 14 Sprinter, All vehicles with WiFi, A/C, Chilled Bottled Water, STANDARD RATE ACCOMMODATION: Minimum 4-Star or Boutique style Hotel including breakfast, FAMILY / DISCOUNT RATE ACCOMMODATION: Minimum 3-Star or Boutique style Hotel including breakfast

Exclusions: Gratuities, Food & Drinks unless specified, Licenced guide for guiding in archeological sites, Entrance fees, Athens Airport transfers or pickup locations outside Athens: arranged on request with extra cost

Reviewed By Naseneis

It was a great tour to the classical hotsots of Greece. Due to Corona on all visited sites were only a few tourists what I never had before. The hotels were at nice places in walking distance to the city center, so that we could enjoy Greece evening life easily. Our driver did a great job and had always interesting stories about ancient history and modern Greece to tell during our journey - thank you for this experience Yanis!

3. Amazing Meteora Sunset

Meteora Trip - Boutique Travel Experience, Trikalon 140, Kalampaka 422 00, Greece Meteora Trip - Boutique Travel Experience
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The sun is setting on the horizon. You are standing on top of the world to witness Meteora’s breathtaking sunset. A truly one in a lifetime experience. Also, discover all six monasteries, like Roussanou and Megalo Meteoro and step inside two of them. Relish in ancient architecture and let the sunset melt your stress away. This tour is perfect for first-time Meteora visitors. Explore nature’s unsolved mysteries and unexplained miracles.

Inclusions: Tranfer with luxury Limo VIP minibus, English-speaking local tour leader, Pick up/Drop off from your hotel in Kalambaka/Kastraki, Free Wi-Fi on the bus, All taxes

Exclusions: Entrance fees of each monastery (3 EUR per person), Entrance fees of Byzantine Church (2 EUR per person), Professional tour guide (available upon request), Gratuities (optional)

Reviewed By katerina61297

This tour company was amazing!! We were picked up on time from our hotel. The sprinter was brand new, comfortable, and air conditioned. Our tour guide was the sweetest young lady Katerina. Very informative and answered all of our questions. We never felt rushed anywhere. The driver was very safe and very nice!! I would highly recommend this tour company!! You will not be disappointed!

4. 5-Day Tour of Athens, Delfi, & Meteora

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Explore the glory of ancient Greece with this tour of Athens plus a 2-day classical tour. With this unique tour visit and enjoy UNESCO'S world heritage sites. With overnight accommodation included and an expert guide to accompany you, the tour highlights the country’s most intriguing archeological sites – Delphi, and visit 11th-century monasteries perched on the rock towers of Meteora. Highlights: Athens (Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Monastiraki, Thission, Temple of Olympian Zeus, historical center) Meteora (monasteries, the cave of Theopetra) Delphi (Oracle of Delphi, Temple of Apollo, Archaeological Museum)

Inclusions: Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Arrival and departure Transfers with assistance, Accommodation in a 4-star hotel for 4 nights, Excursions mentioned in the program with Deluxe bus, English speaking guide and entrance fees in the sites and museums.

Exclusions: Personal expenses, Gratuities, City tax, Travel insurance, International flights

Reviewed By sunset765

Highly recommend this tour of Greece if you want to see some of the highlights - Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini. There are many transfers (from airport to hotel, hotels to ferries, etc), and this tour helped to make them seamless. There was a great level of flexibility, and at the same time the schedule also made sure you got to see what you were hoping to see. For example, in Santorini, there was a full day tour, which included a winery, beautiful views, and Oía at sunset (aka the gorgeous view that everyone has photos of)- if we had been on our own, it would have been challenging to get back to the hotel after staying late at Oía, though thanks to the tour we just hopped on a bus.

5. 6 Day Tour at Ancient Greece & Corfu Island, UNESCO's World Heritage Sites

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6 day tour in Ancient Greece with visit at Corfu one of the most popular island of Ionian Islands complex. Enjoy the tour in Mycenae, Nafplio, Ancient Olympia, Delphi & the Monasteries of Meteora and then go to Corfu Island. The Old Town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a labyrinth of narrow streets paved with cobblestones in a wonderful Venetian style The old town of Corfu is built under the Venetian style that is why one of the most beautiful is and elegant towns in Greece. The narrow streets between the houses, the numerous churches around every corner and the well know Liston, designed by French Engineer Lesseps who created it to be a miniature of the Rue de Rivoli in Paris. Into the old Corfu Town center, you can do some shopping, taste some of the traditional local foods such aa sweet liqueur made from kumquats made from a local fruit of Corfu in one of the plenty restaurants which you will meet or even have a coffee in one of the famous Liston's Square.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Private Air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver, 5 Night's accommodation, Goody bag with gifts upon our meeting, Ferry tickets from/to Igoumenitsa port/Corfu port

Exclusions: Hotel City tax - paid at the hotel, Entrance fees to the archaeological sites, Licensed guides available with extra charge

Reviewed By harrybM4927DX

My son, daughter-in-law and I had booked a 14-day private tour of Athens, Crete, Santorini, Milos and Naxos with Private Tours Greece from May 1-14, 2020 and made a 30% down payment by credit card on 02/06/2020. All interactions with Private Tours Greece went smoothly and were professional and friendly. Then, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and my son's illness, on 03/13/2020, well ahead of the deadline for a fully-refundable cancellation, I asked Private Tours Greece to release all reservations it had made on our behalf, but to hold my deposit, in the hope that we might be able to reschedule our trip later in 2020 or in the spring of 2021. Private Tours Greece complied with my request and issued a credit voucher for the down payment I had made. As the pandemic continued to surge and Greece remained closed to visitors from the United States, on 4/17/2021, after essentially extending an interest-free loan to Private Tours Greece for over a year, I requested that my down payment be fully refunded and credited to the same credit card account to which it had been charged. Thereupon, Private Tours Greece staff claimed that the request for refund had been "forwarded" ... as it turned out later, to Alpha Bank. Nothing happened for a week. I then engaged in repeated e-mail exchanges with Private Tours Greece staff, only to be subjected to a stream of equivocations, obfuscations of the facts, and invalid excuses, including a claim that Private Tours Greece was doing me a favor by agreeing to a refund because the Greek government had allegedly given it the option to hold my funds indefinitely. I then contacted the general manager of the company, who sent me what purported to be a Greek language request to Alpha Bank (that I was unable to read) to issue the refund, along with further invalid excuses, never responding to my complaint that Private Tours Greece was in breach of its contractual obligation to issue a full refund of my down payment, not to mention doing the honorable thing, i.e., issue an immediate refund from an account he controlled directly, rather than blaming Alpha Bank for the delay by claiming that it "required" 10-15 "working" days to complete the request. Even that outlandishly ridiculous period has now expired! A complaint I submitted to Alpha Bank has received no response to date. It has now been nearly a full month since my refund request of 4/17/2021, and I may have to initiate legal action against Private Tours Greece ... with all the complexities and additional outlays and delays that would involve ... in order to reclaim my funds. The lesson to be learned here is that Private Tours Greece cannot be counted upon to honor its promises and contractual commitments. If there is any chance at all that you may have to cancel your trip, STAY AWAY!

6. 2-days rail trip from Athens to Meteora

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Join this two-day tour and travel from Athens, the mother of western civilization, to one of the most significant Monastic communes in Greece, the world heritage monument of UNESCO Meteora. ~Take a train through the mainland of Greece and reach Meteora ~Admire a unique in the world geological formation, which also belongs to UNESCO's world heritage sites ~Discover the beauty and the biodiversity of Greek countryside ~Enjoy two guided tours on the Meteora rocks and see all six unique monasteries ~Explore the town of Kalambaka and pay a visit to area's museums ~Enjoy the breath-taking sunset on the top of the giant rocks

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, WiFi on board, All Fees and Taxes, Bottled water , Round trip fares, Luxury mini-bus transportation, Local English-speaking tour leader, Choose second days tour, See and visit monasteries,hidden gems and hermitages

Exclusions: Restroom on board, Monasteries entrance fee which are 3€ per person for each monastery, Byzantine church entrance fee which is 2€ per person, Dinner,lunch and snacks, Credit cards are not accepted for paying the monasteries entrance fees

Reviewed By JordydeBruijn

Today we have experienced the meteroa monastery tour. It was a great tour in which we visited 3 of the monasteries. The guide spoke very well English and has a lot of knowledge about the monasteries and the surrounding area. The guide is like a friend with who you experience the tour. Because of Covid-19 we where unfortunately Privileged the only two people in the tour bus what was a great experience for us. We want to thank Meteora Rocks Travel and there excellent Guide and Driver (from which we forgot their names ☺️) for this amazing experience. Best regards, Jordy and Sylvana de Bruijn

7. 2-Days Delphi and Meteora Private Tour from Athens by Luxury Minivan

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This two days tour is an amazing opportunity for travellers to be in touch with the Ancient Greek world and one of the most beautiful Unesco's monument. Also they will have enough time to get rest, to enjoy local food and go shopping.

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, WiFi on board, Private transportation, English speaking driver(Not licensed to accompany you in any site), Bottled water, Monitors on board, Driver's Accommodation

Exclusions: Accomodation for passengers , Lunch, Dinner, Entrance fees for archaeological sites and museums, Licensed Tour guide upon request depending on availability

Reviewed By U9132AA_

Absolutely amazing tour!!!!! I did it before 10 days and i absolutely recommend it to everyone!!!!! I visited Monemvasia castle and we had an amazing experience!!! It was a lifetime journey!!!

8. Two Days Rail Tour to Meteora from Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki 546 29, Greece Visit Meteora Travel
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Join our two days rail tour to Meteora to discover the beauty and the history of a unique geological phenomenon and the Byzantine Monasteries, listed as UNESCO World Heritage monuments. This tour includes the train tickets; transfer from and to the train station, 1 night stay with breakfast in a 3 or 4-star hotel, 2 top rated tours and activities at Meteora!

Inclusions: Breakfast, Join the Meteora Sunset Tour, Choose between the Meteora Hiking Touror the Meteora Half-day Tour, Pick-up and drop off from Kalampaka train station to your hotel and back, Free wifi on board the tour bus, Bottled water

Exclusions: Gratuities, Meals, Entrance fees to the monasteries, 3 euro per person, per monastery

Reviewed By marcusaureliusp

I went with my wife back in March of last year, during the low season and the early days of covid, and this was the highlight of our honeymoon. We took the two-day trip from Athens; one would not have been enough. We took both the sunset tour and the monastery tour; there were about half a dozen other tourists on the sunset tour, but the monastery tour the next day was just us and our tour guide from the night before, Vasilis. Vasilis was very knowledgeable and eager to answer any questions we had, whether about the rock pillars, the many monasteries and their icons and frescos, Church history, anything. He was happy to help us take pictures as well, and was a good photographer. The train arrived in Kalampaka about an hour after the ticket said it would, but that seems to be normal in Greece. They picked us up from the station and dropped us off at the hotel we were staying at so we could get lunch before the Sunset Tour started. Grand Meteoron was going to be closed during both tours, so we took the opportunity to visit during this time. The hotel they set us up in, Hotel Kaikis, was nice and quiet, and when we woke up in the morning, we were given a good, large breakfast. I'm sure the morning hike would have been nice, but we do not at all regret taking the monastery tour. The monasteries and churches we visited are all beautiful, most were still active., and Vasilis told us a lot about them. The views were breathtaking. We encourage you to take this tour with this company.

9. Visit Meteora & Thermopyles. Live the experience of mythic and urban Greece!

Hondos Atini S.A., Pl. Omonias 4, Athina 104 31, Greece EASYEXPERIENCES
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Meteora is one of the most impressive and popular monuments in Greece. It is not only the Monasteries that are strikingly hanging on the rocks that you will see and admire. It is more the magic of nature and what it can create. It is the view of that landscape that gives you the feeling, the magic, the awe and the admiration. It is one of those landscapes that fills your soul and makes you feel beautiful, love beyond ordinary limits! Thermopylae is also certainly the most popular battle site in ancient Greece. The message that this battle has given to humanity has been unique, and you will surely feel it when you visit this place. We will talk a lot in this long journey, about myths and history and explain everything. It is not a simple journey, it is an experience, one that we always remember.

Inclusions: Snacks, Bottled water, Soda/Pop

Exclusions: Tickets for the entrance at Monasteries (6 EU)

Reviewed By 853irena

This is a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone who has an interest in Greek history and/or mythology. Pan collected us from right outside our apartment which was really handy and welcomed us with traditional Greek bread with sesame seeds from the bakery. There was also plenty of water being chilled for us in a cooler. The car was comfortable and clean and had good air conditioning which was very welcome on such a hot day. From the beginning, Pan was really friendly and talkative and we had some really interesting discussions before we even got to our first site. En route to Delphi, we passed the site where the Battle of Marathon took place and learned about the background and story surrounding it. We did not stop here which was fine as it was never planned anyway. Also en route, we passed the ancient city of Thebes and learned about the story of Oedipus. Our first stop was just before Delphi at a viewpoint which was a wonderful place overlooking a beautiful valley. There were portable toilets here. Then we went on to Delphi which was a truly spectacular experience. Pan was very well versed in the history of the area and helped us visualise what the place looked like in its prime. The views from Delphi were beautiful and the ruins left behind were fascinating to see. The cost of entry is not included in the price of this experience and Pan does not enter the site with you, but there are plenty of information boards to explain each attraction. The ticket cost 10 or 12 euros and also included entry into the museum which houses all of the recovered statues and artefacts from Delphi. After this stop (which probably lasted about 2 hours or so) Pan took us to an incredible restaurant for lunch which stunning views over a valley and out to sea. The staff were great and the food was delicious as well as the local ‘Delphi beer’. The cost of lunch is not included in this experience but it is very reasonably priced. Thereafter, we continued our journey to the home village of Pan in the mountains of Parnassus. It is a very charming little village and has two ancient ruined temples on the outskirts. One to Apollo and one to Artemis. There is also a lovely stream next to these ruins with a really interesting story which Pan explains well. After this stop, we made our way to Thermopylae, the site of the ancient battle where 300 Spartans, Thespians and local soldiers held off a huge army of Persians for a short time. We happened to be there on the anniversary of this battle from 2,500 years ago which made it all the more special. Pan again explained the story and took us to exactly where the battle took place. There are monuments there to remember the soldiers and even to this day, flowers and wreaths are left there! After this we drove home and in total the trip lasted 12 hours. There is a lot of time spent in the car but this is a necessity and is balanced out by the amazing sites we got to see and the great conversations we had with Pan. It is a trip we could never manage ourselves and to have the local and expert knowledge of Pan made it really special. Definitely one of the biggest highlights of our trip to Athens!!

10. Two Days Rail Tour to Meteora from Athens

Athens 104 44, Greece Visit Meteora Travel
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Join our two days rail tour to Meteora to discover the beauty and the history of a unique geological phenomenon and the Byzantine Monasteries, listed as UNESCO World Heritage monuments. This tour includes the train tickets; transfer from and to the train station, 1 night stay with breakfast in a 3 star hotel, 2 top rated tours and activities at Meteora!

Inclusions: Breakfast, Admire the world famous Meteora & Visit all the monasteries, Stay at a 3-star or 4-star hotel with breakfast, Join the Meteora Sunset Tour, Choose between the Meteora Hiking Tour or the Meteora Half-day Tour, Pick-up and drop off from Kalampaka train station to your hotel and back

Exclusions: Gratuities, Meals, Entrance fees to the monasteries, 3 euro per person, per monastery

Reviewed By Z6268OVdan

It's a very relaxed hike, so you don't really have to be in great shape. The guide had a lot of knowledge and it was very interesting. The views were spectacular. Really recommended!

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