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Thessaloniki to Meteora – Private Day Trip

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Thessaloniki to Meteora – Private Day Trip

From 320€

With Luxury Car: For 1 to 4 persons: 320€
With Luxury Minivan: For 5 to 8 persons: 480€
With Luxury MiniBus: For 9 to 15 persons: 750€

Departure Time from Thessaloniki at 09:00
Returns to original Pick up point at 19:00 (approx.)

The program of the excursion can be adjusted always according to the requirements of the passengers.

Description

Thessaloniki to Meteora – Private Day Trip

It’s More Than a Day Trip!

Inclusions

  • Pick up and drop off service from your hotel in Thessaloniki
  • See all monasteries (The Monastery of Great Meteoron, The Monastery of Varlaam, The Monastery of Roussanou, The Monastery of St. Stephen, The Monastery of Holy Trinity, The Monastery of St. Nikolaos)
  • Enter inside 1-3 monasteries (usually Great Meteoron, Varlaam and Roussanou)
  • Visiting Trikala City and the Central Bridge of Litheos River (optionally)
  • Visiting Larissa City and the Square of Jewish Martyrs of Larissa  (optionally)
  • English-speaking tour leader
  • Transportation by air-conditioned V.I.P. car or mini van
  • Professional chauffeur
  • Wifi on board (free)
  • Bottle of water and coffee during the route (free)
  • After the trip you will receive with email edited photos and video of your trip.

 

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Guide who speaks your language
  • Entrance fees per person at each monastery

 

Additional Information

  • Participants under the age of 12 must have a parent or guardian.
  • 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 skirts will be provided.
  • Departure point: Pick up from your hotel in Thessaloniki
  • Departure time: 9:00 am
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
  • Return details: Returns to original Pick up point

Thessaloniki to Meteora – Private Day Trip
Your tour will be a life time experience!!!

 

ABOUT METEORA

Pillars of rock, sculpted by prehistoric rivers and crowned by otherworldly monasteries, monuments to the power of faith.
Meteora means ‘suspended in space’. Your first, second and third sight of these impossibly tall, vertical rocks will have you gasping in disbelief. But it’s not just the incredible geology that stretches your imagination. It’s the monasteries balanced on these pinnacles. How did they get there? The monks who built them were the original rock climbers, lifting the materials up with pulleys, nets and their bare hands.

Today, fans of the sport come to Meteora from the world over, to pit themselves against these gigantic rocks. Unesco has declared Meteora a World Heritage Site. The Greek state calls it a sacred spot, inviolate and immutable. You’ll no doubt come up with other adjectives to describe Meteora, this wonder of the world.

What to do in Meteora
Stone giants and humble hermits
In Thessaly, a forest of mind-bending stone monoliths rises perpendicular to the flat valley north of Kalambaka, south of the Pindus Mountains. Monasticism here began in the 11th century with the first hermits arriving in Thessaly from Mount Athos to retreat to niches in these heavenly pillars. In the 14th century, the Blessed Athanasios of Meteora came to the area and founded the first monastic community in the monastery of the Great Meteoron. Other monks followed from other corners of Greece, creating a total of 20 monasteries.

Monastic eyries
At present there are six active, flourishing, restored monasteries and convents, which welcome each visitor hospitably to their lofty realms. These are Agios Nikolaos Anapafsa, Metamorphosis tou Sotiros or Megalou Meteorou, Varlaam, Roussanos, Agia Triada and Agios Stephanos. All the others, whether restored or abandoned, are empty.

A place for rock climbing enthusiasts
From the earliest days of the monasteries, rockclimbing was a necessity, not a sport. There was no other way to get to the top except by using ropes, nets, bare hands or long rickety ladders. Nowadays, the challenges of these divine columns attract climbers from all over. They enjoy the classic rock-climbing routes, often without excessive safety precautions. All the routes have been cut in the traditional way from down up. To the eyes of the initiated they look impossible, some going virtually straight up to a height of 500m.


ABOUT TRIKALA CITY

The Bridge of Trikala

Central Bridge of Trikala
The Central Bridge was built in 1886 by French engineers and is metal. Visitors can admire the view of the green banks of the river Lithaios and the statue of Asclepius on the opposite bridge.
An architectural jewel and a symbolic bridge. The central pedestrian bridge of Trikala is the main connecting point of the city, uniting the trikals, making it the reference point, functioning as a point of unity.
Since the end of 1888, when the construction was completed, the bridge was the trademark, precisely because it was the one, the large, the central bridge. French engineers, from the company that built the Thessaly Railroad, edited design, study and construction, apparently inspired by bridges projects on the Seine. The minerals were shipped from France.
In the middle of the route of one of the two axes of the city, on the north – south axis, the bridge has connected the old with the new city. Having already been incorporated into the new Greek state (21 August 1881), Trikala began to form a new perspective, based on a new perspective.
On a financial level, the city was – and constitutes – a rural and commercial road, a production site for agricultural products and a hub of four-axes: Giannena – Larissa, Lamia – Grevena.
Moreover, the city of Trikala constituted a western and northern tip of the bridgehead against the armaments of Aspropotamos, Agrafa and Hassia during the Ottoman domination. Since 1881, this role has been officially changed (although its importance has been diminished since the mid-18th century, with the transfer of the capital of Thessaly, from Trikala to Larissa). Nowadays, Trikala is the main shopping street, the main road connecting four (current) regions: Thessaly, Epirus, Sterea Ellada, western Macedonia.
The bridge gives the feeling of airy construction and at the same time rests on solid foundations.
In 1941 he escaped the blast of the retreating British troops.
In 1996 it was declared a historic listed monument.
In 1997 it stood up, becoming a reference point with its new look.
In 2015 it was renovated, while architectural lighting was installed.
Its originality lies in its function, as it is used as a square, as a place of rest, as a meeting place for the youth.
It is a pole of attraction for visitors and trikals, as it “communicates” with the wet element and talks with Asclepius, which looks at the city.


Statue of Asclepius
In ancient times the town of Trikki was known for its Asclepius and as the home of the famous Doctor Asclepius. Excavations made since the beginning of the 20th century brought to light three Roman-era buildings and a Byzantine-era building.

Asclepius, the god of medicine
Asclepius was originally a mortal and later became the god of medicine and healing, according to the ancient Greeks. The myth of Asclepius is connected to the origins of medical science and the healing arts. His cult was particularly popular all over Greece and people from all Meditarranean countries used to come to his temples, named Asclepieion, to be cured. Remains these temples can be seen till today. His story is pretty interesting and is actually a story of punishment.

His legendary birth
Asclepius was said to be the son of god Apollo and a mortal woman from Trikala, Thessaly, named Coronis. While Coronis was pregnant, she fell in love with Ischys, another mortal man. When Apollo learned their secret affair, he sent his sister Artemis to kill Coronis. Indeed, Artemis burned Coronis on a funeral pyre. Meanwhile, Apollo, who was watching this scene and felt guilty of killing his unborn child, rescued the baby by cutting open the womb of the burning Coronis. This is thought to have been the first Cesarean section in human history. Apollo entrusted the baby to centaur Chiron, a strange yet wise creature, half-human half-horse, who was famous for his skills in medicine. Chiron then brought Asclepius up and became his mentor.

His capacities and remedies
While Asclepius was growing up, he was becoming even more famous as a highly-regarded healer with exceptional skills. Aside from the art of surgery, Chiron had also taught him the effective use of drugs, incantations and aphrodisiacs as aids to healing. Asclepius was also said to have been given from goddess Athena a small bottle of Gorgon blood with magical properties. The Gorgons were mythical female monsters that had snakes for hair, wings, bronze claws and eyes that could turn a human into stone. The blood from the left side of a Gorgon was supposed to kill a mortal man, while the blood from a Gorgon’s right side was believed to bring a dead person back to life. Therefore, a bottle of such blood was a powerful remedy in the hands of Asclepius, who used to go from town to town and heal people from pain and diseases.

 

Thessaloniki to Meteora – Private Day Trip

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Thessaloniki to Meteora - Private Day Trip
Service Type
Thessaloniki to Meteora - Private Day Trip
Provider Name
Hello Thessaloniki,
Thessaloniki, Telephone No.+306907798620
Area
Meteora, Kalampaka
Description
Pillars of rock, sculpted by prehistoric rivers and crowned by otherworldly monasteries, monuments to the power of faith.

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