We begin the trip from Athens by driving on the central highway which once was the river Kifissos cutting Athens in half that takes us past coastal villages, tunnels, mountain lakes & the plains of Thebes.
Then we drive for a couple of hours past the valley of Thessaly until we get to the mountains where the monasteries are located.
There are 6 active monasteries. The Great Meteoron, Varlaam, St. Barbara, St. Nicholas, Holy Trinity known for the James Bond movie "For Your Eyes Only" a rather difficult one with many steps, St. Stephen & another one built in a cave. We can visit St. Stephen monastery in the afternoon.
Spent the night in a boutique hotel near the Monasteries.
In the morning we discover the Great Meteoron Monastery, St. Barbara, Varlaam & either St. Nicholas or Holy Trinity monasteries.
After lunch in the afternoon we start our return to Athens.
On the way back to Athens we stop at the site of Thermopylae known for the heroic 300 Spartans & King Leonidas who defended this strategic passage to Athens the year 480 BC.
Learn more about the interesting history of Meteora in the article The Amazing Meteora
in the "historical facts" section of our website!