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METEORA MTB DAY TOURS

GUIDED TOUR WITH meteoraebike.com

Elevation: 400 M

Kilometres: 20 KM

Trail Percentage: 20 %

CATEGORIES: CROSS-COUNTRY, SUITABLE for E-MTB

Technical Difficulty

Landscape

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Meteora MTB day tours: Mountain biking in the unique region of Meteora will bring you closer to the natural wonders and cultural treasures of this UNESCO protected area. It is the best way to discover the spectacular landscape with its towering sandstone columns enthroned by the exceptional Greek-Orthodox monasteries.

Meteoraebike.com offers fantastic guided tours with certified MTB guides who will take you along the region's best single tracks to incredible vantage points. Believe us, it would be a bad day to forget your camera! Your guide will provide you with tips and instructions about mountain biking techniques along the way and will also have interesting stories to tell about the tradition, history and landmarks you see along the ride.

The tours are offered daily and start at 9 am from the meteoraebike.com base in the center of Kalambaka. Once on your bike, you will find yourself, within minutes, on a beautiful trail enjoying unique sceneries of the most amazing nature. Discover the monastery of Ypapanti constructed inside a large cavity of a rock; considered to be one of the hidden gems of Meteora. The statue of the local hero Efthimios Vlahavas stands nearby, a monument as a reminder to all of the Greek war of independence and the long history of the area.

You will ride in a small group with a maximum number of riders of 8. These MTB tours are for the average rider with at least a single experience in off road biking. The tour requires both physical and mental health. Your guide will adjust the route depending on your skills. With 3 different levels of difficulty, there are enough routes to suit all:

  • Beginner level: A tour without technical challenges, mainly on forest paths and very easy connecting paths. On the way we will discover places of interest like the hidden monastery of Ypapanti and the statue of Efthimios Vlachavas with the route leading to breathtaking view points. The pace is very relaxed and the duration is about 2.5 hours (about 15 km). During this tour the guide can give the group free advice and instructions on how to improve their riding skills. Price per person: 48 euro
  • Cross-Country Level: A tour with easy technical challenges for mountain bikers who are already familiar with the technique of biking. The route combines forest trails with simple trails. Like the beginner's route, this tour includes great sights and viewpoints however it also offers some hidden trails between the rocks of Meteora. The pace is relaxed and the duration is 2 to 3 hours (approx. 20 km). Price per person: 58 euro
  • Enduro Level: A tour with high technical difficulty for experienced riders who want to ride and see everything. It mainly follows uphill trails of varying difficulty and approaches the highest point of Meteora. From here you can enjoy the view over all the Meteora monasteries. The tour then follows beautiful downhill trails running between sandstone cliffs. The duration is about 3 hours (about 20 km) and the pace is moderate, always depending on the possibilities and preferences of the group. Price per person: 82 euro

Whether you’re a first-time mountain biker or a skilled thrill-seeker, embarking on this biking adventure through the trails of Meteora, it’s more than certain that this tour will leave you with the most beautiful, everlasting memories! Biking in Meteora, amongst one of the most awe-inspiring geological phenomenon on the planet, truly is a once in a lifetime experience that you don’t want to miss.

 

Tour Highlights

  • Ride on beautiful single trails and dirt roads
  • Visit hidden treasures off the beaten tracks like the small Monastery of Ypapanti and the emblematic statue of Efthimios Vlahavas
  • Enjoy great story-telling from an experienced and certified MTB leader
  • Discover breathtaking views for priceless pictures

Included in the tour price

  • Proper top quality mountain bike (disc brakes, front suspension, wide range of gears)
  • MTB Helmet
  • M.I.A.S. certified mountain bike leader
  • Water
  • Snack
  • Raincoat (if needed)

Not included: monastery tickets (3 euros each, cash only)

Reservation/Booking:

If you want to join a guided MTB tour in Meteora, please send an email to info@meteoraebike.com or give a call to the team: +30 6942 597919.

This tour requires a minimum number of 2 passengers to operate. There is a possibility that the tour may be canceled after confirmation if there are not enough riders to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative activity or be refunded in full.

Do you want more? Than think about a tailor-made tour! We can plan an exclusive mountain bike ride just for you and your buddies with your desired level of difficulty (XC, ENDURO or DH style), preferred duration, and specific locations. From a short tour to a day full of riding or even a multi-day trip to different riding destinations. Send us your request and we will start planning your next dream riding adventure!

COST: 48 Euro

GUIDED TOUR WITH meteoraebike.com

ADDRESS

Ioanninon 3, Kalampaka 422 00, Griechenland

CONTACT

+30 6942 597919
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METEORAEBIKE (KALAMBAKA)

METEORAEBIKE (KALAMBAKA)

ADDRESS

Ioanninon 3, Kalampaka, Greece

CONTACT

+30 6942 597919

Meteoraebike: Your Bike Service Center in Kalambaka!

Would you like to discover the Meteora region on your own by bike? Meteoraebike offers you the opportunity to rent high-quality bikes in Kalambaka on daily or weekly basis.

All our bikes are in perfect technical condition, are a guarantee of successful bicycle tours, so we invest much time and care in the composition of our bike fleet for a carefree biking experience Meteoraebike has a wide range of rental bicycles to meet the needs of every taste and need.

The following bike models are available for rent:

  • Top branded hardtail MTB, equipped with front suspension, disc brakes and all the necessary gear range needed for steep climbs.
  • Lightweight trekking bike, equipped with a front suspension for added comfort, and Shimano gear-shifting components.
  • High-quality E-bikes: The fun bike! Ride more! Ride Further! Ride easier! Our electric bikes will take you where no other bike can take you. Power assistance will save you energy while you explore.

Bike Service
Meteoraebike owns a fully equipped service garage and specialized mechanics for the maintenance and repair of your own bicycle. The bicycles of the company are carefully controlled and maintained after each use.

Self-Guided or guided bike tours around Meteora
Ready to bike? Meteoraebike's headquarter is located in the village of Kalambaka, right next to the world famous Meteora region. We offer guided mountain bike tours from beginners to very experienced riders, ranging from a few hours (our day tours) to MTB tours lasting several days. Our mountain bike guides are certified by MIAS and guide our guests competently and safely on every trail.

In addition to guided mountain bike tours, Meteoraebike also offers daily guided trekking bike tours/E-bike tours, which have a touristic and cultural character and are mainly aimed at getting to know the region and visiting the Meteora monasteries.

Contact us
If you are interested in renting a bike or joining one of our guided day tours, please send an email request to: info@meteoraebike.com.

METEORAEBIKE (KALAMBAKA)

ADDRESS

Ioanninon 3, Kalampaka, Greece

CONTACT

+30 6942 597919

SIGHTSEEING

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VARLAAM MONASTERY (METEORA)

VARLAAM MONASTERY (METEORA)

ADDRESS

Monastery of Varlaam, Kalabaka, Greece

CONTACT

+30 24320 23820

The story of a hermit: The Varlaam Monastery

In 1350 a daring ascetic named Varlaam climbed a cliff and, alone, upon the rock he built a monastery, of which he is now the namesake. He built three churches, a small cell and a water tank. After his death the precipice remained abandoned for about 200 years until it was reached in 1517/1518 by the two church fathers Theophanes and Nektarios Apsarades. The priest-monks were two, rich brothers from Ioannina, an area in the northwest of the Greek mainland. Varlaam’s crag was still abandoned when they began to erect the first buildings. They renovated the small church and built the tower around 1541/1542 as well as the central church of the monastery, the Catholic icon, dedicated to All Saints' Day. The procurement of the materials and, especially, transportation of them up the rock formation was a challenge and a brilliant achievement for the times. Transporting all the materials took 22 years, the construction of the church took only 20 days.

Today Varlamm is one of the larger monasteries in Meteora. Until the 16th century, the monastery was continually inhabited by monks. As of the early part of the 17th century, however, only a few monks remain.

What makes this monastery so special? Not only does it tell an exciting story "of one who set out to search the vastness", but it also offers the best view of the entire Meteora region. Here you will encounter a rare peace and seclusion in a dreamlike natural setting.

The interior offers further treasures: The old refectory has been converted into a museum where visitors can admire outstanding icons, mostly from the Renaissance period, and the precious, sacred robes of the priests.

Are you ready to travel back in time to Meteora? Discover a spiritual world above the clouds!

 

Please note that during your visit you must dress accordingly: arms and shoulders should be covered, men must wear long trousers and women long skirts. Each of the monasteries has a rest day on a different day, so they are never all open on the same day.


Opening hours:

Summertime: daily from 9 am to 4 pm, closed every Friday
Wintertime: daily 9 am – 3 pm, closed every Thursday and Friday


Entrance fee: 3 euro/person

VARLAAM MONASTERY (METEORA)

ADDRESS

Monastery of Varlaam, Kalabaka, Greece

CONTACT

+30 24320 23820

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AGIA TRIADA MONASTERY (METEORA)

AGIA TRIADA MONASTERY (METEORA)

ADDRESS

Holy Trinity Monastery, Kalabáka, Greece

CONTACT

+30 24320 23820

Sacred place in breathtaking heights: The Agia Triada Monastery

Description:

One of the most famous bedrocks is the one home to the Agia Triada monastery as it was, despite resistance from the monks, the filming location for the successful James Bond film "For your eyes only" with Roger Moore. Built in the 15th century on a bizarre rock formation the monastery is not only worth a visit for its distinctive architecture, but also for its breath-taking views of the valley and the surrounding landscape around Meteora.

The monastery was built between 1458 and 1476 on an area of approximately 6,000m2. The Agia Triada Monastery, meaning 'Holy Trinity', is said to have been founded by the monk Dometius in 1438. However, this has not been proven with certainty. It is possible that earlier hermits built small buildings here to live on the rock, as happened on other cliffs of Meteora in the 14th century. The complex is still inhabited. Originally, access was only possible via winches and rope ladders though a staircase, only as old as 1925, is available today.

The climb is well worth it: the church of the Agia Triada monastery is painted with frescoes from 1741. Also noteworthy is a gospel dating back to 1539. Several printed, silver covered gospels even came here from distant Venice.

Follow in the footsteps of James Bond and the call of the unique Meteora cliffs: Agia Triada is worth a visit!

Please note that during your visit you must dress accordingly: arms and shoulders should be covered, men must wear long trousers and women long skirts. Each of the monasteries has a rest day on a different day, so they are never all open on the same day.


Opening hours:

Summertime: daily from 9 am to 5 pm, closed every Thursday
Wintertime: daily from 10 am to 4 pm, closed every Thursday


Entrance fee: 3 euro/person

AGIA TRIADA MONASTERY (METEORA)

ADDRESS

Holy Trinity Monastery, Kalabáka, Greece

CONTACT

+30 24320 23820

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GREAT METEORON MONASTERY (METEORA)

GREAT METEORON MONASTERY (METEORA)

ADDRESS

GREAT METEORON MONASTRY, Kalabaka, Greece

CONTACT

+30 24320 23820

The oldest and largest floating monastery of Meteora: the Great Meteoron Monastery

The Meteora Monasteries, east of the Pindos Mountains, are located near the city of Kalambaka in Thessaly and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The unique location of the monasteries, which were built on high sandstone cliffs seeming to float on foggy days, is fascinating in itself. One of the 24 original monasteries, of which only six still exist today (two for nuns, four for monks), is the Great Meteoron Monastery Megaló Metéoro.

Like a medieval skyscraper, it towers 613m above sea level on a sandstone column and is the oldest of all the monasteries built there. Founded in 1344 by Athanasios, it is, with an area of 60.000 m2, the largest monastery of Meteora. The rock formation was given its name, Metéoro, by Athanasios, which means 'high up'.

Athanasios was the founder of the monastery. He also determined the rules for monastic life, which, from then on, all monks followed. For this reason, the establishment of this monastery is considered a turning point from which the derivation of the term Metamórphosis (transformation) originates.

Until 1923 the monastery could only be reached by rope ladders or a winch with a net. Today, a stone staircase with 143 steps and a tunnel leads into the building complex. After ascending the many stairs you will be rewarded with fabulous views.

The interior of the monastery also holds true treasures of the Middle Ages: in the main church in the central inner courtyard magnificent frescoes from 1552 have been preserved. Also worth seeing is the hermit cave of Athanasius at the entrance of the monastery. You should likewise catch a glimpse of the monk’s old refectory, where a table from the 16th century is remains, partially decked with the original tableware. Equally interesting are the many religious golden wood carvings as well as a visit to the old kitchen, whose walls are still blackened with soot. Here the original bread oven can be admired. A true journey back in time to the 14th century.

Everything started here in the Megalo Meteoro. Around the original monastery a complex of Greek Orthodox monasteries were gradually built, which still today make Meteora an important spiritual centre worldwide.

Please note that during your visit you must dress accordingly: arms and shoulders should be covered, men must wear long trousers and women long skirts. Each of the monasteries has a rest day on a different day, so they are never all open on the same day.

Opening hours:

Summertime: daily from 9 am to 5 pm, closed every Tuesday
Wintertime: daily 9 am – 3 pm, closed every Tuesday and Wednesday

Entrance fee
: 3 euro/person

GREAT METEORON MONASTERY (METEORA)

ADDRESS

GREAT METEORON MONASTRY, Kalabaka, Greece

CONTACT

+30 24320 23820

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Meteora in General

Meteora Allgemein

Meteora γενικά

Meteora in general: Greece is diversity and pure history. However, there is one place possibly unique in the world: Meteora. The fascinating area of Meteora, east of the Pindos Mountains and near the city of Kalambaka in Thessaly, is made up of huge bedrock, up to 400 meters high, and extending over an area of about 30 km. A spectacular geological phenomenon with imposing, separated rocky outcrops that form a forest of towering stone. Meteora is connected to one of the largest complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries, built in an exceptional location. Meteora monasteries have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1988. The name Metéora derives from meteorizo (μετεωρίζω), which means “to lift up”. This designation describes the unique location of the monasteries, which were built on high sandstone crags and which seem to float on foggy days. A sight that fascinates and awakens a desire to take a closer look at these monasteries lying at dizzying heights.

The floating monasteries of Meteora is a sacred and spiritual place. It is not without reason that we wonder how these towering monasteries, floating between heaven and earth, were built.

Ascetic life in the area dates back to the 12th century when the first hermits arrived in Meteora. With the arrival of the monk Athanasios, who fled Athos in 1334, the rise of monastic life in the region began. Together with his spiritual father, Gregorios, and 14 other monks, he founded the monastery Metamórphosis, also known as Megálo Metéoro, in 1344. Athanasios established the rules of monastic life in Metéora and was beatified after his death as Athanasios Meteorite. In the heyday of the Late Middle Ages, in the 14th century, further monasteries were built in various, often unimaginable places. The building material is said to have been hoisted up with ropes and hoists, and, in part, even by the monks themselves. Rope ladders were also used to climb up the rock-face. Only later were special paths built to make the ascent easier and to make it possible for visitors to see some of the remaining monasteries.

The entire complex consists of 24 individual monasteries and hermitages, of which only six are still inhabited today (Metamórphosis, Varlaám, Rousánou, Agía Triáda, Agios Stéfanos and Agios Nikólaos Anapavsás). The remaining eighteen monasteries are either too difficult to reach or have been abandoned due to danger of collapse.

Meteora, the skyscrapers of the Middle Ages – a place to discover and marvel.

 

Biking: Discovering Meteora by bike is possibly one of the most beautiful nature experiences available. In the midst of the seclusion and tranquillity of this magical place there are tracks and nature trails along rivers and right into the spectacular mountainous world of Meteora. Here you will find a wide range of natural trails, rock gardens and single trails; from fluid to technical. On every bike tour, stunning views and beautiful nature, that promise to last a lifetime as an unforgettable souvenirs, will be your constant companion. Whether with E-Bike, trekking or mountain bike, the region Meteora offers numerous bike-stations as well as possibilities for guided or organized tours. Welcome to an expedition of paradise that has, so far, been little discovered!

 

Other activities: Meteora is not only a natural beauty and spiritual location; outdoor sports enthusiasts will also have plenty to enjoy: the rocks of Meteora are among the most popular climbing destinations in Greece. Dietrich Hasse, a German climber who is largely responsible for the development of the area for climbing, has written a number of guidebooks on the possible hiking trails and climbing routes in Meteora. In 2001, the BASE-jumper Felix Baumgartner leapt from a height of 120 meters from one of the Meteora rocks. Hiking in Meteora is both relaxing and exciting. While the many adventure holiday agencies in central Greece organise group hikes, Meteora also offers plenty of possibilities for those hungry for hiking, either alone or with friends.

There are several caves to discover in the formations of the Meteora cliffs including the Theopetra Cave only 4 km outside of Kalambaka. The huge cave, whose main chamber measures about 500 m², is home to the oldest man-made structure in the world; a stone wall built 23,000 years ago that closes two thirds of the entrance to the cave.

On the way from Kalambaka towards Trikala you reach the historical lake Sarakina, 8 km outside the city. It is well worth the trip as here you will find the largest stone bridge in Trikala, the famous six-arched bridge from the 16th century; one of the most beautiful sights of the region.

 

Tourist-Information Meteora

Tourist-Information Meteora

Τουριστικές πληροφορίες Meteora

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Patriarchou Dim. & Vlachava, 42200 Kalambaka, Greece

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+30 24323-5024
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By plane: The nearest airports are Volos, Thessaloniki and Athens.

By bus: Public buses run regularly between Meteora and Larissa, the capital of the Greek region of Thessaly, as well as the cities of Volos, Athens and Thessaloniki. The bus from Athens to Meteora takes about 4 hours, from Thessaloniki about 3 hours.

Public busses: Public buses connect all mountain villages and towns in Thessaly. Buses in and around Kalambaka run several times a day.

Taxis are available for journeys between the individual locations in Thessaly on request by phone: +30 2432 022310

Taxis are available for nearby airport transfers from/to Volos Airport, but also for further transfers to Meteora on request: +30 2432 022310