Breakfast at the Hotel. Our tour continues with exploring Meteora, an area of strange rock formations rising from the plain. You will find your way through a forest of gigantic needle-like pillars, some as high as 1,820 feet above sea level. Back in the 14th century these inaccessible pinnacles offered a safe refuge to pious hermits and were later used as sites for hermits. We will visit Meteora Monasteries famous for their Byzantine museums perched precariously on huge finger-like rocks, exhibiting superb icons, old manuscripts and unique mosaics and frescoes. After Lunch we will drive to Thessaloniki.
Dinner & Overnight in Thessaloniki
The monasteries of Meteora are:
The Monastery of Great Meteoron. It is the biggest of the Meteorite monasteries.
The Monastery of Varlaam is the second, after the Great Meteoron, big in size monastery.
The Monastery of Rousanou. It is dedicated to ‘The Transfiguration’ but honored to Saint Barbara.
The Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas. It is the first to meet on our way from Kastraki to Meteora.
The Monastery of St. Stephen. It is one of the most attainable as we don’t have to cope with innumerable stairs to reach it.
The Monastery of Holy Trinity is very difficult to reach. The visitor has to cross the valley and continue high up through the rock before we arrive outside the entrance.