The Spectacular Meteora Monasteries

The Spectacular Meteora Monasteries

Meteora is one of the most imposing sights in mainland Greece. Giant rocks in bizarre shapes, ranging in height from 100 to 150 meters.

You leave the port of Volos to head Northwest crossing the agricultural plain of Thessaly. Passing provincial towns such as Larissa, Trikala and Kalambaka, you reach the extraordinary "monasteries in the air" of the Meteora. Does anyone remember the James Bond movie that was filmed at Meteora? You guessed it was For Your Eyes Only directed by John Glen and starred Roger Moore.

Once a monastic community with 24 monasteries, Meteora now consists of only five active ones. They were first built in the 14th century by monks who searched for a place where they could be isolated and pray undisturbed from the rest of the world. Until 1920 most of the Meteora monasteries could only be reached by getting into a net and hauled up by a rope. Fortunately, steps were cut afterwards to all of the monasteries.

You and your fellow SeaDream guests will visit the Varlaam monastery, one of the earliest and most beautiful in the valley, and the majestic Monastery of the Transfiguration (or else the Great Meteora), which is the highest of all. In both monasteries you can admire superb icons, unique mosaics and frescoes, old manuscripts, exceptional domed roofs as well as breathtaking views of the other monasteries and the surrounding area.

After your visit to the monasteries, you will proceed to a local restaurant at the area of Kalambaka for lunch. After lunch and via the same road, passing Trikala and Larrisa, you return to the port of Volos and your SeaDream yacht.

Notes: A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. This program is booked onboard only so please make your reservations as soon as possible after boarding to avoid disappointment. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.

Port: Volos

Duration: 9 hours

Current Price: 159 USD

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