Meteora is a magical place, where a thousand years ago monks started building monasteries perched atop extraordinary rock formations several hundred metres tall. The name means “suspended in the air”, which is what the monasteries appear to do. The opportunities to capture spell-binding images and video here are boundless.
Deep in the heart of Central Greece, this is a part of Greece much less visited by tourists than the better-known coastal areas. The scenery everywhere is stunning. The landscape largely unspoiled. The people incredibly hospitable, and the food incredibly good.
We are delighted to have as our guide the award-winning wildlife and landscape photographer George Blonsky. He knows this area inside-out, being half-Greek, and having brought traditional photography tours here for several years. Check out his portfolio at www.geopictorial.com/index
When we visited in October 2018 to research this trip, and despite having done my homework about Meteora online in advance, I was completely unprepared for the sight before my eyes when we arrived at the monasteries. What the monks went through to build their “monasteries in the sky” beggars belief.
A trip to this part of Greece is so different from visiting the Greece of Athens and the Parthenon, or the lovely Greek islands. We adore Corfu too – which is why we are going back in April 2020 for another week on a 48ft yacht with drones. But this is the real Greece. And with George Blonsky as our guide, we can unlock it. Every day feels like an adventure. Unexpected scenes of astonishing beauty at every turn. Amazing generosity and kindness from everyone we meet. Stray Anatolian sheepdogs asleep in the middle of the road – the roads around here don’t see much traffic. Delicious, authentic, locally sourced food in the restaurants. With great options for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans.
As well as the monasteries of Meteora (where because of a recent change in the law we will be shooting with traditional cameras and flying some distance from the monasteries themselves, outside the newly introduced No Fly Zone), we will also visit the stunning, unique, deserted, post-Byzantine “Church of the Holy Cross” high in the mountains North of Meteora, and Metsovo, a beautiful mountain-top village, and the spectacular lake next to it, where the Autumn colours in the trees are achingly beautiful at the time of year we will be visiting. Also the monastery at Proussos, set high on a vertical rock face, the mountains of Pertouli, and the lake at Kremaston.
- Flying in breath-taking locations around the ancient monasteries of Meteora*, perched high on incredible rock formations
- Led by award-winning landscape photographer George Blonsky, and PhantomFlightSchool founder Alan Proto
- Maximum group size 6
- Photo review, critique, and post-production masterclasses in the evenings
- Single-occupancy accommodation
- All Breakfasts
- All transport during the trip
What’s not included:
- Flights to destination
- Meals & drinks not mentioned
- Travel and drone insurance