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Delphi Day Trip Tour

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  • The reference list of what you will see and experience during the Delphi Day Trip includes but is not limited to:

    • Traditional Village of Arachona
    • Delphi Archaeological Site
    • Delphi Archaeological Museum
    • Athena Pronaia Sanctuary with the renowned Tholos
    • The Castalia Spring
    • The Temple of Apollo
    • The Great ancient theater
    • The stadium, where the so called Pythian Games
    • The treasuries that the city states erected in Delphi
    • The famous statue of Antinoos
    • The unique bronze statue of the Charioteer
    • If extention is chosen

    • Monastery of Hosios Loukas
    • or Battlefield of Thermopylae
    • or Lion of Chaeronea
  • A visit to the mythical center of the world.

    Legend has it that Zeus, sent his two eagles across the world, one from the East and one from the West, and he said that the point where the two eagles would meet would mark the center of the earth, the navel of the world, or “Omphalos” as it is referred in Greek.

    We will depart from Athens early in the morning driving northwards.

    After approx. 2 hrs and the wonderful scenic ride, on our way to Delphi we will have a stop at the beautiful traditional and picturesque village of Arachova, where you can enjoy a nice stroll in the village, look for local products and have a quick coffee.

    Our short break will revitalize us and get us prepared for our visit to the navel of the world, the Archaeological Site of Delphi.

    The Archaeological Site is located in the southwestern spur of Mount Parnassos. Its geographic position holds an intriguing characteristic.

    Although it is not far from the coastline, the natural positioning of the nearby hills makes the site almost invisible to the ships thus protecting the city of Delphi from potential invaders.

    Delphi used to be the most important sanctuary dedicated to God Apollo, the place through which the God was believed to be offering his Oracles through Pythia, the Priestess of the Sanctuary, who was always eager to give her advice to everyone from mere citizens to mythical heroes and legendary leaders of cities. Greek people would visit the Oracle of Apollo religiously to take advice before they would proceed in taking important decisions. In such a perspective one could say that the Oracle of Delphi with its advice has determined greatly the route of history.

    The perpetual inner need of mortals and the endless effort of the human race to foresee and learn about the future but also have the blessing of the Gods gradually converted the Oracle of Delphi into an important information and cultural center and allowed it to collect all the offerings that the cities were sending as donations, which resulted in the creation of a local treasury of immense value.

    During your stroll at the site you will hear intriguing stories about Pythia and all her oracles that changed the route of history but also explore the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia with the renowned Tholos, The Castalia Spring, the Temple of Apollo, the Great ancient theater, the stadium, where the so called Pythian Games and the treasuries that the city state erected in order to express the gratitude towards the Gods.

    Inside the archaeological museum of Delphi which is our next stop you will have the chance to admire many important ancient Greek artifacts from the excavations at Delphi, including the famous statue of Antinoos and the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dated from 475 B.C.

    You can spend approx. 3hrs on the Site and its Museum.

    After your visit to the archaeological Site and its Museum we suggest a break for an authentic Greek lunch before we depart for Athens.

    If you have opted for the extention of the tour, you can choose among the following three options: Option first, your chauffer will drive you to the Monastery of Hosios Loukas extention after the lunch break and before leaving for Athens we will visit this beautiful Monastery of 11th century that is situated on a mountainside overlooking the beautiful valley. This Monastery is the largest surviving monastery of the Middle Byzantine period in Greece. You can spend approx. an hour there.
    With the second option you can visit the battlefield of Thermopylae.
    Or alternatively with the thrird option you can visit the Lion of Chaeronea.

  • Entrance fees into the archaeological areas of Delphi and its Museum are 12 Euro total pp (combined ticket obtained at the ticket office) and 3 euro for Hosios Loukas monastery

    Free admission for :

    Journalists
    Persons under 18 (with current identification to prove age)
    University students from Greece and the E.U
    Free admission for all on the following dates:

    6 March
    5 June
    18 April
    18 May (International Museums Day)
    The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)

  • SUMMER PERIOD: 1 April – 31 October
    WINTER PERIOD: 1 November – 31 March
    Opening hours for the archaeological area of Delphi:
    Winter period: 8:30am – 15:00
    Summer period:8:00am – 19:00
    For Hosios Loukas monastery:
    Monday closed Tuesday-Sunday 09.00-17.00

    All sites and museums are closed or have reduced opening hours, on the following holidays:

    • 1 January: closed
    • 6 January: closed
    • Shrove Monday: 08.30-15.00
    • 25 March: closed
    • Good Friday: until 12:00 closed
    • Holy Saturday: 08.30-15.00
    • Easter Sunday : closed
    • Easter Monday: 08.30-15.00
    • 1 May: closed
    • Holy Spirit Day: 08.30-15.00
    • 15 August: 08.30-15.00
    • 28 October: 08.30-15.00
    • 25 December: closed
    • 26 December: closed

  • There are a few things that are useful for you to know before participating in one of our tours.
    Comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are recommended for most locations. Sun glasses, a hat and sun screen are also suggested since the Mediterranean sun is extremely hot during the summer months.
    As far as walking is concerned you have to keep in mind that climbing up to Delphi site is a rather challenging task. Guests must be able to walk over paved, inclined paths, some with steps and then climb a series of steps to reach the Stadium. The walking surface on top of the Delphi is rather raw and uneven. It has been preserved in this manner in order to showcase the authentic environment of the monuments.
    Photography is permitted in almost every site throughout the tours and if it is prohibited you will be informed beforehand.
    Local currency (euros) might be needed in order to pay at the spot small entrance fees and small expenses.
    In case one of our guests has some special needs, is under certain medication or has a limited walking endurance you can let us know during the organization of your customized tour and we will make sure that small breaks are incorporated into your itinerary. Also it is suggested that you bring with you a small bottle of water or something small to eat in case you need to during the tour. Furthermore if an individual has advanced accessibility needs you can let us know and allow us to customize the tour to fit your needs.

Description

This tour takes you to the navel of the world, Delphi. Delphi used to be the most important sanctuary dedicated to God Apollo, the place through which the God was believed to be offering his Oracles. On this tour visit also the traditional village Arachova and if extention is chosen, the Monastery of Hosios Loukas.

Duration approx. 10hrs (extended 12-14hrs depended on the option chosen)

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