|This is a full day tour. Pick up
from your hotel at 8 AM
The scenic drive to Delphi takes about 3 hours. Along the way you
will see the Plain of Beotia and the City of Theva (birthplace of
King Oedipus). There is a short rest stop outside the town of
Levadia and then we head for Mount Parnassos and Delphi. In this
spectacular setting you will hear fascinating tales of Greek mythology and
In ancient times Delphi was know as the "navel of the world", the
place where heaven and earth met. It was the centre of worship of
Apollo, son of Zeus who embodied moral discipline and spiritual
clarity and before the days of paved roads and tour buses the
pilgrimage to Delphi would have been on foot hiking on difficult
mountain paths. Here, at the temple, the spirit of Apollo was
consulted (via a priestess) for advice on people's lives or on
affairs of state.
expert guide you will see the Castalia Spring, the archaeological
site, the monument to the Argive Kings, the Treasury of the
Athenians, the Athenian Stoa, the Polygonal Wall (its interlocking
stones are perfectly intact after thousands of years), the Monument
of Platea and the Temple of Apollo which was famous for its oracle
and its eternal flame.
You will tour the Delphi Museum with its spectacular exhibits
including the Frieze of the Treasury of the Sifnians, the Naxian
Sphinx and the famous bronze Charioteer which was created to
commemorate a victory during the 476 BC Pythian Games which were
held at Delphi every four years.
After lunch at a taverna we head back to
Athens via the picturesque mountain village of Arachova which is
well-known for its handicrafts. Return to Athens about 6 PM.