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Optional day trip from Athens to Delphi  September 22
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 learn about Greek mythology and history. 

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.  

With an 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.

Cost: 
139 Cdn (without lunch)
160 Cdn (with lunch included)
Includes:
Transport in an air-conditioned bus
Services of a professional guide
Entrance fees
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Optional add-on 3 night cruise Optional Delphi tour
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