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Optional day trip from Athens to Delphi  - operates daily
This is a full day tour. Pick up from the Athens hotel at 8 AM 

In ancient times Delphi was know as the "navel of the world", the place where heaven and earth met. This was the centre of worship of Apollo, son of Zeus, who embodied spiritual clarity.  Here, at the Delphi temple, the spirit of Apollo could be consulted (via a priestess) for advice on people's lives or on affairs of state.  Pilgrims would hike for days on difficult mountain paths to consult with the oracle but in modern times with paved roads and tour buses a trip from Athens to Delphi can be done in three hours through scenic countryside.

Along the way you will see the City of Theva (birthplace of King Oedipus). There is a short rest stop outside the town of Levadia before heading for Mount Parnassos and Delphi. In this spectacular setting you will hear fascinating tales of Greek mythology. 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 a famous bronze Charioteer which was created to commemorate a victory during the 476 BC Pythian Games which were held at Delphi every four years (fore-runner to the Olympic Games). 

After a late lunch at a taverna the bus heads back to Athens via the picturesque mountain village of Arachova. Return to Athens about 6 PM.
 

Cost: 
135 Cdn (without lunch)
155 Cdn (with lunch included)
Includes:
Transport in an air-conditioned bus
Services of a professional guide
Entrance fees
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