Delphi is one of the most important archeological sights in Greece, an UNESCO World Heritage landmark and believed to be the center of the Earth, sacred ancient sanctuary to the Apollo and his oracle.
Our driver will collect you from your hotel early in the morning (around 07:30-09:00). We leave Athens driving north, through the agriculture center of Beotian plains and pass the towns of Theva (King Oedipus ancient kingdom) and Livadia (current prefecture capital). We make a stop at the Middle Age Byzantine monastery of Ossios Loukas, built in 10th century by St. Loukas, whose relics are kept in the monastery.
After a short drive we arrive at Delphi, pass the Castalia Spring and enter the site where is the Temple of Apollo well known for its Oracle.
Other main attractions are the Stadium for the Pythian Games (precursors of the Modern Olympics), numerous buildings and structures such as the Amphictyonic Council, the Treasuries, the Altar of the Chians, the Stoa of the Athenians, the Sibyl rock, the Theatre, the Tholos, the Gymnasium, the Hippodrome, the Polygonal wall and athletic statues.
During a guided tour in the Archeological Museum of Delphi you can see a rich collection of sculptures and statues, such as the omfalos (navel) sculpture, the Charioteer, the Sphinx of Naxians, the chryselephantine statue of Apollo, the Pediments of the Temple of Apollo, and the Acanthus column with dancers.
For your convenience, the museum also houses reception and recreation halls. We then will visit the new town of Delphi, which overlooks the coastline of Fokis. We will have time to stroll through the town, do some shopping and have lunch in a local tavern.
After lunch we drive to the picturesque village and winter resort of Arachova, well known for its famous traditional art crafts and local delicacies (wine – cheese) and a famous greek winter resort for the wealthy and… not so wealthy! Here we make a short stop for pictures and rest. Then we return to Athens, and your chauffeur will transfer you back to your hotel.
Duration: 8 hours
If you're interested in Greek history or at least curious about it, the Delphi site visit will fascinate you due to its location on the side of a hill and an extraordinary view spreading all around. Take into consideration that having a driver on your side means you can explore the history and natural beauties leisurely, safely and take the best of your trip. Basicly, in order to make it easy under the greek weather circumstances, wear comfortable footwear and clothing, sun glasses and a hat. For any futher details you might need, please contact with us and we will provide to you all the necessary information and advices.