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Delphi day trip from Athens

Awakening Delphi Private Tour
A journey to 'know thyself'

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Duration:
10 Hours
Languages:
English, French
or Sign language (upon request)
Location:

Delphi

Theme:
History
Mythology
Culture
Ancient Greek Rituals
Sunset view

Take an inspirational day trip from Athens to Delphi, the ancient ’Navel of the World’ and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the most sacred site of Ancient Greece, where great kings, emperors and simple men traveled from all over the Mediterranean to consult the Oracle of Apollo. Revive the ancient rituals and get closer to ‘knowing thyself’. After your lunch in Delphi, you have the option to either visit and admire the Hosios Loukas Holy Monastery (another UNESCO site) or explore the traditional village of Arachova.

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HIGHLIGHTS WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT PRACTICAL INFO

 

  • Delphi day trip from Athens
  • Delphi day trip from Athens
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  • Arachova
  • Hosios Loukas Monastery tour
  • Hosios Loukas Monastery trip from Delphi
  • Monastery from Delphi tour

1. Highlights 

 

  • Enjoy rare views of the Greek mainland on your way from Athens to Delphi
  • Delve deep into the Oracle’s mysteries at Delphi, the most important shrine in Ancient Greece
  • Revive and experience the ancient rituals before receiving an oracle from Pythia

 

  • "The day trip to Delphi from Athens was the highlight of our time in Athens and we have to thank Greek TravelTellers for that! Michael was an excellent guide. This Delphi tour was better than the description. A truly breathtaking journey into ancient Greece and the land of Apollo. Thank you Dimitris for arranging this tour for us and for being so accommodating."
    - Monika, Boston
  • "A wonderful trip! Very professional and kind driver. The car was really nice and comfortable and brand new. Our guide in Delphi, Georgia (sorry if I pronounce it wrong) was very knowledgeable and fun. Our kids were thrilled with all the stories from Greek mythology and loved the 3D tablets at the Delphi site. All in all, this trip was totally worth it! If you are traveling to Athens, I recommend that you spend a day in Delphi and book this tour."
    - Nick, New York

2. What you can expect

In the morning, your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Athens and start your day trip to Delphi. On your way, you will have the chance to admire the views of Greece’s countryside and cross the land of King Oedipus, a tragic hero whose fate was determined after receiving an Oracle from Delphi. Arriving at Delphi, you will immediately feel the energy of the place. The Sanctuary of god Apollo dominates over the valley of Phocis and the view is truly breathtaking!

 

Transforming yourselves into ancient travelers for the festival of the Pythian Games, you will start your Delphi tour from the Castalian Spring, to satisfy your thirst. Together with your expert, state-licensed guide, you will revive the ancient rituals and experience first-hand all the steps the ancient people took before they were deemed worthy to ask and receive an oracle from the God Apollo!

 

During your tour, you will focus on the important message of Delphi and all that it represents: ‘Know thyself’... such a simple phrase, yet such an elusive virtue! Prepare yourselves for a unique journey and a revival of the ancient ways!

 

You also have the option to add 3D iPads with 3D reconstruction and virtual reality, which will allow you to see the extravagant and boastful votive offerings of great powers like Athens and Sparta and walk among an impressive collection of statues! This way, you will also be able to walk inside buildings and explore the mythical treasures offered to God Apollo and Delphi by powerful city-states. 

 

After the tour of the Delphi site, you will discover the story behind some of the most important artifacts of antiquity in the Delphi Archaeological Museum. Marvel upon the metopes of the Athenian Treasury depicting the Labours of Hercules, the Exploits of Theseus and the Battle of the Amazons! Confront the fearsome riddles of the Sphinx and discover the story behind one of the best-known statues surviving from Ancient Greece!

 

Then, you will enjoy lunch with Greek traditional products at one of the local restaurants. After your meal, you can take a short drive to one of the below two destinations:

 

Option 1: Visit the Hosios Loukas Holy Monastery

The monastery (UNESCO World Heritage site) dates back to the 10th century BC and it is built in honor of Luke the Evangelist. In a landscape untouched by time, you will discover two magnificent Byzantine churches beautifully decorated with numerous frescoes and mosaics, all perfectly preserved. You can also visit the crypt, located under the Katholikon, where the remains of the saint who founded the monastery lie.  

 

Option 2: Explore the traditional village of Arachova

The village of Arachova is one of the most famous winter destinations for Greeks and it boasts a rich tradition in the art of weaving. There is even a local folklore museum that you can visit which has an exact replica of a traditional loom (like the one Penelope used in the great epic poem The Odyssey). Stroll the picturesque alleys of the village and explore the traditional products on display while admiring the excellent views.

 

Finally, your Delphi private tour from Athens has come to an end. Your driver will pick you up and drive you back to the hotel or your desired place in Athens. You will have plenty of time in the car to contemplate what you discovered in Delphi; hopefully, you will be one step closer to 'knowing thyself'.

3. Practical Info

 

Duration: Full-day (10 hours, approximately)
Language: English, French, Sign language (upon request)
Location: Delphi and Arachova or Hosios Loukas Monastery
When:

Daily at 8 am (suggested time). The starting time is flexible since this is a private tour.

Price:

Starting from 870 euro

Good to know:
  • This is a private tour.
  • Your safety and comfort is our foremost priority. For your transportation, we cooperate with modern, new private cars with professional drivers.
  • We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen.
What's included:
  • Private car from Athens to Delphi and back, with a professional driver
  • Services of our expert, state-licensed guide in Delphi
  • Guided tour of Delphi site and Delphi Museum
  • Visit of Arachova village or Hosios Loukas Monastery (depending on your preference)
  • Civil liability insurance
  • Gas and tolls
  • VAT and local taxes
Not included:
  • Entry fees
  • Meal in Delphi/Arachova (you can freely choose from the dishes of the day)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)
Optional Add-On:
  • Delphi 3D iPads: Admire the magnificent Temple of Poseidon and Delphi site as it was in the past! (cost: 20€ per iPad)
  • Add an expert, state-licensed guide for the whole trip from Athens instead of a local guide for only Delphi. The extra cost is 120 EUR.

 

 

Delphi day trip from Athens

 

Notes:

The meeting point for the Delphi day trip from Athens is the lobby of your hotel in Athens. We will contact you after reservation for details.

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