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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, Ελληνικά
or Sign language (upon request)
Location:

Delphi,
Harmena

Theme:
History
Mythology
Ancient Greek Rituals
Culture

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’. Learn the secrets of the traditional art of tanning from the sole surviving tanner in the traditional village of Harmena. Prepare yourselves for a unique journey and a revival of the ancient ways!

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HIGHLIGHTS WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT PRACTICAL INFO

 

  • Delphi day trip from Athens
  • Delphi day trip from Athens
  • Delphi day trip from Athens
  • Delphi day trip from Athens
  • Delphi day trip from Athens
  • Harmena visit from Delphi
  • Tanner in his workshop in Harmena
  • Harmena tannery in Amfissa
  • Traditional tavern in Harmena

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
  • Visit a unique off-the-beaten-path village and enjoy a homemade lunch under the trees
  • Meet one of the last surviving tanners in Greece and tour his workshop

 

  • "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 Castalian Spring, to satisfy your thirst. Together with your expert 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 go 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 meet your driver and take a short drive to one of the most interesting and rarely visited by tourists village, Harmena. This very picturesque and tranquil village was, for many centuries, famous for its tanneries. You will be welcomed by a local habitat at the local tavern in the square of the village. He and his family will cook for you a homemade meal with local products. Your hosts are more than happy to share with you their way of life and their version of Greece.

 

After your meal, the sole surviving tanner of the area will pick you up and walk you to his workshop. There, he will show you his tools and explain the secrets of his centuries-long art of tanning. After this unique experience, your day trip to Delphi has come to an end and it is time to hop on the car and return to Athens.

 

3. Practical Info

 

Duration: Full-day (10 hours)
Language: English, Ελληνικά, Sign language (upon request)
Location: Delphi, Harmena
When:

Daily at 8am (recommended start time, but it is flexible)

Price starts from:

137 Euro per person (for a group of 10)

Good to know:
  • This is a private tour.
  • Your safety and comfort is our foremost priority. For your transportation, we cooperate with a VIP luxury transfer company with professional drivers. Your car is going to be a luxury Mercedes with A/C and free Wi-Fi.
  • We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen.
What's included:
  • Luxury transportation 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 Harmena village and its sole surviving tannery
  • Homemade Greek lunch in Harmena under the trees
  • Civil liability insurance
  • Gas and tolls, VAT and local taxes
Not included:
  • Entry fees: €12 (peak season) or €6 (low season)
  • Any other food, drinks or personal expenses during the day trip
  • 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)

 

 

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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