“Absolutely fantastic! The trip to Delphi was totally worth it. The history of this place is truly unique and the views are breathtaking. From the start of the tour, we had a great time with Constantina and Michael, our guides. They were very friendly people and very fun. The car was very nice, with comfortable seats, A/C and Wi-Fi (although we did not use it at all since the landscapes around us were nice and we were listening to the stories of the places we were crossing. The driver was really good as well and kind. The tour after we reached Delphi was an amazing and entertaining experience! We felt like we were living in ancient Greece. The guides kept the information and fun in balance. It was very interesting to get to know all the steps and the rituals before you were able to ask for and receive an oracle from Apollo and it was great that we made a representation of those steps ourselves, following the guidance of our guides. Truly interesting and helpful to understand what was really going on at that sacred place of antiquity. The museum was also nice and worth paying a visit! We had 'greek souvlaki' in Arachova, a very cute mountain village with picturesque alleys and shops with local products. Lastly, we visited the folklore museum there, which was small but very quiet and we could touch really old wovens and wooden looms. All in all, it was a great day with a lot of fun, culture and a great number of photos! :) Totally worth the money!"
- Jerry S, Australia
2. What you can expect
In the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel and start our journey to Delphi. On our way, you will have the chance to admire the views of Greece’s country side and cross the land of King Oedipus, a tragic hero whose fate was determined after receiving an Oracle from Delphi. Arriving at Delphi we 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!
To enter the house of Apollo and Pythia, the famous Oracle, we will first have to successfully go through Athena Pronaia, the protector of her half brother. Athena's Tholos, a Sanctuary at the foot of the Delphi Oracle, is the most photographed spot in Delphi and you will get your chance to see why! With the aid of 3D virtual and reconstruction technology, we will have the chance to see the extravagant and boastful votive offerings of great powers like Athens and Sparta and walk among an impressive collection of statues! We will go inside buildings and explore the mythical treasures offered to God Apollo by powerful city-states.
During our journey, we 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! Together, we 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 Apollo!
After the Delphi site, we 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, we will drive to the picturesque mountain village of Arachova, the most famous winter destination for modern-day Athenians and well-known for its tradition in the art of weaving. After we enjoy an authentic Greek meal, we will visit the Folklore Museum. There, you will have the unique chance to see an exact replica of an ancient loom, like the one Penelope used in Homer’s Odyssey... You will get to know the ‘Moires’, the ancient Goddesses of Fate, and how they ‘weave’ each person’s life! You will listen to rattling stories and witness the evolution of the art of weaving through the centuries!