DELPHI FULL DAY TOUR Print

Next to the Acropolis in Athens Delphi is by far the most popular archaeological site in Greece.

Located 180 km. Northwest from Athens on the South slope of the mountain Parnassos, Delphi was believed to be the centre of the earth and was the most important religious centre of ancient Greece.  Indeed it was and still is one of the most beautiful and mystical sites in the world.

The ancient Greeks chose this unique spot for their most sacred and famous Oracle, dedicated to Apollo, which influenced the fate of states and individuals for about 1000 years.

Itinerary

We depart from Athens in the morning via the national highway and pass by the towns of Thebes, Levadia and Arachova.  Arriving in Delphi we’ll visit Castalia Spring and the main archaeological site (the Temple of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Theatre, the Stadium,etc.) and the Museum with the famous statue of Antinoos and the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dated from 475 B.C.

Oracole of Delphi Temple of Apollo - DelphiThe stadium of Delphi

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Our lunch in a traditional Greek restaurant in the picturesque town of Delphi, after our visit to the sites, will be the perfect way to recharge our batteries and enjoy the local cuisine.

After lunch, heading back towards the archaeological site, we’ll have a stop to see the ruins of the Temple of Athena Pronea and the Tholos.

Gymnasium DelphiTholos - DelfiThe Sfynx - Delphi

Driving down the mountain Parnassos and before reaching the national highway to Athens, we’ll stop again at Cheronia to see the famous “Lion of Cheronia”.  The “Lion” is a marble monument erected in the battlefield by Phillip, King of Macedonia and father of Alexander the Great, to commemorate his victory there against the Athenian and Thebean armies in 338 B.C.

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Duration approx. 8 hours

B.  EXTENDED DELPHI TOUR

Driving up the mountain Parnassos in the morning and before we reach Delphi we’ll visit the famous monastery of “Ossios Loukas”.

Ossios Loukas is the largest surviving monastery of the Middle Byzantine period in Greece.  It was founded in the early 10th century by the hermit St. Loukas whose relics are kept in the monastery to this day.
The Katholikon has some of the best preserved Byzantine mosaics.

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The spectacular mountain view from the monastery’s courtyard and the welcoming shade of the old pine trees make this an ideal place to enjoy a cup of Greek coffee.

Duration approximately 10 hours.

All our private tours are flexible.  It is always up to you to change the itinerary according to your wishes.

Admission fees and lunch are not included in the price of the tour.

Entrance ticket :    
Delphi and Delphi Museum: 12 Euros

Ossios Loukas Monastery:    4 Euros (for the extended tour)

Free admission for: 
Children under 18
Students from E.U.

Reduced admission for:
Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65
Students from countries outside the E.U.

Free admission days
 6 March  In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri 
 5 June   International Environment Day 
18 April   International Monuments Day 
18 May   International Museums Day 
27 September   International Tourism Day
*  The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
*  Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
*  National Holidays
*  The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and  
    September (when the first Sunday is a holiday, then the second is the  
    free admission day). 
  
Holidays

1 January:   closed

6 January:   08:30 - 15:00

Shrove Monday:  08:30 - 15:00

25 March:  closed

Greek Orhodox Good Friday:  12:00 - 15:00

Greek Orhodox Good Saturday:  08:30 - 15:00

Greek Orhodox Easter Sunday:  closed

Greek Orhodox Easter Monday:  08:30 - 15:00

May 1:  closed

Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 - 15:00

15 August:  08:30 - 15:00

28 October:   08:30 - 15:00

25 December:  closed

26 December:  closed

 

 

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