Drive through the Levadia and Arachova(famous for its bright multi colored carpets) we arrive in Delphi. Delphi was believed to be the center of the ancient world- the “Omphalos” (Navel) of the earth, and home of God Apollo.
We visit the sanctuary of Apollo, the Athenian treasury, the stadium, the museum where you can see among other archaeological treasures the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias which is masterpieces of ancient Greece, after Delphi we drive to Osios Lukas Monastery, set in the folds of Mt. Helikon halfway from Athens to Delphi. Founded in about 1011 AD, the monastery of Osios Lukas is dedicated to a local Greek holy man who endured much suffering at the hands of the Moors and Saracens and finally made his home in this remote area of central Greece. Built upon the foundations of an earlier religious structure dating from 944 AD this octagonal Byzantine structure is a hallmark of medieval church design and in excellent condition containing many well-preserved mosaics and paintings. The splendid mosaics and the architecture make this monastery one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art. After lunch, we return you to your hotel or cruise ship.