Athens to Delphi Day Trip

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Athens to Delphi Day Trip

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Athens to Delphi Day Trip


Visit one of the most popular Archaeological sites of Greece with the Athens to Delphi Day Trip, a UNESCO world heritage site.

According to Greek mythology, Zeus let out 2 eagles to find the center of the earth. These eagles met each other at Delphi and he threw a rock to mark the center of the world. A huge snake guarded the site until Appolo killed the Python that lived there. To honor Apollo, the locals of Delphi organized the Pythian Games.

The Pythian Games were one of the four Panhellenic games in ancient Greece, they took place two years after the Olympic Games and between the Nemean and Isthmian Games. The Games started in the 6th century B.C. until the 4th century A.D. They were the second most important after the Olympic Games in Olympia (see also Olympia tours from Athens).

In difference with Olympia, in Pythian Games also featured competitions for Art and dance and women were allowed to take part in some cases. Victors received a wreath of bay laurel, sacred to Apollo, from the city of Tempe, in Thessaly.

Athens to Delphi Day Trip- See the Navel of the World

The oracle of Delphi became the most famous and important of the ancient world which played a huge role in ancient Greece as they took precious information to establish colonies and other important information.

With the Athens to Delphi day trip, we will drive through Levadia to reach the slopes of Mount Parnassus, which is the picturesque village of Arachova, famous for its bright multi-colored carpets and its ski center(shortstop). Continuing our Athens to Delphi day trip, we will arrive at Delphi.

You will be able to see the unique Tholos temple, dedicated to Athena Pronaia as well as the Gymnasium where athletes were trained, and the Castalia spring where every visitor had to drink water first before his visit.

You will then see the temple of Apollo where Pythia was seated on her tripod, the theatre, the Stadium where Pythian games took place, buildings like the Athenian treasury, Siphnians, Naxians, etc.

The offerings that Delphians were receiving at that time were enormous, and it was always a magnet for invasions from Barbarian tribes. When Greece was conquered by the Romans, thousands of statues and artifacts were taken to Rome for years.

Unfortunately, most of them were lost after so many centuries, also natural catastrophes such as earthquakes. It is believed that less than 10% survived.

Inside the Delphi museum, you will admire the charioteer of Delphi, the statue of 3 dancers, the Antinoos statue, the golden mask of Apollo, the huge Sphinx of Naxos, the friezes that describe famous themes from mythology, and much more. All (of these were) offerings of Greek city-states to the oracle of Delphi.

You can choose a restaurant for lunch (optional) in the village of Delphi as well as free time to explore Delphi or for shopping. Driving back to Athens we can visit the Monastery of Osios Loukas.

Founded in about 1011 AD, the monastery of Osios Loukas 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 back to 944 AD this octagonal Byzantine structure is a hallmark of medieval church design. It is in excellent condition and contains 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.

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Athens to Delphi Day Trip-Greece Athens Tours
Athens to Delphi Day Trip-Greece Athens Tours

Historical Significance of the Oracle of Delphi

The Oracle of Delphi holds a unique place in history, captivating the minds of historians and archaeologists alike. Situated in the breathtaking landscape of Mount Parnassus in Greece, Delphi was considered the center of the world in ancient times. The Oracle served as a spiritual and religious sanctuary, where people sought guidance from the gods through the Pythia, the high priestess of Apollo. Delphi’s significance extended beyond religious practices, as it played a crucial role in shaping political and cultural decisions in ancient Greece.

Delphi’s historical importance is not limited to its religious significance. It was a gathering place for intellectuals, philosophers, and leaders from across the Mediterranean. The Oracle’s pronouncements were highly respected and influenced major decisions, such as the founding of colonies and the outcome of wars. The ruins of the Temple of Apollo, where the Oracle resided, stand as a testament to the power and influence held by Delphi in the ancient world. Exploring the archaeological remains allows visitors to step back in time and experience the grandeur and mystery of this renowned ancient sanctuary.

Delphi’s status as the center of the world and its association with the Oracle have given rise to countless myths and legends. From the ancient tale of Apollo slaying the Python to establish his sanctuary at Delphi, to the story of Hercules consulting the Oracle for guidance on his twelve labors, these legends add an air of enchantment and mystique to the site. Unraveling these myths and understanding their significance enhances the experience of touring Delphi, making it an unforgettable journey into the ancient world

Archaeological Attractions in Delphi

Delphi is rich in archaeological attractions that showcase the magnificence of ancient Greek civilization. The most prominent among them is the Temple of Apollo, where the Oracle resided. The temple’s ruins offer a glimpse into the architectural prowess of the ancient Greeks, with its Doric columns and intricate carvings. As I stood amidst the remains, I couldn’t help but marvel at the craftsmanship that went into creating such a majestic structure.

Another must-visit site is the Delphi Theatre, a stunning amphitheater built into the side of the mountain. With its breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, it’s easy to imagine the spectators being captivated by the performances held there. The Theatre of Delphi provides a perfect setting to understand the importance of theater in ancient Greek society and its connection to religious and cultural events.

For those seeking a deeper understanding of the ancient world, a visit to the Delphi Archaeological Museum is a must. This treasure trove houses a collection of artifacts discovered in and around Delphi, including statues, sculptures, and votive offerings. These artifacts provide valuable insights into the daily lives, religious practices, and artistic achievements of the ancient Greeks. Exploring the museum’s exhibits is a journey through time, allowing visitors to connect with the people who once inhabited this sacred place.

Natural Beauty and Scenic Views in Delphi

Delphi’s allure extends beyond its historical and archaeological significance. Nestled on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, the site offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. As I stood at the edge of the sanctuary, I was greeted by a panorama of rolling hills, verdant valleys, and a glimpse of the sparkling Gulf of Corinth in the distance. The natural beauty of Delphi creates a serene and peaceful atmosphere, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the tranquility of the surroundings.

Exploring the Sacred Way, the ancient path leading to the Temple of Apollo, is a journey through nature as much as it is through history. Lined with statues, treasuries, and monuments, this pathway offers a unique blend of archaeological wonders and natural splendor. Walking along the Sacred Way, I was captivated by the harmonious integration of human craftsmanship and the untouched beauty of the landscape.

For those seeking a more adventurous experience, a hike up Mount Parnassus is a must. The trails winding through the mountainside offer breathtaking views at every turn. Standing atop the summit, I felt a sense of awe and wonder, knowing that the same landscape had inspired countless pilgrims, philosophers, and seekers of wisdom throughout the centuries.

Faq Athens to Delphi Day Trip

the departure location is your Hotel, Port or Airbnb.

  • A guided tour of important places
  • English speaking driver-guide
  • Pick up/drop off
  • Unlimited bottled water

  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Licensed Guide

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What's Included

  • A guided tour of important places
  • English speaking driver-guide
  • Pick up/drop off
  • Unlimited bottled water

What's Excluded

  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Licensed Guide

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