Take a trip to the center of the Ancient Greek universe, on a full-day tour of Delphi. Site of the oracle, and heart of the classical Greek world, explore the hilltop museum and ruins, famous for its amphitheater, and Temple of Apollo. Once written on the temple of Apollo were the aphorisms “know thyself” and “nothing in excess”. Of all the achievements that man can attain for himself in a lifetime perhaps the most significant and noble is to know thyself and if you are going to cross the threshold between heaven and earth you better be prepared. Greece is not only the Acropolis of Athens. Greece has countless sites and places of beauty worthy of being added to your “what to see in my lifetime” list. And Delphi is definitely one of them.
Less than 200 kilometers northeast of Athens, nestled in the embrace of Mt. Parnassus, is perhaps the most sacred site of the ancient world. It was believed to be the center of the earth, the center of wisdom and spirituality. This place is called Delphi. In ancient times it was a sanctuary dedicated to the god Apollo and was most famous for its oracle where it is said that Apollo spoke through his priestess Pythia.
The Oracle at Delphi was believed to successfully predict future events for over a thousand years. An oracle was a person who was considered a portal to the gods. When Pythia spoke, it was the voice and the will of the gods that spoke through her.
The Acropolis of Athens and the Aphaia Temple in Aegina are equally spaced from Delphi at 121 kilometers. The Acropolis of Athens and Olympia are equally spaced from Delphi at 121 kilometers forming a perfect triangle. And the sacred sites of Dion and Dodona are equally spaced from Delphi at 195 kilometers apart. If you could connect the dots from space you would get 3 triangles, each with Delphi as their central point! The ancient sages believed that Delphi was where heaven and earth came together.
This information only verifies that Delphi was perhaps the most significant site of the ancient world. But it does not provide us with a “why”. Perhaps this is something that we must all discover for ourselves by visiting Delphi.
- Save time—see the best of Delphi in a day, including the Temple of Apollo
- No need to wait for other travelers—the tour is completely private
- Enjoy the perk of having hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Avoid the crowds on public transport and travel in a private vehicle.
- Departing from Athens, travel to Delphi, located on the spur of Mount Parnassus, making a short rest stop outside the town of Levadia.
- Arrive in Delphi, and visit the famous theatre, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, and get an insight into the world of the Ancient Greeks.
- Visit the Temple of Apollo, the center of Ancient Greece, and best-known for its famous oracle.
8 - 10h
Hotel, airport, port, pickup and drop-off
Transport by private vehicle
Entrance Fees [12€ for over 6 yo for Non EU & 24 yo for EU Citizens]
Entry/Admission - Monastery of Hosios Loukas
Entry/Admission - Delphi Archaeological Museum
Entry/Admission - Temple of Apollo
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
Infant seats available
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.
During winter season (1 November - 31 March): The visit to Athena Pronaia Sanctuary will not take place due to the limited opening hours of the exhibition area.
Expect mostly warm weather in Greece during the day and cooler at night. For day trips, comfortable walking shoes, sun glasses, hat and loose fitted clothing are strongly recommended. The site of Delphi is perched on the side of a hill. All visitors are rewarded with a beautiful view over the site and the valley beyond.
If you need additional information please do not hesitate to contact us and we will provide to you in order to help you decide if this tour or activity is right for you.