Category Archive : Tours visiting Delphi

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Tour Details
This independent tour to Meteora and Delphi gives you the chance to visit 2 well known UNESCO sites, Meteora, and Delphi. Travel on a combination of train, bus and taxi from Athens and back in the most efficient way. Enjoy unique landscapes, and visit monuments of great historical importance. Join top local tours, a) Meteora Sunset Tour, and b) either the morning Half-Day Tour or the Meteora Hiking Tour. The train tickets are issued in B or A class depending on your choice.

With daily departures, you travel on your own or in a small group.
In Kalambaka, join a local tour(optional) and learn about the culture and history of the place from the local tour leader.

Included in the price

Train tickets from Athens to Kalambaka
Train tickets from Kalambaka to Levadia
1 night stay in Hotel Kosta FAMISI, in Kalambaka
Taxi transfer from Livadia to Delphi
1 night stay in Hotel LEFAS, in Delphi
Intercity Bus tickets from Delphi to Athens
Join the Meteora Sunset Tour (optional)
Choose the second day’s tour (optional)
English speaking tour leader on the tours
Taxes & service fees

Meals, and entrance fees to the monasteries and the archaeological site/museum in Delphi are not included.

VISIT DELPHI BY BUS

To help the people that want to take a side trip to Delphi, we offer the “One Day tour to Delphi” for 59.00 euro (2016 price). Students pay 49.00 euro, cash in our office. We call it “enabler’s tour to Delphi” and includes: transportation, pick up / drop off from your hotel, and the services of the professional tour guide, during the tour. The entrance tickets to the museum and site (12.00 euro for adults or 6.00 euro discounted) as well as lunch is not included. You pay for them, on the spot. For information and bookings, please, contact us at: tours@astoriatravel.gr mentioning the enabler’s tours.

If you still prefer to do the trip on your own, Delphi can be reached from Athens only by bus. There are no trains connecting Athens and Delphi.
However, Delphi, Olympia and the Acropolis of Athens are 3 places that a professional tour guide is needed. Without a tour guide, you leave from Delphi, with the feeling that you visited the oracle of Delphi, but you missed something.
In Delphi, the local professional tour guide that I recommend without a second thought is Penny (Pagona) Kolomvotsou. Her e-mail is: kpagona@hotmail.com, her Greek cell phone: 69 446 444 27 and she is the lady that is talking to Rick Steves about the importance of the Delphi sanctuary in my www.toursingreece.info/One-day-tour-Delphi.htm (Click and listen to her). She is extremely knowledgeable and graduated with a B.A, and M.A. degree in museum studies. She speaks German & English, fluently, and she is a pure Delphian lady, born and grown in Delphi. Her family owns the Hotel LETO DELPHI.

– F.Y.I. The entrance fees to the museum and the ancient site of Delphi cost 12.00 euro per adult.
– To get to Delphi by local bus, you depart from the bus terminal, located at 216 Liossion street. Go to the Attiki metro stop, and get a bus travelling along Liossion street. A taxi from your hotel should cost +/- 10.00 euro.

Call the bus station (++30 210 8317096) and check the timetables. Be at the terminal 30 minutes before the bus departure, get your ticket and find your bus. A single ticket costs 15.10 euros one way (Jan 2015). You cannot book in advance your bus tickets. You book your return seat at the bus station in Delphi when you get there.
Keep your ticket on you at all times. There are numerous inspections during the trip and a large fine applies if you don’t present a ticket.

SEE also:
1) All the options to visit Meteora (train and shared bus guided tours),
2) All the options to visit Olympia (Intercity bus and shared bus guided tours).

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Guided tour to Delphi

One day Tour to Classical Delphi, the famous “Temple Bank” of Greece.

The sheer magnificence and grandeur of the location strikes you. Below the site, a valley ringed by mountains, provides breathtaking views from any location within the site. Delphi was the most sacred place in the ancient world. A temple dedicated to god Apollo was built there in the 7th c BC. The Temple of Apollo housed the great Oracle of Delphi, the greatest source of income for a thousand years. The oracle that became a religious centre. Kings and common people, came to consult PYTHIA, the priestess of the sanctuary. In a secret room below the tripod of the Pythia, the priests of Apollo, interpreted her vague and wild cries, and put them into ordered language.

The archaeological site today with the treasuries, the ancient temples and the shrines, is one of the best in Greece, making Delphi one of Greece’s premier tourist attractions all year round. It is a 2.30 hour drive from Athens making the visit to Delphi a comfortable 1-day trip.

Operating days and prices


APRIL – OCTOBER the One Day Guided Tour to Delphi operates daily.
NOVEMBER – MARCH the tour operates 4 times per week; every Mon-Wed-Fri & Sun

PRICES: All travel agents, in Greece and worldwide, offer the same tour at different prices. We are sure that our prices for this tour is not matched by any other company. After 60 years organizing tours throughout Greece we have secured the best deals in all aspects of travel. So, why pay more?
Our discounted prices for this tour without entrance fees and without lunch are:
1) The adult price for the tour = 59.00 € + applicable entrance fees
2) The child’s price for the tour = 45.00 € (no entrance fees)
3) The Student Enabler price, (ISI card holders) = 49.00 €.
ONLY holders of International Student Identity Cards are eligible to this price. CLICK here and see what we call “Students Enabler” price.

ENTRANCE FEES:
JANUARY – DECEMBER, Juniors under 19 and E.U. students, are free of charge.
JANUARY – DECEMBER, Students from other countries and E.U. seniors over 65, pay 6.00 €
NOVEMBER – MARCH, everybody else, pay 6.00 €, while, from
APRIL – OCTOBER everybody else pay 12.00 € extra.

– Lunch is served in a restaurant outside modern Delphi and costs 10.00 € extra for everybody.

November-March the price for an adult without lunch is: 59.00 + 6.00=65.00 € and with lunch=75.00 €
We offer you the best price in the market. The decision is yours. We can assure you that you ‘ll have a great tour.

The tour services include:
– transportation on modern air-conditioned buses
– the services of the professional tour guide, and
– Pick up/drop off from or near your hotel (See the list of hotels in the footer of this website).

The ONE DAY DELPHI TOUR can also be organized as a private tour (cost shared between the passengers):
– Transportation of 1-4 passengers = 260.00 € (5-8 passengers the extra cost is 10.00 € per person).
In this private tour a) entrance fees, lunch, and drinks are not included in the price, plus
b) a local professional tour guide, can be arranged to meet you in Delphi at an extra cost.

The history of Delphi

If there is a site to visit in Greece then Delphi is this place. The sheer magnificence and grandeur of the location strikes you. God Apollo had chosen the best spot to build his temple. Below the site, a valley ringed by mountains, provides breathtaking views from any location within the site.

Delphi was considered to be one of the most important cities of ancient Greece. It was believed to be home to the goddess Gaia, or Earth, and later to Apollo after slaying Gaia’s son, the snake Python. The Pythian games—similar to the Olympic Games—were held here every four years to honour Apollo’s slaying of the Python dragon.

According to the myth, Zeus released two eagles. The one flew east and the other one flew west. They both met over Delphi, determining that the centre of the world was there. A temple dedicated to god Apollo was built there in the 7th c BC. The Temple of Apollo housed the great Oracle of Delphi, the world’s greatest source of income for a thousand years. The Oracle was the most eminent feature of Delphi, and some of the most important people from all over Greece—including demigods, according to Greek mythology—visited her to seek advice. The oracle of Apollo became a religious centre where common people and kings alike, came to consult “Pythia”, the priestess of the sanctuary. In a room, below the Pythia stood the priests, and interpreted her vague and wild cries, and put them into ordered language.

Above the entrance to the temple it reads ‘Know Thyself’ and ‘Nothing in Excess’. These sayings were read and pondered upon by all of the great kings, warriors and noblemen who came here for advice. The true wisdom of the Oracle lies not within the words of the Oracle’s priestess, but within the walls of the temple itself.

The site & the museum


Delphi was the most sacred place in the ancient world and thousands of pilgrims visited here, from kings and philosophers to common people to hear the prophesies of the Oracle and to watch and compete in the ancient games held here, the Pythian Games, similar to the Olympics.
The archaeological site is one of the best in Greece with ancient temples and shrines placed along the sacred way, making Delphi one of the best places to visit all year round. The site consists of the temple of Apollo, the treasury houses of the City States, the ancient theatre, the stadium at the top of the hill, the gymnasium, and hippodrome. The sanctuary was built in an imposing location, on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus. The Temple of Apollo, the treasury house of the Athenians, the Polygonal wall, the treasury houses of the different city States — where treasures from all over Greece were kept, and the Theatre are some of the most important building.

The remaining part of the ancient site, bellow the road, with the temple of Athena Pronaia, the Tholos (a circular structure with 3 of its original 20 doric columns restored), the gymnasium and the sports facilities, used for training for the athletes that took part in the “Pythian or Delphian Games”, is not visited in the guided tours. Choose the tour without lunch and when the group is having lunch you can visit them on your own, without the tour guide.

Today, next to the archaeological site, there is an impressive museum, displaying findings from the local excavations, that started 1892, masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture. The highlights are offerings by the oracle visitors, such as the famous bronze statue of the Charioteer, the statue of Antinoos, the famous athlete Aghias, the two “kouros” statues, the Roman “omphalos”, being the sculptured stone that represented the navel of the world, and many others.

When you finish with the sightseeing, you proceed to a local restaurant for lunch (optional), and after lunch the driver stops for 40 minutes at the nearby traditional village of Arachova. The bus arrives in the centre of Athens at +/- 18.30.

Timeplan & map

Time Tour Plan Services
7:30 Start the pick up service Depart from the terminal at 08.30
11:30 Arrival in modern Delphi village On the way, 20 mins break near Levadia
11:45 Visit the museum & the ancient site Entrance fees – See the price you paid
14:30 Drive to a local restaurant for lunch Lunch, is optional – See the price you paid.
15:50 Take the return towards Athens Stop at the village of Arachova
18:30 Arrival in the centre of Athens Hotel drop off by 19.30

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