DELPHI – the centre of the universe
Operating days and prices
Delphi was the most sacred place in the ancient world and thousands of pilgrims, from kings and philosophers to common people, came to hear the prophesies of the Oracle and to watch and compete in the Pythian Games, similar to the Olympics, that were organized in Delphi. The archaeological site is one of the best in Greece with ancient temples and shrines placed on the slopes of Mt Parnassus, makes Delphi one of the best places to visit all year round. It is a 2.30 hr drive from Athens.
April – October the One day guided tour to Delphi is organized daily.
November – March the tour is organized 4 times per week; every Mon-Wed-Fri & Sun
We all sell the same tours each one of us at different discounted prices. Our discounted offers for the 1 day guided tour to Delphi, are:
1) The adult price, for the guided tour, NO lunch and NO entrance fees = 59.00 €
April-October the entrance fees cost 12.00 € extra. November-March the entrance fees cost 6.00 € extra.
Lunch costs 10.00 € extra, added on the adult price.
2) The student price, (ISI card holders) for the guided tour, NO lunch and NO entrance fees = 49.00 €, (We call it “Student’s enabler price”). ONLY holders of International Student Identity cards are eligible to this price.
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The prices quoted above, are in euro, per person, and include:
– transportation on modern air-conditioned buses
– Pick up/drop off from or near your hotel (See the list of hotels at the footer of the website)
– the services of the professional tour guide.
– Lunch and entrance tickets are optional and depend on the price that you decide to pay.
– The tour does not visit the Athena Pronaia temple, or, the Byzantine monastery of Ossios Lucas.
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 the extra cost.
Please, find in the footer and read the “4 steps 2 make a booking”.
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 thedifferentcity States — where treasures from all over Greece were kept, and the Theatre are some of the most important building.
The remainind 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 fascilities, 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
|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|