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Delphi

The layout of Delphi is a unique artistic achievement. Mount Parnassus is a masterpiece where a series of monuments were built whose modular elements – terraces, temples, treasuries,  etc. – combine to form a strong expression of the physical and moral values of a site which may be described as magical. Situated in a magnificent natural setting which is still intact, it is an outstanding example of a great Pan-Hellenic sanctuary.

Root of Tour

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Pain of Beotia

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Thieve city

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Aliartos vilage

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Levadia city

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Distomo and Steiri

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Osios Lucas monastery

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Arachova village

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Delphi and monuments

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Museum of Delphi

Tour duration : 11 hours

Delphi Tour

Delphi Additional Information

The Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi , where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the site of the omphalos, the ‘navel of the world’. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and charged with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century B.C. was indeed the religious center and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world.

Delphi is one of the most historical sites in Greece, mostly famous for its Oracle. The location took its name from the word “delphini” (dolphin) according to the myth when Apollo the god arrived there from island Crete south of Greece riding a dolphin.

Archaeologists have evidence that Delphi was inhabited since the Neolithic period. As the role of the oracle during the prehistoric times is vague, the significance of Delphi in the ancient times is for right acknowledged by a lot of ancient writers.

During the Mycenaean period, from 1600 and 1100 BC, Delphi was the place where the ritual worship of the deity of Mother Earth was conducted. Her influence knew no bounds and by the 8th century BC the oracle of Delphi attained worldwide recognition for accurately forecasting the future of mankind. In ancient times, Delphi was regarded to be the center of planet earth.

Those ancient days, the Oracle of Delphi was a sacred place. The visitors were first purified from their sins in the Castalian Spring and then they were going to the oracle to ask for advice and what the future will tell. The oracles were bestowed by Pythia. She would give the prophecy to the priests of the temple and the priests gave it to visitors.

The fame of the Oracle in Delphi spread all over the Mediterranean Sea. From the average man on the street to the mighty emperors, everyone sought advice from this Oracle if the matter was of great importance.

The Oracle of Delphi cut across boundaries, and throughout its existence it offered neutral opinions without any bias or favor. These visitors would bring many gifts and presents to the Oracle.  The most famous are the Treasury of the Athenians and the Treasury of Syphnians.

Every four years, the Delphian Games would also take place to honor Apollo the god , the protector of the Oracle. The games were taking place in the Stadium and the participants used to exercise in the Gymnasium.

Although the Oracle of Delphi played a large religious and political role in the ancient times, it declined with the spreading of Christianity.

Delphi Architecture

The layout of Delphi is a unique artistic achievement. Mount Parnassus is a masterpiece where a series of monuments were built whose modular elements – terraces, temples, treasuries, etc. – combine to form a strong expression of the physical and moral values of a site which may be described as magical. Situated in a magnificent natural setting which is still intact, it is an outstanding example of a great Pan-Hellenic sanctuary.

During the Mycenaean period, the female deity of Earth was worshipped in the small settlement of Delphi. The development of the sanctuary and oracle were to begin in the 8th century BC with the establishment of the cult of Apollo. Under the protection and administration of the Amphictyony, the sanctuary continued to be autonomous after the First Sacred War and, as a result, increased its Pan-Hellenic religious and political influence.

The Pythian Games were reorganized, the sanctuary was enlarged, and it was enriched with fine buildings, statues, and other offerings.

In the 3rd century BC it came under the domination of the Aetolians and later, in 191 BC, was conquered by the Romans. During the Roman period the site was plundered on occasions, but it was also favoured by some of the Emperors.

With the spread of Christianity, the sanctuary lost its religious meaning and was closed down by Theodosius the Great.

Delphi is in the north part of Greece on the mainland about 185 km away from Athens. It’s located on Parnassos mountain, one of the highest in the country.

It takes about 2 1/2 hours to drive from Athens and was once the most important religious site in ancient Greece. Today is one of the most important archaeological sites. Delphi’s location on the mountains is really breathtaking, you can understand why Delphi was so unique and special.

After the Acropolis in Athens, Delphi is for sure the next most popular ancient site in Greece with hundreds of visitors coming from all around the world every year το admire.

Many daily excursions are organized to Delphi from the centre of Athens. It is considered among the sites you should definitely visit coming to Greece.

Apart from the archaeological monuments and museum, Delphi is also famous for its unique architecture and the great view of the valley from Delphi village.

This site can be accessed through the national highway and then we enter the country side road passing from important towns like Thieve and Leivadia before taking the Parnassos mountain to approach Delphi.

Delphi Tour Map

Thieve city, were the King Oedipus was born

Aliartos vilage

Levadia city

Parnassos mountain

Distomo and Steiri

Osios Lucas monastery

Arachova village

Delphi and monuments

Delphi Photos

Useful information

Additional fees

Delphi : 6€ for the archaeological site

Archeological Museum : 3€

Total : 9€ per person

(Local box office provides your tickets to buy)

Dress

Your clothes must be comfortable, not heavy, carrying with you just in case a light jacket. Shoes must be flat-soled (like sport shoes). Sun glasses, a hat and a small bottle of fresh cold water (provided by the company) are also recommended.

Opening days

Delphi monuments and Museum : Everyday from 08:00 to 20:00 (last entrance 19:40)

Ossios Lucas monastery : Tuesday – Sunday from 09:00 to 17.00. Monday closed

Free admission days

6 March – in memory of Melina Mercouri

18 April – International Day for Monuments

18 May – International Museum Day

5 June – World Environment Day

The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)

27 September – World Tourism Day

Every first Sunday of the month from November 1st to March 31st

28 October – National Greek Holiday

Closed

1 January

25 March

1 May

Easter Sunday

25 December (Christmas)

26 December

Payment

We accept euro and at the end of the tour we provide a receipt with the total amount which includes the payment of the English speaking driver, taxes, tolls and fuel.

Lunch and entrance tickets at sites and museums are not included.

Please keep in mind that our driver is not a tour guide so he is not licensed to accompany you inside the sites. If you want a licensed guide you will have to hire one at extra cost.

For further information please do not hesitate to send us an e-mail. The respond will be as soon as possible.

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