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  3. Athens
  4. Delphi Archaeological Site

Delphi: A Small Group Full Day Trip from Athens with Lunch

Product ID: 141894
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Depart from Athens to visit the ancient oracle of Delphi, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. Explore Delphi, the Temple of Apollo and the hilltop museum. Travel to Amfissa, explore mountain life, visit an authentic village and enjoy lunch.
About this activity
Duration 12 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the world-famous Delphi, considered the center of the ancient Greek world
  • Discover the temple of Apollo and the treasures of Delphi’s museum
  • Visit eerie and abandoned tanneries and see one of the last tanners at work!
  • Visit the authentic, rarely visited mountain village of Amfissa
  • Enjoy a hearty, home-cooked lunch in the village’s traditional square
Full description
The oracle of Delphi is located in a place of outstanding natural beauty on the lower slopes of Mount Parnassos. Before you enter the archaeological site and investigate its wonders, you’ll have a chance to find out much more about the mountain and what life is like here today. To accomplish this, you’ll take a short walking trail of magnificent views, following the exact pilgrimage route the ancient Greeks used to reach the Oracle. Along the way you will also learn about the area and its plants and animals from your guide.  

From there, you’ll travel to Amfissa for a visit to the last bell-maker in Greece. In his small workshop, he’ll show you what goes into creating the  bells that the local villagers use for their livestock. You’ll also see an old town district, largely abandoned today, which used to be the leather tanner’s area. Here, in a space that’s strongly evocative of the past, you’ll see what a tanner’s working life was like a century ago (and still is!), and you’ll hear a wonderful ghost story as well. After that, it’s time for lunch, all in the form of delicacies from the area, which you’ll enjoy under the large plane tree of the town square – taste local cheeses and the famous Amfissa olives before tucking into a traditional regional specialty as a main course.

When lunch is finished, it’s back to Delphi, the ancient oracle of the Gods. There, see the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, the reconstructed Athenian Treasury, the theater and the ancient Stadium high above all the rest. Take your time, not only because the site is built into the side of a mountain, but also because there’s just so much to see here, and the setting itself is magical. A place of great spiritual power hugging the side of a towering mountain, and below it, a river of olive trees running down to the Gulf of Corinth. It’s no wonder at all that even ancient noblemen were cowed by the splendor of this earthly connection to the divine.  When you’ve seen all there is to see outside, it’s time for the museum, a short walk downhill from the site. Here, be sure to see the bronze Charioteer of Delphi, the haunting Sphinx of Naxos and what might be the very first ever recorded notation of a melody, contained in an ancient inscription from the walls of the original Athenian Treasury.
Includes
  • Professional English or French speaking tour leader
  • Licensed English or French speaking Guide in Delphi
  • Transfer by a/c vehicle
  • Visit to the last Greek bell maker
  • Visit to a traditional tannery
  • Hike in Delphi
  • Lunch, snack and water
  • Petrol cost, toll fees and taxes
What’s Not Included
  • Drinks
  • Entry fees to the Delphi archaeological site
  • Personal expenses

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Mitropoleos & Filelinon conjunction is a main corner across Syntagma Square. You can get to Syntagma Square easily by metro (blue or red line) or by tram and walk towards the lower part of the square. Your guide will be waiting for you outside the COSMOTE store, holding an Alternative Athens sign.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Please let us know your hotel location in Athens and you will be notified by email about the tour details (please check your spam folder)
• This is an extraordinary tour with need for preplanning so it requires a minimum of 5 participants. In case of cancellation, an alternative date or full refund will be granted
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Product ID: 141894