Top attractions in Delphi, Greece
Steeped in history and wrapped in mythology, Delphi was the center of the Hellenic
world. A visit to the sanctuary on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus was also the opportunity
to consult with the Oracle at the Temple of Apollo and hear a prophecy for the future.
The Spring of Castalia divides the site into two: the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, which
includes the circular Tholos, and the Sanctuary of Apollo and its ruins.
The inclined path, along which the lone Treasury of the Athenians once brimmed with
riches among many others of its kind, zigzags through the Sanctuary of Apollo.
Once a prominent feature at the end of the Sacred Way, visitors entered the temple to
consult with the Oracle. Her answers were ambiguous at best and open to
First built with white stone from Mt. Parnassus in the 4th century BC, the 35 rows
seated an audience of 5,000 and provided a panorama of the stunning landscape
In mythology, Parnassus was the son of the nymph Kleodora, who lived on the
mountain with her two sisters. The site was sacred to Dionysus and Apollo and also
home to the Muses.
The museum houses a fine collection of artifacts from the site, including statues,
friezes from the treasuries, and other votive offerings pilgrims brought on their visits.
The home of the Greek poet and playwright and his wife illustrates their efforts for
a revival of Delphic Festivals in 1927 and 1933. Costumes and other items are on
Many arrive from Athens on a day-trip, or stop along way as they travel farther north.
Anticipate spending a few hours exploring the site and visiting the museum, which is
included in the entrance price.
The drive from Athens to Delphi can take two hours by car and about three hours by
KTEL bus from KTEL Station B, located on 260 Liossion St with the entrance on
Gousiou St. It's about a 10-minute walk from Agios Nikolaos metro station.
Once arriving at the archaeological site, your own two feet with good shoes will take
you where you need to go.
The modern village of Delphi is small, but you'll find more than a dozen hotels directly in the center.
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- The area is popular in summer for the sightseeing, and in winter for the skiing at the nearby resorts, so plan your visit for spring, when the temperatures are mild and you'll avoid the crowds.
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What people are saying about Delphi, Greece
Georgia was a great host. We enjoyed our privat tour through the museum, where she told us interesting facts about the artefacts and prepared us for the visit to the ancient site. After a short stroll you enter the archeological site of Delphi and can truly immerse yourself in those tales of the ancient oracle. We chose this tour only a day and half in advance and were anxiously waiting for a call or a message by Georgia. It didn’t help, that WhatsApp showed her online... Eventually we got a reply in iMessages and could arrange the time. So have patience, it will all work out in the end ;) We would definitely recommend this tour.
My son and I had a great trip to Delphi. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and fueled our journey with ancient stories of Delphi. The site of Delph is beautiful and the museum is amazing, better artefacts than the Acropolis museum, in my opinion. The only down side is the cost drinks at the obligatory stop off. And the whole trip feels rushed. No time to sit and meditate at the ancient site of Delphi and no time to study and contemplate the artefacts in the museum. For that reason I would recommend a longer trip and overnight stay. The local village is idyllic.
we booked the minibus tour which was in fact 11 people, so not overcrowded, our driver was friendly and had a safe driving style. The guide in Delphi was well informed, sometimes a bit to much hurry when going trough museum and archeological site. Museum and site very impressive, worth the long travel from athens. But just do not expect too much from the "original greek lunch" - usual level for a touristic hotspot. Stop in city Arachova not really worthy .
Awesome tour and tour guide -Kostas. Made a good overview of the main historical events that shaped classical era Athens and peppered it with some mythological stories to set the scene for what was expecting us at Delphi. One of the best guides we had in over 11 European countries that we visited so far. Also, hats off to Lukas, the driver, who made us feel really safe on the narrow and slopey roads leading to Delphi.
My mum and I did this trip during our three night stay in Athens. Our tour guide, Effie, was extremely knowledgeable throughout the trip, retelling mythical stories, pointing out areas of interest and bringing the Temple of Apollo to life. The meeting point was very easy to find, the spot for lunch was beautiful and the short stop in Arachova was lovely! I would definitely recommend doing this trip!!