Forget the hassles of hiring a car and finding your own way! Take a small group tour of Delphi from Athens and its exquisite highlights: Delphi archaelogical site , Delphi museum , Arachova and Osios Loukas monastery.Enjoy personalized attention from your expert guide on this small group tour restricted to a maximum of 14 people.
|DEPARTURE DAYS||Apr – Oct (Wed,Fri)|
Most sites in Greece involve extended walking and/or slippery surfaces.
Therefore we strongly suggest wearing comfortable sturdy shoes.
Sunscreen, hat and water are also good “travel companions”.
|DIFFICULTY||Due to extend walking and slippery surfaces please inform us if you have walking disabilities or using a wheelchair before booking this tour.|
Full-day tour to Delphi from Athens
Visit the Delphi archeological site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
See incredible monuments from Ancient Greece like the Temple of Apollo
Explore Delphi Archeological Museum and see the Charioteer of Delphi
Visit Osios Loukas byzantine monastery
Have a walk around the beautiful village of Arachova
Forget the hassles of hiring a car and finding your own way! Take a small group tour of Delphi from Athens and its exquisite highlights: Delphi archaelogical site , Delphi museum , Arachova and Osios Loukas monastery. Your mini bus holds a maximum of 14 passengers, and a small group tour is the perfect way to get to out-of-the-way places in one day.
You’ll arrive at Delphi at around noon after a scenic drive through Thebes valleys and cotton fields, passing by Levadia (short stop). Your expert guide will give you a guided tour of Delphi archaeological site. Pass by CASTALIA SPRING, visit the archaeological site and see the Athenian Treasury, the Theatre, the Temple of Apollo famous for its oracle, the Navel of the Earth, the Sacred Way and the Museum of Delphi, with it’s spectacular finds, including the unique bronze Charioteer, the Naxian Sphinx , the Statue of Antinoos. Delphi is one of the national treasures of Greece and Unesco’s world heritage monument.
Continue to the picturesque mountain village of ARACHOVA, well known for its attractive hand-woven carpets, rugs and quilts, as well as for its wine and cheese. Explore Arachova, have lunch or relax in a cafe. After our one hour stop at Arachova continue to visit Osios Loucas Monastery.
The monastery of Saint Lukas was built in the 11th century a UNESCO World Heritage Monument, is of high architectural and artistic value. It’s Byzantine cathedral is decorated with splendid mosaics and it is architecturally one of the finest Byzantine monuments in the country.
Temple of Apollo
Between the sixth and fourth centuries BC, the Delphic oracle, which was regarded as the most trustworthy, was at its peak. It was delivered by the Pythia, the priestess, and interpreted by the priests of Apollo. Cities, rulers and ordinary individuals alike consulted the oracle, expressing their gratitude with great gifts and spreading its fame around the world. The oracle was thought to have existed since the dawn of time. Indeed, it was believed to have successfully predicted events related to the cataclysm of Deukalion, the Argonaut’s expedition and the Trojan War; more certain are the consultations over the founding of the Greek colonies. It was the oracle’s fame and prestige that caused two Sacred Wars in the middle of the fifth and fourth centuries BC. In the third century BC, the sanctuary was conquered by the Aetolians, who were driven out by the Romans in 191 BC. In Roman times, the sanctuary was favored by some emperors and plundered by others, including Sulla in 86 BC.
Delphi Archeological Museum
The permanent exhibition of the Archaeological Museum of Delphi focuses on the history of the Delphic sanctuary and oracle, covering the long time span from prehistory to Late Antiquity. Most of the exhibits were donated to the sanctuary during its period of great prosperity, from Archaic Greek to Roman times. The exhibits are presented in chronological order and by context (Sanctuary of Pronaia, votive pit of the Sacred Way, Temple of Apollo, Siphnian Treasury). These groups are part of larger exhibition units, which allow the visitor to understand the periods of floruit and decline of the sanctuary, the wealth of the different donators, the identity of the various artistic workshops and the urban and demographic development around the sanctuary. The exhibition is set out according to the specific needs of each medium: large-scale statues and architectural sculpture need more ‘room to breath’ than the so-called minor objects. The exhibition focuses mainly on the art of the Archaic period, on metal and marble offerings rather than on pottery, and on monumental architectural and sculptural groups rather than on domestic or funerary assemblages. Some particularly impressive exhibits, such as the famous bronze Charioteer, are displayed separately. Texts, models, maps, sketches and digital reconstructions, illustrating the physical setting of the objects, complete the exhibition.
Monastery of Osios Loukas
The monastery lies on the west slope of the Mt. Helikon, below the acropolis of ancient Steirion. It is enclosed by a wall and comprises two- and three-storeyed blocks of cells, a bell-tower at the SW corner, the Refectory on the south side and the two adjoining churches, at the centre of the enclosure.The smaller church, dedicated to the Theotokos, was built in the 10th century. It is the earliest known example of the four-column, cross-in-square type, it has a spacious, two-column narthex on the west side and a portico to the west of it. This portico actually connects the two churches. The walls are built in cloisonne masonry and are decorated with rich brick (Cufic) ornaments. The diakonikon and the arched portico between the diakonikon and the pulpit were decorated with beautiful wall paintings slightly later in date (11th-12th century) but traces of earlier frescos have also been revealed.
Village of Arachova
Arachova is a mountain town and a former municipality in the western part of Boeotia, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is a municipal unit, part of the municipality Distomo-Arachova-Antikyra.Its name is of South Slavic origin and denotes a place with walnut trees. It is a tourist destination due to its location in the mountains, its traditions and its proximity to the town of Delphi.