In this tour to Delphi, we visit the famous ancient sanctuary that grew rich as the seat of Pythia, the oracle consulted about important decisions throughout the ancient classical world. Moreover, the Greeks considered Delphi the navel (or center) of the world, as represented by the stone monument known as the Omphalos of Delphi.
Delphi is located on the south-western slope of Mount Parnassus, in Phocis Prefecture just 184 Km (122 mi) west of Athens. Visitors from Athens can reach the site in slightly less than 2 hours.
According to Greek Mythology, Zeus determined the site of Delphi while seeking the centre of Gaia, his “Grandmother Earth”. Apollo became the Sanctuary’s Master when he killed Python. The oldest findings have been located at Korykio Andro and are dated in 4000 B.C.
Delphi is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in having had a phenomenal influence in the ancient world, as evidenced by the rich monuments built there by most of the important ancient Greek city-states, demonstrating their fundamental Hellenic unity.
Besides the Sanctuary, we will visit the Museum of Delphi which houses rich collections of architectural sculpture, statues and minor objects donated to the sanctuary.
30 km away from Delphi, lies Arachova, a famous mountain village, and a popular winter resort. In Arachova, we can wander around picturesque pathways and explore the local markets, famous for their traditional dairy products and their woven fabrics.
*A tour guide can be provided upon request (fee not included).