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Delphi And Surrounding Villages

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Delphi And Surrounding Villages

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Overview



Incredible sights await you during this fascinating tour.

If you are arriving on a cruise ship, your tour will depart from Piraeus, the ancient port of Athens. If you are staying in a hotel in Athens, your tour will begin at your hotel.

Regarded by the ancients as the center of the world, the Sanctuary of Delphi is nestled in the forested slopes and rocky crags of Mount Parnassus. A sacred site since the Bronze Age, legend has it that the shrine, and its famous oracle, was once guarded by the she-dragon Pytho. Pytho was eventually slain by the god Apollo, whose followers appropriated the site in the 8th century B.C. Lying roughly 100 miles northwest of Athens, the complex of buildings includes the Temple of Apollo, home of the famous oracle, the mysterious Corycian Cave, and the Castalian Spring. Your English-speaking driver will explain all of this fascinating history to you.

We'll also visit the Monastery of Osios Loukas, set in the folds of Mt. Helikon, halfway between Athens and Delphi. Here, you'll find the Byzantine monastery of Saint Luke, built in the 11th century. The splendid mosaics and architecture make this monastery one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art. Drive through this wonderful site, soaking in the history and the scenery.

Next, we'll stop at the town of Thebes, famous in Greek mythology and for its role in such legendary stories as the tragedy of King Oedipus. We'll also stop in the lively town of Levadia. Enjoy the lovely white houses in the upper part of the town, complete with authentic wooden balconies dating back hundreds of years.

Our last stop will be the mountain village of Arachova, located on the slopes of Parnassus at a height of over 3,000 feet! Wander through the narrow streets lined with taverns and workshops. Taste the local specialty, formaela, a type of soft fried cheese. Arachova is also famous for their handmade carpets, sold in all sorts of wonderful bright colors.

- Please note that your English-speaking driver cannot enter sites with you.
- The price of this tour does not include any food, beverages, entrance fees, or gratuities.
- The entrance fee to Delphi (including the museum) is 12€ per person and the entrance fee to Osios Loukas is approximately 3€ per person.
- Please note that this tour starts at 8am to avoid traffic congestion.

Days offered: 7 days a week

Departures:
  • 08:00 AM, duration: 8 hours


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