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Athens: Delphi Day Trip with Licensed Guided Tour and Pickup

1. Athens: Delphi Day Trip with Licensed Guided Tour and Pickup

Explore the most famous sights of ancient Greece on a full-day guided mythology-inspired tour, at the same time with zero carbon footprint. Ignite your imagination with mythical tales of the culture and history of Delphi. Learn about the Oracle, ancient ruins like the amphitheater, and the Temple of Apollo, and immerse yourself in local history. Depart from Athens and travel to Delphi, located on the spur of Mount Parnassus. On your way, admire the Greek countryside and cross into the land of King Oedipus, a tragic mythical hero whose fate was determined after receiving a message from the Oracle from Delphi.  Start with a coffee break in Livadia. Once you’ve arrived in Delphi, visit the theater and enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains. Gain insight into the world of the Ancient Greeks. Visit the Temple of Apollo and learn all about common ancient rituals. After the exploration of the Delphi site, discover the stories behind some of the most important artifacts of antiquity in the Museum of Delphi. Marvel at the unique bronze Charioteer, the Naxian Sphinx, and the Statue of Antinoos, which provide insight into ancient Greek culture and history. After a lunch break, visit the Athena Pronaia Sanctuary, the most photographed spot in Delphi. Head back to Athens via the beautiful mountain village of Arachova, situated on the hills of the Parnassus Mountains where the tour will stop for a short photo opportunity.

From Athens: Day Trip to Delphi and Arachova

2. From Athens: Day Trip to Delphi and Arachova

Embark on a fascinating journey to Delphi, a captivating UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a guided tour departing from Athens. Immerse yourself in the mythical tales and historic legends of Ancient Greece as you explore this renowned destination. Begin your adventure by meeting your guide at the Halandri Metro Station, a convenient and central location. Board the comfortable bus and prepare to be mesmerized by the breathtaking views of the majestic Parnassus mountain range and the striking Fedriades rocks. Enter the heart of Ancient Greece and discover the archaeological museum of Delphi. Admire the Sphinx of the Naxians and the statue of Antinoos, among other treasures from the Archaic through the Roman era. Your guide will provide you with fascinating insights and historical context throughout. Afterward, travel to the picturesque village of Arachova, nestled in the foothills of Mt. Parnassus. Stroll through the charming streets and immerse yourself in the local culture, while your guide points out the unique features of this enchanting destination, before heading back to Athens.

From Athens: Delphi Full Day V.R. Audio Guided Tour

3. From Athens: Delphi Full Day V.R. Audio Guided Tour

Enjoy an audio-guided tour of the archaeological site in 8 languages. Visit the Delphi Archaeological Museum and explore the scenic mountain village of Arachova. At Delphi, relive and explore the ancient world with our innovative Virtual reality device and our multilingual commentary. After breakfast, board the air-conditioned bus at one of the main pick up points in Athens and head to Delphi with a scenic drive across the mainland. Enjoy a virtual reality, audio-guided tour inside the archaeological site, with entry tickets pre-booked and paid for you if you select the option. Admire the monuments of ancient Greece and see the Omphalos, considered by the ancient Greeks to be the center of the world. Explore the ancient theater, the hippodrome, the stadium, and the Tholos. Then you will visit the Delphi Archaeological Museum to complete your immersive experience. Later you will have the chance to stop at the picturesque mountain villages of Delphi and Arachova, known for its handmade crafts and traditional Greek architecture. Enjoy lunch, a quick coffee, or a bit of shopping. Afterward, the minibus with your driver will take you back to Athens and drop you off at one of the points in the city.

From Athens: Delphi Archaeological Site Full-Day Guided Trip

4. From Athens: Delphi Archaeological Site Full-Day Guided Trip

Embark on an unforgettable guided day trip from Athens to Delphi, the navel of the ancient Greek world. Visit the Delphi Archeological Site and museum. See the Temple of Apollo, the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, and more. Later, enjoy some free time to explore a scenic village. The morning of your trip, meet your licensed tour guide and depart in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. The drive takes about 2.5 hours going each way, so sit back and enjoy the passing scenery as you pass through the Boeotia plains. As you travel, immerse yourself in Ancient Greece as your guide tells tales about ancient Greek mythology, King Oedipus, God Apollo, and more. During a guided tour through the archaeological site, see some of the most important and unique archaeological monuments, such as the Temple of Apollo and its oracle, the Athenian Stoa, and the Polygonal Wall. Later, visit the Archaeological Museum of Delphi (entry fees paid on site), which hosts globally known pieces of art like the Sphinx of Naxos, the Statue of Antinous, the Siphnian Treasury, and the Charioteer of Delphi. After visiting Delphi, hop back on the bus to the multicolored village of Arachova, built on the mountainside. Take free time to arrange lunch at a traditional taverna (costs not included). Stroll around the village’s narrow alleys, enter some artisanal shops for local delicacies, and admire the hand-woven carpets. In the late afternoon, depart for your return to Athens on another 2.5-hour drive.

Delphi: Archaeological Site & Museum Ticket with Audio Guide

5. Delphi: Archaeological Site & Museum Ticket with Audio Guide

Travel to the core of mythical and spiritual ancient Greece with this ticket to the Delphi Archaeological Site and the Delphi Archaeological Museum. Avoiding the lines and save time for more sightseeing! When you arrive, simply scan your ticket at the ticket-validating machines at the entrance and enter inside to start exploring the site and its ruins with your own personal audio guide (download instructions received after booking on your voucher). See the temple of Apollo, the theatre, the stadium, the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia with the Tholos, the Kastalia Spring, and several treasuries. The archaeological museum on-site also contains numerous significant Greek artifacts from the excavations in the area. Listen to licensed guides and experts on storytelling present you with historical information and narrate original handpicked stories as you explore.

From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Guided Tour

6. From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Guided Tour

Embark on a 2-day tour that takes you to the ancient city of Delphi and across the scenic Plain of Thessaly to Kalambaka. Explore the picturesque small town located at the foot of Meteora, the site of one of the most important groups of Greek Orthodox monasteries, and minimize your environmental footprint with this gas emissions-neutral tour. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 Start the day with a relaxing drive through the beautiful Greek countryside, passing by the cities of Thebes, Levadia, and Arachova, before arriving in Delphi at around noon. At Delphi, you’ll have the opportunity to visit this important site that appears in Greek mythology. In ancient times, Delphi was considered to be the center of the universe and was guarded by a python dragon that was killed by Apollo. See the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, which was built in the 4th century B.C. and was destroyed by Emperor Theodosius I in 390 A.D. It was also here that the priestess Pythia would foretell the future from the famous Oracle of Delphi. Visit the theater that seated 5,000 spectators and hosted plays, poetry readings, and festivals. At the nearby stadium, the Pythian Games were held every 4 years. Athletes from all over the Greek world would come to compete, and these games would become the predecessor to the modern Olympics. At the end of the day, drive to Kalambaka, a lovely city with beautiful gardens and magnificent views of the Meteora rocks. Overnight in Kalambaka. Day 2 In the morning, head to Meteora for a tour of the fascinating cliff-top monasteries. Be amazed by the cliffs, which average a height of 1,000 feet, and were first inhabited in the 9th century by a group of hermit monks who lived on the rock towers Today 6 monasteries remain out of the original 20. Views of the entire valley from the magnificent rock towers, and the peace of the surroundings, make this a unique place to visit. On the way back to Athens you’ll make a short stop at the monument to Leonidas, the King of Sparta who died in 480 B.C. at the famous Battle of Thermopylae.

Delphi: Archaeological Site & Museum Ticket with Audio Tour

7. Delphi: Archaeological Site & Museum Ticket with Audio Tour

Experience Delphi at your own pace with an entry ticket and an audio guide on your smartphone. Receive your ticket by email, download the app and the audio guide prior to your visit, and travel back in time to discover the truth behind this world-renowned mythological story. Arrive at Delphi and enter the archeological site quickly by making use of your entry ticket. Take in the panoramic views from the top of Mount Parnassus. Put on your headphones, load up the app on your phone, and begin your audio guide. Set out to explore the Roman Agora, the treasury of the Athenians, and the temple of Apollo through the power of storytelling. Learn historical facts and hear anecdotes from ancient times. Enjoy a combination of text, audio narration, and maps. Listen to the audio guide again after you have left.

From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Tour with Hotel

8. From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Tour with Hotel

Embark on a 2-day tour to the archaeological site of Delphi and the historic Orthodox monasteries built on the rocks of Meteora. Learn about the myths and history attached to these sites from your guide on this guided tour from Athens. Day 1: Depart Athens for the ancient site of the Oracle of Delphi. Travel by air-conditioned coach through the pretty towns and villages of Thebes, Levadia, and Arachova on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Arrive in Delphi and explore the ruins of the ancient sanctuary of Pythia, the high priestess of the Temple of Apollo. Explore the temple and learn about its significance from your guide. Then, continue to the beautiful town of Kalabaka for dinner and your overnight stay. Day 2: After breakfast, make your way to Meteora, famous for its stunning rock formations. Visit the monasteries built to serve the monks and nuns following the teachings of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Return to Athens via Trikala and Lamia. Stop at Thermopylae to admire the monument to the Greek warrior-king Leonidas I, who died there in 480 BC. Arrive back in Athens by the early evening.

From Athens: Delphi Full-Day Trip with Audio Guide

9. From Athens: Delphi Full-Day Trip with Audio Guide

Travel back in time on this full-day self-guided tour to Delphi and explore the most famous sights of ancient Greece. Stroll around Delphi Archaeological Site and visit Delphi Archaeological Museum at your own pace. Enjoy the tour with a minimized environmental footprint with offset carbon emissions. Depart from Athens and begin your tour with a wonderful drive by luxury air-conditioned coach while admiring the Greek countryside and passing by Beotia, Levadia and Theva, the land of King Oedipus. Once you’ve arrived in Delphi, enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains, and feel the imposing atmosphere of the archaeological site. Learn about the temple of Apollo, the theatre, the stadium, the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia with the Tholos, the Kastalia Spring, and several treasuries through original handpicked stories. Stroll around and, along with your personal audio guide, marvel at the Athenian Treasure, the Athenian Stoa, and other important monuments. The archaeological museum on-site also contains numerous significant Greek artifacts from the excavations in the area. As the day goes by and the narration comes to an end, you will have felt like you were part of the iconic era of ancient Delphi. Sit comfortably on your seat and enjoy your drive back to Athens in the evening.

Delphi Guided Walking Tour and Admission Ticket

10. Delphi Guided Walking Tour and Admission Ticket

Discover one of the most important religious sites of ancient Greece on a 1.5-hour tour. With a tour guide, explore Delphi, built on the southern foothills of Mount Parnassus. In ancient times Delphi attracted many visitors to the Oracle, the Sanctuary of Apollo and the Pythian Games. To ancient Greeks, Delphi was the navel of the earth. Myths, history, the archaeological excavations and the imposing scenery have continued to make Delphi popular, and it is now one of the most important tourist attractions in Greece. Take in the archaeological site with the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, the treasuries, and the ancient theater on this tour. Afterward, discover the ancient stadium and the collections of the Delphi Museum by yourself.

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4.5
(3,918 reviews)

We truly enjoyed our day trip from Athens to Delphi. Our guide, Sofia, was engaging and explained both the history and the events of our journey as we went along. Elias, our driver, was very skilled, and the bus was quite comfortable. We chose to purchase the entry fees and the lunch, and would recommend those options, which made the day go smoothly. The menu choices that had been selected for us were excellent. Eating family-style with other people on our tour was a bonus - we met such nice people and exchanged travel tips and recommendations.

Virtual reality (VR) adds significant value to the experience, stimulating the imagination of what the archaeological site would look like, and the descriptions provided are clear enough to promote immersion. However, it is unfortunate that the number of tablets is limited by availability, and that the solution requires downloading an application to one's phone.

The destinations are out of this world and definitely worth visiting. Marianna was an awesome tour guide and was always on top of things! The drives were very long, but in the end, the destinations made up for it 😍

Excellent timing and scheduling of events, proper context was provided by the guide as well.

Great trip really enjoyed and guide was really friendly and informative