Private tour to Delphi, the Oracle of Apollo – The Navel of the Earth (Full day)

Type of tour: 
Private Tours
Duration: 
Full day
Licenced guide: 
Theme: 
Religious Tours, Sightseeing

Trip advisor rating: 5 stars

Immerse yourself in the myths and monuments of Delphi and have a taste of the mountainous part of Central Greece on this full-day private tour from Athens. Experience first hand the divine atmosphere that surrounds the historic site of Delphi at the foot of Mount Parnassus. Walk through history and discover the place that ancient Greeks regarded as the navel of the world.

Explore the UNESCO-listed archaeological site of Delphi and stand in awe before the dramatically situated Temple of Apollo. Discover long-lost wonders at the Delphi Archaeological Museum, including the Charioteer of Delphi and the Sphinx of Naxos.

Visit the traditional village of Arachova, famous for its hand-woven rugs as well as its dairy products.

Prolong your tour by visiting the Hosios Loukas Monastery of the 12th century AD, listed on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

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The highlights 
  • Drive by the plains of Marathon, where the famous battle was fought, and Thebes, home of the tragic hero Oedipus. Then on past Levadia and Arachova, on the foothills of Mount Parnassus. There, the scenery becomes much rockier and dramatic. While many times, you can still see snow on the impressive ridges of the mountain, on the other side of which lies a big skiing center.
  • Arriving in Delphi, we make a short stop at the sacred Castalia Spring where the ancient pilgrims would purify themselves before consulting the famous oracle.
  • Dig deeper into the history, culture, and myths of the archaeological site of Delphi. This site was home to the legendary Oracle of Delphi, whose prophecies were widely influential in the ancient world.
  • Explore the masterfully crafted Temple of Apollo. Carved onto the temple were the philosophical phrases: γνώθι σαυτόν (gnothi seauton = know thyself) and μηδέν άγαν (mēdén ágan = nothing in excess).
  • Do not miss the restored Treasury of the Athenians and the ancient theater or even to the ancient stadium which is at least a 20-minute hike uphill.
  • Enjoy a private tour of the Archaeological Museum of Delphi, one of the most important archaeological museums in Greece.
  • Board your vehicle and visit the nearby ancient gymnasium, the palaestra, the site of Athena Pronaia and the Tholos, the view of which you will have from many parts of the site of Apollo.
  • Optionally, on the way to Athens, you can extend the tour's duration by making a deviation and a stop to visit the famous monastery of Hosios Loukas, a UNESCO monument of the 10th century AD, situated amid beautiful natural surroundings.
Important Details 

Included:

  • Transportation by deluxe air-conditioned Mercedes vehicle
  • Experienced driver
  • Insurance coverage during bus transfers
  • Mobile contact number for any emergency available 24/7

 

Not included:

  • Drinks, snacks, appetizers, lunch
  • Guided tour by certified tourist guide by the Greek Ministry of Tourism (upon request)
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities

 

Admission
ticket for Delphi Archaeological site & museum: 12€ per person
ticket for Hosios Loukas Monastery: 12€ per person
reduced ticket: Senior European citizens over 65 years old- Non European citizens up to 25 years old
free of charge: European citizens up to 25 years old - Children non European citizens under 5 years old

Cancellation Policy 

General conditions:

Except otherwise stated, tours, packages or any service canceled without due notice within three (3) days prior to your service confirmed date, there will be no refund.

Any cancellation made within seven (7) – four (4) days prior to your service confirmed date, there will be a 25% charge for services.

In the case of cancelation more than seven (7) days prior to your service confirmed date, there will be a 50% charge for services

For cancellations more than twenty (20) days prior to the tour, there will be a full refund (no charge).

For any cancelations due to bad weather conditions leading to a change in the cruise ship itinerary, there will be a full refund (no charge).

In all of the above cases, bank expenses or administration fees that might occur for the refund will be deducted from the amount.

 

Cancellations can only be made by confirmed email communication.

 

No servant or agent of ours can vary our conditions and any such purposed variation shall be of no effect unless it has been signed by one of our directors.

 

All matters concerning this booking shall be subject to Greek Law.

 

 

Small group tours:

Each tour operates to sufficient demand. The Travel Insiders reserves the right to cancel scheduled tours due to limited participation or other reasons beyond our control two (2) weeks before the date of the tour.

In such case, no compensation will be paid or requested from The Travel Insiders. In the event of “Places of Interest” being closed or road conditions en-route prevent the tour as advertised being operated, every endeavor will be made to substitute an alternative, but the company reserves the right to cancel or alter arrangements.

Once the group reaches the minimum number of participants (8 participants) you will receive an email notification two (2) weeks prior to tour confirming that the itinerary of your choice will be conducted as planned.

If there is not enough participation (minimum 8 participants), you will be notified via email, in which case you can alternatively book a private tour at a special price, or if you prefer, you will be fully refunded.

 

Cancellations can only be made by confirmed email communication.