• Duration: 12 hours
  • Moderate
  • eTicket

  • Pick up available
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Description

Enjoy our unique full-day trip from Athens to explore the Unesco heritage site of Delphi, the site of the omphalos, the 'navel of the world'. You will have the opportunity to explore by your own the ruins of the sanctuary, dedicated to Apollo, the Olympian god of light, knowledge, and harmony. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and charged with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century B.C. was indeed the religious center and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world, where pilgrims came to the site to receive an oracle from the Pythia, the priestess of Apollo. During the tour, you will see among other famous monuments like the treasury of the Athenians, the Athenian Stoa, and the temple of Apollo. Afterward, we will start our 3 hours trekking route towards the less known Korikion Antron cave, located on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus overlooking the Corinthian gulf. The cave was used as a refuge from the Oracle Pythia and the God Pan.

Itinerary

The history of Delphi begins in prehistory and in the myths of the ancient Greeks. In the beginning, the site was sacred to Mother Earth and was guarded by the terrible serpent Python, who was later killed by Apollo. Apollo's sanctuary was built here by Cretans who arrived at Kirrha, the port of Delphi, accompanied by the god in the form of a dolphin. This myth survived in plays presented during the various Delphic festivals, such as the Septerion, the Delphinia, the Thargelia, the Theophania, and, of course. the famous Pythia, which celebrated the death of Python and comprised musical and athletic competitions.

The most impressive cave in Delphi and the Parnassos area unfolds its secrets. Pan’s Cave or Corycian Cave, at an altitude of 1.360 m. at the southwest part of Parnassos, above the town of Delphi, within a beautiful forest with fir trees and a great view, was dedicated to the God Pana and the Corycian Nymphs. It has a global reputation, not only for its natural beauty but also for the magic created by the ancient myth, where according to Aeschylus the cave was a place that was visited by divine spirits. Pierre Amandry explored the cave in 1970, brought into the cold light findings from the Neolithic era, and pieces of evidence that prove that the area was a place of worship of the ancient gods. After a wonderful route, the visitor will find himself at the cave to admire the natural sculptures that have been created by the stalactites and the stalagmites.

Pick up locations

What's included

Hassle free Pick-up & drop off from your accommodation (Hotel, Bnb etc) in Athens
English speaking trekking escort
Basic insurance (during transportation)
All current taxes
Bottled Mineral Water during transportation

What's excluded

Gratuities (optional)
Entrance fee to archaeological site of Delphi (12€ per person)
Lunch
Personal Expenses

What do I need to bring

Bring sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and comfortable clothes during summer months & warm clothes, waterproof jacket during winter months. Trekking footwear is highly recommended. Walking poles are suggested (not required). Have your e-ticket with you & your ID/PASSPORT (or copy).

Important information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not stroller accessible
  • Infants must not sit on laps
  • Infant seats unavailable
  • The total driving distance of the tour is 370 km
  • Trekking duration is approximately 3 hours
  • Walking poles are suggested (not required)
  • Trekking gear can be rent in advance at extra cost
  • Participants must be able to climb and descend stairs
  • If your hotel is not listed, or you stay in an AirBnb please write us your pick-up location.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure
  • Cancellation fee of 0% if cancelled 1000 days or less before departure

Categories

  • CULTURAL AND THEME TOURS
  • DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
  • BUS OR MINIVAN TOUR

Guided Language

  • English

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