Top attractions in Delphi, Greece
Steeped in history and wrapped in mythology, Delphi was the center of the Hellenic
world. A visit to the sanctuary on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus was also the opportunity
to consult with the Oracle at the Temple of Apollo and hear a prophecy for the future.
The Spring of Castalia divides the site into two: the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, which
includes the circular Tholos, and the Sanctuary of Apollo and its ruins.
The inclined path, along which the lone Treasury of the Athenians once brimmed with
riches among many others of its kind, zigzags through the Sanctuary of Apollo.
Once a prominent feature at the end of the Sacred Way, visitors entered the temple to
consult with the Oracle. Her answers were ambiguous at best and open to
First built with white stone from Mt. Parnassus in the 4th century BC, the 35 rows
seated an audience of 5,000 and provided a panorama of the stunning landscape
In mythology, Parnassus was the son of the nymph Kleodora, who lived on the
mountain with her two sisters. The site was sacred to Dionysus and Apollo and also
home to the Muses.
The museum houses a fine collection of artifacts from the site, including statues,
friezes from the treasuries, and other votive offerings pilgrims brought on their visits.
The home of the Greek poet and playwright and his wife illustrates their efforts for
a revival of Delphic Festivals in 1927 and 1933. Costumes and other items are on
Many arrive from Athens on a day-trip, or stop along way as they travel farther north.
Anticipate spending a few hours exploring the site and visiting the museum, which is
included in the entrance price.
The drive from Athens to Delphi can take two hours by car and about three hours by
KTEL bus from KTEL Station B, located on 260 Liossion St with the entrance on
Gousiou St. It's about a 10-minute walk from Agios Nikolaos metro station.
Once arriving at the archaeological site, your own two feet with good shoes will take
you where you need to go.
The modern village of Delphi is small, but you'll find more than a dozen hotels directly in the center.
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- The area is popular in summer for the sightseeing, and in winter for the skiing at the nearby resorts, so plan your visit for spring, when the temperatures are mild and you'll avoid the crowds.
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What people are saying about Delphi, Greece
The good: Once the bus left, the tour was well organized. The tour guide was great, informative and helpful. You see the temple of Apollo and Delphi theatre mainly with some other minor stops. The drive there is also nice. The bad: There isn't enough time to see the site if you decide to go to the museum with the group. We chose to walk around further and take more pictures and only visited the museum for 30 minutes without the tour guide. The ugly: The tour operator failed to email or contact us about the pick up location! We had to call in to the office and glad we did because the pick up was not from our hotel but a short walk. This info should be emailed the day before (as is the case for most other tours I've booked thru this site). And the food - there is an unnecessary coffee stop at a super crowded cafe where you don't have time to buy anything anyway. There are no options for lunch and you're forced to eat at a place they take you and the food there is bad.
GO tours had no technology. In a tour of 40 some odd people it is imperative to hear what is being said to have a good tour. Unless you were within 15 feet of the guide you heard nothing. Very large competing tours giving their commentary 20 feet away as there were large crowds. Extremely hard to hear at some times. Use of ear microphones would have been advantageous so the whole tour could hear not just the first 10 people who were able to keep up on the line up. The guide was short so it was often difficult to find her in the sea of other tours that were there at the same time. It would have helped if she would carry a flag or marker so her tour could recognize where she was going. Bus trip to Delphi was long so carrying a book or music to listen to would be a good idea.
My son and I had a great trip to Delphi. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and fueled our journey with ancient stories of Delphi. The site of Delph is beautiful and the museum is amazing, better artefacts than the Acropolis museum, in my opinion. The only down side is the cost drinks at the obligatory stop off. And the whole trip feels rushed. No time to sit and meditate at the ancient site of Delphi and no time to study and contemplate the artefacts in the museum. For that reason I would recommend a longer trip and overnight stay. The local village is idyllic.
We had a fabulous time. Everything was perfect and Martina, our guide, was full of knowledge. The hotel was great (we went first class), although at first we had a twin instead of a double. We were able to arrange a swap with the hotel. The only thing we’d change would be to have a toilet on the bus and to stop at a different lunch place coming home (food was very ordinary, high pressure selling and really only main course meals - all we wanted was a sandwich or roll. Other than that - fabulous!
The Delphi & Meteora 2-Day Tour by Key Tours is enjoyable and is value for money. The timing for the visit to Delphi and 2 of the Metero monasteries was perfect. Although the coming back coach trip was tiring, we were given a number of toilet breaks along the way back. Thanks to our knowledgeable tour guide who had given us plenty of details and information about the places along the way and the interesting Greek mythology :-). We enjoy this 2-day tour by Key Tour very much!