Delphi, Greece
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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.

Delphi Ruins

Delphi Ruins

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 Sacred Way

The Sacred Way

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.

Temple of Apollo

Temple 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
interpretation.

Ancient Theater

Ancient Theater

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
below.

Mt. Parnassus

Mt. Parnassus

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.

Archaeological Museum of Delphi

Archaeological Museum of Delphi

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.

Sikelianos Museum

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
display.

Planning Your Delphi, Greece Visit

How many days to spend in Delphi?

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.

Getting around

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.

Where to stay in Delphi

The modern village of Delphi is small, but you'll find more than a dozen hotels directly in the center.

Good to know

  • Language
    Greek
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +30
  • Best time to visit
    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

Our guide Marianna Tsigaridu was wonderful, knowledgeable, concise.

Marianna was one of the best guides I have come across. Totally aware of travel protocol, traveller comfort and concerns, always working comfortably with time limits and smooth transitions. Her speaking voice clear, concise and audible. Very patient, charming and pleasant. First class.

Delphi Day Trip from Athens Reviewed by Elizabeth, 19/02/2019

An excellent way to see the ancient site of the Oracle of Delphi.

My tour-guide Marianna was very knowledgable and very accommodating and carried the group well in terms of explaining the site in advance so we would have context once we got there. She is truly great and I would specifically book a tour with her based on my previous experience.

Delphi Day Trip from Athens Reviewed by Anna, 07/02/2019

Fantastic Tour! Excellent Food & Good Company!

Evangelos was SUPER AWESOME! For nearly 12 hours from start to hotels stop off, he was animated, willing to answer questions on so many things Greek.... besides the historical/archaelogical site. Dint hurt that he is a History Major..... He really enjoyed sharing information and his insights on Greek culture, food, women :). Best choice tp site just behind or close to his seat. Bus was Clean and the Driver professional. Managing to go past another bus in the Main Street of Arachova was amazing. Overall, great trip. will book again with Key Tours1 best

Delphi Day Trip from Athens Reviewed by Ajay, 05/01/2019

Amazing to see the engineering from ancient times

The trip was comprehensive with interesting commentary enroute. The pacing was good so there was plenty of time for the slower walkers. The guide was extremely knowledgeable but lacked empathy when a man fell and dislocated his finger. A basic first aid kit should be carried on all trips. Fortunately there were enough medically trained people in the group to assist.

Delphi Day Trip from Athens Reviewed by Lorraine, 30/12/2018

Awesome sights and great history. Was well worth the visit.

This was a great tour. The guide was great in telling us the history of the sites and places we visited. The bus was very modern and comfortable. The places we visited were very interesting and they all have tremendous character. I wished we had a little more time at the archeological site and museum but we did see a lot. Even the local restaurant we went to was great especially for the price. All and all a great experience and highly recommended.

Delphi Day Trip from Athens Reviewed by Craig, 24/12/2018