Drive through the fertile plain of Beotia, crossing the towns of Thebes connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus - Levadia and Arachova. Arrive at Delphi, the center of Ancient World - the "Omphalos" (Navel of Earth) - whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic World.
On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Archaeological Site Of Delphi At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece.
Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world.
According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world.
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.
Lunch in the modern village of Delphi, return to Athens by the same route.
TOUR: Sanctuary of Apollo, Delphi, Oct 7
Date: Monday, 7 October 2019
Meeting Point: You will meet your guide in front of the Parliament House at the monument of the Unknown Soldier holding a STOICON sign
Meeting Time: 08:00-08:15a.m.
Duration: 10 hours Dep. 08.00 - Ret. 18.45
Drop off location: in front of the Parliament House
Guide: Mrs. Griva ++30 6942883418
Emergency number: Mrs. Samoili ++30 6932588158
· Entrance tickets to the Delphi site and the museum
· Professional English-speaking guide
· Luxury air-conditioned – non-smoking bus
· Late lunch at a traditional tavern in Arachova (inclusive of starters, main course, local house wine or a beer or a beverage)