Top Tours & Activities in Delphi
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 interpretation.
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.
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 display.
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+02:00)
- Country Code+30
- Best time to visitThe 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
Thoughtfully planned tour, guide showed her excellent knowledge of the history of Delphi, very fluent in English, lunch was well organized.
This trip was an incredible, mind blowing experience ! One I will treasure for my entire life! The commentator Marianna Tsigaridou was so easy to listen to (like a female Greek David Attenbourgh ) from the moment we got on the bus her spirit and energy placed every one at ease, and the general info to the sight was really interesting! The site of Delphi is a must if your able to have the time. The only down side was the rush to thru the site 30 minutes of free time would have been better if you where given an hour! ( the last stop at the shop was a waste, 30 people got of 1 purchased items, there was nothing very interesting and I had money I wanted to spend ! No statues of Apollo or Socrates ! No Greek prayer beads! Just tacky t shirts and carpets as a traveler not so easy to pack even if they offered to send them home) this is where that 20 minutes would have been better spent sitting and taking in all the energy and spectacular views! Museum was awesome, Marianna Taigaridou thank u
Beautiful location. Would not select the group lunch option though - would prefer more choices.
Loved the place and the fact that the tourist guide was so knowlegable in Greek history.
Funny snd well informed guide who knew everything we asked. In spite of the cold and pouring rain, we enjoyed the tour.