Delphi day trip, Greece
The ancient oracle of Delphi, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites, sits on the slopes of a beautiful mountain still home to traditional lifestyle and crafts. Explore past splendors, discover present wonders and experience local life in this very special corner of Greece, like few travelers do.
What does it include?
- Professional English speaking tour leader.
- Guided tour of Delphi site and Delphi Museum.
- Visit to an old traditional village in Amfissa.
- Visit to local tannery.
- Snack and water.
- Private transfer by vehicle.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
- Petrol, tolls and taxes.
- Adults: 130 €
- Children (0-17): 104€
A tour unlike the standard day trips to Delphi and its surroundings. The ancient past meets the present and this all-day exploration of the side of Delphi, with its unique temples and monuments, the world of traditional crafts and the unexplored villages in the surrounding area.
The oracle of Delphi is located in a place of outstanding natural beauty on the lower slopes of Mt Parnassos; before you enter the archaeological site and investigate its wonders, you’ll have a chance to find out much more about the mountain and what life is like here today.
To accomplish that, you will visit an old town district, largely abandoned today, which used to be the leather tanner’s area. Here, in a space that’s strongly evocative of the past, you’ll see what a tanner’s working like was like a century ago (and still is!) and listen to the stories of the tanners to understand what life is like today in this part of Greece.
If you are lucky, you’ll also get to visit the last bell-maker in Greece. In his small workshop, he’ll show you what goes into creating the bells that the local villagers use for their livestock. His work schedule is irregular, so he isn’t able to accept visitors at all times.
After that, it’s time for lunch, all in the form of delicacies from the area, which you’ll enjoy under the large plane tree of the town square – you’ll taste local cheeses and the famous Amfissa olives before tucking into a traditional regional specialty as a main course that the women of the village have prepared for you.
When lunch is finished it’s back to Delphi, the ancient oracle of the Gods. This is the best time to visit the site, when the tourist hordes have departed and let you admire in peace the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and the Theater. You’ll want to take your time, not only because the site is built into the side of a mountain, but also because there’s just so much to see here, and the setting itself is magical; a place of great spiritual power hugging the side of a towering mountain, and below it, a river of olive trees running down to the Gulf of Corinth. It’s no wonder at all that even ancient noblemen were cowed by the splendor of this earthly connection to the divine.