Delphi is the second-most important archeological site in Greece (after the Acropolis in Athens). In ancient times Delphi was considered the place where heaven and earth met so the gods were close-by. Established around the 7th century BC, Delphi was a sanctuary to the god Apollo. It was here that the Oracle of Delphi was situated, the most trusted oracle in the ancient world from which the spirit of Apollo gave advice on everything from domestic matters to wars.
Delphi had a theatre and temples as well as the oracle, and has a well preserved stadium which once held chariot races. These were excavated from the mid-1800s and today the ruins stand impressively in their mountain landscape. Many believe the place to have a special magic and report being moved spiritually when visiting Delphi. Ancient engravings on the stone such as 'Know Thyself' and 'Nothing in Excess' could be from today's self-help movement.
The tour was great. Joy our guide was very informative and we felt we learned a lot. Everything ran on time from the hotel pick-up through to the end of the trip. Our group was small and there was a nice mix of free time and being guided. April is a good time to visit Delphi as the weather is sunny but the temperatures are mild. The museum at Delphi houses the original pieces from Delphi and has some unique treasures. The countryside heading into the mountains and passing through a ski village adds to the trip.
This tour was simply amazing. If you go to Athens, you HAVE to go to Delphi, its an easy one day trip, with lunch included, which was at an amazing restaurant down from the mountaintop, we feasted like kings and the staff was super friendly and warm. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and excited to explain all about Delphi. We got to see all of the major sites and had time during the one day trip to explore the museum there with the guide explaining everything in great detail that we were seeing. The ONLY issue about the one day version of this tour is that it does not leave enough time to go down to the Sanctuary of Athena, where the famed Tholos is. If you are quick you can basically jog down there after the main tour and catch back up with the group once they are in the museum. I wasn't going to miss this opportunity so the guide was helpful in telling me to go down to the Tholos first and then come back up to the museum, I had time to do both and was grateful I got to see everything. Easily the best money spent on my trip.
This was a fantastic tour and well worth the money. The guide, who was excellent, gave information not only about the actual temple and surrounding buildings at Delphi but also about every place of interest on the journey. She also added information about various areas of Greece and the myths and legends connected to them. An excellent lunch was included so this trip was most interesting, enjoyable and informative.
Delphi is 180 km from Athens. Regular tours go to Delphi and it can be very useful to have a guide to talk you through the history and significance of the place. Many of these combine a visit to nearby Meteora, home to the famous rock-tower monasteries.