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Athens radiates a timeless ancient legacy. The city rests on a plain within the Attica Basin on Greece's peninsular south-east. It is best known as the cradle of Western civilization. Indeed, many of its landmarks are the very embodiments of certain shared attributes, such as the Parthenon, which is often regarded as a symbol of Athenian democracy. Conversely, the monuments of later periods stand testament to Athens' current diversity and captivating evolution. Find the best things to do in Athens on the city's open-top bus tour.

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Explore Delphi In A Day From Athens

This is shaping up to be a week of Athens, as we unveil another new tour. On CityXplora you can now book a full day tour to Delphi via Athens. This combined coach, walking and museum trip is conducted by the Key Tours group and is one of their most popular excursions.

Unsurprising, since the ancient archaeological site of Delphi is one of Greece's most important cultural relics. Situated on the slopes of Mount Parnassus the area is where the ruins of the Temple of Apollo lie. You'll hear about the area's old religious practices, stories of the Delphic Oracles and how pilgrims would wash at the Castalian Spring before arrival. Your guide will also show you around other monuments in the complex such as Delphi Theatre, the Treasury of Athens and the Athena Pronaia Sanctuary.

After touring the archaeological site you'll head towards modern Delphi for a walk around the Museum of Delphi, which houses artefacts including the bronze Charioteer, the Naxian Sphinx and the Statue of Antinoos.
Lunch normally follows Delphi Museum but this is an optional addition to the ticket price. Regardless, the tour then continues onto its last stop at the mountain town of Arachova. In Arachova you'll be given free time to wonder and sample the local delights. This pretty place on the southern slopes of Parnassus is renowned for its attractive hand-woven carpets, rugs and quilts, as well as for its wine and cheese.

The coaches head back to Athens from Arachova at around 18:45.