Embark on an Athens day tour to a place that in classical Greek mythology was considered the centre of the universe. The Delphi Full Day Tour is a popular coach trip to the famous Greek archaeological centre and UNESCO heritage site of Delphi. Both the ancient site and the modern town are located on the steep slopes of Mount Parnassus. The area is frequented by travellers who come to admire the raw scenic beauty, historical monuments and quaint villages. You'll visit the Temple of Apollo, stop by at the Castalian Spring, receive a guided tour of the Delphi Museum, have lunch (optional), and see the town of Arachova . There will be plenty of time for personal wondering, market browsing and stunning photography.
Your journey to Delphi begins at the Key Tours terminal in Athens' Athanasiou Diakou Street. It is here that you board the coach and embark northwards on the national highway. The coach trip passes through the Greek city of Thebes and makes its first short stop in Levadia. The tour will arrive at the Delphi archaeological site around noon.
You'll come to the Castalian Spring, an ancient stop-off point where visitors bound for Delphi would wash their hair and make offerings to the gods. Most of the ruins that comprise the Castalian Spring predate even Classical Delphi. From here it's onto the archaeological site and, most importantly, the ruins of the Temple of Apollo. The Temple of Apollo was a Doric style building erected in dedication to the Greek god of the sun, healing and poetry. It was destroyed in AD 390 by Christian followers of Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
After a guided tour of the temple the party continues to the Museum of Delphi, which houses fabulous artefacts including the bronze Charioteer, the Naxian Sphinx and the Statue of Antinous.
By the time you're all done touring Delphi it'll be time for lunch (if selected), and then it's back onto the coaches for a drive to 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.
From Arachova the tour returns to Athens at around 18:30.
USAGE INSTRUCTIONS. Please print off the email voucher you receive from this site and take it to the Key Tours Office at Athanasiou Diakou Street. Remember to arrive at the tour departure location at least 15 minutes before the tour departs so you can be checked-in.
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