From Piraeus to Ancient Delphi
170 kilometers northeast of Athens on the enchanting
slopes of Mount Parnassus, Delphi in the ancient
world was considered the center of the world. Legend
says that Zeus released two eagles, each going the
opposite direction, meeting at the spot where
ancient Delphi is located.
one of Greece's most significant historical place
and is renowned for its archaeological sites. It is
a must visit place for the connoisseurs of art and
Delphi's archaeological site is filled with temples
and structures, the most important temple being the
Sanctuary of Apollo. It was constructed to honor
Apollo for establishing the oracle of Delphi.
The landscape surrounding Delphi is one of the most
breathtaking in Greece. Since, the location of
Delphi is on the slope of a mountain one can enjoy
the view of the whole valley below all the way to
the Gulf of Corinth. The modern village of Delphi is
a quiet place with traditional buildings, churches,
coffee shops, and fabulous taverns.
In fact, no trip to Greece is ever complete without
a visit to Delphi. The importance of Delphi is such
that it is an integral part of the modern
Delphi is famous for the Oracle. In Greek Mythology
the earth bestowed her hare to Themis and Apollo in
turn obtained Themis's share as a reward, but he is
believed to have presented Poseidon the Poros island
as a substitute for this oracle.
Archaeologists have clinching evidence that Delphi
was in fact colonized from the Neolithic period.
They are unanimous in their opinion that towards the
latter stages of the Mycenaean period Delphi evolved
a key religious and political hub.
Even as the purpose of the oracle during prehistoric
times is somewhat vague, largely due to the lack of
records, the significance of Delphi during
ancient times is rightfully acknowledged by numerous
distinguished ancient writers, which are amply
supported by an abundance of archeological relics
found in Delphi’s archaeological sites.
ancient times, Delphi was regarded by the ancient
inhabitants of Greece as the center of planet earth
to be more precise – “the naval of the universe”. In
the local parlance, Delphi was the “Omphalos” which
literally means “Naval”.
average man on the street to the mighty emperors,
everyone sought advise from Delphi’s Oracle if the
matter was of great importance.
In those days, the oracle of Delphi was a sacred
place much venerated by the ancient inhabitants and
was well recognized particularly for its accurate
forecast of the future.
The visitors were first purified from their sins in
the Castalian Spring and then they were going to the
oracle to ask for advice.
The oracles were bestowed by Pythia, the priestess
who is most famous for her strange sounding sounds
while in a state of trance.
The meaning of her uttering's were later interpreted
in a manner that were understandable to those
pilgrims who visited Delphi in search of solace.
Matters varied from the routine every-day family
disagreements, to the more important proposition of
waging war against enemy states or to expand one’s
Oracle of Delphi cut across boundaries, and
throughout its existence it offered neutral opinions
without any bias or favor, whosoever the subject
prehistoric times the inhabitants solely depended on
the words of Pythia, and a never ending list of
ambassadors and messengers would congregate to the
sanctuary with donations and offerings in the hope
of receiving a favorable verdict from Pythia.
However, the oracles of Pythia were infamous for
their ambiguous verdicts and was completely opposite
of the Oracle of Delphi.
During the Mycenaean period from 1600 and 1100 BC,
Delphi was the place where the ritual worship of the
deity of Mother Earth was conducted.
The deity was popularly referred to as “Ge” in the
local dialect. Her influence knew no bounds and by
the 8th century BC the oracle of Delphi attained
worldwide recognition for accurately forecasting the
future of mankind.
The end result of all these emissaries who visited
the sanctuary was that it was packed with costly and
The more prosperous and wealthy states began to
build their own treasuries for the safe keeping of
the wealth. One can still find the treasuries of the
Athenians as well as the one built by the Syphnians,
both of which are rather well preserved even today.
They are renowned for their exquisite adornments and
After we finish this wonderful and
very interesting private tour we
will return to back your ship in
Piraeus or to your hotel
In most of the tours in Greece, sport type shoes
9 hours tour
- Licenses Tour Guide is not included the
Minibus or Mercedes Taxi (1 - 4 people)
Minibus (4 -
(15 - 21 people)
Bus for (22 -
for Acropolis and the museums not included
in above tour prices)
Children 17 and under are free
12 Euro per
6 Euro per
For private tours and transfers in Athens We can accommodate from
1 person to groups! We have at your disposal
taxi, mini-vans, buses and a crew of well
trained drivers and guides that are locals and
share the same love as mine for this
unforgettable island! Everybody is welcome and I
will personally make sure that this tour will be
a tour you will never forget!