Delphi is both an archaeological site and a modern town in Greece on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. In Greek mythology, Delphi was the site of the Delphic oracle, the most important oracle in the classical Greek world, and a major site for the worship of the god Apollo after he slew the Python, a dragon who lived there and protected the navel of the Earth. Python is claimed by some to be the original name of the site in recognition of the Python that Apollo defeated. The Homeric Hymn to Delphic Apollo recalled that the ancient name of this site had been Krisa. Apollo's sacred precinct in Delphi was a Pan-Hellenic sanctuary, where every four years, starting in 776 BC, athletes from all over the Greek world competed in the Pythian Games, one of the four Pan-Hellenic games, precursors of the Modern Olympics. The victors at Delphi were presented with a laurel crown which was ceremonially cut from a tree by a boy who re-enacted the slaying of the Python. Delphi was set apart from the other games sites because it hosted the musical competitions. Delphi would have been a renowned city whether or not it hosted these games. It had other attractions that led to it being labeled the "omphalos" (navel) of the earth, in other words the center of the world, where according to legend, met the two eagles sent by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the center of the world. In the inner Hestia ("hearth") of the Temple of Apollo, an eternal flame burned. After the battle of Plataea, the Greek cities extinguished their fires and brought new fire from the hearth of Greece, at Delphi; in the foundation stories of several Greek colonies, the founding colonists were first dedicated at Delphi.
This tour includes a private vehicle with driver, and an English-speaking escort
• Please keep in mind that your English-speaking escort can enter in archeological sites with you but the tour for those will precede the visit. If you want a licensed-authorized guide to tour the sites with you, you can hire one at an extra cost.
• The price of this tour does not include any food, entrance fees, or gratuities.
• In SHARED tours the escort must maintain schedule for a fair and successful day for all.
• Delphi may only be accessed by walking uphill. It is a strenuous walk and you must be in good physical condition. There is a pathway, but there are also steps.
• Use comfortable shoes and please keep in mind that the weather may be very hot during summer.
The program for a full day excursion in Delphi consists of visiting the following points (after driving 30 minutes from Itea port, where ships docked, to Delphi):