Delphi out of the ordinary

Ancient glory, natural beauty, mountain living and local surprises

Duration

full day (12 hours)

When

Private: year-round upon request, Shared: Apr-Oct: Tue - Thu - Sat, 8AM

Languages

english

Price

€130per person

Book now
Delphi, the mythical oracle of ancient Greece and UNESCO World Heritage site, is set amidst a formidable mountain landscape, where old rural traditions and forgotten crafts are still alive! Avoid the touristic cliches, explore past splendors, discover present-day wonders and experience local life like few travelers do.

Looking for a Private Tour?

We offer all our tours as private and are happy to customize them for you!

Highlights

  • Visit Delphi, center of the ancient world, in a full-day tour departing from Athens
  • Explore Delphi's unique landmarks: the Temple of Apollo, the Athenian Treasury, the Tholos, the Theater, and more.
  • Admire masterpieces of classical Greece in the Delphi museum, including the world-famous statue of the Charioteer of Delphi
  • Discover one of the most interesting villages of Greece, rarely visited by tourists.
  • Tour eerie tanneries from another era and visit one of the last tanners at work!
  • Meet the locals, who let you into their daily life to share their very own version of Greece with you
  • Enjoy a traditional Greek lunch, cooked by mountain village women, under the shade of hundred-years old trees.

What you can expect

An original and unique tour, unlike any other day trip to Delphi and its surroundings

The ancient past meets the present in this all-day exploration of the site of Delphi, with its unique temples and monuments, the world of traditional crafts and the unexplored villages in the surrounding area.

The oracle of Delphi is located in a setting of outstanding natural beauty on the lower slopes of Mount Parnassos; before entering the archaeological site and admire its wonders, you’ll have a chance to find out much more about the mountain and what life is like here today.

To accomplish that, you will visit an old town neighborhood, largely abandoned today, which used to be the leather tanner’s district. Here, in a space that’s strongly evocative of the past, you’ll witness firsthand what a tanner’s working life was like a century ago (and still is today!) and listen to the tanners' stories –father and son– to understand what life is like today in this part of Greece.

If you are lucky, you’ll also get to visit the last bell-maker in Greece. In his small workshop, he’ll show you the art of bell making, creating the bells that the local villagers use for their livestock. As his work schedule is irregular, his workshop isn't open to visitors at all times.

After that, it’s time for lunch, all in the form of local delicacies from the region, which you’ll enjoy sitting in the town square, under a large plane tree –you’ll taste local cheeses and the famous Amfissa olives before tucking into a traditional regional specialty as a main course that the women of the village have prepared for you.

When lunch is finished it’s back to Delphi, the ancient oracle of the Gods. This is the best time to visit the site, when the tourist hordes have departed and let you admire in peace the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and the Theater. You’ll want to take your time, not only because the site is built into the side of a mountain, but also because there’s just so much to see here, and the setting itself is magical; a place of great spiritual power hugging the side of a towering mountain, and below it, a sea of olive groves as far as the eye can see, all the way to the Corinthian Gulf in the distance. No wonder that even the most powerful rulers and noblemen of antiquity were awed by the splendor and revered the sacred site of Delphi and its earthly connection to the divine.

When you’ve seen all there is to see outside, it’s time for the Delphi museum, a short walk downhill from the site. Here, be sure to see the bronze Charioteer of Delphi (it’s said his profile is completely different, depending on which side of his face you choose to look at), the haunting Sphinx of Naxos and what might be the very first ever recorded notation of a musical melody, contained in an ancient inscription from the walls of the original Athenian Treasury.

Now, it’s time to head back to Athens, taking back memories of the mountain, the town and the incomparable ancient Delphi.

Itinerary

  • Transfer by private a/c vehicle from Athens to Delphi
  • Guided walk in an abandoned village in Amfissa
  • Visit to a traditional tannery 
  • Visit of a traditional bell maker (depending on the day and the group)
  • Lunch
  • Guided tour at the archaeological site and museum of Delphi
  • Transfer by private a/c vehicle from Delphi to Athens

Practical info

Duration
full day (12 hours)
Walking pace
Easy
Languages
english
When
Private: year-round upon request, Shared: Apr-Oct: Tue - Thu - Sat, 8AM
Group size
Up to 14 people

Prices

  • Adults: 130 €
  • Children (0-17): 104€

What's included

  • Professional English speaking tour leader
  • Licensed English speaking Guide (Delphi)
  • Guided tour of Delphi site & Delphi Museum
  • Lunch
  • Visit to an old traditional village in Amfissa
  • Visit to local tannery
  • Snack and water
  • Private transfer by a/c vehicle
  • Hotel pick up & drop off (for private tours only)
  • Petrol, tolls and taxes

Not included

  • Drinks
  • Entry fees

Notes

  • As we want to respect the local communities and disrupt their way of life as little as possible, we refrain from big groups in our shared tours.
  • In private tours we offer a pick up and drop off service. In shared tours we set a central meeting point, as a pick up service will add at least an hour to the total travel time and will cause unnecessary irritation and discomfort to travelers. 
  • Minimum numbers apply for shared tours. In the event that these are not met, we will let you know 10 days prior to the tour date. 
Testimonials:

"Traveling to Delphi was wonderful. But what made the experience the best part of traveling to Athens were the guides and staff of Alternative Athens-Elisavet and Tania were so great!! . Yes, it's more expensive than maybe some other touring companies, but it's entirely worth it. I hope to travel back to Greece soon and I will certainly be reaching out to Alternative Athens for another tour."

Sarah Y

"First time family trip to Greece we did a fantastic private tour to Delphi, perhaps the most interesting of all the ancient destinations we toured during our two week trip. This is a fantastic way to see the countryside, visit Delphi, enjoy local food and learn about local small businesses. I wish I could travel this way everywhere we go. I will recommend this tour to anyone heading to Athens. A Must-Do!"

needhamcollins

"The whole family agreed- it was the best day we spent in Athens! We loved taking this family day trip to Delphi with our knowledgeable guide and kind driver. Not only were we able to learn about the history of the Delphi site, but also about the smaller towns in the area. Meeting craftspeople in the village really made this tour special. This tour is very well organized to avoid the crowds at the archaeological site, and includes a yummy lunch. If your travel plans include the time to spend a day outside of Athens, I highly recommend taking this tour with Alternative Athens."

nkeredn

"This was one of our best tours of all Greece and the vehicle was very comfortable with adequate stops along the way and great commentary. I highly recommend the Delphi Tour with Andreas to anyone who wants to see the real Greece and get out of Athens for a whole day experience."

Navigate627750

"A fantastic Delphi tour that offers a unique experience. The tour guide was extremely knowledgable and added a lot more depth to Delphi than the written signs at the site would have. It was also nice that the group size was small because it made walking around the site a lot more pleasant. The visit to the bell maker and tannery was very interesting, and the food for lunch one of the most delicious homemade meals I had on the trip! Would recommend this tour to anyone interested in visiting the area!"

monburgers

Delphi out of the ordinary gallery image 1
Delphi out of the ordinary gallery image 2
Delphi out of the ordinary gallery image 3
Delphi out of the ordinary gallery image 4
Delphi out of the ordinary gallery image 5
Delphi out of the ordinary gallery image 6
Delphi out of the ordinary gallery image 7
Delphi out of the ordinary gallery image 8
Delphi out of the ordinary gallery image 9
Delphi out of the ordinary gallery image 10
Delphi out of the ordinary gallery image 11
Delphi out of the ordinary gallery image 12
Delphi out of the ordinary gallery image 13
Delphi out of the ordinary gallery image 14
Delphi out of the ordinary gallery image 15
Delphi out of the ordinary gallery image 16
Delphi out of the ordinary gallery image 17
Delphi out of the ordinary gallery image 18

You'll love:

The monuments, the mountain and the local lore

Delphi out of the ordinary
Book now

Awards & Accolades