Beyond Athens

Delphi out of the ordinary

Ancient glory, natural beauty, mountain living and local surprises

Duration

full day (12 hours)

When

Mon-Sun (private), Tue-Thu-Sat (shared)

Languages

english, french

Price

€130per person

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The ancient oracle of Delphi, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites, sits on the slopes of a beautiful mountain still home to traditional lifestyles and crafts. Explore past splendors, discover present wonders and experience local life in this very special corner of Greece, like few travelers do.

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

Highlights

  • Explore Delphi, center of the ancient world
  • Discover one of the most interesting villages of Greece, rarely visited by tourists.
  • Tour eerie abandoned tanneries and visiting one of the last tanners at work! 
  • Meet the locals, who let you in to their everyday life and share their version of Greece with you
  • Enjoy a traditional Greek lunch, cooked by the women of the village, under the shade of hundred-years old trees.

What you can expect

A tour unlike the standard day trips 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 place of outstanding natural beauty on the lower slopes of Mt Parnassos; before you enter the archaeological site and investigate 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 district, largely abandoned today, which used to be the leather tanner’s area. Here, in a space that’s strongly evocative of the past, you’ll see what a tanner’s working life was like a century ago (and still is!) and listen to the stories of the tanners – 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 what goes into creating the bells that the local villagers use for their livestock. His work schedule is irregular, so he isn't able to accept visitors at all times.

After that, it’s time for lunch, all in the form of delicacies from the area, which you’ll enjoy under the large plane tree of the town square – 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 river of olive trees running down to the Gulf of Corinth. It’s no wonder at all that even ancient noblemen were cowed by the splendor of this earthly connection to the divine.

When you’ve seen all there is to see outside, it’s time for the 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 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, french
When
Mon-Sun (private), Tue-Thu-Sat (shared)

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
  • Visit to bell maker (depending on the day, timing and group size)
  • 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 offer you alternatives in good time.

"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

"Excellent full day tour with really good guides. Thanks for the many fascinating stories, for the really good local food and talks, it is definitely something worth to try! George, our archaeologist tour guide in Delphi was fascinating, telling ancient Greek myths and stories in both very professional and friendly manner."

Zalan01 - Sweden, TripAdvisor

"It was fantastic. We had 2 guides, Andreas with a lot of love and dedication made the tour unforgettable. Penny (guide in Delphi site) was not only guiding us with interesting information, she also asked the big questions, so it felt like a philosophy-class. Thank you for that! Our We also went to a little village and met the tanners, an old profession that almost died out. Good work Alternative Athens!"

Astrid - TripAdvisor

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The monuments, the mountain and the local lore

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Testimonials

"This tour is an excellent opportunity to see and learn about a different Greece than the one in most tourist books. Highly recommend."

Vincenzp

"Great tour, great food! Our guide Laura showed us the best places where you can find traditional Greek food. At every stop she told us about the history of the food and everything we ate was delicious! Thank you!"

Mart M, TripAdvisor

"This tour was one of the highlights of our amazing Greek vacation. Highly recommend this tour and would suggest doing it at the beginning of your trip. Amazing!!!"

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