Beyond Athens

Delphi Majesty and Village Tradition

Ancient glory, natural beauty, mountain living and local surprises

Duration

full day (12 hours)

When

Mon-Sun, upon request

Languages

english, french

Price

€120per 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.

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Highlights

  • Exploring Delphi, center of the ancient world
  • Visiting the workshop of Greece’s last remaining traditional bell-maker
  • Touring eerie abandoned tanneries and visiting one of the last tanners at work! 
  • Taking a mountain walk, complete with information on the flora and fauna of the region, through alpine meadows to a rural village or spending time with a local shepherd and his flock

What you can expect

The ancient past meets the present in this all-day exploration of the site of Delphi, with its unique temples and monuments, the lower slopes of Mt. Parnassos and the world of traditional crafts 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 this, you’ll take a short walking trail of magnificent views, following the exact pilgrimage route the ancient Greeks used to reach the Oracle. Along the way you will also learn about the area and its plants and animals from your guide.  

From there, you’ll travel to Amfissa for a visit to 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. You’ll also see 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 you’ll hear a wonderful ghost story as well.

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.

When lunch is finished and you’ve had a last walk around the square, it’s back to Delphi, the ancient oracle of the Gods. There you’ll see the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, the reconstructed Athenian Treasury, the Theater and the ancient Stadium high above all the rest. 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
  • Easy hike on trail of ancient path in Delphi 
  • Visit of a traditional bell maker 
  • Guided walk in an abandoned district of Fokis
  • Visit to a traditional tannery 
  • 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, upon request

What's included

  • Lunch
  • Professional English or French speaking tour leader
  • Licensed English or French speaking Guide (Delphi)
  • Private transfer by a/c vehicle
  • Visit to bell maker
  • Visit to local tannery
  • Hike in Delphi
  • Snack and water
  • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • Petrol, tolls and taxes

Not included

  • Drinks
  • Entry fees

Notes

  • This is a 11-12 hour tour, so we advise to start early in the morning.
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"A perfect day. Alternative Athens is very fortunate to have such gifted guides!"

taiter – Orkney

"Christina took us to places one would just walk by and never know they were there. It is a great tour to see some of the unique details of Athens. Well worth the time and the cost is very reasonable."

Russell1078

"I just got back from Athens and I must say that the authentic home cooked meal at Korina's was excellent..after a long day of work Korina came home and cooked our meal including entree,wine and lamb..if you ever have a chance to try this you must, you won't be disappointed."

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