private tour of Delphi & Arachova


private Tour of Delphi, thermopylae & Arachova

'Awaken your Third Eye!' Feel the mystery at Delphi, the 'navel' of the world!
Visit the ancient sanctuary of Apollo where the Oracle was once being performed by the high priestess Pythia!
Delphi! A UNESCO's World Heritage and one of the most sacred places in the ancient world.
You will experience:
  • Drive by Thebes, the Kingdom of Oedipus, the dancefloor of Ares
  • Drive past Levadia
  • Witness the World War 2 Memorial at Karakolitho depicting Nazi atrocities...Lest We Forget!

Arachova

  • The picturesque Arachova village
  • Wander around the picturesque stone houses
  • Workshops and Boutiques

Delphi

  • Delphi village
  • Delphi's Archaeological site
  • The Temple of Apollo
  • The Athenian Treasury
  • The 'Omphalos', Navel of the earth
  • The Ancient Theatre
  • The Ancient Stadium
  • The Polygonal wall
  • The Gymnasium
  • The Temple of Athena Pronaia
  • Ancient Engravings on stone used in the Socrates' philosophy works...
  • 'KNOW THYSELF', 'NOTHING IN EXCESS'
  • Delphi's Archaeological Museum
  • Famous Long Lost Wonders
  • The Sphinx of Naxos
  • The Statue of Antinoos
  • The frieze of the Treasury of Sifnias
  • Metopes of the Athenian Treasury
  • The Bronze Charioteer
  • Lunch/Dinner at a fabulous family run taverna serving authentic ' village style' Greek food
    on the caldera with wonderful views overlooking Itea and Amfissa

thermopylae

'Molon Lave!' 'Come and Take Them!'
  • Visit the Hot Gates
  • Visit the Hot Sulphur Springs
  • Visit the Battlefield of Thermopylae
  • Admire the Statue of King Leonidas
  • Visit the Museum with reenactments of the battle against the Persian Empire in 3D

Delphi
A Unesco World Heritage Site, the site of the Delphic Oracle, the most famous and important of the Greek World dating to the ninth Century B.C .
Amongst an amazing hillside setting that is guaranteed to take your breath away, the area was also a major site for the worship of the God Apollo after he slew the Python, a deity who protected the navel of the earth or center of the world.
You will be amazed with the Roman Agora, the Sacred Way, the monuments of the Kings from Argos or Argive Kings, the Treasury of the Athenians,the Athenian Stoa,the Polygonal Wall, the Platea monument and the famous temple of Apollo where the oracle resided.
The third century theater above the temple is amazing as well as the lower slope of the mountain with the Tholos and Palestra where the athletes trained for the Pythian Games.

Arachova
The picturesque village of Arachova (a winter resort for skiers) is where you can enjoy your lunch, coffee, drinks and shopping. Explore the cobble stone streets with many hidden gems. Workshops selling shoulder bags, carpets and long haired rugs (flokati) in eye catching colours as well as boutiques with designer clothes.

Thermopylae
Thermopylae is a place in Greece where a narrow coastal passage existed in antiquity.
It derives its name from it's hot sulphur springs. The 'Hot Gates' is the 'place of hot springs' and in Greek mythology it is the cavernous entrances to Hades.
The Battle of Thermopylae, 480 BC, was fought between an alliance of Greek city-states, led by Sparta, and the Persian Empire of Xerxes. It took place at the pass of Thermopylae.
Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held off the Persians for seven days in total including three days of battle before the rear-guard was annihilated in one of history's most famous last stands. During two full days of battle, the small force led by King Leonidas of Sparta blocked the only road by which the massive Persian army could pass.
After the second day of battle, a local resident named Ephialtes betrayed the Greeks by revealing a small path that led behind the Greek lines. Aware that his force was being outflanked, Leonidas dismissed the bulk of the Greek army and remained to guard the rear with 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians (who refused to leave), 400 Thebans and perhaps a few hundred others.
The pass at Thermopylae was thus opened to the Persian army according to Herodotus, at the cost to the Persians of up to 20 000 fatalities. The Greek rearguard meanwhile was annihilated with a probable loss of 2000 men including those killed on the first two days of battle.
The Memorial in Thermopylae, which was erected in 1955, by the sculptor named Vasos Falireas, is a sculptural synthesis that consists of the brass statue of Leonides with his spear and shield in the centre, while on the right and left and in a lower height we have the marble figures of the personified Taigetos, which is the highest mountain in the Peloponese and the personified Evrotas which is a river flowing through the whole district of Laconia. The figure of King Leonides was based on an ancient warrior that was found in the excavation conducted by the British Archaeological School in 1920 and was identified as King Leonides. It should be noted that the Heroon in Thermopylae was constructed and erected by funds from Greeks living in America.
Activity level: Moderate
Duration: Full day
Type: Ancient History, Sightseeing, Walking, Full Day
Delphi Entrance Ticket: Full 6€, Reduced 3€
Special Ticket Package: Ful 9€, Reduced 5€

Free admission days : 6 March, 5 June , 18 April, 18 May, the last weekend of September annually, Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March, first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September and on 27 September International Tourism Day.

Open daily: 8:00am to 7:00pm (last admission 6:30pm)

Closed on Holidays: Jan 1st, March 25th, May 1st, Oct 28th.
Christmas and Boxing Day: closed
Easter Sunday: closed
Good Friday: open from 12noon to 3:00pm.
Holy Saturday: open from 8:30am to 3:00pm
Easter Monday: open from 08:30am to 3:00pm.

Infant seats available
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship


Pickup Information

Athens International Airport
Centre of Athens
Piraeus port
Corinth Suburban Train Station (Proastiakos)
Corinth
Loutraki
Nafplio
All Hotels, AirBnbs and Apartments from the regions listed above
    Private Certified Tourist Guide (Available Upon Request At Extra Charge)
    Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
    Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
    Port pickup and drop-off
    Private tour
    Round-trip private transfer
    Transport by private vehicle
    Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    We speak your language
    On-board WiFi
    Handmade candies
    Refreshment wipes
    Bottled water
    Accommodation as per itinerary
    Coffee and/or Tea
Private Certified Tourist Guide (Available Upon Request At Extra Charge)
Food and drinks
Lunch
Gratuities (Appreciated not expected!)