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Athens To Delphi Tour

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Leave behind the bustling city of Athens on a one or two day trip to Delphi! The area is famous for its ancient oracle, which influenced kings and countries and is interlinked with Greek mythology and history.

The trip through the Greek countryside is incredibly beautiful, and visiting Delphi feels like stepping back in time to a strange and mystical place. Your tour guide will show you around and tell you its detailed history. You’ll also have plenty of time to explore on your own.

One of the best Athens day trips, Delphi can be experienced in a few different ways. We’ve listed the different tours and their pros and cons so that you can find the perfect tour for you and your family!

Know before you book:

  • Bring walking shoes and sunscreen
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • There are no shops at the ruins, so bring snacks and water


Highlights:

  • Visit the ancient Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi
  • Explore the ruins on a guided tour
  • Enjoy pictureque views over the Greek countryside

The ancient Greeks considered the oracle of Delphi to be the very center of the world. Hugely influential, the oracle made the area rich, as people came from across the classical world to consult the oracle.

Visit this millennia-old site, sitting on the slope of Mount Parnassus with a gorgeous view over Greece. It’s an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in history and culture, at one of the most important historic monuments in the world!

You can tour Delphi in one day, with ample time to explore the site on your own after the guided tour. Our favorite option, however, is a two-day tour that includes a trip to Meteora and the uniquely positioned monastery there. On this tour you’ll sleep at a nearby village, and get a greater feel for the beautiful place and culture.

Athens to Delphi Tour Prices 2019

The cost of the tours starts at about USD $80 for a single day tour. This excludes lunch, but you can request it for a small additional fee, or pack your own. Two-day trips from Athens to Delphi and Meteora start at USD $170 and include hotel accommodation and meals!

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Athens to Delphi Times

The ruins of Delphi are open to visitors all day. The trip from Athens takes approximately 2 hours, so most Delphi tours leave the city at around 8:30. You’ll arrive back in Athens in the evening, both for the one-day tour and the two-day tour.

Monday – Friday: 7am – 7pm
Saturday – Sunday: 7am – 7pm

Best time to go

The best time to visit Delphi is in spring. The combination of spring flowers and snow on the mountains makes the incredible location even more picturesque, and the summer crowds are gone. Of course, summer is also a lovely time to visit if you don’t mind the crowds.

The Oracle Delphi

Once dedicated to Gaia, the mythology of the oracle says that Apollo took over the shrine when he killed Gaia’s offspring and oracle protectors, and claimed it as his own.

The myth states that once this was accomplished Apollo lept onto a Cretan ship in the form of a dolphin, initiating his first priests. Young virginal women were eventually chosen as the liaison with the gods, and spoke in cryptic messages after going into a trance. Known as the Navel of the world, it was considered to be the center of all things.

The Oracle stood for centuries as an important part of the classical world, and influenced many decisions which shaped history. It has stood for millennia, and despite its ruinous state, it is a very impressive thing to see.

Day Trips from Athens

If you are particularly interested in the Delphic oracle, the one-day trip is perfect, and includes everything you’ll want to see! If you’re keen to see more of the Greek countryside and other historical locations, the two-day tour is an amazing opportunity.

Day Trip to Delphi from Athens

Stand in the footsteps of ancient heroes and seekers of wisdom. On this Delphi day trip from Athens, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the ruins, with lots of history, mythology and fun facts from your guide.

You will also visit a picturesque mountain town and explore the museum and the crafts. This is a great opportunity to experience rural life in Greece and the influences of history on modern culture.

What we liked: Great full-day tour which includes all the local sights.

INCLUDES:
  • Transport
  • Guided tour
  • Lunch (optional)
  • Leisure time
  • Entrance fees

EXCLUDES:
  • Gratuity (optional)
  • Drinks and snacks

The tour starts out at a central location in Athens, or at your hotel. After a two-hour luxury bus trip, you’ll arrive in Delphi and have time to stretch your legs and relax before embarking on your tour! When booking, you can request lunch, or pack a picnic to enjoy with a panoramic view of the mountains and the coast.

Each of the single-day tours offers different additional services, like a three-course meal and a visit to the museum. So before you book, make sure you’re picking the best one for you!

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Two-day Tours – Athens to Delphi Greece

The two-day tour includes the same experience as the single day tour on day one. After that, you’ll sleep in a lovely little hotel in the nearby village of Kalaba.

On day two you will visit the extraordinary rock formations of Meteora, where monasteries were built centuries ago. This is one of the largest monastery complexes in the world! You’ll find the structures balancing on top of multiple mountainous rock formations.

Built to be hard to reach, these monasteries require some uphill walking, and are unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. They are, however, incredibly picturesque and unique, and well worth a visit if you are able.

What we liked: You can explore two of Greece’s greatest treasures in one trip
INCLUDES:
  • Guided tour
  • Transport
  • Entrance fees to Delphi and Meteora
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Meals (if specified)
  • Free time

EXCLUDES:
  • Drinks
  • Meals (if specified)
  • Gratuity

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8.7Expert Score
For those who love history, culture, and beauty, Delphi is an unmissable stop on your Greek itinerary. Since it’s so far from Athens, these tours are the best way to experience it.
Location
9
Fun
8
Value for money
9
PROS
  • Beautiful and historical
  • Different options
  • All-inclusive options available
CONS
  • Difficult to reach
  • Lunch and drinks excluded unless specified
  • There may be little time to explore

Specification: Athens To Delphi Tour

Accessible

Not wheelchair accessible

Duration

Full-day, Two days

Includes

Bus transport, Entrance fee, Guided Tour

Excludes

Gratuity (optional)

Meals & Drinks

Meals not included (unless specified)

Pickup

Hotel pick-up (on select tours)

Suitable For

Couples, Everyone, Families, History lovers

Photos: Athens To Delphi Tour

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  1. Anonymous

    The pick up was a bit late and we had to change to a different bus but the drive there was amazingly beautiful. The guide was really informative mixing history and myth. The actual site was stunning! It was really crowded though and I think that annoyed the tour guide. The museum was ok though. FYI don’t book with lunch they’ll drop you off at the town of Delphi where my friends and I found a really good souvlaki place that was a really decent price.

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  2. Anonymous

    We loved Delphi but the group was an entire large bus with one guide and it was so large and Delphi was so crowded, we had a hard time following and hearing our guide. I am not faulting our guide but I would not book another tour if it was to be a large group like this one again.

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  3. Anonymous

    The site was spectacular and worth seeing even with the long drive. However two things they could do to improve. The guide while knowledgeable had a pretty heavy accent and a very soft voice so hard to hear. Not just me but most. Should have also give more time to see the amphitheater and stadium. Only had 25 minutes after the visit to the temple. Needed about 45. and tour should have at least gone to the base of the amphitheater. I would also say no young kids or people that can’t walk easily and take steps

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  4. Anonymous

    Hotel pickup wasted a lot of time. 90 minutes. Six hours of travel for three hours of tour not counting hotel pick up. Guide was fluent in English but her acsent made it difficult to understand. Large group of 42. Would not recommend

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  5. Anonymous

    Lovely trip, beautiful scenerery, ruins were amazing. Guide was very informative and friendly. Definitely a good day trip.

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  6. Anonymous

    We enjoyed the tour of the ruins and the museum, and the lunch that followed. It was raining on the day that we went, so we were not able to see the stadium due to the path being closed. Our guide was very informative and friendly. I wish we would also have had an opportunity to see the Tholos.

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  7. Anonymous

    A very good trip all round – although it’s a 6 hour round trip by coach it was good to see the suburbs of Athens and the countryside en route to Delphi. Our guide gave us plenty of background information during the journey to the site. The tour of the site was really good despite not being able to visit the stadium due to land fall in the copious winter rains. The museum was excellent. The lunch site was pleasant but the food very average – a welcome break nonetheless. Recommended tour – for those interested in the ancient world.

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  8. Anonymous

    It was a great tour: comfortable bus, packed with information by our knowledgeable guide, and well organized. One thing we recommend to change is to provide several options for lunch. The restaurant’s food was very bad honestly, limited food items on the menu and no other restaurants in the vicinity.

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  9. Anonymous

    The tour itself was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided valuable information throughout the entire trip from pick-up to drop-off. We opted out of the lunch included package and got dropped off in town where we had a great lunch on our own. We were given an hour to explore the town on our own which was nice. Two cautions: Our hotel was not on their list of hotel pick-ups and although we were told we’d be emailed about where to meet, we weren’t. We had to call the day before to confirm a location. Not helpful when you don’t have an international calling plan. Also, one of the members of our tour took her time returning to the pickup point at Delphi which held up the whole tour bus and caused us to return to Athens late. Also not helpful if you have plans or need to catch a flight home as some did. Otherwise, great tour!

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  10. Anonymous

    Must do if you’re in Athens, tour was great, ride and dinner was nice. Guide was excellent. History of this place is beautiful and impressive to see.

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  11. Anonymous

    This tour was very nice. There is a lot, a lot of walking but the guide make it very interesting and fun.The food at the end of the tour was very nice. I really recommend it to anyone interested in ancient history of Greece.

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  12. Anonymous

    The trip was great. The location, the history, the view, the air! Magnificent.However I am not sure that taking this as a group trip on the bus was the right idea. All tour operators run this trip on the same schedule. And they all stop on the same rest area. That was terrible: we talking about 10 different buses from the different agencies (Gate1, etc.) arrived to that small cafestore at the same time. Line in the restroom, line for the coffee and snacks, line for gifts. No fun.Also there are a lot of places that I would stop just to admire the view and snap a picture that bus is just passes by. Tour guide was nice but on the way back he was not even talking.Included meal option is a joke: we got 3 salads to share between 6 people, a little bit of pasta, 2 peaces of chicken and some sweets. Water, beer, wine were extra. For the money we spend upfront we could have a great dinner there on our own. So I would definitely advise against this food option.Another thing with the group approach – you actually don’t have enough time to go through the historical site and enjoy it. After the tour guide finished his portion of the tour we had to pretty much run to the top of the area and back if we wanted to see everything…About the bus (this is just for the information and not a complain): it was nice and clean but it did not have any power outlets to charge phones, etc. Also it would be nice if they provided water. The bus driver turned on heater pretty high so the air in the bus was very dry. Overall it was an OK trip. Again, the nature, the view, the historical site are GREAT. This is definitely a place you have to visit when in Greece. But doing this as a part of the big group – BIG “?”.

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  13. Anonymous

    In addition to the amazing sites and the comfortable ride through the beauty that is Greece’s mountains, Marianna Tsigardou, our guide, was thoroughly knowledgeable about the places and their histories. She had a friendly and clear way about her leading the way. I am so glad I took this tour.

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  14. Anonymous

    Sirs Two of us recently took a trip to Delphi using your service. I was a bit skeptical at first about doing a long bus trip but the guide (Marianna Tsigaridou) did an outstanding job. She has an immense knowledge of the historical sights and she kept us well informed throughout the trip both on the bus going up and back as well as being a first rate guide of the historical ruins and the museum. Even though it was a 2-3 hour bus ride up and back, she had stops planned for bathroom breaks and was such a good narrator of historical details that you were always entertained. She has a great speaking style and very clear pronunciation of the the English language so it was very easy to understand everything she was telling us. Again, this was a great bus trip to see the historic Delphi ruins and in large part was due to Marianna and I would certainly recommend this trip again. Wm Kessler

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  15. Anonymous

    Delphi is amazing and definitely worth spending more time than the day return from Athens tour allows. This two day tour with overnight stay at the Amalia hotel is MUCH better – one has the chance to visit the site at one’s leisure, in the later afternoon after the day trippers have gone the museum is open until after 6 and before they arrive the next morning. The day tour doesn’t give enough time to visit all the sights. Strolling around the site when it is almost empty is very atmospheric. The hotel is pleasant, courteous staff, spacious comfortable rooms and magnificent views to the gulf.

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  16. Anonymous

    The remote mountain setting makes Delphi a magical place, and a photographic dream if you have the patience to wait for fellow tourists to move out of shot!. There is too much to see in one day, so the 2-dayer is highly recommended. In fact, the 1-dayer doesn’t even visit the Tholos site, where many of the postcard pictures are taken, and there was barely time to sprint to the top of the site where the stadium is. Delphi town has some lovely restaurants for the evening stay. Pick up from the Athens hotel was on time, although other pick-ups meant that it was over an hour before we left the city. Return to Athens on day 2 was by about 6pm, again all seamless. The guided tour on day 1 was good, albeit rushed, and our guide Joy’s narrative on the coach on the way there appeared to be aimed at 12-year olds. Staying for Day 2 allows exploration of the site at one’s own leisure – fabulous.One word of warning – parts of the site are quite steep, with only rough paths, so people with mobility issues might find it tough. And don’t forget the museum – fascinating. Recommended trip, but only as a 2-dayer.

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  17. Anonymous

    We booked the two day trip but travelled with a party doing a one day trip. The coach was extremely comfortable and the guide was both knowledgeable and amusing. Arriving at the site after a journey of some two and a half hours, we were taken first to the museum. It was bedlam in there with several tours arriving at the same time. It was often difficult to hear the guide’s expert information for the noise of other groups. She sped us efficiently through the museum and then gave us a whirlwind tour of the site. There was not much more than two and a quarter hours allowed for the whole visit before being whisked to the hotel for lunch for all of those on a day trip. Then they returned to Athens. Had I been on the day trip I would have been very annoyed as proper time was not allowed to see the sights. However, as I had been to Delphi before, I knew that more time would be needed. The rest of the afternoon was spent seeing the sights not visited in the morning, especially the sanctuary of Athens one of the most photographed ruins in Delphi, but missed by those on a day trip. Then back to the Amalia Hotel which was very comfortable with spectacular views. The seventies design of the hotel is charming because of the inspired use of natural materials, mostly stone and wood, though it makes for a babble of voices in the dining room with no fabric to deaden the sound. Dinner and breakfast included were from the buffet and more than adequate. The two day option makes it possible to return again to the site for the morning. We got there early before the rush and before the heat of the day. Then after lunch we were picked up by the following day tour and driven back to Athens. If I had been on the one day tour, I would award it two stars, but as a two day outing it thoroughly deserves five.

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  18. Anonymous

    Loved the trip to Delphi. The tour guide was well informed. it was good to have the second day on our own. Drank from the sacred spring and walked down to Athena’s temple. Only one drawback . . our tour guide made ongoing generalizations and sexist comments about women which I thought were inappropriate. The one black mark in an otherwise good trip.

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  19. Anonymous

    This trip was made by mistake because I want the 2nd day to be in Meteora. However, it was a blessing as we were able to get around the village of Delphi which was beautiful. Hotel Amalia where we stayed was beautiful, more like a 4star hotel.

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  20. Anonymous

    It was definitely worthwhile to take a two day trip in Delphi. The accompdation provided at the Amalia Hotel was excellent—the dinner and breakfast that was included in the plan were brilliant and the hotel had a swimming pool, which was open from morning till 8pm. The accompdation provided didn’t feel overpriced at all. Athena Pronea that I visited in the morning is open to public for those of you who want to visit this site. The tickets for the Delphi archaeological museum and the Temple of Apollo cost altogether 12Euros. The town of Delphi is fairly small that I was able to get around on foot to all the sites and the town.

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  21. Anonymous

    My husband and I booked this tour after considering many different options on how to visit Delphi. I had previously visited Delphi years ago but this was my husband’s first visit. Delphi is a major archaeological site and we felt a day trip would not provide adequate time to fully appreciate it. The Viator description of the tour is misleading, mainly because it leaves out details of the trip itinerary. The 2-day trip visitors are herded through the site and museum tour at the same frenetic pace as the day trippers and once you exit the site and museum with your group (as you must because the bus with your overnight luggage awaits to take you to your hotel) so the day trippers can eat a buffet lunch there (which is not included for the 2-day trip visitors) you cannot return to the site or museum without purchasing another ticket (at a cost of 12€ per ticket). The trip doesn’t depart from Athens until 8:45 am and the Viator description that the tour includes “exploring the mountain towns of Levadia and Arachova” are actually rest room breaks for 30 minutes at a truck stop outside Levadia and 15 minutes at Arachova. The tour doesn’t arrive to the site until noon at the height of the heat of the day and crowds. You only actually get about 2 hours total at the site and museum with the tour.

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  22. Anonymous

    Good experience, would be great if there were snow. The temperature was @12 deg that’s we did not experinece it.

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  23. Anonymous

    Awesome tour, very professional tour guide who graduated with an archaeology degree! He was really professional and even though was distracts by an old lady who got lost, went through the tour diligently with us then got his contacts to find the lady to bring her back with the group

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  24. Anonymous

    The day tour was very well organised and the guide, Maria, was very knowledgeable. On our way to and from Delphi, we were told numerous stories about Ancient Greek civilisation. On our way back from Delphi, we had a brief stop at a nearby village where there was a stunning view of the valley. It was a small group tour so the guide was able to give us each better attention.

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  25. Anonymous

    the bus was v clean and new. the driver was great, drove safely but not too slow either. the guide, ms mariannea, was just amazing! she was professional, knowledgeable and was NOT like typical commercialized guides. she cared about her work and did not preassure guests for grutiaities. the food was better than expected eventhough it was in a tour group restaurant. we booked less than 12 hours before the tour and the tour company promptly emailed me to confirm pick up location. overall very happy with the tour!

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  26. Anonymous

    Our tour guide is very experienced. And the lunch is very good, it worth 15 euro at least in my opinion. The bus is very new and comfortable too. For the site, Delphi is a very unique site for Greek and it worth visiting it you like Greek history, and the view is good too.

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  27. Anonymous

    The tour was very educational. The guide was able to convey in a gist Greek mythology and history into one. He was also very friendly and approachable. Overall, we enjoyed the tour. ☺️

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  28. Anonymous

    Good tour. The tour guide had good knowledge and everything was comfortable.

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  29. Anonymous

    Gorgeous experience, nice tourist guide with a lot of information. The hotel was pretty much OK, although the lunch stops were awful (bad quality and pricy). Nevertheless it was a very good experience.

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  30. Anonymous

    It very good experience tour guide. Although did not always keep the same tour guide. But really must appreciate all the tour guide that give all their efforts. The driver also provide us safe journeys. Thanks to them. Delphi is an nice and must go place. On the way back surprised that dropped us down the place which moive 300. Maybe the only food cafe for lunch which food no so nice and expensive too.

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  31. Anonymous

    It was a really enriching and enjoyable trip. The guide, Marianna (red hair) was good and she gave clear instruction and info about meteora and delphi. It was a pity that most do not have time for delphi museum, after completing the delphi ruins. Meteora is very scenic and it is really worth the trip. Orfeas hotel is sufficiently comfortable. There are many provision shops at kalambaka for refilling your water and food. George, the driver, drove us back to Athens on time at around 630pm and gave us a safe journey. Thank you both.

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  32. Anonymous

    Quite amazing tour, very well organized and conducted. Sites were amazing to behold, a real memory for life at Meteora particularly. Hotel used was excellent, the tourist class one was fine, no need to pay for first class option at all.

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  33. Anonymous

    Trip was well organised. The bus journey was lengthy, as expected, and the hotel was also comfortable and clean. Three of us shared a room and a believe a discount should have been offered for the third person sharing the same room. The sites were spectacular and are very worthy for a visit. The guides are enthusiastic and helpful, although the spoken English of the second guide has room for improvement.

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  34. Anonymous

    We were in awe of central greece! Meteora has the best stunning views! Mini private bus has just the right amount of people to feel comfortable for a tour package – not too crowded like a coach bus! Tour guide Evan was superb too!

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  35. Anonymous

    it’s a wonderful trip and the view in Delphi and Metraola are spectacular.

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  36. Graham – United Kingdom

    Great day Had a great day and our tour guide Michaela was amazing. Worth every penny! Perfect day

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  37. Nikolaos – Greece

    Highly recommend Excellent service,a good price,good lady guide with bilingual abilities.Everything went smoothly

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  38. Subramani – United States

    Great tour!

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  39. Arthur – United States

    Our trip to Delphi was fantastic! Effi, our guide, picked us up at our hotel, and we headed out. On our journey to Delphi, she talked about the ancient site that we were about to see. Effi was very knowledgeable. We walked thru the grounds, then the museum, narrating the significant features along the way. Before heading back, we had a terrific lunch in the village of Delphi.

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  40. Francois – Canada

    Amazing historical excursion The tour was just well defined and intelligent. Yes, it is some hours of travel but it is totally worth it ! Our guide was tremendously generous and the sites itself is a big MUST of Greece. Don't hesitate: you'll get the best panoramic pictures ever while being culturally learning about that amazing country.

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  41. DIDIER – France

    Chauffeur et guide trés intéressants Une journée superbe

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  42. Monica – United Kingdom

    Must see these two beautiful places with your eyes. Stunning! Would strongly recommend all to visit both these sites. Both are completely different from each other in Greek history and beauty. Tour guide Anastasia was very knowledgeable of both sites, with the geography of the area and Greek history whilst on motion. Very interesting information. Bus was comfortable, air con and WiFi, but quite windy the roads too and from Metero (those who get travel sick I suggest take something to make the journey smooth for yourselves ) don’t forget to bring a swimming costume! (Hotel has a pool rent a towel for one euro as you can’t use the towel in your room. Only suggestion for this tour would be for another 30minutes at Delphi so people can visit the museum.

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