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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 2020

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

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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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