Delphi: een dagtrip naar de navel van de wereld vanuit Athene
Verwachte ophaaltijd bij uw centraal gelegen hotel in Athene is om 8:30 uur, waar u plaatsneemt in de touringcar voor de reis naar Delphi. Uw gids zal u wijzen op hoogtepunten zoals de Boeotian Plain, een agrarisch centrum sinds de oudheid, de stad van Thebe, waar Koning Oedipus is geboren, en de berg Parnassus, de torenhoge piek boven Delphi waar de oude Griekse muzen woonden.
Na ongeveer twee uur onderbreekt u uw reis met een korte tussenstop in de stad Livadia. Vanaf hier is het minder dan een uur naar Delphi, de stad die op de Werelderfgoedlijst van UNESCO staat en die in de oudheid bekend stond als 'de navel van de wereld', waar geïnspireerde profetessen orakels uitspraken die de toekomst voorspelden.
Uw gids zal u de bron van Castalia laten zien, waar de priesteressen zich vroeger baden, en zal u rondleiden op de archeologische site: u bent hier ongeveer twee en een half uur, alles bij elkaar. Bewonder hoogtepunten zoals het monument van de koningen van Argos, de Atheense schatkamer, de oude zuilengalerij, de zogenaamde Stoa van de Atheners en de polygonale muur, met kunstig vervaardigd metselwerk. Kom meer te weten over de Griekse god Apollo en zijn gebedshuis op de plek wanneer u een bezoek brengt aan de tempel van Apollo.
Vervolgens ziet u de hoogtepunten van het archeologisch museum van Delphi, boordevol schatten die hier zijn opgegraven. Bewonder de Naxische sfinx, die ooit de tempel van Apollo bewaakte, de fries van de Sifnische schat en sculpturen, waaronder het standbeeld van Antinoüs, minnaar van de Romeinse keizer Hadrianus. Zie de Wagenmenner van Delphi, een van de meesterwerken op het gebied van oude Griekse bronzen kunstwerken, gemaakt ter nagedachtenis aan een overwinning in de Pythische Spelen, die werden gehouden te Delphi om Apollo te eren.
Als u hebt gekozen voor de optie 'met lunch', kunt u genieten van een 3-gangen feestmaal in een lokaal restaurant. Als u dat niet hebt gedaan, hebt u tijd om wat te eten te kopen, een lunchpakket te nuttigen of Delphi op eigen houtje te verkennen voordat u teruggaat naar de bus.
Na de lunch brengt u een bezoek aan het heiligdom Athene Pronaia, de meest gefotografeerde plek in Delphi. Op de weg terug naar Athene komt u langs Arachova. Het is ongeveer 2,5 uur rijden terug naar Athene, waar u rond 18:30 uur in uw hotel zult terugkeren.
- Een 2,5 uur durend bezoek aan de archeologische site en het museum
- 3-gangenlunch in een lokaal restaurant (indien deze optie is geselecteerd)
- Gratis WiFi in de touringcar
- Ophalen en afzetten bij hotel
- Vervoer per touringcar met airconditioning
- Fooien (optioneel)
- Bevestiging krijgt u ten tijde van de boeking
Chose this tour company b/c it was highly rated. They didn't disappoint. The tour guide, "Mel", was very pleasant, knowledgeable, and kept us engaged throughout the trip including the long drive there and back. The time allotted to each activity felt right. The site itself is an interesting one although I found the views on the drive to be just as captivating. There was wifi on the bus, but it was limited and nearly useless. That would be my only criticism.
It was a good experience; the site and the museum. The tour leader was good and explained every detail. The site was very dusty (though you do not feel that) and we never expected that. So if you want to do this tour be ready for the tour and take a face mask or similar protection otherwise you could come back with a runny nose. Do not include the lunch, but you could have a western style meal at the same restaurant to own liking.
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
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.
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 cafe\store 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 "?".
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.
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.
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!
Our tour guide I can't remember her name was simply wonderful!
Excellent tour. It well guided by the tour guide. Awesome food with family house. Highly recommended.
Everything on the tour ran smoothly and exactly as advertised. Yiouli was an incredible guide, providing just the right amount of information with the perfect pacing. Nikos was a great driver and the bus was very comfortable. So happy we decided to do this tour.
Good tour, tour description mentioned about stop in village but it was solely for restaurant stop. If you opted for the lunch inclusion we saw huge portions being served, you may just want to skip that and order a la carte.