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The 7 Best Things to Do in Delphi

Steeped in history and wrapped in mythology, Delphi was the center of the Hellenic
world. A visit to the sanctuary on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus was also the opportunity
to consult with the Oracle at the Temple of Apollo and hear a prophecy for the future.

  • Delphi Ruins

    1. Delphi Ruins

    The Spring of Castalia divides the site into two: the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, which
    includes the circular Tholos, and the Sanctuary of Apollo and its ruins.

  • The Sacred Way

    2. The Sacred Way

    The inclined path, along which the lone Treasury of the Athenians once brimmed with
    riches among many others of its kind, zigzags through the Sanctuary of Apollo.

  • Temple of Apollo

    3. Temple of Apollo

    Once a prominent feature at the end of the Sacred Way, visitors entered the temple to
    consult with the Oracle. Her answers were ambiguous at best and open to
    interpretation.

  • Ancient Theater

    4. Ancient Theater

    First built with white stone from Mt. Parnassus in the 4th century BC, the 35 rows
    seated an audience of 5,000 and provided a panorama of the stunning landscape
    below.

  • Mt. Parnassus

    5. Mt. Parnassus

    In mythology, Parnassus was the son of the nymph Kleodora, who lived on the
    mountain with her two sisters. The site was sacred to Dionysus and Apollo and also
    home to the Muses.

  • Archaeological Museum of Delphi

    6. Archaeological Museum of Delphi

    The museum houses a fine collection of artifacts from the site, including statues,
    friezes from the treasuries, and other votive offerings pilgrims brought on their visits.

  • 7. Sikelianos Museum

    The home of the Greek poet and playwright and his wife illustrates their efforts for
    a revival of Delphic Festivals in 1927 and 1933. Costumes and other items are on
    display.

Frequently asked questions about Delphi, Greece

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Delphi?

    Many arrive from Athens on a day-trip, or stop along way as they travel farther north.
    Anticipate spending a few hours exploring the site and visiting the museum, which is
    included in the entrance price.

  • Getting around

    The drive from Athens to Delphi can take two hours by car and about three hours by
    KTEL bus from KTEL Station B, located on 260 Liossion St with the entrance on
    Gousiou St. It's about a 10-minute walk from Agios Nikolaos metro station.
    Once arriving at the archaeological site, your own two feet with good shoes will take
    you where you need to go.

  • Where to stay in Delphi

    The modern village of Delphi is small, but you'll find more than a dozen hotels directly in the center.

Good to know

  • Language
    Greek
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +30
  • Best time to visit
    The area is popular in summer for the sightseeing, and in winter for the skiing at the nearby resorts, so plan your visit for spring, when the temperatures are mild and you'll avoid the crowds.

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What people are saying about Delphi, Greece

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,175 reviews

Our guide Anna was wonderful! Her knowledge of the area and history was truly remarkable and her commentary added to the enjoyment of visiting these remarkable locations. The time spent in each location was adequate and the tour was run efficiently. Our driver was also excellent, navigating some tricky roads in foggy conditions. I would recommend this tour highly. My only comment to the organizer would be to consider adding a minimum age for destinations such as this. Unfortunately, we had a 2-3 year old child on this tour who yelled/screamed pretty much the whole bus ride and during every visit to each location at a destination. It might not be a problem for some people, but visiting these solemn, thoughtful locations with a kid screaming almost non-stop almost ruined the trip for us. There's not much any guide could do - I understand the child's family has paid a ticket, but in the future, they might consider ages 6 or 10 and up for some of the trips.

Our guide Athina (might have spelled that wrong sorryy) was super nice, she gave us great info and answered all of our questions, she was also a great driver btw. The Delphi archeological site was pretty impressive and we were lucky enough to have such a beautiful sunny day in November. Overall it was a nice and fun trip, and it was good to escape busy Athens for a day. I would recommend this tour to anybody wanting to know more about Greek Ancient culture and archeology. 10/10

Our guide Marianna was excellent, professional, helpful and very knowledgeable. The scenery is fabulous and Delphi amazing.

Marianna was wonderful. You need a guide to fill in the story and the museum has all the goodies inside protected.

The amazing guide, answered all of our questions, friendly. Nice tour