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According to the myth, Zeus released two eagles. The one flew east and the other one flew west. They both met over Delphi, determining that the centre of the world was there. A temple dedicated to god Apollo was built there in the 7th c BC. The oracle of Apollo became a religious centre where common people and kings alike, came to consult “Pythia”, the priestess of the sanctuary.
The archaeological site consists of the temple of Apollo, the treasury houses, the ancient theatre, the stadium at the top of the hill, while the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia consists of the best known landmark – the “tholos”, a circular structure with 3 of its original 20 doric columns restored, the gymnasium and the sports fascilities, used for training during the "Pythian Games".
Today, next to the archaeological site, there is an impressive museum, displaying findings from the local excavations, that started 1892. The highlights are offerings by the oracle visitors, such as the famous Charioteer, the statue of Antinoos, the two "kouros" statues, the “omphalos”, being the sculptured stone that represented the navel of the world, and many others.
When you finish with the sightseeing, you proceed to a local restaurant for lunch (which is optional. If you want you may pay the price without lunch), and after lunch the driver stops for 30 minutes at the nearby traditional village of Arachova. The bus arrives in the centre of Athens at +/- 18.30.
|7:30||The pick up service starts from the hotels||Departure from the terminal near Syntagma at 08.30|
|11:30||Drive North-West and arrive in Delphi||20 mins break near Levadia for rest|
|11:45||Visit the museum & the ancient site||Entrance fees - depend on price paid|
|13:45||Drive to a local restaurant||Lunch is again optional|
|15:00||Start the return to Athens||Stop at Arachova village|
|18:30||Arrival in Athens||Hotel drop off by 19.30|