Tour Duration: 10 Hours Tour Destination: Delphi & Thermopylae
Explore the Oracle of Delphi in addition with a visit at the battlefield of Thermopylae. An ideal tour for fans of the "300" Spartans Hollywood movie.
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The Full Day Tour of Delphi & Thermopylae begins in Athens. After reaching the central highway Kifisos, which is named after one of the three rivers that flow through the city and leads out of the city suburbs to the north. This smooth drive on the highway lasts approximately 2,5-hours and takes the visitors through the plains of North Athens suburban areas, around the city of Thebes, past Levadia and to the slopes of mount Parnassus. Expect to see different landscapes, agricultural life and farming areas.
A short stop in a coffee shop at the base of mount Parnassus to rest and the drive continues on the windy but comfortable highway over the scenic landscape that leads to the top of mount Parnassus where we drive through the stone village Arachova, which is built on the slope of the mountain and overlooks the valley of Pleistos. This is a popular destination for summer visitors of Delphi and for winter skiers for the 3rd biggest ski center of Greece on top of mount Parnassus. Driving through and away from Arachova for about 10 minutes the tour reaches its destination.
The site of Delphi popular for the Temple of Apollo, The Oracle and the Pythian Panhellenic Games. This archaeological site & museum recommended visit duration is 2,5 to 3 hours. While walking on the sacred way, expect to see the old treasuries of the Greek city-states, the ruins of the Temple of Apollo where the Oracle was located, the intact Amphitheater of Delphi, the Polygonal Wall of the old Athenian forum, the circular Temple of Athena Pronea, the Stadium and the Gymnasium where adults and children where training strength and spirit for the Pythian Games.
Later the travelers have the option for trying an authentic traditional lunch in a local taverna that offers a magnificent view over the whole valley of Pleistos with thousand of acres of olive trees and the city of Itea on the Corinthian Gulf.
Exiting Delphi the drive takes you over the sierras of Parnassus and Giona heading towards the east side for mainland Greece, along the Euboean Gulf towards Thermopylae museum and actual battlefield. The average visit time is 60 minutes and expect to see a museum which is completely interactive and equipped with 3D movies showrooms and touch screens in which you can learn every single detail about the Greco-Persian wars of 496 and 486 B.C., the monument of the legendary Spartan King Leonidas, the monument of the Tespians who fought along side with the Spartans, the battlefield and the Hill of Kolonos on which the Spartans made their last stand to meet their death.
This tour end with a relaxing highway drive back to Athens from the same landscapes and the sun setting in the background.