Hike to Delphi

GENERAL INFO

We start from Athens, and on the way to Delphi the road cuts through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Greece, passing traditional villages that are among the country’s loveliest. Delphi is perched in a cliffside on the slopes of Mount Parnassos and overlooks the fertile valley of Phocis, dominated by the silvery-green Olive Grove of Amfissa and the sea. It was considered from the Ancient Greeks as the navel of the world and to honor it, they built here the sanctuary of Apollo. Pilgrims came to Delphi for throughout the Greek world, to seek wisdom from the oracle of Pythia.
Today we will follow the footsteps of them, as our hike starts from the Corycian Cave, which is located in the heart of Parnassos Mountain. Declared as a national park in 1938, is the mythical birthplace of the muses and with elevation reaching an altitude of 2457 meters it is one of the highest mountains in Greece. We will hike an old pathway, passing through fir forests and lush valleys filled with wildflowers until we reach Delphi itself.

DAILY ITINERARY

We depart early from Athens and drive towards mount Parnassos. Covered by thick forests, with habitats of high biodiversity value, Parnassos was the first Greek mountain to be proclaimed a National Park. Our hike starts at Corycian Cave, which was dedicated to the God Pan and it was a place for pagan rituals since Neolithic times. We follow the same path that ancient pilgrims used to take in order to approach the cave from Delphi oracle. It descends the southwest part of Parnassos mountain, within a dense fir forest and great views of the sanctuary of Delphi and the olive grove of Amfissa, the biggest in Greece, with more than one million trees. We finish at the village of Delphi where we lunch, as Greeks, tasting the traditional “meze” dishes.
After lunch you will have free time to visit the archaeological site, one of the most important in Greece, second only to the Acropolis of Athens, without the morning crowds.
From Delphi we will drive back to Athens and on the way we will stop at the mountain top village of Arachova, famous for its authentic local crafts, including woodcarvings and weavings.

Hiking distance: 10 km / Hiking Duration: 4 hours
Elevation loss: 760 m
Driving distance:

Athens center to start of the hike 170km / 2h30min
Delphi to Athens center 180km / 2h30min

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

PRICE INCLUDES

  • All transportation during the trip
  • Services of a guide throughout the tour
  • Tickets for the archaeological site and museum of Delphi

NOT INCLUDED

  • Gratuities for leader/guide or driver
  • Guided tour of the archaeological site and museum of Delphi. The reason for this is that our hiking guide is not allowed to guide in archaeological sites. Have in mind though, that a tour with a licensed guide could be arranged upon request and the cost is 150 €
  • Other items of a personal nature
  • Anything not mentioned in above program

INCLUDED MEALS

  • Snacks during activity
  • Lunch

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