There were many oracles in ancient Greece, but only the one at Delphi achieved a record of reliability. It lies at the Southern slope of the dramatic 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. Surrounded from picturesque villages, craggy slopes, monuments of immense natural beauty and the famous oracle of Delphi, center of the world for the Ancient Greeks, Parnassos holds a bucket of surprises for the mountain lovers. Moreover its spectacular morphology and rich biodiversity makes it a hiker's paradise.
Hike at Mt Parnassos, one of Greece's highest mountains declared as a national park in 1938
Explore the Corycian Cave, sacred to Pan and the nymphs
Be amazed at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke
Discover the delights of charming mountain-top villages
Dates: From April to October
Price: 4 participants: 150 euros /Person
For less participants please contact us
Condition grading: Moderate
Start early from Athens and drive towards the National Park of Parnassos. The road cuts through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Greece, passing traditional villages that are among the country’s loveliest.
We begin the hike 2 km from the Corycian cave which is the first place of interest. In ancient times, the cave was the site of orgiastic rites in November, when women, acting as nymphs, made the long hike up from Delphi on the “Kakia Skala” by torchlight. An excavation by French archaeologists in 1969 produced a plethora of objects of antiquity including a rare Neolithic male figurine, Mycenaean shards, bone flutes, iron and bronze rings, miniature bronze statues, and 50,000 terracotta figurines from the classical period. From the cave, we follow and old pathway to Delphi, passing through wild flowers, lush valleys, and fir trees. After few kilometers, we will start having amazing views towards the valley of Amfissa and its famous olive grove, which is the largest continuous of the country. It’s estimated that there are more than 1.200.000 olive trees, some of which are higher than three meters while their age has been lost in the lapse of centuries. Soon after we will start descending and eventually we will reach Delphi itself which is the end of the hike. You will have free time to visit the archaeological site, one of the most important in Greece, second only to the Acropolis of Athens.
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: 9 km / Hiking duration: 4 hours
Elevation loss: 760m
Athens center to start of the hike 170km / 2h30min
Delphi to Athens center 180km / 2h30min
Price includes: All transportation during the tour
Services of a guide throughout the tour
Tickets for the archaeological site and museum of Delphi
Included meals: Snacks during activity Picnic lunch
Gratuities for leader/guide or driver
Guided tour of the archaeological site and museum of Delphi. Have in mind though, that it could be arranged upon request
Other items of a personal nature
Anything not mentioned in above program
We are constantly updating our unique itineraries based on new information and experiences available. The walks, accommodations, and visits listed may be adjusted. The itineraries presented are subject to modification and change by Tripin Adventures. We reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in our judgment, conditions warrant, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants, anything not mentioned in above program.
Trips designated "Moderate" are more active and require a bit more endurance. Hikes and treks include occasional steep ascents. Trip members should be experienced hikers in good physical condition, capable of walking 3-5 hours
STARTING POINT AND GETTING THERE
Starting point is: Athens.
Getting There & Away:Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos, is about 27km east of Athens. Athens is connected with direct flights with various cities in Europe, North America and Asia.
Getting around: We can arrange for a transfer from the airport to your hotel. If you want to come by yourself, the metro and the suburban rail provide quick connections to central Athens (1 hour / 10 euros ticket). The bus option is cheaper though it takes longer (1h 30 min / 5 euros ticket). You can also take a taxi (1 hour / 35-50 euros).
Spring, summer and fall in Greece are sunny and warm. The daytime temperatures average 25-30 C though temperatures in the 35s are possible in the summer months. Nighttime temperatures cool off slightly to 20° C. Rain showers are rare in the islands, but it's often breezy and rainy on the coast.
Greece has a temperate climate. Base your clothing on the "layering system", if it is hot you can "peel off" layers quickly, if it is cooler and windy you can quickly "dress up". The lighter you travel, the easier you travel.
Please consider taking along the following items on your tour.
Backpack to carry clothing, climbing gear, camera, water bottle and snacks etc.
Midweight polar fleece sweater
Rain jacket and rain pants, or poncho
Fast drying synthetic t shirt
Spear synthetic or cotton t shirt
Sun hat or baseball cap
Supportive hiking boots, broken-in
Sunscreen and lip protection
Sunglasses and retainer strap
Security pouch or money belt
Trekking poles or walking staff
Camera, memory and batteries
Personal first-aid kit
This is not a fixed list, but more of a guideline, so feel free to add and remove items as you see fit.