Hike to Delphi

GENERAL INFO

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.

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DAILY ITINERARY

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 Kakí Skála 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, which is one of the most important one 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.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

PRICE INCLUDES

  • All transportation during the trip
  • Services of a mountain guide
  • 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. Have in mind though, that it could be arranged upon request
  • Αnything not mentioned in above program
  • Gratuities for leader/guide or driver

INCLUDED MEALS

  • Picnic lunch

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