The Delphi & Thermopylae Tour
Our tour begins early in the morning. We take the national highway of Greece and head north. On our way to Delphi we will see the farmland which consists of cotton fields, tomato fields and watermelon fields. Around the 90th KM we will make a quick stop to see the water reservoir of Athens. We continue traveling by going through a valley which is surrounded on the left and right side by mountains. We will also pass by the city of Livadeia (means valley). Sometimes in the summertime I stop at the beautiful village of Krya Springs. Here we can have a refreshing drink at a cafe.
From there we continue our journey towards Delphi through the picturesque town of Arachova, which is a very popular ski resort in the winter. It takes about 15 minutes to get to Delphi from Arachova. In this 15 min ride we are surrounded by mount Parnassos and another mountain and below us are thousands of scattered olive trees. We finally reach Delphi where the ancients traveled to hear the wisdom of the famous Oracle of Delphi. At Delphi we will see the Tholos monument, the Gymnasium and the Castalian spring. After seeing these sites we will see the main archaeological site which consists of: the treasury, the Sanctuary of Apollo, the ancient theatre and the stadium. After that we will go through the museum of Delphi. When we are done with the archaeological sightseeing we break for lunch at this beautiful local Greek taverna which has a view of a spectacular valley of olive trees.
From Delphi we travel through the olive groves of the city of Amfissa which is the biggest producer of olives in Greece. They also make the best olive oil in Greece. Then we climb high up to the mountain of Bralo which has a spectacular view and a little village. Then we make a stop in Thermopylae. This is the famous location where the 300 Spartans with King Leonidas bravely fought against Xerxes and his Persian army. Here you will see where the battle took place and the statue of King Leonidas and a small museum.
This tour is flexible and can be adjusted according to your needs. If you get tired and you feel that it is time for a break we can break for lunch and then continue later on with the rest of the sites. After a long day the Delphi and Thermopylae tour ends with a drive back to Athens where you can take a nap and relax (some clients prefer to do so). Sometimes I also stop at a cafe so we can have a quick refreshment.