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Excursion 10: Delphi
Tour Code: PIR-008
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 9 3/4 hours)

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Enjoy a scenic drive through the Greek countryside on your way to Delphi, once considered by the ancients to be the physical and spiritual center of the earth. Set nearly 2,000 feet high on the slopes of Mount Paranassu, the Shrine of Apollo even today exerts a potent grip on visitors. During the height of its glory, Delphi grew fabulously rich and although most of the magnificent structures have almost disappeared, you can still gaze upon these amazing ruins and picture how life here must have been during its 1,000 years of prestige in antiquity. During your visit to the site you will see the Castalian Spring; The Sacred Way, once lined with great statues and treasures; The Grand Temple of Apollo, beneath which the priestess Pythia sat; the theater with its excellent acoustics; and the well-preserved stadium with the marble starting blocks in position. Adding to your enjoyment of Delphi is a panorama laid out before you of incomparable grandeur. Your time here will also include a visit to the Delphi Museum where you will view such treasures as the Omphalos, which marked the center of the world, and the glorious bronze Charioteer, one of the finest pieces surviving from the 5th Century B.C. At the conclusion of your guided tour of Delphi, you will next travel to the village of Arachova, a popular destination for Athenians during the winter as the ski resort of Mt. Parnassus is located close by. Here, you will be treated to a traditional Greek lunch before re-boarding your coach for the return to Athens.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of walking and/or standing with a significant number of steps involved (approximately 50 steps), plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. At Delphi the surfaces are at times uneven and slippery; therefore, this tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles are recommended. The order of sights visited may vary. The actual tour duration may vary due to traffic conditions.

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