Hiking at Ancient Delphi
Hiking at Ancient Delphi
Walk ancient trails and visit world-famous sites on this unique and authentic adventure from Athens Greece to the mystical Delphi.
Visiting Places: Parnassos mountain, Corycean cave (Korykion Andron), Ancient Delphi site and museum, Arachova village
Duration: Full day
Why we like it
An alternative to the conventional big bus tour to ancient Delphi, this guided hiking tour with local experts, pioneers in their field of outdoor activities in the area, is a fantastic way to visit the ancient site after an exploration in the beautiful Greek mountains surrounding the area.
Your guide, a renowned Greek expert, will drive you to Mt Parnassos -about 2 hours from Athens- where you will be trekking the mountain's ancient trails leading to the archeological site of Delphi and the famous Corycean cave; you will end your day in the picturesque village of Arachova for coffee and strolls before your return to Athens.
The hike starts off-road at the valley (Livadi) at a hight of approximately 1200m. Following the ancient trail, your guide will lead you through a forest area to the Corycean cave, an ancient holy cave dedicated to god Pan. The hike continues downhill (for about 1-1.5 hours) to a remote little church with a natural spring for a rest and light lunch of fresh local produce at a sheepfold. Then, your guide will transfer you via car to ancient Delphi where you will have plenty of time to explore the archaeological site (stadium, theatre and more) in a relaxed mode. You will also have the chance to visit the Delphi museum, if you wish. Thereafter, you will walk the ancient trails overlooking the ancient site for magnificent views (and pictures!) of the wonders of Delphi from above (a hike of approx. 45 minutes). Following your hike, you will return to the car and your guide will drive you to the near-by Arachova village where you will have plenty of time to stroll, taste and shop local artisanal products and relax over a cup of coffee or mountain tea and local delicacies, before you head back to Athens in the early evening.
- Trekking in the ancient paths of Mt Parnassos
- Cave exploration with significant history
- Archeological site of Delphi
- Light picnic with fresh local produce
- Combination of exercise, nature and sightseeing.
- Door-to-door experience (including all transfers).
Dates | Start Time: Daily, all year except August | Departure 8am from Athens (or other upon arrangement and depending on season).
Duration: Full day, hiking duration: 3-4 hours (depending on pace)
Meeting Point: Hotel pickup, upon arrangement.
Group size: This is a private tour of min. 2 - max. 8 persons. More persons may be accommodated upon request.
Pace: Moderate, car/mini-van and hiking as described. Suitable for adults in good physical condition.
Spoken Language: English (French and Italian may be available upon request).
Included: Transfer by car/van, licensed guide and equipment, light lunch.
Excluded: Meals and refreshments other than those specified, archeological site and museum tickets, gratuities (optional)
Note: Equipment required: Backpack, shoes suitable for trekking or sports, warm jacket, fleece jumper, long trousers, warm cap/hat, water, snacks, extra clothes in case of bad weather and rain. Itineraries may be subject to minor changes depending on weather conditions.
Young Travellers: Suitable for children over 10 years old, in the mood to hike.
Vendor: Milias Camps
Full refund up to 21 days prior activity date. 50% refund up to 7 days before the activity date, thereafter no refund.
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