Divine Delphi for Families

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An engaging full-day excursion for the whole family shedding light on the history of Greece
  • Archeology Archeology
  • Arts & Events Arts & Events
  • Excursion Excursion
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly
  • Food & Drink Food & Drink
  • Nature Nature
Once believed to be the center of the world and the site where Apollo spoke through his oracle, Delphi is definitely a must-see. Embark on this amazing full-day private excursion specially catered for families. 

Highlights

  • Discover the historical site of Delphi 
  • Join a unique private artistic activity designed for children 
  • Enjoy a tour by a child-friendly state-licensed guide 
  • Additional visit to picturesque destinations

Please note that all our tours are Private, thus some of them are directly bookable for later dates because they are subject to availability. If you wish to book a tour at an earlier date please use the “send inquiry” form. 















Inclusions
A 11-hour private excursion including:
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (vehicle)
  • Transport by luxury private vehicle (no taxi)
  • Refreshment & snack basket in vehicle
  • 2-hour Delphi child-friendly guided tour of the archeological site and museum with a state-licensed guide
  • 1-hour painting activity with a specialized artist 
  • All necessary materials and props for the activity
  • Coffee or refreshment 
  • Private services of an “Insider” driver
  • All taxes

Exclusions
  • Cost of meal
  • Entry fees to Archeological site(s)
  • Personal expenses
You will explore the amazing treasures of Delphi, while your child-friendly state-licensed guide will tell you stories and myths that will make the experience interesting for the kids.

After you have explored the site, the children will have the opportunity to feel like artists, as they will enjoy a unique painting workshop with a specialized artist.

Depending on your mood and interests, you can then either visit the historic Monastery of Hosios Loukas or enjoy a walk in the mountain town of Arachova for a refreshment or even lunch.

The Ancient Theater of Delphi
Built further up the slope of Mt. Parnassus from the Temple of Apollo, the Theater provides spectacular views of the entire sanctuary below and the valley beyond. Built in the 4th century BC of local limestone, it subsequently went through restorations and reformations, especially in 160-59 BC, but kept the basic structures of the stone seats, round-shaped stage and stone-paved orchestra. The theater hosted plays, poetry readings and musical contests during the festival of the Pythian Games, held every 4 years in honor of the god Apollo. It has 35 rows which can accommodate up to 5000 spectators. Today, it hosts ancient plays and other cultural events, mainly in the summer.

The Temple of Apollo at Delphi
Delphi was a sanctuary sacred to the god Apollo and his Temple is located midway up on the southern slopes of Mt. Parnassus. According to Greek mythology, the site of the temple was the point where 2 eagles placed by Zeus at opposite ends of the earth met. The temple dates back to the 4th century BC and was erected on the ruins of older temples dedicated to Apollo, whose cult was brought to Delphi from Knossos, Crete. Inside the temple was the adyton or inner shrine of the oracle where the Pythia or High Priestess gave cryptic predictions. ‘Know Thyself’, one of the Delphic maxims or sayings attributed to the god through the oracle is carved into the temple. Only 6 Doric columns of the temple and the multi-layered platform of dressed stones remain today to remind us that the site was once considered to be the “Omphalos” or navel of the earth.

The Archeological Museum of Delphi
Located next to the site at Delphi, the Museum houses extensive artefacts excavated at the Delphi sanctuary, and is considered one of the top museums of Greece. The exhibits were originally displayed in a museum built on site in 1903, but due to shortage of space, a new museum was built and inaugurated in 1939 and renovated to accommodate the collections arranged chronologically in 14 rooms on 2 levels. The highlights of the exhibits include the famous life-sized bronze statue of the Charioteer of Delphi, the 2 meter tall Sphinx of Naxos which once stood atop a 10 meter column next to the Temple of Apollo, temple and treasury pediments and friezes and statues. The exhibits cover over a 1000 years from the Mycenaean era to the Greco-Roman period.  

The Polygonal Wall of Delphi
The Polygonal Wall was built in the 2nd half of the 6th century BC and supports the terrace on which the Temple of Apollo stands. It was constructed in polygonal masonry using irregular interlocking blocks of stone with curved joints, and its length today is 2 meters short of the original 90 meters. The Wall was covered with more than 800 inscriptions relating to the liberation of slaves in the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC., emphasizing the custom of dedicating the slaves’ freedom to the god Apollo. The southern side of the Wall forms the north wall of the portico of the Stoa of the Athenians.

The Treasury of the Athenians at Delphi
Located directly below the Temple of Apollo, the marble Treasury was constructed by the Athenians to house the dedications and votive offerings of the city to the sanctuary of Apollo. It was built at the beginning of the 5th century BC in a period that saw the founding of Athenian democracy and the Greek victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon. It provided the Athenians the means by which they displayed their civic pride, prosperity and military success to not only others but to the gods themselves, proving they were deserving of their favor. The Treasury had Doric friezes decorated with 30 metopes and its walls were inscribed with texts and hymns to Apollo.

Notes & Clarifications
  • Prices vary according to group size
  • Keep in mind that this is a private tour and possible to customize to meet your desires. Should you want to change the itinerary please do not hesitate to contact us by sending us a request through the inquiry form
  • Don’t forget your hat, sun-block and a light cardigan

What makes us different?
  • We offer only private tours. No mixed groups
  • We are absolutely flexible. Our tours can be customized to your wishes
  • Special requests are always welcome. We love to tailor holidays
  • All of our tours are designed and operated by our company
  • Our tour leaders “Insiders” are thoroughly selected and trained, each one of them expert in his field
  • We always match the most suitable “Insider” driver that matches your profile and interests

Divine Delphi for Families

Three generations loved Delphi

 

I traveled with my daughter and granddaughter last month. One of the highpoints of our visit to Athens was the all day private tour to Delphi. All the details of the reservation and trip were covered efficiently [...]

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The Best ever Personalised Tour

 

Three generations travelling together can be hard to keep entertained. Not for Anthia and Alexis of Athens Insiders. Our tour of Delphi was sensational. They modified the trip to ensure that the guide at Delphi spoke perfect English and was able to relate to children and engage them. We also wanted to finish the tour with lunch at a Taverna where the kids could swim. They found the perfect spot. Nothing was too much trouble and they were informative as guides. It was more like travelling with friends. They also arranged transfers which were like small city tours with informative drivers. [...]''

 

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Trip to Delphi with Jahnus

 

Best day of our tour of Greece! We were taken on a tour of Delphi and the surrounding area. Our guide, Jahnus, not sure if I spelled that right, was fantastic. Our tour guide at Delphi, Christina, was also top notch, we learned so much about an incredibly interesting magical place. We went to the largest olive tree grove in Greece, met Mr. V Kanatas who served us the best olive oil and olive pate. Swam in beautiful water. Just a fantastic day. Highly recommended day trip from Athens!

 

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Perfect tours!!!

 

We did three tours in Athens (Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon and the food tour) and then a private tour, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia and Delphi. The guides were fantastic. They were knowledgable, answered questions, flexible and friendly. They knew the sites and worked around weather and timed our trips perfectly (we were almost alone when we toured Olympia). I highly recommend Athens Insider.

 

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Best Family Vacation Experience

 

We worked with Athens Insiders for the first half of our two-week trip to Greece to celebrate our son's graduation, and we could not have been happier with our experience. The folks at Athens Insiders took care of everything starting at the airport when we landed. We didn't have to worry about anything! If you can, hiring this group will add so much to your vacation. The highlights:

Our first full day we had a tour of the Acropolis, the New Acropolis Museum, [...]''

 

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Outstanding Tours with Athens Insiders

 

My family spent a lovely week in Athens and took several tours with Athens Insiders. We took an orientation walking tour with Yannis, a food tour with George, the Acropolis tour with Natalie, the Acropolis Museum and Sounion tour with guide Eleni and driver Dimitris, the Delphi tour with driver (another) Yannis and guide Christina, and a shopping tour with Vasilia. All of the tours were excellent. The guides were all extremely knowledgeable and engaging. [...]''

 

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THE BEST TOUR GUIDES

 

Athens Insiders arranged four days of our family's travel. Their staff are brilliant. Highly-educated and engaging, flexible and gracious. They brought the Acropolis, Delphi and Plaka alive for my children, 9 and 10. They arranged some very special experiences for the kids, particularly visiting an olive grove near Delphi and a pottery studio in Plaka. We're used tour guides in many other cities and have never had as positive an experience, can't recommend these folks highly enough.

 

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Delphi visit

 

We are from Washington DC area with three teenage boys. Took Athens insiders private tour , Yannis arrived at the right time and drove us to Delphi, 3 hours ride from Athens.
He kept us and the kids completely engaged with Athens' historical, political, economic, agriculture, and educational system. Yannis is very knowledgeable, funny, and friendly guy. Took a pit stop at a good place to grab food. Also stopped at a nice scenic spot for my Nikon D750.
On the way back stopped at an authentic Greek restaurant Kalpamis, great food. We loved the food.
Great trip. Highly recommend Yannis.

 

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Great tour to Delphi

 

We had booked the tour to Delphi with our three children. It started at 8 a.m., after just under two hours there was a coffee break in a small mountain village with a Franconian castle. After a short walk we went on to Delphi. After we had strengthened ourselves on the bus again with the items brought by the organizers, we then visited the place of worship under an expert guide and then the museum, where we spent almost three hours in total. [...]''

 

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