One (1) day – Delfi & Osios Lucas Monastery - Private Tour:
Your Private Tour to DELPHI begins by going north, driving through the countryside on the way to Thebes - according to Greek mythology this is where Hercules was born.
The next stop is the spring of Krias in Levadia with the The cave of Trophonius. Here is where the mysterious oracle - Trophonious performed. According to Homeric Hymn to Apollo, Trophonious build Apollo's temple at Delphi with his brother, Agamedes. Once finished, the oracle told the brothers to do whatsoever they wished for 6 days and on the 7th day their greatest wish would be granted, they did and were found dead on the 7th day. The saying "those whom the gods love die young" comes from this story.
Arrive at The Monastery of Osios Lucas - a historic walled monastery, on the west slope of Mount Helikon, famous in Greek Mythology because of the two springs sacred to the Muses were located here. The Monastery of Osios Lucas is one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art, founded in the early 10th century by the hermit St. Lucas, whose relics are kept in the monastery to this day.
After your visit to The Monastery of Osios Lucas on the way to DELPHI, will drive through, ARACHOVA, a traditional picturesque town located on the slopes of Mount Parnassos - well known for its ski resorts - since 1400 famous for, its traditional textiles.
Arrive in DELPHI – where you will experience more than just another Ancient Archaeological Site with a collection of ruins in a land that is full of these. In ancient times Delphi was considered and known as the centre of the known world - The place where heaven and earth met.
In accordance with Greek Mythology, Delphi was the meeting place of two eagles, released by Zeus, sent in opposite directions, where they met indicated the centre of the earth, the centre of worship for the God Apollo recognized as a god of light, son of Zeus, who embodies moral discipline and spiritual clarity, the site of the Delphic Oracle – with The Priestess known as 'The Pythia'.
'The Pythia' - had to be an older woman of blameless life chosen among peasants of the area - widely credited for her prophecies inspired by Apollo, giving her a prominence unusual for a woman in Ancient Greece. The Oracle exerted considerable influence throughout the Greek world and was consulted before all major undertakings: wars, founding of colonies, etc. Return to Athens by the same route where your private tour will end.