In this full day taxi tour you will visit both Delphi and Thermopylae!
A day full of ancient history & glory.
Delphi is famous as the ancient sanctuary that grew rich as the seat of Pythia, the oracle consulted about important decisions throughout the ancient classical world. Moreover, the Greeks considered Delphi the navel (or centre) of the world, as represented by the stone monument known as the Omphalos of Delphi.
It occupies an impressive site on the south-western slope of Mount Parnassus, overlooking the coastal plain to the south and the valley of Phocis. It is now an extensive archaeological site with a modern town of the same name nearby. It is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in having had a phenomenal influence in the ancient world, as evidenced by the rich monuments built there by most of the important ancient Greek city-states, demonstrating their fundamental Hellenic unity.
During this full day tour to Delphi, Athens Taxi Travel will get you to the Temple of Apollo, the Delphi Museum, the navel of Earth in Delphi & the Delphi Oracle.
Our tour will pass from Arachova a mountain town famous for its black wine, its “brusque”, the colorful textiles, carpets and rugs, handicrafts and woodcut creations. When you will arrive in Delphi you will visit the Temple of Apollo, The Athenian treasury, The Theater, and also the Stadium. The tour continues with a visit to the Museum where rare findings of the Archaic & Classic periods are displayed.
Do not miss:
- The bronze Charioteer
- The pediments from the temple of Apollo
- The “naval of the earth”
- The winged Sphinx
Thermopylae is a place in Greece where a narrow coastal passage existed in antiquity. It derives its name from its hot sulphur springs. The Hot Gates is “the place of hot springs” and in Greek mythology it is the cavernous entrances to Hades”.
Thermopylae is world-famous for the battle that took place there between the Greek forces (notably the Spartans) and the invading Persian forces, commemorated by Simonides in the famous epitaph, “Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, That here obedient to their laws we lie.” Thermopylae is the only land route large enough to bear any significant traffic between Lokris and Thessaly. This passage from north to south along the east coast of the Balkan peninsula requires use of the pass and for this reason Thermopylae has been the site of several battles. A main highway now splits the pass, with a modern-day monument to King Leonidas I of Sparta on the east side of the highway. It is directly across the road from the hill where Simonides of Ceos’s epitaph to the fallen is engraved in stone at the top.
More than a taxi tour
Our licensed tourist guide Vicky will enter with you to all monuments and explain everything concerning the monument or the musuem findings you see. Vicky has a degree in Archaeology from the University of Athens and she’s been working as a guide for 35 years now. She speaks English, French and Italian.