Delphi & Thermopylae Full Day Tour

  • 1 - 4 Persons

  • Free Wifi

  • Full Day

In this full day taxi tour you will visit both Delphi and Thermopylae!
A day full of ancient history & glory.

Delphi

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.

delphi © Arian Zwegers

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.

charioteer-face

Do not miss:

  • The bronze Charioteer
  • The pediments from the temple of Apollo
  • The “naval of the earth”
  • The winged Sphinx

Thermopylae

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.

Included

  • Pickup and Dropoff
  • Fully Air Conditioned
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Smoke Free
  • All Tolls & Parking fees
  • Baggage Charges
  • Water and Snacks

Not Included

  • Entrance fees for all attractions
  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Accommodation
  • Archaeological Sites

FAQ’s & Useful tips

We use luxury Mercedes Taxi, legal and licensed by the Greek National Tourism Organization. (License Number 06ΣΞ00261ΣΟ).
Prices are quoted per car & not per person.
If you prefer without tour guide, our English speaking driver can give you all the historic information while you can watch a video about the tour. The driver is not permitted to enter archaeological sites and museums with you, only licensed guides from the ministry of culture are allowed to do so.
Driver will wait maximum 60 minutes after the indicated pick up time, kindly be on time.

Summer Essentials

Comfortable clothing and athletic walking shoes are recommended.
Hat, sun glasses and sunscreen to protect yourself are suggested.

Local Currency

We recommend you always keep local currency on you (euro), needed for entrance fees and small expenses

Licensed Guides Extra Seat

Please note that, if you will be choosing the service with a licensed guide, you will require an additional seat in your vehicle, since your guide will be riding with you.

Photos

Photography is permitted throughout the tour and in most historical sites unless otherwise mentioned.