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A beautiful Delphi and Hosios Loukas Monastery tour from Athens. Delphi is one of most famous sites of classical Greece. It is located in a breathtaking landscape spreading out at the foot Mt. Parnassus. It is a 229 miles (370 km) road trip from Athens city.
Arrival at ancient Delphi around noon after having taken a scenic drive through mountains and fertile valleys of olive trees and fields and pass traditional towns such as Levadia and Arachova enjoying breathtaking views of the Greek countryside. Delphi was the most famous oracle of the ancient world. It was regarded as the center of the world. Between the 6th and 4th centuries BC the Delphic oracle became internationally known for the oracular powers of Pythia, the priestess who sat on a tripod, inhaled ethylene gases and muttered incomprehensible words that foretold the future. Cities, rulers and ordinary individuals alike consulted the oracle, expressing their gratitude with great gifts and spreading its fame around the world.
We will visit the temple of Athena Pronaia, the Gymnasium, the temple of the god Apollo, the sacred way, the treasury house of Athenians and the old theater. In the Museum of Delphi you can admire unique treasures such as the world famous bronze Charioteer, a masterpiece of classical Greek art. After ancient Delphi we’ll visit the modern city of Delphi where we stop for lunch in one of the traditional taverns with very scenic view in the Corinthian Golf and the city of Itea.
After delphi we drive through Arachova to Osios Loukas Monastery, set in the folds of Mt. Helikon .Founded in about 1011. Hosios Loukas it’s one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art, and has been listed on UNESCO’S World Heritage sites, along with the monasteries of Nea Moni at Chios Island and Daphni in Attica.This octagonal Byzantine structure is in excellent condition containing many well preserved mosaics and paintings. After our visit to the monastery we take the same way back to Athens.