This Itea shore trip
will help reveal the mysteries of Ancient Delphi. According to legend, when Zeus released two eagles from opposite ends of the world their paths crossed in the sky above Delphi, establishing the site as the center of the earth. This shrine of Apollo, set nearly 2.000 feet up on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, still exerts a powerful grip on the visitor.
After meeting your guide you start the journey up the mountain towards Delphi. You enjoy magnificent views back to the gulf of Ithea as the road climbs. You'll drive by the sacred Castalian spring passing close to the ancient site of Apollo's sanctuary. Then you'll set out on foot to walk the sacred way, visiting the treasuries, the place of offerings, the Grand Temple of Apollo and the theater which even today retains its remarkable acoustics. Early Christians first destroyed the temples, and time and earthquakes have taken further toll, but you can easily imagine this sanctuary as it was during its 1,000 years of grandeur.
The ancients considered Delphi to be the physical and spiritual center of the earth - the navel of the known world. At this location the most respected oracle of antiquity was sought out by the most influential people of the time. They believed implicitly in the responses of the gods to the questions put to the priestess Pythia, which were in turn interpreted (usually with a safely ambiguous touch) by her priests. Delphi grew rich and important through the offerings of the faithful.
Your visit continues with the Museum housing many of the treasures from the site such as Omphalos, which marked the center of the world, and The Charioteer, one of the finest bronze pieces surviving from the fifth century B.C.
After your visit of the site and museum, there will be a short stop in Delphi Village, before returning to the ship.Mobility
: No wheelchairs
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