27 Vassileos Pavlou & Frederikis, Delphi, Central Greece, 33054, Greece
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Cost for Guide in Delphi?
I am wondering how much a private tour guide for the ruins at Delphi should cost. I am considering booking a private two-day tour from Athens and they are offering a tour guide for Delphi (who can come inside the site) for an additional 100Euros. Is that a standard price? It seems a bit high to me. Any info would be appreciated!
Re: Cost for Guide in Delphi?
I agree with Ranger47. One hundred euros is too much.
Have a look on this site here:www.athensprivatetours.com
If they are also so expensive, you have the other alternative of going there on your own.
If you really want to save money you can go to Delphi by car or with local buses, get a good guide book, and check everything yourself. Besides there are guides at the spot which surely don't cost much.
Travel Tips for Delphi
The ruins of...
The ruins of Delphi are divided in 2 'sections': up the road is the main part (Apollo Temple, Sacred Way, Theatre...) At the other side of the road you can find the Athena round Temple and the Gymnasium.
The center of Delphi is the Sanctuary of Apollo (see photo), on the southern tip of the mountain slope. The Doric temple was the home of the Pythia, who, seated on a tripod above a deep crevasse, would pronounce her prophecies while the priests wrote them down and translated them to the people. This temple was destroyed by fire in the fourth century BC and then rebuilt. The temple walls used to be inscribed with words of wisdom such as 'Know Thyself', 'Nothing in Excess' and 'Don't take any Wooden Drachma', which are as meaningful today as they were when they were written.
The Oracle of Delphi
Delphi seems to be rated as the most popular day trip from Athens.
Do not take a day trip or a packaged tour.
Spend two or three days at Delphi .
If you are looking for fill in time consider :
Sit in the ruins and watch the tour buses coming up the valley to the east .
Take the path above the ruins to the top of the mountain and walk across the plateau .
The Temple of Apollo
The ruins belong to the last temple dated to the 4th century BC, which was peripteral, in Doric order. It was erected exactly on the remains of an earlier temple, dated to the 6th century BC. Inside was the "adyton", the centre of the Delphic oracle and seat of Pythia. The monument was partly restored during 1938-1941.
Modern Delphi History Background
In medieval times Delphi was also called Kastri and was built on the archaeological site. The residents had used the marble columns and structures as support beams and roofs for their improvised houses.
Archaeological research in Delphi began in 1860 by Germans. In 1891 the Greek government granted the French School at Athens permission for long-term excavations on the site. This village had to be relocated before a systematic excavation of the site could be undertaken. The opportunity to relocate the village was presented when it was substantially damaged by an earthquake, with villagers offered a completely new village in exchange for the old site.
In 1893 the French Archaeological School removed vast quantities of soil from numerous landslides to reveal both the major buildings and structures of the sanctuary of Apollo and of Athena Proaea along with thousands of objects, inscriptions and sculptures. The village was moved to a new location, west of the site of the temples.
Delphi was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. You may learn more wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphi.
The town of Delphi...
The town of Delphi sits on the edge of a cliff and despite the number of tourists and the abundance of tourism-oriented businesses, this is still a very remarkable place to be. Hotels are plentiful, there are two campgrounds within a few kilometers of the town and numerous restaurants with beautiful views of the valley as well as good food at reasonable prices.
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