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Delphi Museum

The museum shelters numerous wonderful artefacts unearthed during excavations at the home of the Oracle, including the famous Charioteer of Delphi.

TravelCurious Tip

In the afternoon the museum can become crowded with large tour groups on day trips from Athens – try to visit in the morning if you can.

As one of the most important sites in the ancient world, Delphi has yielded a wealth of exquisite archaeological findings, and many of them are housed adjacent to it in the Delphi Museum. The various exhibitions span over a thousand years of history, from the Mycenaean Era to Roman Greece, which are laid out in a series of 14 rooms.


Making Your Way Through History

The oldest artefacts are displayed in the first two rooms. Here you can find several intriguing Mycenaean clay figurines, as well as a number of bronze items, some of which are intricately decorated with griffins and other mythical creatures. Room four houses some of the most valuable items in the museum’s collection – gold, silver and precious stone-encrusted representations of Apollo, Artemis and Leto. These were found in a pit on the Sacred Way near the temple of Apollo.


Lost Marbles

In room five you will see the famous Sphinx of Nassos, a large sculpture depicting a mythical creature with the head of a woman, the body of a lion and the spectacular plumage of a bird of prey. Originally this topped an Ionic column some 12m tall, and was an offering to Apollo from a rich man called Nassos. Continuing through the museum you will encounter an increasing number of impressive marble statues of various gods and dignitaries. Particularly impressive is the Acanthus Column in room eleven, a beautiful sculpture of three female figures atop a column that was the inspiration for the first of Claude Debussy’s Preludes.


Nearby Attractions

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Monastiraki Square
Once the site of the largest monastery in Athens, this square is now one of the major shopping districts in the city.
Areopagus Hill
Also known as the Rock of Ares, this outcrop is famed as the location of Paul's sermon to the Athenians.
Delphi
Greece's most important archaeological site after the Acropolis, Delphi was the religious centre of the ancient world.
Theatre of Delphi
The 35 rows of this ancient theatre can seat 5,000, and offer spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding ruins and valley below.
Temple of Apollo, Delphi
Central among the Delphi ruins, the temple's imposing columns lie on the southern slopes of Parnassos mountain.
Athens Central Market
This modern agora is a vibrant, hectic burst of life in Athens' market district.

Related Tours

Private Excursion to Delphi inc Transport & Tickets
No trip to Greece is complete until you have explored the beautiful and serene enclave of Delphi.

  • Journey to the mythological centre of Ancient Greece, the numinous Delphi 
  • Discover famous monuments such as the Temple of ApolloAmpitheatre, and the Sanctuary of Athena Pronea 
  • Seek advice at the Oracle 
  • Learn the myths, traditions, and legends of Ancient Greece 
  • Snap pictures of the breathtaking landscape of Parnassos mountain 
  • Explore the archaeological wonders of the Delphi museum, including the famed Charioteer of Delphi
  • Stop for lunch in the Arachova, where your guide will recommend a great Greek lunch (price not included in tour)
  • Enjoy a peaceful drive back to your hotel, along the Saronic coast
In Search of the Oracle

Journey to the mythological centre of Ancient Greece, ‘the navel of the world’, in this one day tour to the archeological site of Delphi. Dating as far back as the 6th Century BC, Delphi was thought to be the point at which heaven and earth met – it was here that man could get closest to God. The sanctuary of Delphi was also famed throughout the classical world as home to the Oracle: a priestess who channeled the spirit of Apollo, answering questions on anything from domestic squabbles to matters of war. Everyone from foreign dignitaries to common peasants would make the pilgrimage from Athens to Delphi to seek the Oracle’s advice. During your spectacular day tour, you will follow in their footsteps. 

Mighty Apollo

After being picked up from your hotel in your private air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll begin the scenic 180 km drive through mountains and fertile valleys of cotton fields and olive groves, enjoying sensational views of the Greek countryside. Upon arriving in Delphi you’ll enter the UNESCO world heritage site, to explore these stunning ruins with your knowledgeable local guide. 

Discover famous monuments such as the imposing Temple of Apollo, the incredibly well-preserved Amphitheatre and the Sanctuary of Athena Pronea, whose graceful circular structure is the most recognisable of all Delphi’s ruins. Hear how these structures were used in the Classical age, as you take in the breathtaking landscape of Parnassos mountain.

Exploring the Saronic Coast

Your tour will continue inside the Delphi museum, where you’ll come face to face with the piercing gaze of the famed Charioteer of Delphi, and other archaeological wonders. After stopping for lunch in the picturesque village of Arachova, carved into a hillside along the Saronic coast, your day will finish with a peaceful drive back to Athens.   
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