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“Stunning, Great Daytrip from Athens”
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Delphi Ruins
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

My words cannot do justice to this stunning site and its incredible setting. This was all about bringing history, myth, and mystery alive. The whole site has been done and managed with great sensitivity.

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Hiked through the Delphi ruins with my 10-yr-daughter on a sunny winter mid-week day, and there are very few people there so we had the place just about to ourselves. The views were outstanding - the better the further up we hiked. We tested out the theatre accoustics, and could practically hear whispers from the top! I wondered if we would benefit from a guide, and there aren't any hanging out at the entrance like many other places, but we did just fine on our own with a basic guide book & the informative signs onsite (which are translated to english). It was a little confusing that we had to hike back down and go along the path parallel to the main street in order to get to Athena's Temple (the map didn't display this clearly). There were no bathrooms above the entry point so be sure to use them before hiking up!! We were there quite early after taking the first bus from Athens to Delphi, but took so long to see the ruins that we literally ran from the Athena Temple to the Museum in order to see it for fifteen minutes before it closed. We didn't have more time to see the museum because the winter hours are not long enough to see both. I think a guided tour runs much faster - not sure how they see everything that quickly. I am glad we did this on our own because we were able to play around (like reinacting Apollo slaying the serpent), take photos, rest, etc. instead of racing through. We prefer ruins to museums, and the museum was very small, so we actually felt 15 minutes was just fine for us. It was a very fun day. We walked back to town, had pizza, and took the late bus back to Athens.

TIPS: Only go if you are healthy and able to walk a lot (no small children); there is wi-fi outside the museum (we rested there with our tablet afterwards); the cafe and bathrooms close quickly after the museum closes; bathrooms are scarce around the ruins so plan carefully if you have kids or drink a lot of coffee; plan to spend the full winter hours there because you'll need the time; the town is sleepy mid-week during winter but there are some souvenir shops and cafes open with great views.

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Reviewed February 9, 2013

We picked up a rental car at the airport and drove from Athens to Delphi in about 2 hrs (easy drive, good roads), staying overnight in town (see my review of the Hotel Acropole), and then visiting the ruins all the next day. Although everything can be seen in a day, I could easily have stayed here for another night or 2, just to soak up the view and ambiance of these mystical ruins, the site of the most important oracle in ancient Greece and major centre for the worship of Apollo.

People came from all over the ancient world to consult the oracle, and the area still has the feel of a pilgrimage site today, as you slowly climb up the mountain to the Temple of Apollo, theatre and - at the very top - the stadium. The beautiful, round Tholos temple ruins are actually downhill from the main site, requiring an extra 15 minute walk, but totally worth it to see this round temple up close. The museum is amazing, filled with statues and friezes from the temples, and is very well laid out.

We walked from our hotel in town down to the museum, then to the temple of Apollo ruins, up to the theatre and stadium, then down to the round Tholos temple, then back to our hotel. It was a spectacular day, sunny and warm, and I think anyone in reasonable health could manage the walking (I'm in my 50s), making for a much more enjoyable experience. We took a picnic lunch and ate while sitting by the theatre soaking in the view - breathtaking.

Also of note, we spent 2 1/2 weeks in Greece, in the Peloponnese and several islands, and we thought the town of Delphi (and museum) had, by far, the best selection of good quality souvenirs to be found anywhere in Greece, so stock up!

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

My wife and I arrived here via a private taxi tour. Bring a good walking shoe as you'll be doing a lot of walking to the top of the ruins. The view from the top is amazing and the ruins are just breathtaking if you'd think how it was during its prime. You need to see this place to truly appreciate it.

3  Thank Jonas L
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

Great ruins and a lot to see. Where your walking shoes if you want to see the stadium... it's a little bit of a hike (sidewalk) up the hill.

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