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Tips for your visit at Delphi Greece

After the Acropolis, Delphi is the most popular archaeological site in Greece. Located 180 kilometers from Athens, a trip to Delphi is listed in just about every tour itinerary and is by far the most popular day trip out of Athens.

7057885The actual site and its archaeological museum are a half-mile east of the modern town of Delphi. We suggest visiting the site first (while you still have energy for the steep climb up), so you can more easily imagine the original context of the items you'll see in the museum.

Arriving at the Archaeological site of Delphi, you will realize that it’s a lot bigger than you think it is and built on a steep hill.  If you really want to see most of the site and enjoy the staggering vistas, budget 4 hours at least to see Delphi. It’s hard to approach a large archaeological site like Delphi, which contains almost no complete buildings and immediately grasp the scale.  And it’s not always easy to realize its dimensions just from looking at photos of its main monuments, from the entrance of this large archaeological site situated on the southern slope of Mount Parnassus, by the Roman Market, the Sacred Way winds its way through the sanctuary and up the steep slope, all the way to the Temple of Apollo and the grand theater at the top of the site. The theater alone is an experience unto itself, with spectacular views over the entire sanctuary, the surrounding mountains and the valley below, so make sure you’re ready for a bit of a gentle hike to get there.

Take your time, as it’s pretty rewarding to sit at different vantage points and imagine the ancient city.

You won’t need expedition gear, but make sure you’re wearing comfortable clothes and sporting a pair of walking or hiking shoes that will get you through the visit. Pace yourself and take breaks when you need to—after all, any excuse to pause and take in the view is a good one. And don’t forget that this is an open air site with little in the way of shade: Pack a hat—and sun-block if you tend to burn!—and grab a bottle of water, especially if you’re visiting during the warmer seasons. Since there is very little shade, try to go first thing in the morning or in the afternoon (3-8pm).

With archaeological sites this large, a guided tour is often the best way to get the most out of your visit. A knowledgeable guide can really transform your experience, sharing fascinating facts and interesting anecdotes that bring the site to life. Of course, for a full picture of the ancient sanctuary in all its glory, make sure you visit the Delphi Archaeological Museum, which showcases statues and other artifacts recovered from the site.

Leave the car along the road to the archaeological site or free parking outside the museum.

The museum is accessible to people with disabilities (with specially designed ramps and a lift, a ramp and a relative electric mechanism is also available inside the Museum, towards the Hanoi Hall), but not the archaeological site.

There is a guided tour of diplomatic guides.

By purchasing a single ticket, you can see one of the two venues and the next day.

The entrance to the Athena Pronaios dome, the Castalia spring and the High School are free.

Free admission days

·         6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)

·         18 April (International Monuments Day)

·         18 May (International Museums Day)

·         The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)

·         28 October

·         Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st

Reduced admission for:

·         Escorting parents on educational visits of primary schools.

·         Greek citizens and citizens of other Member - States of the European Union who are over 65 years old, upon presentation of their ID card or passport for verification of their age and country of origin.

·         Students of University - Higher Education Institutes, Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent Schools of countries from outside the European Union, upon presentation of their student ID cards

Free admission for:

·         Cultural Card holders

·         Escorting teachers during educational visits of schools and institutions of primary, secondary and tertiary education and of military schools.

·         Holders of a free pass

·         Members of Societies and Associations of Friends of Museums and Archaeological Sites, upon presentation of their certified membership card.

·         Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS, upon presentation of their membership card

·         Official guests of the Greek State, after approval from the General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage.

·         Parents of families with three children and their children up to the age of 23 or 24 if they are students and regardless of age if they have disability, upon presentation of a family status certificate issued by the Municipality

·         Parents of multi-child families and their children up to the age of 23, up to the age of 25 if they are doing their military service or studying and regardless of age if they have disabilities, upon presentation of a certified multi-child pass from the Supreme Confederation of multi-child parents of Greece (ASPE).

·         The employees of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Archaeological Receipts Fund, upon presentation of their service ID card.

·         Young people, up to the age of 18, upon presentation of their Identity Card or passport for age confirmation