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Cocoraymundo

To Delphi or not

by Cocoraymundo »

Hello, we will be travelling to Turkey and continuing on to Athens (2 days before and after)  Santorini (3 nights). It seems that the basic sights in Athens is doable in a day and I was wondering if you guys will recommend our other day for a daytrip to Delphi.  Private tour or drive on our own?  Please send me your fave restaurants as well.  Thank you.  

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Road Crazy

RE: To Delphi or not

by Road Crazy »

I guess it depends what you consider the basic sights, and how long you think you need for them.  For example, I consider the archaeological museum a basic sight, indeed almost as spectacular as the Parthenon, and it will take half a day on its own.

Will you even have two full days, sun-up to sundown?

If you're going to do Delphi as a day-trip, I would take a tour to save yourselves a lot of tedious driving.  It will let you save your energy for the site.  I personally favor an overnight in Delphi so you can see the site first thing in the morning before the crowds arrive, but in your case that won't be possible.

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Cocoraymundo

RE: To Delphi or not

by Cocoraymundo »

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Thanks Road Crazy! We'll be arriving in Athens at 6am so I have a whole day and another whole day after Santorini.  Would you know if they still hold operas in the Odeon? That should be magical!  Thanks again.

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mariha2912

RE: To Delphi or not

by mariha2912 »

My personal opinion is that poor old Athens deserves a much more longer stay than what people usually allow.  There are tons of things to see and do and even making full use of the Acropolis site ticket you may cover 5-6 different archeological sites and museums, prefferably on the course of two days in order to get an idea what this is all about rather than snap a photo and go. Then there are tons of world class museums, not only the amazing Acropolis and National Archeological ones but many more and of course many diverse districts, neighborhoods, sights and sites to check and activities to join. Nice food and drink scene and much more....It might worth to check the official site of Athens municiplaity for visitors to get some ideas, google this is athens org.
If this means anything, I am actually coming from Delphi and of course I want people to come and visit my home town, but I am a firm believer that if you make the effort to go somewhere, it is wiser to stay around and get an idea what this is all about that just stay a few hours, then move on.
Now, if you decide to come in Delphi anyway, there are many options on how to do this. My very personal opinion is that while bus tours offer some conveniance, they are not the best option. Most of them skip the lower site, skip the stadium, rush around the upper archeological site and museum and spend lots of helpless time on mediocre restaurants and shopping stops. If you google ktel fokidas gr , the public bus schedules will come up. Public bus is not that much slower than the tourist buses, because tour buses stop here and there to collect passengers all around Athens hotels till you are good to go, while public bus makes only a small 10 minutes stop outside Levadia between Athens and Delphi. Morning bus arrives aroud 10-10.30 as most tour buses do. It is then easy to visit the ruins on yourown pace and decide which return bus suits you, staying longer or shorter in Delphi. A car is the best option on my opinion, as you could combine Delphi with a couple of other places and stop as you wish. WHEN you plan this trip for might make some difference though in terms of weather, site timetables, crowds and so on....
 

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Cocoraymundo

RE: To Delphi or not

by Cocoraymundo »

Thank you Mariha2912 for this info,  We were not really planning to go to Athens but to Santorini but since our flight is from Athens, the reason for these two days. But you are right, we do not want to see so many places in a span of 2 days so we have planned Acropolis as the highligh of our Athens trip. But just couldnt resist Delphi.

 

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