Enjoy the ancient period of Delphi’s glory and Osseus Lucas (Hosios Loukas) monastery, Greece’s Byzantine Beauty! Since 1990 is a UNESCO world heritage monument as part of the group called, “Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios”. It is a historic walled monastery and one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art.
Delphi is one of the most sought-after historic sites in Greece well known as the sanctuary of Apollo and the shrine of his oracle. There are some very famous myths about the Oracle of Delphi. Delphi itself has many legends centered around it- like being the center of the world; The sacred city of Apollo. But the legend about how the chain of Oracles started- around 1400 BC- says that the Oracle of Delphi had godly power. Ancient Greeks considered Delphi the center (the navel) of the universe. Zeus sent out two eagles, one to the east and the other to the west. Where their paths crossed would be the center of the world. The two birds met over Delphi, seated on the slopes of Parnassós mount. Zeus marked the spot with a stone called the omphalos (navel), to signify the location’s centrality. Another myth says, that this impressive spot in central Greece was originally sacred to Gaea (mother goddess of the earth) who placed her son Python (a serpent) as a guard for Delphi and its oracle. Apollo the god of light and music slew the serpent and took over the site for himself. Priestesses who served Apollo there were called the “Pythia,” named in honor of Gaea’s vanquished son. Throughout the classical world spread the belief that these priestesses channeled prophecies from Apollo himself. The power of Delphi was undisputed! But why the power of Delphi was undisputed and lasted for thousands of years? Let’s find out together through this private tour to Delphi!
Highlights of the Remarkable Delphi & Osseus Lucas Monastery 8-H Private Tour
- Scenic drive through Beotia, Theva & resort tow
- Distomo monument
- The Byzantine monastery of Osseus Lucas (Hosios Loukas)
- 9 hours ancient Delphi home of Greece’s famed prophetic oracle
- Castalian Spring’s sacred waters
- The Temple of Apollo
- The temple of Athena pronea
- Archaeological museum for an insight into UNESCO-listed site
- Knowledgeable driver/guide to bring Greek gods & mythology to life