Livadia – Arachova – Delphi – Orchomenos Tour

Sculpture of Nymph Erkina, Livadia

Livadia

Livadia is a city of Boeotia in Central Greece, situated between mount Parnassus and Helikon at an altitude of 160 meters and about 142 kilometers from Athens. Many historians and among them Pausanias, consider that the city existed from the age of Homer and identify it as the Homeric Midea. Historically, Livadia was famous for the Oracle of Trophonius, built on the right bank of the river Erkina where the ancient Greeks bathed and drank water from Lethe and Mnemosyne springs before receiving the divine prophecy from the oracle. Especially the area of Krya, which is the starting point of the tour, is a place of great natural beauty, a green oasis with running waters, stone bridges and plane trees. Krya’s sightsees have been exploited respectfully for the city’s recreational and touristic purposes with the building of a pedestrian street above the running waters. In that pedestrian street and on the opposite side of it, visitors can find cafes and –since Livadia is well known among meat lovers- taverns where they can try spit or the famous souvlaki of the city.

Arachova
The picturesque town of Arachova
Arachova
Traditional stone houses in Arachova

Arachova

160 kilometers from Athens and only 35 kilometers from Livadia, the next stop of the tour is Arachova – a mountainous, picturesque town built amphitheatrically on the southern slopes of mount Parnassus at an altitude of 950 meters. Arachova is a traditional settlement with old stone houses with tile roofs, narrow alleys, water springs and fresh mountain air. It is famous for its agricultural and livestock activities and also for the high quality of its products (like Parnassus feta and Formaela cheese) that visitors can find in countless shops in the center. The creation of the Parnassus Ski Centers played an important part in the development of the area, turning it gradually into a cosmopolitan capital of winter sports.  Despite its lush touristic growth ever since, Arachova has retained its traditional character and customs. It is an ideal destination that offers to the visitor majestic landscapes, healthy climate, sporting activities but also intense nightlife, great food, and of course, tranquility and relaxation in its fine hotels.

Delphi
Temple of Apollo, Delphi

Delphi

10 kilometers from Arachova, we find the town of Delphi- the center of global cultural interest that gathers thousands of visitors every year and is located on the western side of Parnassus, at an altitude of 550 meters. Delphi is world renowned for the oracle of Delphi, the institution of Amphictyonia and the sanctuary of Apollo. According to mythology, in Delphi the two eagles sent by Zeus from the ends of the universe met to find the center of the world (the navel of the earth) which for centuries constituted the spiritual and religious center of ancient Hellenism. The development of the oracle began in the middle of the 8th century and the worship of Apollo prevailed, teaching people moderation and wisdom. Then, the first stone temples were built, one dedicated to Apollo and the other to Athena, while other Greek Gods were worshipped there, as well. The famous oracle of Delphi experienced great prosperity between the 6th and the 4th century BC and its reputation has reached the end of the world. The prophecies were delivered by Pythia, who was the priestess of the oracle and were interpreted by the priests of Apollo. The archaeological site of Delphi is located within an imposing natural landscape between two large rocks called Fedriades. There in the ravine of Fedriades, is the famous fountain of Castalia, were Pythia, the priests and all those who sought prophecy, were washed and purified. North of the sanctuary, visitors will find the Ancient Theater that hosted musical and dramatic races and higher, within an impressive landscape, the Ancient Stadium, where sporting events were organized.
Finally, the Archaeological Museum of Delphi is, along with the Acropolis Museum, one of the most important museums in Greece. Due to the Olympics in 2004 it went through a major renovation, re-exhibiting its enriched collection according to the latest museographic standards, with its famous Charioteer of Delphi remaining, of course, the most popular exhibit. Visits to the above archaeological sites and the museum take place from 8.30 a.m to 15.30 p.m with a 12 e standard ticket and a 6 e reduced ticket.
Full of monuments and archaeological treasures, Delphi releases a unique spiritual energy that leaves no one untouched and is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

Orchomenos
Fountain of Charites, Orchomenos
Ancient Theater of Orchomenos
Ancient Theater of Orchomenos in Boeotia

Orchomenos

56 kilometers from Delphi the tour comes to an end with a visit at the town of Orchomenos. In ancient years Orchomenos was known as ‘The City of Charites’, whose sanctuary is placed under the Byzantine church of Panagia Scripous. Orchomenos has many attractions associated with its great history- the vaulted Tomb of Minius, one of the brightest examples of burial architecture in the Mycenean period, the Ancient Theatre that was built towards the end of the 4th century BC, the Mycenean palace situated east of the vaulted tomb and the fortification walls of the Acropolis of Orchomenos, built in the 4th century BC. The church of Panagia Scripous was the one who gave the name to the one of the two villages that formed the modern Orchomenos.The church owes its name to the numerous inscriptions on the stones that have been used for its construction. The stones brought ancient Greek inscriptions, coming from the ancient city of Orchomenos. The church’s name must therefore be related to the Latin ‘scriptus’ which means inscription and by corruption must have turned to Scripou. In Orchomenos’ cafes and taverns visitors can enjoy their time drinking coffee, trying the local beverages with water from the fountain of Charites and eating, whereas the local trout farm of the Dimou family set in an idyllic natural environment, is worthy of a visit.

Tomb of Minius
Byzantine Church of Panagia Scripou
VehiclesDestination Hours PassengersPrices
Sedan
Van
Livadia - Arachova - Delphi - Orchomenos10 - 111-4
4-7
300 Euros
400 Euros
(Tax Not Included)

AMENITIES:

– Fridge with beverages, water bottles and snacks.
– Telephone device to communicate with the driver.

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