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Delphi and Thermopylae - Private Full Day Tour

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Delphi and Thermopylae - Private Full Day Tour

Driving north from Athens, about 220 km we will stop at the famous Thermopylae, the place that the battle of the 300 Spartans took place. There is a modern memorial to King Leonidas on one side of the highway.

The memorial shows the Spartan King on the top of a wall with the words "Molon Lavei" written under the statue. The phrase means, "Come and get it". This is the phrase that Leonidas said to the Persian king when he told Leonidas to hand over his weapons. The phrase has become a slogan of defiance all over the world. Across the highway from the modern memorial is the ancient memorial that was placed there shortly after the battle. It is a small carved stone plaque that says, "stranger, tell the Spartans that we lay here obedient to their laws". This ancient memorial is on the small hill across the national road from the modern memorial. After Thermopylae we will drive at Delphi after having taken a scenic drive through mountains and fertile valleys of olive trees and cotton fields and pass traditional towns such as Levadia and Arachova enjoying breathtaking views of the Greek countryside.Delphi was the most famous oracle of ancient Greece.Was regarded as the center of the world. According to mythology its here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the novel of the world met. Between the 6th and 4th centuries bc the Delphic oracle became internationally known for the oracular powers of Pythia, the priestess who sat on a tripod,inhaled ethylene gasses ,and muttered incomprehensible words that foretold the future .Cities,rulers and ordinary individuals alike consulted the oracle,expressing their gratitude with great gifts and spreading its fame around the world.You will visit the Temple of Apollo, the sacred way, the treasury house of Athenians and the Alter of Apollo. In the Museum of Delphi you will admire unique treasures such as the world famous bronze Charioteer a masterpiece of classical Greek art.After the visit to meuseum is time to enjoy a tranditional Greek lunch at the new city of Delphi. The view from there is spectacular.After lunch it's time to get the way back to Athens.

 

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