Delphi tour: the Google of the ancient world

Delphi, Greece

Clio Muse

Stops

10

Stories

50

Distance

2km

Duration

1h10min

Audio

Description

An engaging self-guided audio walking tour in Delphi with credible & original stories written by top local professionals. Take your tour now & enjoy it instantly on your smartphone device.

Delphi: the Google of the ancient world tracks the footprints of ancient tourist guides and transforms the sanctuary of Apollo into a spectacular life experience. Millennia before Google appeared, this was the place where mortals could receive answers to their pressing questions. The tour highlights the unknown aspects of Delphi and uncovers the lives of the people who came here in search of guidance or simply as tourists.

This tour will take you past the information available on traditional guides or information panels. It begins at the Kastalia spring with the myths associated with the efforts of Apollo to establish his oracle (treacherous nymphs and bloodthirsty dragons be damned) and proceeds through the Roman Agora to explore the site as THE tourist attraction of the ancient world. The souvenirs and the statues are gone but the stories about Apollo as supreme fisherman or the struggle of the Athenians and the Spartans to outdo each other in bluster and bombast haunts the remains of the votive offerings.

The Sacred Way will take you past the Treasury of the Siphnians (the original Lannisters) and the Rock of the sibyl who raved relentlessly for centuries. As you approach the Temple of Apollo you can marvel at the hundreds of bills of slave sales on the Polygonal Wall (one of them allows a mother to either raise her child or kill it). The Theater offers an incomparable view and an opportunity to discuss the merits of diarrhoea as an offensive weapon in war.

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By clicking "Add to cart", you are purchasing this tour in English. This tour is also available in the following languages: Ελληνικά, Deutsch, Français.

Highlights

  • Shop

    1. Shop

    A lot has changed since the founding of the Oracle more than 2500 years ago. The illustrious monuments are gone and so are the old gods. Only one thing remains the same; the crowds of tourists attracted to this site.
  • External storage

    2. External storage

    Upon entering the sacred enclosure, the visitor’s senses were attacked by commercials: masterpieces of ancient art filled the space and proclaimed the wealth and fame of Greek city-states.
  • The world wide web

    3. The world wide web

    Asking Apollo a question was a complicated business, requiring patience, cunning, money, and the willing contribution of a goat. Being generous towards the god and his priests could serve you well in the long run.

Featured stories

Clio Muse

The team behind the stories at Clio Muse consists of a dedicated long-haired art conservator, an inquisitive bespectacled historian, a passionate feminist curator, and a gifted graphic designer with a permanent tan.

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Details

Areas Delphi archaeological site, Amfissa

Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.