We depart early from Athens and drive towards mount Parnassos. Covered by thick forests, with habitats of high biodiversity value, Parnassos was the first Greek mountain to be proclaimed a National Park. Our hike starts at Corycian Cave, which was dedicated to the God Pan and it was a place for pagan rituals since Neolithic times. We follow the same path that ancient pilgrims used to take in order to approach the cave from Delphi oracle. It descends the southwest part of Parnassos mountain, within a dense fir forest and great views of the sanctuary of Delphi and the olive grove of Amfissa, the biggest in Greece, with more than one million trees. We finish at the village of Delphi where we lunch, as Greeks, tasting the traditional “meze” dishes. After lunch you will have free time to visit the archaeological site, one of the most important in Greece, second only to the Acropolis of Athens, without the morning crowds. From Delphi we will drive back to Athens and on the way we will stop at the mountain top village of Arachova, famous for its authentic local crafts, including woodcarvings and weavings.
Having been to more than forty countries with my backpack, travelling for me is a way of life. At the same the mountains have been a defining element of my character and i am returning to them at every opportunity. So, although I studied to be an engineer, i decided to turn my two passions into a profession and became a hiking guide. For 10 years, i led trips for some of the largest companies of the world, such as National Geographic and REI. Establishing my own travel company, Tripin Adventures, was simply the next step, because showing people Greece off the beaten track is my dream job...
Snacks during activity and lunch in a restaurant
Tickets for the archaeological site and museum of Delphi
All transportation during the trip
Declared as a national park in 1938, Parnassos mountain, is the mythical birthplace of the muses and with elevation reaching an altitude of 2457 meters, one of the highest mountains in Greece. Surrounded from picturesque villages, craggy slopes, monuments of immense natural beauty and the famous oracle of Delphi, center of the world for the Ancient Greeks, it holds a bucket of surprises for the mountain lovers.
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Hiking to Delphi