Tours in Greece
 
Delphi Two day tourDelphi-Parnassos- Corycean Cave Levadia, Arachova, Delphi, Parnassus, Corycean Cave, Orchomenos

1st day: Starting from Athens in the morning ,drive through the fertile plain of Beotia, crossing the town of Thebes connected with the tragedy of king Oedipus. Proceed to Levadia, a lively town, an important junction in the road network and an industrial centre, the textile mills treat the cotton grown in the Copais valley.

The upper town is graced by white houses with jutting wooden balconies dating from 18c. We'll  stop for a drink by the beautiful river Krya. Over the spot where the water springs out, lies the Municipal Cafe " XENIA". During the ancient times, Krya is said to be the location of the Oracle of Trofonios Zeus which included the springs of  Mnemosyne (Remembrance) and the spring of Lethe (oblivion). The oracle was used as a stage before visiting the oracle of Delphi and as such, through the times, it acquired great power and riches.

 Overnight in Delphi or Arachova (Hotel with a swimming pool ) one of the most traditional villages in Greece. A winter resort for skiers, built on the south slopes of Parnassus (940m/3084ft). The main narrow street winds its way between taverns and workshops. In the taverns one can savour a dish of soft fried cheese (formaela). The workshops sell shoulder bags, carpets and long haired rugs (flokati) in bright colours.  

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2nd day: Further sightseeing of Delphi, visit Castalia Spring and the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaea. Return to Athens from the east side of Mount Parnassus, through small mountain villages and the ancient town of Chaeroneia, (where in 338 BC the battle took place between the southern Greek cities and King of Greek Macedonians Phillip, in which Alexander then 18 years of age, was making his debut in battle) short stop at the lion's monument, 24 feet high.

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Visit the impressive The Corycian Cave is located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in Greece. In the mythology of the area, it is named after the nymph Corycia; however, its name etymologically derives from korykos. This cave was sacred to the Corycian Nymphs and the Muses, and a place of worship for Pan. Corykian Cave entrance 2 m wide but dimesions are 66 m long, 30 m wide and 15 m high.

Strabo, in his Geography, writes: The whole of Parnassos Mountain in Phokis is esteemed as sacred to Apollon, since it has caves and other places that are held in honor and deemed holy. Of these the best known and most beautiful is Korykion, a cave of the Nymphai. An excavation by French archaeologists in 1969 produced a plethora of objects of antiquity including a rare Neolithic male figurine, Mycenean shards, bone flutes, iron and bronze rings, miniature bronze statues, 50,000 terracotta figurines from the classical period and 24,000 astragoloi, or "knucklebones" (used for astragolomancy, or "prophecy by knucklebones"). Traditionally the cave has been a place of refuge for the surrounding population during foreign invasions e.g. from the Persians in the 5th century BC, the Turks during the Greek War of Independence, and from the Germans in 1943. King Otto and Queen Amalia made a royal tour with 100 torchbearers to view the two chambers of the cavern which is enormous at 66 m long, 30 m wide and 15 m high. Corykian Cave interior taken from entrance looking to rear or main cavern. Pausanias in his Guide to Greece writes: On the way from Delphi to the summit of Parnassus, about sixty stades distant from Delphi, there is a bronze image. The ascent to the Corycian cave is easier for an active walker than it is for mules or horses. I mentioned a little earlier in my narrative that this cave was named after a nymph called Corycia, and of all the caves I have ever seen this seemed to me the best worth seeing.... But the Corycian cave exceeds in size those I have mentioned, and it is possible to make one's way through the greater part of it even without lights. The roof stands at a sufficient height from the floor, and water, rising in part from springs but still more dripping from the roof, has made clearly visible the marks of drops on the floor throughout the cave.

Corycean Cave / Corycion Andron

Corycean Cave / Corycion Andron

Daily : Sanctuary of Apollo: Summer 8a.m to 7.30p.m (winter to 3p.m) Entrance fee 9 Euro including the museum. Tomb of Minyas, open daily to 3 p.m, entrance fee 3 Euro. Delphi More...    Delphi Oracle More... 

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