Day 6: Delphi, the “Navel of the Earth”
Situated at the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic oracle of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met.
The oracle of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years. Visit the archaeological site and the Museum, where you can see among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in 478 BC, when he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games. This incomparable statue is a representative example of the “severe” Attic style, certainly the work of a major artist. After your visit depart for Kalambaka via Central Greece. Short visit of the village upon arrival. Dinner and overnight stay in Kalambaka.