Cruise Port Atlas | Itea (Delphi), Greece Day Trips | Attractions

Itea (Delphi), Greece Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Itea: Paul Gauguin, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Holland America, Princess

Key Attractions: Itea, Kirra, Beaches, Ancient Delphi, Delphi Archaeological Museum, Modern Delphi, Arachova, Hosios Loukas Monastery (also spelled Osios Loukas)

Itea Attractions

Port to Kirra - 2 KM, 4 minutes
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Itea and neighboring Kirra have some excellent beaches facing south and west with a plethora of tavernas and shops where cruisers can connect with Phocis culture. Though Kirra is an ancient town, very little remains of its glory days as the port for Delphi.

        

   

Ancient Delphi

Port to Ancient Delphi - 18 KM, 30 minutes
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The complex at Delphi is the most impressive Greek complex that I have seen and offers a wide variety of buildings. As you can see from my pictures, it was a gloomy day, which was a blessing since we were just about the only people there. The ticket booth is at the main road where the museum sits. Once inside the site, you will walk up a slate and concrete path to where the ruins are. The most complete in the complex is the Athenian Treasury, built in honor of the Athenian victory at Marathon. The path switches back toward the Temple of Apollo on the next level of the complex. The path zigzags upward, offering new ruins that include a lovely small amphitheater and a huge stadium. Looking down the slope of the amphitheater toward the road, we could see Tholos Temple and athletic grounds. Unfortunately, we didn't make it there, because the weather got worse.

        

   

Photo of Delphi's Athenean Treasury by JM

Delphi Archeaological Museum

Port to Museum - 18 KM, 30 minutes
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Though the Oracle became important in the 8th century BCE, Delphi's significance began long before that and the excellent Archaeological Museum is the best way to see the full range of the site's history. Beginning in the Mycennean era, perhaps as early as 1400 BCE, the city was trading with Cretans and Anatolians as objects from those parts of the world have been unearthed. There are two massive Kouros sculptures from the Archaic period, an array of golden jewelry, and smaller architectural elements from the site (such as metopes, rectangular sculptures used to ornament temples and other buildings). This museum is considered one of the finest in Greece and provides another side to the Delphi story.

           

   

Photo of Naxos Sphinx by Ricardo Andre Frantz

Modern Delphi and Arachova

Port to Modern Delphi - 17 KM, 30 minutes
Port to Arachova - 29 KM, 40 minutes
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Modern Delphi is a hillside town with tavernas, restaurants and shopping and great views. Both Delphi and nearby Arachova are ski resorts during the winter offering accommodations for those wanting to take on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. The views from Delphi of Itea Bay are extremely dramatic even when it is cloudy. Arachova is quieter and less dramatic, but also offers rustic mountain tavernas that appeal to many.

           

   

Photo of Delphi Orthodox Church by JM

Hosios Loukas Monastery

Port to Hosios Loukas - 45 KM, 50 minutes
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St. Luke was a military saint and hermit who predicted the Greek recapture of Crete in the 10th century. In his honor, an orthodox church and monastery were built in this lovely location to house his remains. Another church was added not much later. This site is on the UNESCO World Heritage list because it is considered one of the few examples of Middle Byzantine architecture and still features a few of the icons and frescoes from that early period. The weather delayed our arrival, so we didn't get to see the main church, but the setting is truly lovely and what we did see was worth the drive. You can understand why a hermit would want to set up camp there.

           

   

Photo of Hosios Loukas by JM

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

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