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Audio guide recommendations: Olympia, Delphi, Athens Acropolis

We are in Greece now, have spent the first few days with more leisurely activities and site seeing around the Peloponnese and are now gearing up for Olympia, Delphi and Athens.

Has anyone used audio guides on your phone for these sites? Do you have recommendations? I’ve found a few on Viator and Get Your Guide, but reviews seem mixed.

2 adults traveling with a 9 year old.

Thanks!

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Rick's Audio Europe app has several walking tours of Athens that you can download. We used them a few years ago and they were good.

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Thanks, I’ve got the app and am planning on it. Wondering if there was anything more detailed for Delphi and Olympia specifically.

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Rick has free audio guides for the Acropolis, the Agora and the National Archaeology Museum in Athens in addition to a city walk. If you have access to YouTube try to watch the hour-long BBC video “Delphi Why It Matters” before you go. Recently recommended to me on this forum. Very informative and helpful to understanding Delphi and how it actually looked. Rick doesn’t have an audio guide for Delphi but I got an electronic copy of his Greece guidebook from the library and made screen shots of his walking tour of the sight for reference for my upcoming trip.
Not going to Olympia so can’t help you there. Enjoy you trip!

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DELPHI - I looked this up for a friend earlier this year and found 3 links -- As you say, mixed reviews. As I recall, the best one appeared to be a combo of an "Official" entry ticket PLUS a downloadable audio:

https://www.getyourguide.com/delphi-greece-l116/delphi-skip-the-line-entry-ticket-and-audio-guide-t427876/ (please note: this "skip the line" thing is deceptive-- the only lline u skip is ticket-window, not if there's a line at gate... but there almost never is, so it's a big nothing). \

here's another:
https://cliomusetours.com/tours/delphi-self-guided-audio-tour-the-google-of-the-ancient-world/

The key thing with any audio download, including Ricks - don't wait until you're onsite -- play it ahead of time too.

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I found this pretty good audio tour someone created http://www.elladaguides.com/2016/01/get-your-ancient-olympia-audio-tour-here.html

It wasn’t super in depth, but it was a good length and proceed enough details for us.

The Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports has an AR/VR app guide to the site, it is a huge download, so better to get it when you are on WiFi, though I was able to connect to an open WiFi network at the archeological site
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ancient-olympia/id1534215598

Oddly: this app did not show up in any of the google searching I did before going.

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I also found this app called digital Delphi which is a thorough guide of the archeological museum at Delphi. It is a big download, so you should get it when you have a hood internet connection. There was WiFi in the museum.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/digital-delphi/id1596299854

There is also an ar/vr app called Digi-Past Delphi. To unlock all the content you have to may about $12 us. It was okay. Definitely made it a little more engaging for the 9 year old.

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There is also an app called COSMOTE CHRONOS for the Acropolis but not only do you need to download the app, you also need to download a file for each waypoint in the app. It uses ar to show you what the buildings would have looked like.