I will be traveling to Athens, Greece in November 2015. I don't want to drive but I would like to do a day trip tour out to Delphi. I did a Google search but I'm not sure which tour companies are reputable. Does anyone have any recommendations?
Fantasy Travel and Dolphin-Hellas Travel are both very reliable travel agencies in Athens that can assist you in finding a tour to Delphi or wherever else you might decide to go. Both have websites.
Thank you so much Lee! I will check them out.
We took the Mycenae and Epidaurus Day Trip from Athens from Chat Tours booked via Viator. I believe you can book directly with Chat, if you prefer. I booked mostly through Viator because we could use one web site to see all our bookings. We loved the tour guide who gave us lots of information and was very entertaining. The bus tour was very comfortable considering the heat wave we encountered in the middle of June.
There are 3 companies out of Athens that do Delphi Day trips -- Key, Chat, and Go. All are "reputable" (have been doing this trip for decades) and have very similar routines. They pick people up at a list of hotels, starting about 7 but don't actually get out of town until 8:30. A midway 15-minute stop for restroom/snacks. arrive bout 10:30-10:45 AM and go directly to the ruins area, then follow up with a (quick) trip to the Museum. Most often they then insist that the entire group leave and go to a taverna... sometimes in the next town... for lunch (which you pay for). Then there is a stop at a rug store or souvenir shop (unproven assumption, there is some kind of arrangement here). Then u go back to Athens. I took this trip once, my First trip to greece (1999) and hated being rushed out of the museum for a blah lunch I didn't want. Also, there is no time allotted to go to the "Tholos" tomb of Athena, the famous round ruin pictured on all the folders. I think it would be a better experience if one could contact the tour company ahead of time, and arrange to be picked up at the ruin AFTER their lunch-stop. Then one could pack along a sandwich and have an enjoyable picnic sitting on a column, looking down the mountainside.
In May 2011, I finally went back to Delphi, on a D-I-Y trip, and it was wonderful. I took a KTEL bus (€15 each way) arriving in the afternoon, and walked 50 yards to Hotel Pan (€35 per night) for a single looking down the mountain to the sea... a hawk was circling BELOW my balcony (!). We went to the Museum in the evening (summer hours) NO ONE there, lovely. Next AM we entered the ruins site at 8:15, and had lovely 3 hours with almost no one there; then we walked down to the tholos. took a mid-day KTEL Bus back. In November the site & Museum may be closed at 3 ... but one could take a later bus, ask to be let off at the Tholos site (it is open 24/7) then enjoy a mountain sunset & see both ruin & museum in AM. Of course, this would require doing one's own research for the outdoor ruins (plenty of info online and, I think in RS's book). The Museum in recent years has been renovated and had wonderful explanatory signage in English.