Athens to Ancient Corinth Tour- In the Footsteps of St.Paul

Following the footsteps of Apostle Paul.

Available departures

  • Our tours take place all year long, in all weather, rain or shine.
  • The tours do not take place on the following public Holidays: 25 , 26 December, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, May 1st and March 25, the Greek Independence Day.
  • Kindly be advised that all services are subject to availability, your request shall be secured only following receipt of a confirmation email from us and clearance of your deposit.
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Peloponese

Astonishing temples, luxurious palaces, imposing vaulted tombs, colossal walls of epic ancient cities, magnificent medieval castles next to rocky shoreline, are some of the features that characterize ‘the Island of Pelops”, the beautiful Peloponnesus or Peloponnese peninsula in southern Greece. These monuments reveal the glorious past of this land of heroes, gods and wise kings, Find out more about our tours in the area

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In Brief

Take an exciting trip to a city that played an important and very decisive role in the development of the ancient world. Unfold the past of Corinth, the richest city-state of Ancient Greece and the only one that had two harbors, one to the east and one to the west. Follow the footsteps of Saint Paul the “Apostol of Nations” according to the New Testament. Close your eyes, let your senses and imagination guide you, and who knows… you might “hear” him addressing the Corinthians on his second missionary journey, spreading the Gospel and preaching about the existence of only one God.

Corinth canal

One of the most important projects of modern Greece, which played a catalytic role for the Mediterranean trade, the canal of the Isthmus of Corinth, has constituted an inspiration for centuries and was completed ... 25 centuries after the conception of its idea.

Layout

The canal consists of a single channel 8 meters (26 ft.) deep, excavated at sea level (thus requiring no locks), measuring 6,343 meters (20,810 ft.) long by 24.6 meters (81 ft.) wide at the top and 21.3 meters (70 ft.) wide at the bottom. The rock walls, which rise 90 meters (300 ft.) above sea level, are at a near-vertical 80° angle. The canal is crossed by a railway line, a road and a motorway at a height of about 45 meters (148 ft.). In 1988 submersible bridges were installed at sea level at each end of the canal, by the eastern harbor of Isthmia and the western harbor of  Poseidonia. Ships can only pass through the canal one convoy at a time on a one -way system. Larger ships have to be towed by tug boats. The canal is nowadays mostly used by tourist ships; 11,000 ships per year travel through the waterway.

Construction of the modern canal

Construction was formally inaugurated on 23 April 1882 in the presence of King George I of Greece. Société Internationale du Canal Maritime de Corinthe a French company in 1881, was commissioned to construct the canal. The company's initial capital was some 30,000,000 francs, but after eight years of work it ran out of money and a bid to issue 60,000 bonds of 500 francs each flopped when less than half of the bonds were sold. The company's head, the Hungarian István Türr, went bankrupt, so did the company itself and a bank that had agreed to raise additional funds for the project. Construction resumed in 1890 when the project was transferred to a Greek company, and was finally completed on 25 July 1893 after eleven years' work.

Ancient Corinth

(in Greek: Κόρινθος Korinthos) was a city-state on the Isthmus of Corinth, the narrow stretch of land that joins the Peloponnese to mainland Greece, roughly halfway between Athens and Sparta. The modern town of Corinth is located approximately 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) northeast of the ancient ruins. From 1896 and onwards  systematic archaeological excavations lead by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens  revealed large parts of the ancient city. For Christians, Corinth is known from the two letters of Saint Paul preserved in The New Testament, 1st Corinthians and 2nd Corinthians. Also devoted to Corinth is the second book of Pausanias' Description of Greece. A careful look though in the background into the huge monolithic rock that lies behind the archaeological site, will reveal to the eyes of the traveler the outline of the walls of the medieval castle of Acrocorinth which begin from the summit and they descend until they reach very close towards Lecheon, the city’s once artificial harbor on the Corinthian Gulf.

Road Map

  • After meeting you in the designated point we will commence the tour by driving North - Northwest of Athens, via the National highway. This will lead us to the Isthmus of the Peloponnese peninsula, where we will make our first stop to marvel the Corinth canal, which cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, thus effectively making the former peninsula an island. Since its construction, it saves sea-going vessels immense amounts of time as it provides a much shorter nautical route to the west from Athens and the port of Piraeus, the largest and most important port in Greece.
  • Then Following the stop to admire this amazing project, we will set out to reach ancient Corinth where you can see the Agora, the Doric- style Temple of Apollo (6th c. BC, with restored 1st c. AD restorations in the 1st c. AD), the Archaeological museum which contains mosaic floors, Mycenaean and Corinthian pottery, terra cotta sphinxes, statues of two supernatural beings, relief plaques, the Roman head of the goddess Tyche, also small objects of various kinds, Greek and Latin inscriptions, miscellaneous objects from Geometric through medieval periods and last but not least the “Bema”,  where St Paul preached to the public platform where St. Paul stood to plead his case when the Corinthians hauled him up in front of the Roman governor Gallio in 52 AD…
  • We will continue our tour by visiting the medieval castle of Acrocorinth or "Upper Corinth", which was the acropolis of ancient Corinth, a monolithic rock overlooking the ancient city of Corinth from a height of 575m. “It is the most impressive of the acropolis of mainland Greece” according to Jasper Griffin and Oswyn Murray, ‘Greece and the Hellenistic World’ (Oxford History of the Classical World). Acrocorinth was continuously occupied from archaic times to the early 19th century. The city's archaic acropolis, a natural fortress due to its geomorphology, was further heavily fortified during the Byzantine Empire as it became the seat of the Strategos (General) of the Byzantine thema of Hellas and later of the Peloponnese. It was defended against the Crusaders for three years by the Byzantine general Leon Sgouros.
  • Soon after the visit to the castle of Acrocorinth, we will return to the city of Athens, the amazing metropolis which is crowned with the Parthenon atop the Acropolis hill.
  • A mouthwatering culinary trip is the ideal ending of our day tour. We will take you to a local tavern by the seaside, where you will have the chance to taste some traditional recipes of the Mediterranean cuisine which you have certainly heard a lot about.

Highlights

  • Corinth canal
  • Ancient Corinth
  • Doric temple of Apollo
  • Medieval castle of Acrocorinthos

Useful info

Our tour packages don’t include a professional licensed tour guide, in order to be more affordable to our clients. However your driver will provide more than enough information for all the locations that you'll visit, within the car or outside the sites.

Kindly choose one from the following below.

a/ You can have your driver - tour Leader  to accompany you. ( No additional cost)

b/ We can provide upon request a Professional tour guide.

c/ For tours that are taking place outside Athens we can always book a local tour guide in each place of visit , upon your request.

Whatever your choice might be, kindly send your request and we will inform you of the additional cost, if that exists!

In case you'd like to be picked up by us at Athens International Airport "El Venizelos", we offer you transportation in significantly better price.

Our representative will welcome  you at the Arrival Hall, holding a sign with your name written on it ,will  help you with your luggage and escort you to the car.

duration Itinerary [total duration approx. 4½ - 5½ hours]
vehicle

Car Type: For your chauffeured transportation, we provide fully air-conditioned vehicles that meet all technical and security standards. Depending on the number of participants, you can choose:

a/ Sedan- type vehicle, new Octavia 7 or Mercedes, capacity 1 to 4 pax (depending on availability)

b/ Mini Van, capacity 4 to 8 pax (depending on availability)

c/ SUV- type vehicle, capacity 1 to 5 pax (depending on availability)

Notes: 1) Child safety seats available upon request 2) Luggage restrictions may apply

walking-pace Activity level: Moderate to hard
equipment Dress Code: As your visit involves a fair bit of walking, it is advisable to wear comfortable, rubber-soled shoes. During the summer months, a hat and light colored garments and sun block will also be required for this tour.
group Max Group Size: 12-14 persons

 

Did you know?

  • Although Corinth canal saves the 700-kilometre (430 mi) journey around the Peloponnese, it is too narrow for modern ocean freighters, as it can only accommodate ships of a width of up to 17.6 meters (58 ft.) and a draft of 7.3 meters (24 ft.).
  • Corinthians developed the Corinthian order, the third main style of classical architecture after the Doric and the Ionic.
  • The trireme the battleship of the ancient Greeks that made Athens of the 5th century a major naval power and won the extremely crucial naval battle of Salamis in 480 B.C against the Persian fleet was originally designed by a Corinthian named Aminocles?
  • The city of Corinth had two main ports: to the west on the Corinthian Gulf lay Lecheon, which connected the city to its western colonies and Magna Graecia, in Sicily while to the east on the Saronic Gulf the port of Kechreai served the ships coming from Athens, Ionia, Cyprus and the Levant. Both ports had docks for the city's large navy.
  • In 338 BC, after having defeated Athens and its allies, Philip II king of Macedonia created the League of    Corinth to unite the Greeks, including Corinth, in a war against Persia. Philip was named Hegemon (Supreme King) of the League. In spring of 337 BC, the Second congress of Corinth established the Common Peace.
  • In Greece, there are more than 1000 Medieval Castles, Fortresses and Towers.The perimeter walls of the castle of Acrocorinth measures approximately 3,000 meters in length, making it the largest fortress in the Peloponnese and one of the most important in the region, strategically situated at the entrance to the Morea (Another name for Peloponnese).

Tour price

160 € (Prices applies per vehicle not per person)



  • Mercedes/Octavia 7 A/C Sedan Yellow Taxi
  • Up to 4 people
  • From Athens Center
  • For a Minivan service up to 8 persons please ask us for a quote.

Inclusions - Exclusions

inxclusions

  1. Transfer to/from the sites.
  2. Hotel pick up (for downtown Athens).
  3. Car fuel
  4. Tolls
  5. Car parking
  6. All taxes
     

exclusions

  1. Gratuities (optional)
  2. Food or drinks
  3. Licensed guide
  4. Admissions