Athens to Ancient Corinth Tour- In the Footsteps of St.Paul
Following the footsteps of Apostle Paul.
Following the footsteps of Apostle Paul.
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.
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.
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 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.
(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.
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.
|Itinerary [total duration approx. 4½ - 5½ hours]|
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
|Activity level: Moderate to hard|
|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.|
|Max Group Size: 12-14 persons|