Athens to Corinth Canal & Monuments of Athens Tour

A journey to Athens, the Cradle of Democracy and Corinth, the wealthiest city-state of antiquity.

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

Athens

Athens, the capital of Attica and Greece, has uninterruptedly been inhabited for the last 6000 years, a period that includes wars, invasions, occupation, revolutions, decline and rebirth. Some of the worlds’ greatest scholars have named it “the cradle of Democracy”, mainly because of the political and cultural conditions that applied in the 5th century, in Find out more about our tours in the area

Athens & Surrounding Areas

Human settlements are recorded as early as the 5th millennium BC. Traces of settlements on the Acropolis hill are taking us back to the Bronze Age (3000-1100 BC); those inhabitants were not of Greek origin but bore the mythic name Pelasgi. It was not until the early 2nd millennium BC that the first Greek tribes, Find out more about our tours in the area

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In Brief

Take an exciting trip to two important cities, each one of which played a different role in the development of the ancient world. Unfold the past of Corinth, the richest city-state of Ancient Greece  and Athens, the cradle of Democracy, birthplace of the great philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Follow the footsteps of Saint Paul, the Apostle in both locations. Close your eyes, let your senses and imagination guide you, and who knows... you might “hear” him addressing the Athenians and the Corinthians on his second missionary journey, spreading the Gospel and preaching about the existence of only one God.

The Corinth Canal is one of the most important projects of modern Greece, which played a catalytic role for the Mediterranean trade as a junction of international sea transport. The canal of the Isthmus of Corinth had inspired architects and engineers for centuries and it was completed 25 centuries after its original conception. This canal, which connects the Gulf of Corinth in the northwest with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea southeast, cuts through the narrow Isthmus and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, thus effectively making the former peninsula an island. Layout The canal consists of a single channel, excavated at sea level (thus requiring no locks). It is 8 meters (26 ft.) deep, 6.343 meters (20,810 ft.) long, 24,6 meters (81 ft.) wide at the water’s surface and 21,3 meters (70 ft.) wide at its base. 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. 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. Athens, the capital of Attica and Greece, has uninterruptedly been inhabited for the last 6000 years and is nowadays  a sprawling metropolis of almost 4 million people. It’s streets are noisy, hectic, even chaotic at times, while the ongoing  financial crisis has “left its mark” on the daily life, as it is depicted on the numerous closed stores in several locations in the centre. Despite the difficulties, Athens retains a very unique flair and it remains a city of keen contradictions, where ancient, medieval and modern facets blend harmoniously. Its long lasting history includes wars, invasions, occupation, revolutions, decline and rebirth. Some of the worlds’ greatest scholars have named it “the cradle of Democracy”, mainly because of the political and cultural conditions that applied in the 5th century, in the Greek City- State.

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 the 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.
  • Following the stop to admire this amazing project, we will set out to reach ancient Corinthwhere you can see the Agora, the Doric- style Temple of Apollo (6th c. BC, restored in the 1st c. AD), the Archaeological museum which contains mosaics, Mycenaean and Corinthian pottery, terra cotta sphinxes, statues of two supernatural beings, relief plaques, the Roman head of the goddess Tyche, Greek and latin inscriptions, miscellanrous objects from Geometric through medieval periods  and last but not least the “Bema”, 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..
  • Soon after the visit in Corinth, we will return to Athens, the amazing metropolis which is crowned with the Parthenon atop the Acropolis hill. You will have time to marvel the sights and monuments, along with the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium - a horse-shoe shaped stadium built in 1863 for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896-, the Greek Parliament with the monument of The Unknown Soldier & The Changing of The Guards in front of the Parliament, in Syntagma square.
  • 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, which you have certainly heard a lot about.

Highlights

  • Corinth canal
  • Ancient Corinth
  • The Doric temple of Apollo
  • The Acropolis Hill where you will be able to see:
    • Propylaea, which is the monumental entrance to the sacred hill
    • The Parthenon, which was dedicated to the ancient Greek Goddess Athena (constructed between 447-432 B.C.)
    • The Ionic temple of the Apteros Nike (Wingless Victory), one of the many monuments dedicated to Goddess Athena
    • Erechtheion with its elegant Caryatids, a temple which was dedicated to Athena Polias,,
    • Areopagus or The Court of Cassation (Mars Hill)
    • Herodian Theater (erected in 161 AD during the Roman era)
    • The ruins of the Greek Theater of Dionysus Eleuthereus on the south side of the Acropolis
  • The Temple of Olympian Zeus (which was one of the largest ancient Corinthian- style temples in Greece) and Hadrian’s Arch.
  • The Panathenaic Stadium (erected in 338 BC as part of the public works carried out in the city of Athens by the orator Lykourgos, renovated in 1896 for the first modern Olympic games)
  • Lycabettus Hill (The highest hill in Athens, standing at 270 m. above sea level, offering a magnificent panoramic view of the city and the Acropolis hill)
  • The former Royal Palace, now housing the Greek Parliament
  • The Monument of The Unknown Soldier & The Change of The Guards in front of the Parliament
  • The Greek Orthodox Cathedral and the Catholic Cathedral
  • The “Neoclassical Trilogy” [The Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Library, the First University of Athens]

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. 8½ 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
equipment Dress Code: As your visit involves a fair bit of walking, mainly uphill, and marble stones can be quite slippery, it is advisable to wear comfortable, rubber-soled shoes. During the summer months, a hat and light colored garments will also be required for this tour
group Max Group Size: 12-14 persons

 

Did you know?

  • The Corinthians developed the Corinthian order, the third main style of classical architecture, after the Doric and the Ionic.
  • The trireme, the warship of the ancient Greeks that played a vital role in the creation of the Athenian maritime empire (5th century) and in the decisive naval clash at Salamis,in 480 BC which resulted in the predominance of Greece against the Persian fleet, was originally designed by a Corinthian named Ameinocles!
  • The city of Corinth had two main ports: to the west, on the Corinthian Gulf, the port of Lecheon connected the city to its western colonies and Magna Graecia in Sicily. 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 the spring of 337 BC, the Second congress of Corinth established the treaty which is commonly known as the “Common Peace”.

Tour price

240 € (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