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From Athens: Half-Day Ancient Corinth Tour

1. From Athens: Half-Day Ancient Corinth Tour

Leave Athens and drive southwest until you reach the Corinth Canal that connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea (short stop). Drive on and visit the ancient town of Corinth, where St. Paul lived and preached for two years. The remains of the city, which include the agora (marketplace) and Temple of Apollo (6th-century BC) clearly show how rich and important Corinth was in ancient times. A short stop at the site of the ancient Port of Cehrees, where St. Paul disembarked will conclude the visit. Return back to Athens by the same route. If you are staying near the coast, you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 15:00 with the tour bus.

Athens: Private Tour to Corinth, Cave of Lakes & Cog Railway

2. Athens: Private Tour to Corinth, Cave of Lakes & Cog Railway

Spend a full day on this private tour exploring the natural and man-made wonders surrounding the city of Athens. After pickup from your accommodations in Athens, drive along the mainland cost to Peloponnese, where you’ll have your first short stop at the Corinth Canal, which connects the Gulf of Corinth to the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. Your second visit will be to the Ancient Market and the Statue of Apostle Paul, walking along the same paths the Apostle walked and preached hundreds of years earlier. Then, visit the commercial town of Corinth and the Apostle Paul Metropolitan Church, founded by the Apostle himself around 51-52 AD.   Afterwards, you’ll reach Diakofto to take the Cog Railway that goes through Vouraikos Canyon, one of the most beautiful natural sights and most spectacular railway rides in Greece. Your train ride ends in the town of Kalavryta, where your driver will meet you to take you to the mysterious and magnificent “Cave of Lakes”, a rare creation of nature. Small and large lakes, 13 in total, each a different colors, formed inside a cave that you can now explore. See the “hanging bridge” the “waterfalls”, and unique stalactite formations as you get the feeling of being in a floating corridor. Head through an artificial tunnel that leads you directly to the second floor for some awe-inspiring sights.   Finally, stop for a meal in the picturesque village of Kalavrita before heading back to Athens.

From Mykonos: Ancient Delos Tour

3. From Mykonos: Ancient Delos Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or the cruise ship port in Mykonos at 09:15, and then travel by minibus to the new port of Mykonos Town. Meet your guide, and sail to the island of Delos, revered in Greek mythology as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Now considered one of the most important ancient archaeological sites in the Eastern Mediterranean, Delos was once a prosperous place of thriving trade and a center of culture and religion in the 8th to 1st century BCE. Upon arrival on the island, follow your guide through the entire ancient city. Encounter the old market places and public squares, along with the Temple of Apollo and Sanctuary of Artemis. Take a look at the old city and amphitheater, and walk down the celebrated Terrace of the Lions, where between 9 and 12 statues of marble lions guarded the Sacred Way. Look inside the museum to see artifacts excavated over the centuries, including sculptures from the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman era, a collection of vessels from all periods and small items from everyday life. Enjoy a refreshment at the café next to the museum before boarding the ferry back to Mykonos. A transportation service will be provided to take you back to your hotel or a location of your choice if you haven't booked a supplementary option. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or the cruise ship port in Mykonos at 09:00, and then travel by minibus to the embarkation point of the boat that will be traveling to Delos. Meet your guide, and sail to the island of Delos, revered in Greek mythology as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.

From Athens: Ancient Corinth & Daphni Monastery

4. From Athens: Ancient Corinth & Daphni Monastery

After your morning pick-up from your centrally located hotel, the bus will drive to Corinth via Iera Odos (the Sacred Way). It was so-called this because it was the route taken by a procession celebrating the Eleusinian Mysteries. Initiations were held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based in Eleusis. Your first stop will be the Monastery of Daphni, a 11th-century Byzantine monastery listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the Monasteries Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios. The interior of the church is decorated with superb mosaics, a unique, fine example of the classical idealism of Middle Byzantine art. The crowded scenes of the mosaics narrate scenes from the life of Christ and the Virgin.  Driving along the coastal road, reach Corinth Canal, which merges the Aegean with the Ionian Sea (short stop for photos of the breathtaking view). Shortly thereafter, reach the ancient town of Corinth, where St. Paul lived and preached for two years (Acts 18:1-18). Visit the ruins of the ancient city where Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla, see the remains of the first century shops, the agora where Paul’s trial by Gallio took place, the Fountain of Peirene and one of the most outstanding monuments of the pre–Roman period, the Temple of Apollo.

From Athens: Private Half-Day Excursion to Ancient Corinth

5. From Athens: Private Half-Day Excursion to Ancient Corinth

After a pickup from your accommodation, take a 1-hour drive along the mainland coast to Peloponnese and have a brief stop at the Canal of Corinth. Continue on to reach Ancient Corinth, one of Saint Paul’s beloved cities. Have the chance to visit the ancient market and the Bema of Saint Paul, a large elevated rostrum standing prominently in the center of the Roman Forum of Ancient Corinth. Explore the former city-state and walk the same paths the Apostle of Nations once did and see where he preached hundreds of years ago. Next, visit the commercial town of Corinth and the Apostolos Pavlos Church, founded around 51-52 AD. Learn about Saint Paul's presence and life in the city and how he was hosted by the Jews of Achilles and Priscilla. Continue on to Kechrias Port and find out more about Saint Paul's second missionary journey and how he fulfilled a vow by shaving his head.   Conclude your visit with a short stop for a cup of coffee on your return journey back to Athens.

Athens: Day-Trip to Ancient Corinth, Hera Temple & Blue Lake

6. Athens: Day-Trip to Ancient Corinth, Hera Temple & Blue Lake

Venture South of Athens to discover highlights of the Peloponnese. Cross the Corinth Canal to leave mainland Greece and explore the Ancient Corinth, antiquity’s most powerful commercial crossroads. Starting in Ancient Corinth, the wealthiest city in all the ancient world, a leader amongst the powerful Greek city-states, built at the foothills of the rocky hill of Acrocorinth, discernible from afar, a striking lookout against potential enemies coming by land or sea, then on to Temple of Hera and Blue Lake to pay tribute to god Poseidon and the goddess Hera. Your first stop is at the Corinth canal for 15 minutes where you can take photos and have a refreshing drink. The next stop is at Akrokorinthos for 1 hour before you visit Ancient Corinth and the Archaeological Museum of Corinth for about 3 hours. Then, stop at Heraion (Sanctuary of Hera) in Perachora for about 1 hour and finally, visit the Blue Lake (Vouliagmeni Lake) for 30 minutes.

Athens: Ancient Corinth, Epidaurus, and Nafplio Private Tour

7. Athens: Ancient Corinth, Epidaurus, and Nafplio Private Tour

Venture south out of Athens to discover highlights of the Peloponnese. Cross the Corinth Canal to leave mainland Greece, and explore Ancient Corinth, Epidaurus, and Nafplion. Begin by touring Ancient Corinth - antiquity’s most powerful commercial crossroads, before continuing on to Epidaurus. Whilst in Epidaurus, explore its theater and healing center - both of which were milestones in the evolution of western civilization. Finally, result in Nafplio, the country’s most picturesque town. Whilst there, take a route that is one of the most historically important, through a country steeped in history. At the conclusion of your day out sightseeing, return to your accommodation in Athens.

Athens: Biblical Ancient Corinth and Isthmus Canal Tour

8. Athens: Biblical Ancient Corinth and Isthmus Canal Tour

Be amazed by the modern engineering masterpiece of the Corinth Canal before discovering and exploring the ancient passage from the Corinthian to Saronic Gulf and the sub-ducting bridge. There you can enjoy a coffee or snack at a wonderful cafe while you admire the views and wait for boats to pass through the canal. Explore the large citadel of Acrocorinth. Through its imposing entrance gates, you will enter the castle and you will discover its hidden gems. You will also experience spectacular panoramic views which will be bound to amaze you. It will then be time for a break, as you enjoy a delicious authentic Greek lunch at Gemelos’ Taverna on a fabulous balcony overlooking the Temple of Apollo. Following lunch, explore the incredible archaeological site of ancient Corinth, including its fabulous museum, courtyard, Temple of Apollo, Fountain of Glauke, Sacred Spring, Peirene, Asklepieion, Odeion, Bema, Agora, and much more. Following some allocated time for shopping you will be driven to the port of Kechries, tracing the footsteps of St. Paul to the east.

Athens: Full-Day Private Peloponnese Tour

9. Athens: Full-Day Private Peloponnese Tour

After gathering with your group, you'll head west along a beautiful scenic route on your way to the Corinth Canal. Following a short break there, your next destination will be ancient Corinth. During ancient times, the town of Corinth was considered one of the richest cities in Greece, due to the remains of the Temple of Apollo the Ancient Agora. This is also the place where Saint Paul preached and lived for about two years of his life. Following that exploration you will drive through vineyards and olive trees on the way to Mycenae. It will be there that you will visit the famous Cyclopean Walls around the Acropolis of Mycenae, as well as the Tomb of King Atreus. From there you will continue by visiting the first capital city of the Democracy of Greece, the beautiful city of Nafplion which boasts the fortified islet of Bourtzi. Finally, on your way back to Athens you will visit the ancient theater of Epidaurus.

Ancient Corinth half day private tour from Athens

10. Ancient Corinth half day private tour from Athens

Venture south of Athens to discover highlights of the Peloponnese. Cross the Corinth Canal to leave mainland Greece and explore Ancient Corinth - antiquity’s most powerful commercial crossroads. Corinth was the wealthiest city in all the ancient world, and a leader amongst the powerful Greek city-states. It was built at the foothills of the rocky hill of Acrocorinth, discernible from afar and a striking lookout against potential enemies coming by land or sea. Following that, visit the Archaeological Museum of Corinth where you can wander around its famous exhibits. At the conclusion of your experience, your tour guide returns you back to your accommodation in Athens.

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What people are saying about Ancient Corinth

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 106 reviews

I was on the fence about visiting this island during my time In Mykonos, but I am so happy I went. I had no idea just how much history was involved with Delos and learned way more than I thought. Only down side was the museum on the island was closed for renovations, but was so much to explore that I don’t think I would have had time anyway.

It was a great Tour to Delos! Bring a light jacket on the boat if you get cold because of the fast winds. And nice hiking shoes or sandals for when you hike up to The Temple Isis- a beautiful sight to see.

the friendly driver tried very hard to arrange the tour according to our individual ideas

Perfect tour of Delos. The boat ride was also really lovely!

This was an excellent trip with an excellent driver