Tour Duration: 5 Hours Tour Destination: Peloponnese (Ancient Corinth)
The Half Day Tour of Ancient Corinth begins with a seaside drive around the port of Piraeus and to the west side of Athens through the industrial areas of Aspropirgos and Eleusina past the oiled derricks and the shipyards to watch the cruise ships and tankers arrive in the port of Athens from far away.
The island of Salamis is clearly visible on the way out of Eleusina and into the highway. While gaining height the bay between Salamis and mainland Athens is becoming visible. This is where the Athenians defeated the Persian Empire once and for all in the naval battle of Salamis in 480 B.C.
The drive continues on the highway along the Argo-Saronic gulf past small towns and villages for about 30 minutes. Then Peloponnesus peninsula becomes visible and it’s time to make the first stop for approximately 15 minutes to explore the Canal of Corinth, Isthmus that separates Peloponnesus from mainland Greece.
The tour then proceeds through Isthmus, on the highway for another 15 minutes until reaching the city of Ancient Corinth and Acrocorinth (Acropolis of Corinth). A short drive around the archaeological site is offered before entering, in order to see the highlights from a higher perspective, like the monolithic Temple of Apollo, the Agora, the Bema (Pontium) where Apostle Paul preached, the Imperial Temple and Fountain of Glafki. Visitor are free to explore the archaeological site for 60 minutes.
Next stop is the Fort of Acrocorinth located at 575m over the sea level. The occupies shows signs of Ancient Greek, Byzantine, Frankish and Venetian architecture due to several reconstructions and additions through different periods. Also known for its immorality the ruined Temple of Aphrodite is located on the highest location of the fort.
For the final part of the tour visitors can enjoy their time with a lunch in a local tavern with authentic Greek food. On the way out of Corinth the final short stop is the orthodox church of the Assumption of Mary to see the letters to the Corinthians translated in four languages on an obelisk and a colorful Byzantine mosaic showing the mission of Apostle Paul in Corinth.
The tour ends with a beautiful drive back to Athens.
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