Experience a full-day tour that combines monuments of Athens and Ancient Corinth which played a huge role in ancient Greece, and don’t miss to know St. Paul and his footsteps.
Our tour starts with a visit to the Acropolis where we will see the Parthenon, (dedicated to Goddess Athena), the Erechteion with its famous Karyatides, the temple of Apteros Nike, Dionysus theatre which is the first of the World, the Mars Hill where Apostle Paul preached in 51 AD.
After visiting the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896, the temple of Zeus which was the biggest in ancient Greece, the Athens trilogy neoclassical buildings such as the University of Athens, the Academy of Art and Sciences, and the National Library, watch and enjoy the changing of Evzone guards at the Parliament. Later on, you will be taken to see the location where Apostle Paul disembarked.
We will pass by the picturesque Plaka and Monastiraki flea market. Continuing the Athens and Ancient Corinth tour we will drive approximately 1 hour south, where we always make a shortstop to see an engineering achievement of 19th century- the Corinth Canal which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea. The construction of the Canal was attempted several times in the past until 1893 when it was finished.
The Corinthians constructed the diolkós, a stone road that allowed ships to be transferred on wheeled platforms. Hence, two important ports made their appearance on both sides of the Canal – Lechaion on the Gulf of Corinth, and Kenchreai on the shores of the Saronic Gulf. Diolkos allowed the Corinthians to dominate in shipping and trade across the Meditteranean Sea.
Furthermore, we will also visit Akrokorinthos, the Acropolis of Corinth which changed hands through history several times. The church of St. Paul with its beautiful mosaic, and finally the Agora and the museum. At the Archaeological site, you will see the temple of Apollo, Glauke’s well which is related to the myth of Jason, Roman temples and baths, the Bema where Apostle Paul was judged by Galion.
Inside the museum, you will see themes of the 12 labors of Hercules that used to decorate the theatre, busts of Roman Emperors and the bust of Apollo which is believed to have inspired the Statue of Liberty in New York. After lunch, we will drive back to Athens.