Piraeus to Ancient Corinth 5.5 h. tour
COST PER PERSON: 65 EURO
CHILDREN UP TO 3 YEARS OLD: FREE
(Transportation from Piraeus and back + short stop at the Corinth Canal + guided tour of Ancient Corinth + Free time)
This is going to be a journey with interesting things to see along the way, off the beaten track.
The tour with the licensed tour guide and the bus will start from the port of Piraeus. Officially Piraeus is considered to be a different city, but you can say it is one of the suburbs of Athens.
After a drive through the western suburbs of Athens, you will start having the view of the Saronic Gulf on the one side of the road. First you will see an industrial part of it and the shipyards of Skaramangas. Then you will have the island of Salamis on the one side of the road, as well as the part of the sea, where one of the most famous naval battles in world's history was fought, in 480 BC, between the Athenians and the Persians. On the other side of the road will be mount Aegaleo, from where Xerxis was viewing the naval battle, sitting on his golden throne.
Soon after that, you will start seeing the impressive mountains of the Peloponnese in the distance, as you will be approaching the area of the man-made Corinth Canal, which is where the Mainland splits from the Peloponnese and where the Ionian sea "meets" with the Aegean sea.
A short stop by the Corinth Canal is required so that you will be able to get off and walk closer to it in order to photograph it standing on the bridge over it. The view will be breathtaking from both sides. There are several cafeterias on both sides where you can also enjoy a short coffee break.
It's a very short drive from there to the ancient site of Corinth, where your licensed tour guide will take you on a detailed exploration of ancient Corinth's site and museum. The impressive Acrocorinth fort was built right on top of where the ancient city used to be. Most of the remaining ruins are from the Roman era, except for the still standing monolithic columns of the temple of Apollo. You will see the Roman Odeon, the Ancient Springs, the Agora, the Bema from where St. Paul preached, the archaeological museum with some extraordinary samples of the Corinthian pottery, as well as the amazing view to the sea and the valley, proving why that city was so important and world famous back then. Among other things it was famous for some of the most corrupted business men that were living in it. The legend of Sisyphus, who cheated even Hades himself, consists the emphasis and example of their way of thinking. That was also one of the reasons why St. Paul decided not only to visit, but to spend 18 months of his life there, preaching about ways of virtuous life.
The impressive Acrocorinth fort, with its walls remaining in most parts in a very good condition, will help you understand even more why in antiquity they used to say that it was one of the "eyes" of the Peloponnese and that whoever would manage to conquer it, would easily be able to conquer the rest of Greece. You will enjoy a short photo stop there and enjoy the amazing view.
At the end of the guided tour you will be taken back to Piraeus port.
This special semi-private tour is available only for cruise ships that spend more than 1 day in Piraeus port.
For 2017 this tour is available only on the following specific dates:
- April 15th for the passengers of Prinsendam
- April 23rd for the passengers of Koningsdam
- May 30th for the passengers of Westerdam
- July 17th for the passengers of Westerdam
- September 2nd for the passengers of Westerdam
- September 2nd for the passengers of Celebrity Constellation
- October 19th for the passengers of Prinsendam
- October 21st for the passengers of Westerdam
We need a minimum of 8 participants in order to run this tour. If you are in a party of 8 or more people and are interested in this tour, even if your cruise ship is not listed above, contact us and we will run this semi-private tour for the date you will be in Piraeus port.