Things to do in Corinth

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From Athens: Ancient Corinth Day Trip with Private Transfer

1. From Athens: Ancient Corinth Day Trip with Private Transfer

Discover the secrets of Ancient Corinth on this day trip with private transfer. Cross the Isthmus of Corinth, and visit ancient sites like the Temple of Apollo and the Acropolis of Corinth. Choose to go alone or with a guide. Begin your journey by crossing the highway and stopping at the Canal (Isthmus) of Corinth. Witness the narrow strip of land that connects mainland Greece to the Peloponnese. Continue on to Ancient Corinth. Admire the famous and imposing archaic Temple of Apollo, with monolithic Doric columns of which seven still stand prominently above the ruins of the ancient Agora. Visit Acrocorinth (the Acropolis of Corinth), a steep rock 575 meters tall that dominates the plain of Corinth. Learn about the strategic location of Acrocorinth, such that the Corinthians could control the only entrance from mainland Greece to the Peloponnese and all communication between Corinth and the Saronic Gulf. Enjoy the impressive panoramic view of the area and take pictures to remember your trip.

From Athens: Ancient Corinth & Daphni Monastery

2. 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: 4-Days Classical Tour with Meteora

3. From Athens: 4-Days Classical Tour with Meteora

Day 1: Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidaurus, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then, proceed to the town of Nafplio (short photo stop), drive on to Mycenae and visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then, depart for Olympia through central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games (dinner) Day 2: In the morning, visit the archaeological site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the ancient stadium, the spot where the torch of the modern Olympic Games is lit and the Archaeological Museum. Then, drive on through the plains of Ilia and Achaia until the magnificent bridge that crosses the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea. Arrive in Delphi (dinner and overnight) Day 3: In the morning, visit the archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi, the most famous oracle of the ancient world. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town located at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, surrounded by gigantic rocks (dinner and overnight) Day 4: Visit Meteora, a striking scenery perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (short stop to see across the road to Leonida's Monument). Arrive in Athens early in the evening.

4-Day Tour of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora

4. 4-Day Tour of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora

Day 1: Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive to Epidaurus, and pay a visit to the archaeological site and to the theatre, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Continue on to Nauplia for a short stop. Next, drive to Mycenae where you will visit the fascinating archaeological site. Depart for Olympia, passing through the central Peloponnese area and passing the cities of Megalopolis and Tripolis. Finally, arrive in Olympia for dinner and overnight stay. There is also a possibility of staying in Nauplia instead. (Dinner included). Day 2: In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Olympia. Drive via Patras to Rion, cross the channel to Antirion on the state of the art suspension bridge, known as the longest and most modern in Europe. Arrive in Nafpaktos, then continue to Delphi. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay in Delphi. (Breakfast and dinner included). Day 3: First, visit the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. Depart for Kalambaka, passing through Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala. Arrive in Kalambaka, and savor a dinner before your overnight stay. (Breakfast and dinner included). Day 4: In the morning, visit the breathtaking Meteora. In the early afternoon, start the drive back to Athens passing via Thermopylae and Kammena Vourla. (Breakfast included). This tour offers the opportunity to visit the most impressive historical Greek sites, giving you an insight into the glorious past of Greece.

From Athens: Half-Day Ancient Corinth Tour

5. 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.

Ancient Corinth Guided Tour from Athens

6. Ancient Corinth Guided Tour from Athens

Starting from Athens we drive by bus westwards along the scenic coast, until we reach the Corinth Canal with its breathtaking views (short stop). Shortly thereafter we reach the ancient town of Corinth (visit) where St. Paul lived and preached for two years. Back in the ancient times, Corinth was amongst the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the huge Agora (market place) and Apollo’s Temple from the 6th century B.C. We will also do a brief stop at the site of the ancient port of Kechreai where St. Paul disembarked. Finally, return to Athens in time for lunch.

Corinth Half-Day Small Group Tour from Athens

7. Corinth Half-Day Small Group Tour from Athens

Discover the rich history of Corinth, a city that played a major role in Ancient Greece. On a half-day excursion from Athens, you‘ll visit the highlights of one of the first cities in Europe that embraced Christianity. Visit the Corinth Canal, and hear how the Corinthians pulled ships from one sea to the other. Head to the archaeological site to see the Temple of Apollo, and the spot where St. Paul spoke to the Corinthians. At the museum you’ll see statues of Roman emperors and the Labors of Hercules, along with many other artifacts. Experience the Peloponnese countryside and have lunch in a restaurant near the archaeological site.

Athens: Acropolis Museum, Temples, and Corinth Full-Day Tour

8. Athens: Acropolis Museum, Temples, and Corinth Full-Day Tour

Experience a full-day tour which combines the 2 historical cities, Athens and Corinth. Visit the Acropolis which is symbol of democracy. See the Parthenon which is considered the most perfect building in the world. The Erechtheion became famous for its Karyatides, the Propylae, and the reconstructed Temple of Athena Nike. Continue to the Acropolis Museum which was recently voted the fifth best in the world. See the famous Arch of Roman Emperor Adrian and the Temple of Zeus which was the biggest in ancient world. Catch a panoramic view over Athens from Mount Lycabettus and take some beautiful pictures. Visit the Panathinaiko Stadium which hosted the first modern Olympics in 1896. Watch the changing of the guards at the Parliament. Tour around the city center and see some fantastic Neoclassic buildings such as the University of Athens, the Academy of Art and Sciences, and the National Library. See the residence of Sleiman, the Geman Archaeologist who found Troy. Afterwards, continue southwest to Corinth an make a short stop to see the Corinth Canal and the Diolkos which helped the Corinthians to pull the ships along. Arrive in ancient Corinth, where you can see ruins of 2 theaters, the Temple of Apollo, temples of the Roman period, and of course the altar where Saint Paul spoke to the Corinthians about the new religion. The Museum which hosts hundreds of artifacts from different periods is really interesting. After lunch (optional) you'll return back to Athens.

From Athens: Private Half-Day Excursion to Ancient Corinth

9. 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.

From Nafplion: Mycenae, Corinth Canal and Epidavros Day Tour

10. From Nafplion: Mycenae, Corinth Canal and Epidavros Day Tour

Begin your journey with a stop at the archaeological site of Mycenae. Visit the mythical Kingdom of Agamemnon, where one of the most brilliant cultures of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization, developed. Then, head to the Lions Gate, the monumental entrance of the palaces. Next, marvel at the impressive Cyclopean walls around the Acropolis, and the tholos tombs of Atreus and Clytemnestra’s. Then, head out to see the famous Corinth Canal and make a quick stop to admire this engineering marvel that connects the Aegean and Ionian seas. Here you can find the famous temple of Apollo and the steps of Apostle Paul. Head towards the ancient Epidaurus and explore the ancient theatre, one of the most famous archaeological monuments in Greece. Visit the Asclepieion of Epidaurus, the healing temple of serious diseases in ancient Greece. See the monuments that developed around the Asclepieion, most notably the temple of Asklepios, Tholos and others. The tour ends with your return to Nafplion.

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What people are saying about Corinth

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 246 reviews

An absolutely amazing tour! It was so well organised, and I felt that I never had to worry about a thing. The itinerary was fantastic. 4 days felt like the perfect amount of time. We got to see all of the highlights and never felt rushed. The bus, accommodation (4 star) and food were all great. The tour guide, Helen, was the best! She was friendly, patient and very knowledgeable, and she was always happy to answer any questions people had. Mikey was friendly and an incredible driver. Unfortunately, I was sick during the tour but both Helen and Mikey went above and beyond for me by helping me get in to see a doctor. 100% would recommend this tour to anyone!

This was an outstanding tour, covering so many classical places in Greece. Starting in Athens..briefly stopping at the Corinth Canal, before proceeding to Epidaurus, Nafplio and Mycenae. Extensive tours of the archaeological sites of Olympia and Delphi, with ample time to appreciate both sites. The final day was spent in Meteora, where we toured two monasteries of the six that were built in the 13 and 14 century. There were many places that unfortunately we did not have time to stop at, but at least we did get to see them and hear about them.

My friend and I had an amazing time during this tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable, providing interesting and valuable information and our driver was kind and helpful! Very well organized tour! Thank you PRIVATE Tours Greece!

Pick up went well. The guide was very friendly and helpful. Corinth was superb and seeing where St Paul preached was moving experience. Recommended for everyone interested in Christian and religious history.

A great half-day trip out of Athens. The guide was very knowledgeable and provided maps and photos to enhance the experience. The bus was very clean and transportation was smooth.