Explore the cities of Athens and Corinth on a private 9-hour excursion. See the dramatic Corinth Canal, the Ancient Temple of Apolo, the Acropolis in Athens and more.
Departing from your hotel and after one hour and fifteen minutes drive you will reach the famous Corinth Canal. The Canal is 4 miles long, 70 feet wide and has sloping sides, which reach 170 feet. The depth is at 26 feet. Its construction commenced in 1881, although the idea of connecting the Ionian and Aegean seas in order to provide a short cut seems to date back to at least Roman times.
Following your photo stop at the canal, you will board your vehicle for a drive to the ancient town of Corinth. 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 (6th BC century).The ancient historians Plutarch and Strabo are quoted as saying that Corinth was extremely prosperous and one of the 3 main economic centers of Roman Greece, due to its location on the isthmus of two waterways, one leading to Asia and the other to Italy.
During the tour you will visit the Corinth museum and see ancient life come alive.
Next to the museum is Ancient Corinth, the actual 6th Century BC Doric Temple of Apollo, remains of a Roman city & the Agora (market place).
After a lunch break, you will board your vehicle again for a drive back to the centre of Athens, to see points of interest such as Constitution Square (Syntagma Square), the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier, the Greek Parliament, Hadrian’s Gate and the Panathenaic Olympic Stadium before arriving to the Acropolis hill. On the sacred rock of the Acropolis the monuments date from the prehistoric period to the end of antiquity. Sights include the Propylaea, the Temple of Apteros Niki, the Erechtheion and the architectural triumph of the Parthenon.
Alternative Tour Options:
There are so many other things to see in this area. Keep in mind that your driver is at your disposal, so if you would like to adjust the proposed itinerary at all, just let him know!
- Comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses and sun screen are suggested.
- Walking: Difficult.To climb up to the Acropolis, guests must be able to walk over paved, inclined paths, some with steps, then climb a series of steps to reach the propylea. The walking surfaces on top of the Acropolis are uneven.
- Disabled access at the Acropolis is provided by a wheelchair stair climber lift elevator.Please do keep in mind that this is an elevator strictly available to disabled visitors only.
- visitors using a wheelchair or some other kinetic equipment,
- visitors with some kind of physiopathological situation that affects their kinetic ability either permanently or temporarily and
- visitors that have a certified rate of disability whether this is affecting their kinetic ability or not.
- The order of the sites may change due to crowds, traffic and demonstrations.
- Photography is permitted throughout the tour.
- We do our best to ensure that every stop described is available for your visit. There are some times when a site or building is closed at the last moment with little to no warning. We assume that those in charge make those decisions based on external information and for the visitors’ safety and we apologize when this causes inconvenience and disappointment.
- Although we are proud that our drivers have been given the title “Driver Guides” for their wealth of information, due to strict Greek laws & regulations that protect officially licensed guides, our drivers can only comment and explain the sights from inside the vehicle, and are not allowed to do so once they are outside the vehicle. Our drivers will also be happy to suggest fine restaurants for an authentic dining experience during your day of touring.If you wish to have a personal licensed tour guide please include this on your request.
- It’s always a great idea to bring a bottle of water and sunscreen with you because in the warmer months it becomes quite hot and sunny.
- A hat to protect your head and shade your face is also recommended when spending a significant amount of time in the sun.
- The area around the Acropolis Hill and Syntagma Square (changing of the guards) can become quite crowded, especially during the peak travel months, so be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings close to you.
- Do not accept ‘gifts’ from street vendors approaching tourists. They may offer you roses, but if choose you accept, you will be expected to pay or give a tip for them.