Ancient Corinth - Akrocorinth
Half or Full Day Tour to Corinth
Even people who are not particularly interested
history of the numerous ancient temples will certainly enjoy a morning visit to Ancient Corinth, if only to admire the stunning sight of the sun caressing the marble ruins of the Temple of Apollo with its last golden rays, just before setting in the waters of the Corinthian Gulf. The Isthmos of Corinth is cut by the Corinth Canal, constructed between 1882 and 1893. Involving an excavation of up to 80 m (262 ft) in depth , the canal is 6,3km (4 miles) long, 23m (75 ft) wide and 8m (26 ft) deep , and can take ships of up to 10,000 tons.
Starting from Athens we drive westward along the scenic coast of the Saronic Gulf through the ancient areas of Elefsis and Megara where the Battle of Salamis took place in 480 B. C . The Persians had overrun Athens and Attica and assembled their fleet in the Bay of Phaleron while the Greek triremes had withdrawn into the Bay of Elefsis.
By a ruse Themistocles induced the Persian fleet to launch an attack of Perama to confine and destroy the Greek ships but it was unable to maneuver in the narrow channel and was dispersed and mostly destroyed under the eyes of Xerxes, the "King of Kings" who watched from a vantage point up on the cliffs. We reach the Corinth canal with its breathtaking views (short stop / on the bridge, which is the highest point of the canal).
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Shortly after we arrive at the Ancient town of Corinth (visit). Back in ancient times Corinth was one of the three major powers in Greece, and took part in all the battles against the Persians. It was from one of the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the huge Agora (market place) and Apollo's Temple 6th c . B .C.)
Visit the castle of Acrocorinth a beautiful castle situated high above the plains of Corinth. Time for shopping if you wish, there is a market with handicrafts at the entrance of the old city.Time for lunch (if desired ) in a typical traditional Greek tavern. Brief stop for swimming (if desired) in the deep blue water of Loutraki, which combines the old fashioned charm of a traditional spa with the more modern attractions of a seaside resort, tucked into the crook of the Bay of Corinth. Luxury hotels a palm tree walk and a luxuriant public garden with oleanders, pine and eucalyptus trees bordering a little harbor make it worth a visit.
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DEPARTUREDaily: Approx.(5 to 8 hours)
Ancient Corinth Site & Museum Daily 8.30 am to 7.00 pm (Winter to 3.00 pm)
Entrance fee 6 Euro. Museum Closed on Mondays.
Scenic Views (Elefsis, Megara, Salamina) - Corinth Canal - Ancient Corinth - Acrocorinth - Time for Lunch and swim in Loutraki.
Closed on Holidays: January 1st., March 25th, May 1st, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On Good Friday, the sites are open 12.00 - 17.00.