Ancient Corinth – Corinth Canal – Acrocorinth – Elefsina

Corinth, Greece (0)
from/per person 250 
  • Cultural
  • Access for disabled
  • Groups allowed
  • Pet allowed
  • Smoking is allowed
  • Wi-Fi connection

Description

Starting from Athens we head west via the National Highway and we find Elefsina which is our first stop. Elefsina, in antiquity, was one of the 5 Sacred Cities of Ancient Greece, along with Athens, Olympia, Delphi and Delos. Its first name, according to Esichios, was Ceasaria. The word ‘Elefsina’ comes from the verb ‘eleftho’ which means ‘arrive’, ‘the spot of the arrival, the presence, the apocalypse’. So the word ‘Elefsina’ declares the coming of an important event. In the Museum of Elefsina we can admire the headless statue of the Goddess Dimitra. (5th century BC), the statue of Asclepius (4th century BC), marble statues of Roman Emperors, etc.

At the archaeological site of Elefsina we can see the Roman Yard, The Temple of Artemis, the two triumphal Arches, the Sanctuary of Dimitra, the Plutonium etc. (the time needed is 1,5 – 2 hours).

We continue towards our next stop which is the Corinth Canal, the Canal which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea and separates the Peloponnese from Central Greece. It is 6 km long and the Corinth Canal has been constructed at its narrowest point. This is an excellent spot for photo shooting (maximum time 10 – 15 minutes).

Our next stop is Ancient Corinth, an important City – State of the Peloponnese. Ancient Corinth was the most important commercial hub of the Ancient World and was considered the richest city. The history of Corinth starts in 5000 BC and many myths refer to it, like the one of Sisyphus the Velerefontis, Jason, Medeia and many more. At the archaeological site of Corinth, we can admire the Temple of Apollo, the Asclepium, the Lerna Fountain, the Pirini Fountain, the Theatre, the E Temple (this is considered one of the best conserved samples of Roman architecture, devoted to the worship of the Capitolium Trinity (Jupiter – Juno – Minerva).

At the Museum of Ancient Corinth we will see findings from the Asclepius Sanctuary, a collection of Greek, Roman and Byzantine scriptures, findings from prehistoric times, of archaic and Hellenistic years, as well as the twin Kouroses of Tenea. (estimated time 1,5 – 2 hours).

Our last stop, Acrocorinth, a steep rock approximately 600m tall, on the foot of which Ancient Corinth lies. It was originally fortified in the 7th century BC by Kymelos and since then this Castle provides protection for the inhabitants of the surrounding areas. Ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Turks were occasionally the overlords of this imposing castle. (estimated time 30 – 40 minutes)

Return to Athens.

 

Tour duration – Prices

Tour duration: 9 – 10 hours

Taxi sedan, 1 – 4 people: €250

Minivan 5 – 7 people: please contact us

Minibus 8 – 11 people: please contact us

 

Useful information

Wear comfortable clothes and trainers, also a hat and sunglasses. Photographing of the sites is allowed.

 

Notes

We use German new brand car, with an English speaking driver.

The drivers are not professional tour guides, so they cannot follow you and are not licenced to guide you in archaeological sites and museums. The drivers know History and Mythology and can provide you with information concerning all sites that you visit. This knowledge is of adequate level. If you wish to have a guide we can appoint you to one and of course, this service comes with an extra charge.

Included in the price you will find all local duties, fuel, VAT, toll fees and the charge of luggage.

Drinks, refreshments, meals, admission tickets for the archaeological sites and museums are not included in the price.

The price concerns the vehicle and NOT each person individually.

 

 


Schedule

Holidays

  • January 1st - closed
  • January 6th – closed
  • March 25th – closed
  • Holy Saturday – 08.30-15.00
  • Holy Friday – closed until 12.00
  • Easter Day – closed
  • Easter Monday – 08.30-15.00
  • May 1st – closed
  • Holy Spirit Day – 08.30 – 15.00
  • August 15th – closed
  • October 28th – closed
  • December 25th – closed
  • December 26th – closed

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