Full Day
Duration
Athens
Location
Apr – Oct (Fri)
Dates

If you are interested in religious tours, this tour is the perfect choice for you. You will have the opportunity to discover two must-see sights on this memorable day trip from Athens.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION ATHENS
DEPARTURE TIME Approximately 8:30am
RETURN TIME Approximately 2:30pm
WEAR Casual dressing.
Most sites in Greece involve extended walking and/or slippery surfaces.
Therefore we strongly suggest wearing comfortable sturdy shoes.
Sunscreen, hat and water are also good “travel companions”.
DIFFICULTY Due to extend walking and slippery surfaces please inform us if you have walking disabilities or using a wheelchair before booking this tour.
INCLUDED
Pick-up & Drop-off from selected Athens hotels
Dlx air-conditioned motor coaches
English Speaking Qualified Guide
Entrance Fees to the sites visited
24hrs Assistance phone number
All Taxes
NOT INCLUDED
Travel Insurance
Tips
Lunch

Our first stop will be the Monastery of Daphni, a 11th-century Byzantine monastery listed as an World Heritage site together with Monasteries Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios.

After your morning pick up from your central located hotel, the bus will drive to Corinth via Iera Odos (the Sacred Way). It was so called because it was the route taken by a procession celebrating the Eleusinian Mysteries, were initiations held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis in ancient Greece.

Our first stop will be the Monastery of Daphni, a 11th-century Byzantine monastery listed as an World Heritage site together with 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, we reach Corinth canal, which merges the Aegean with the Ionian Sea (short stop for photos of the breathtaking view). Shortly thereafter we 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 pre –Roman period, the temple of Apollo.

Apollo Temple

The most notable ruin of ancient Corinth is the 6th-century BC Temple of Apollo, built on a hill overlooking the remains of the Roman marketplace (Agora). Seven of the original 38 Doric columns still stand, and it is one of the oldest stone temples in Greece. The temple was eventually destroyed by earthquakes

Peirene Fountain

The Peirene Fountain was the major source of water for ancient Corinth. The arched openings led to bowls carved in the rock where water collected. The fountain is named for Peirene, a woman who wept so hard when she lost her son that she finally dissolved into the spring that still flows here. The fountain was said to have been a favorite watering hole of the Pegasus, the winged horse who was the son of Poseidon, god of the sea, and the Gorgon Medusa.

Nemea Vineyard

NEMEA is one of the most popular vineyards in Greece. We will visit the state of the art winery facilities. We will learn everything for the production of Greek quality red wine and then we will proceed to the underground cellars with more than 1000 French oak barriques. Finally we will taste some of the best wines of the domain.

Ancient Corinth & Wine Tasting

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