We Drive Westward along the scenic coast of the Saronic Gulf until we reach the Corinth Canal with its breathtaking view (short stop for pictures). The ancient town of Corinth was built at the meeting point of southern and northern Greece. In Greek mythology it was where Jason and Medea lived, and it was the city where St. Paul lived and preached for two years.
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”.
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Our tour starts with a wonderful drive along the Athens Rivera.
During this relaxing ride you’ll enjoy splendid views of the Saronic Gulf while passing through some of Athens’ most beautiful suburbs, including Hellinikon Olympic complex, Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza.
Starting from Athens we drive westwards along the scenic coast, until we reach the Corinth Canal with its breathtaking views (short stop).
The Corinth Canal is a junction of international sea transport and serves ships coming from the western Mediterranean and Adriatic en route to eastern Mediterranean and black sea ports and vice-versa.
The Corinth Canal intersects the Isthmus of Corinth and has a length of 6.343m.
The minimum width of the canal at sea level is 24.6m and bottom width of 21m at 8m depth. Shortly thereafter we reach the ancient town of Corinth (visit) where St. Paul lived and preached for two years.
The site of Ancient Corinth was first inhabited in the Neolithic period (5000-3000 B.C.).
The peak period of the town, though, started in the 8th century B.C. and lasted until its destruction by the Roman general Mummius in 146 B.C. Representative of its wealth is the Doric temple of Apollo which was built in 550 B.C.
The city was reinhabited in 44 B.C. and gradually developed again. In 51/52 A.D.
The center of the Roman city was organized to the south of the temple of Apollo and included shops, small shrines, fountains, baths and other public buildings.
The invasion of the Herulians in A.D. 267, initiated the decline of the city though it remained inhabited for many centuries through successive invasions and destructions, until it was liberated from the Turks in 1822.
After pass from the ancient port of Kechreai where St. Paul disembarked – return to Athens in time for lunch.
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
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.