Our half-day tour will take us to Corinth, one of the important cities of Ancient Greece, not far from Athens.
|TOUR CODE NUMBER||CHT-Tour#4A|
|MEETING POINT||Departure from Hotel Amalia Athens (in Amalias Avenue
number 10 in the centre of Athens, opposite to the National Garden).
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|DEPARTURE TIME||08:45 AM|
|RETURN TIME||14:00 PM (approx.)|
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Athens is a perfect starting point for several nearby archaeological sites, and one of them is Corinth.
Driving west along the coastal highway and enjoying the beautiful scenery, we reach our 1st short stop, the Corinth Canal.
The Corinth Canal joins the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf and was opened for use in 1893, fulfilling a 2,500 year old dream which started with Periander in 602 BC. Overall it is 6,346m in length, 24.6m width at sea level and 21m width at the 8m bottom depth. Soon we leave for our 2nd stop, the ancient town of Corinth.
Ancient Corinth has been settled since 5000 BC (Neolithic Age), while in antiquity Corinth was one of the largest and major cities of Greece and played an important part in the Peloponnesian War.
The economic strength of the city reached its peak in the 7th to 6th century BC under Cypselus and also his son Periander, with the construction of impressive buildings like the Temple of Apollo (560 BC) and the Panhellenic Games (584 BC).
Corinth’s glory lasted until its destruction by the Roman General Mummius at the battle of Leukopetra in 146 BC.
In 44 BC Julius Caesar decided to re-build the city and it was continued after his death by Octavian the future Augustus.
The city was again prosperous in the middle of the 1st century AD when Apostle Paul visited the city, and remained so despite the Heruli invasion of 267 AD and the serious earthquake of 375 AD.
It later became the Capital of the Helladic Province of the Eastern Roman Empire, and since then changed hands many times, with the Franks, the Venetians and the Ottomans, till the liberation of Greece.
For Christians, Corinth is also well known for the preaching of St. Paul as mentioned in the New Testament, First & Second Corinthians and as part of Apostle Paul’s religious travels. Apostle Paul lived and taught in Corinth for a short period of time and is also the town’s patron saint.
On our return to Athens, we pass the ancient port of Kechreai, one of the two ports of Ancient Corinth, situated on the eastern end of the Corinth Canal.
Kechreai is the port that Apostle Paul disembarked to go on to Corinth.
We arrive back in Athens in time for lunch.