For those drawn to the modern and romantic aspects of life, this tour is tailor-made. It takes you to two unique destinations in Greece: the remarkable Corinth Canal, an architectural marvel, and the ancient city of Corinth, renowned for its wealth and conversion to Christianity by St. Paul in 52 AD. As you explore the Argolis region further, you’ll encounter Mycenae, a civilization that greatly influenced our modern world, and the charming and scenic coastal town of Nafplion, which seems to perch theatrically on the water’s edge.
Highlights of Gigantic Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion 8-H Private Shore Trip
- 8 – hour morning shore private excursion of the most famous sites in Peloponnese
- Combines Argolis modern and classical sites guided by our experts
- Highlights of Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion
- English-speaking professional tour driver
- Pickup and drop off at your cruise ship pier
You’ll Visit: Corinth canal – Ancient Corinth – the ancient Corinth agora – the temple of Apollo – Mycenaean – the famous Mycenaean cyclopean walls – the grave of the Mycenaean King Atrius father of Agamemnon, Nauplio graphical center.
Embark on a journey of wonder and discovery as you depart from your ship pier at Piraeus port on this exclusive shore excursion. Your expert chauffeur will lead you along the scenic coastal road of the stunning Saronic Gulf, making your way to the renowned Corinth Canal. This magnificent site spans 6.5 kilometers or 4 miles and boasts a width of 24 meters or 72 feet, with its distinctive slanted sides standing approximately 77 meters or 230 feet tall. The shimmering waters below have a depth of about 8 meters or 24 feet. In the past, ships were forced to sail around the Peloponnese, adding an extra 200 nautical miles and several days to their journey.
But now, with this unparalleled opportunity, you can capture the breathtaking views of this engineering marvel from the bridge, towering over 67 meters or 201 feet above the glistening waters – a truly unforgettable photo moment.
Before long, we will arrive at the historic city of Corinth, a prominent settlement in ancient times that gained notoriety for its infamous behaviors. This city, considered the wealthiest in all of Greece, was situated at the base of the renowned Acrocorinth Hill, towering at a height of 575 meters. The hill also served as a formidable acropolis or fortified citadel during mythical eras. Today, the influence of Corinth can be seen in public structures worldwide, its roots traced back to the 5th century BC by the poet Callimachus.
Within a short space of time, we will arrive at the renowned town of Corinth, a pivotal location in ancient times known for its infamous “wickedness”.
This ancient town has a rich and captivating history, including the presence of St. Paul in 52 AD for the establishment of the Church of Corinth during his two visits. As part of this tour, we will explore fascinating sites such as the Temple of Apollo dating back to the 6th century BC, the Fountain of Glauke, the Spring of Periander, and the well-preserved 8-meter-wide Lechaion Road. Finally, we will visit the Doric Temple of Apollo, one of the earliest religious structures constructed to honor the god of music.
Make sure to visit the Corinth Museum, where you can find a magnificent array of ancient artifacts discovered from the nearby ruins. Among these remarkable relics are exquisite Roman mosaics.
During your private shore excursion, you will have the opportunity to explore the astounding ruins of Mycenae, once the dominant kingdom in all of Greece for a span of 400 years. As you enter the Citadel, you will be greeted by the iconic Lion Gate, representing bravery and might.
Take in the grandeur of Agamemnon‘s Palace, the stronghold of the legendary Greek Commander-in-Chief who led his troops in the Trojan War.
Explore the depths of the shaft graves unearthed by Schliemann and behold the magnificent Beehive Tomb of Atrius, the father of Agamemnon. As we make our way to Nafplion, we will pass through the picturesque orange groves of Argos, renowned for producing the finest oranges in all of Greece. In Nafplion, you will have the opportunity to indulge in a leisurely lunch.
Nafplion holds a special place in Greece’s history as the very first capital following the successful 1821 revolution against the Ottomans. This charming, amphitheatric town boasts a scenic waterfront and is renowned for its rich past and lovely beaches. Our excursion takes you to the Acronafplia fortress, offering mesmerizing panoramas of the town, followed by a visit to the impressive Palamidi fortress and the iconic Bourgi, perched in the middle of the sea.
We’ll wrap up this fascinating private shore adventure with a return drive along the same scenic route, dropping you off at your cruise ship pier.