Designed for those who may admire an engineering wonder the Acropolis, Corinth Canal, and ancient Corinth the wealthiest city in ancient Greece, introduced to Christianity by St. Paul in 52.
You’ll see (itinerary): The Acropolis – the Parthenon – Erechthion – Temple of Athens Niki – Plaka – Ancient Agora – Roman Agora – Hdrian’s library – Monastiraki – Temple of Vulcan – Temple of Zeus – Hadrian’s Arch – the Parliament – monument of the Unknown Soldier – Panathenian Stadium – ex royal house – Kolonaki – Lycabettus Hill – magoula – Elefsina – Ag. Theodori – Kineta – Corinth canal – Ancient Corinth – Acrocorinth
Visits: The Acropolis – the Parthenon – Erechthion – Temple of Athens Niki – Plaka – Temple of Zeus – Hadrian’s Arch – the Parliament – Monument of the Unknown Soldier – Panathenian Stadium – Lycabettus Hill – Corinth canal – Ancient Corinth- Istmia
Highlights of Athens and Corinth private shore trip
- 8-hour morning private shore excursion of Athens & Corinth (Christian Tour)
- Combines Athens’ & Corinth modern and classical sites guided by our experts
- Explore the wonders of the Acropolis , the trade mark of Athens & Corinth the wealthiest of the ancient Greek cities
- Highlights of modern Athens, Corinth including neighborhoods, Plaka, Constitution Square, Panathenian Stadium, Kolonaki-the high end of Athens, Lecabettus-the highest hill of Athens, Corinth Canal & Ancient Corinth
- English-speaking professional tour driver
- Pickup and drop off at your cruise ship pier
Description of Panorama of Culture and Religion: Athens and Corinth private shore trip
Your private shore excursion driver will pick you up at approx 08:00 at your cruise ship piere to avoid traffic and croud at the Acropolis. Take you for boarding on your modern 4 seater, 10 seater or 17 seater vehicle, according your group size, leaving the quayside, for a 20 minute drive to Athens through the scenic suburbs.
Visit the mighty Acropolis dominates the landscape to see the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Greece, and the trade mark of Athens. Visit on the top of the famous hill, the Propylea (Entrance), the Erectheum, the Temple of Wingless Victory and, of course, the crowning glory of Athens, the incomparable Parthenon, the greatest monuments all times.
According to the Myth at the Erectheum, Goddess Athena and God Poseidon are said to have held a contest to decide who would be Patron of the city. When Poseidon thrust his trident into the ground, water burst forth, Athena touched the ground with her spear, and an olive tree grew. She was named goddess of the city. The building itself contains the graceful Porch of the Caryatids, which features replica columns of marble maidens supporting the roof of the temple. All temples on the holly rock, the Acropolis, are dedicated to Athena, the patron goddess of Athens, it is Greece’s largest (5th century BC) and most impressive temple.
Our next visit is the famous Temple of Olympian Zeus, the largest (3rd century BC) Corinthian style temple in ancient Greece. Hadrian’s Arch symbolizes and separates the old and new towns by the Roman era.
Our sightseeing include the National Gardens, the National Library and the Parliament Building, the ex – Royal Palace, Plaka, Roman Agora, Monastiraki – Temple of Vulcan.
Along the way you will pass the the ex-royal house and the ancient Olympic Stadium for a brief photo stop. Re-built 1894, to host the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The stadium is made all of Pentelic marble (like the Parthenon) standing on the site of the original stadium, dating from the 4th century B.C.
The Panathenean stadium is used today for very special events, like for the every year finish of the marathon and the archery competition. Also, it was used in the 2004 Olympics games.
It’s time to move on for to visit the meat market, fish market, and fruit market in Athens. A number of small shops selling only meat, fish or fruit.
Lunch in a typical Greek restaurant. Have a taste of the food that Greeks cook at home!
Shortly thereafter we’ll reach the ancient town of Corinth, one of the most important towns in antiquity, famous for its “wicked ways”. Known as the wealthiest city in Greece, ancient Corinth was built at the foot of the famous Acrocorinth Hill (altitude 575 meters), served as a mighty acropolis or citadel in times of mythology.
Corinth still adorns public buildings around the world, had its origins there (Callimachus, 5th century BC). The long and extremely interesting history of ancient Corinth includes the time of St. Paul (52 AD), who visited the city twice and founded the Church of Corinth.
The featured venues on this tour are the Temple of Apollo (6th C.B.C), Fountain of Glauke, Spring of Periander, and the remains of the beautifully paved 8 m | 25-foot approx wide Lechaion Road, and the Doric Temple of Apollo, one of the oldest religious monuments built in dedication to this god.
Don’t miss the nearby Corinth Museum, housing an impressive collection of antiquities unearthed from the ancient city’s ruins. Some of the antiquities, including superb Roman mosaics.
Return to port in time for lunch where one of the most interesting Private Shore Trip in Greece ends.