Ancient Corinth & Canal Crossing

The road from the port will take you westward, past the Hellenic shipyards and along the Saronic Gulf to the ancient town of Corinth where Saint Paul lived and preached for two years. In ancient times, Corinth was amongst the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains. Excavations of the area are still continuing today and have brought to light the Agora (market place), temples, fountains, shops, porticoes, baths, and various other monuments which you'll see. The investigations extended also to the fortress on Acrocorinthos, prehistoric settlements, the theater, the Odeon, the Asklepeion, cemeteries, the quarter of the potters, and other buildings outside the main archaeological site.

You'll then visit the Corinth Museum located on the grounds and houses some of the finds from the site. Most of the antiquities, including superb mosaics, are Roman in origin.

Your tour continues with a visit to the Corinth Canal, which is considered an engineering wonder. The first effort to build a canal joining the Aegean and the Ionian seas began in the 6th century B.C. As it was impossible to build the canal due to the difficulties they encountered, they found another way to connect the two seas. A wooden road with special grooves greased throughout with fat, was built by Periander to help drag the ships from the one end to the other. The first serious attempt to build a canal, was made from the Roman Emperor Nero but that was never completed due to Nero’s death a year after the planning of the project. The present day canal was built from 1881 to 1893 and the engineers closely followed the designs made by Nero’s engineers. You’ll board a motor boat and travel serenely through the canal, with the walls rising sheer on either side. The trip through the canal will be made twice and you’ll return to the original starting point. A short delay might be experienced in entering the Canal due to the Canal traffic.

 

Special Notes:
The drive from Piraeus to Corinth is approximately 1 ¼ hours each way.

The site of Corinth has some uneven and slippery ground with a few steps at various points.

Wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour order may vary.

 

Tour Timings:

Tours begin at times suitable for the ship's arrival in port. The breakdown of the excursions is as follows:
00hr00 -> Depart from Piraeus Port
00hr00-> 01hr15 Drive to Ancient Corinth

01hr15-> 02hr45 Guided tour of Ancient Cornith and its Museum

02hr45-> 02hr30 Walk down to the Acropolis Museum

02hr30-> 03hr00 Drive to jetty

03hr00-> 04hr15 Board the motor-boat and navigate the Canal

04hr15-> 05hr30 Drive back to port

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