• Location: Athens, Greece
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
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Visit two of southern Greece’s historical highlights on this 6-hour ancient Corinth and Daphni Monastery trip from Athens. Admire the interior mosaics of the 11th-century Byzantine monastery of Daphni, and enjoy a photo stop at the Corinth Canal before exploring ancient Corinth. See the crumbled shops, temples, and fountains of this age-old city-state before returning to Athens. Round-trip coach transport, Corinth entrance fees, and central hotel pickup and drop-off are included.

Highlights

  • 6-hour Daphni Monastery and ancient Corinth tour from Athens
  • Visit the Daphni Monastery to admire its Byzantine mosaics
  • Stop for photos of the Corinth Canal, connecting the Aegean and Ionian seas
  • Tour ancient Corinth, seeing age-old shops, temples, and streets
  • See highlights such as the Temple of Apollo and Fountain of Pereine
  • Includes admission fee to ancient Corinth
  • Round-trip coach transport and central hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Ancient Corinth and Daphni Monastery Half-Day Tour from Athens

Daphni Monastery

After pickup from your central Athens hotel, settle inside your air-conditioned coach. Then, journey west along the Iera Odos (Sacred Way), an ancient route once followed by processions marking the Eleusinian Mysteries, an annual rite staged in the town of Eleusis.

Along the way, stop at the 11th-century Byzantine Monastery of Daphni, a World Heritage site famed for its interior mosaics. Tour the church, built to a Byzantine cross-in-square plan, and view the mosaics, the largest collection in southern Greece. Admire the rich depictions of saints and scenes from the life of Christ, all set against gold backgrounds.

Next, follow the coastal road to the Corinth Canal, the man-made waterway connecting the Ionian Sea to the Aegean Sea. Take photos at the steep-walled canal, learning how it was built in the 1890s to provide shorter passage between the two seas.

Then, travel to ancient Corinth, where it’s believed St. Paul lived for two years. Stroll around the well-preserved ruins of this age-old city-state, seeing 1st-century shops, the agora where Paul was tried, the Fountain of Pereine, and the Temple of Apollo, set in the highest part of the city.

Afterward, return to Athens, ending your tour with a central hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Paul S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Having seen the criticism of some Key Tours that participants were hurried by the guide, I was delighted that on this trip we were given adequate time for a participant with a walking frame to come round Corinth at her pace. The half day trip was, in the event, from 8.30 am having been picked up earlier till 3.30 pm. We saw what we came for and enjoyed the guide's replies to our questions. He did not push a Christian perspective, but there were enough believers on the trip to give the event a thoroughly Christian feel.

mmanassa62

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

This tour was amazing and very informative. Our guide Katia was well informed and fantastic n helpful. The tour was actually around 6 hours. We visited the monastery first than Corinth canal and ancient Corinth with a half hour break in between. Highly recommend this tour especially if you are a keen bible student. Tour of Corinth complements the bible book of Acts esp chaps 17 and 18...

auctionmark

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Great 6 hour roundtrip to Daphni Monastery and also Ancient Corinth. Very informative and lots of history packed in to it. Stop at Corinth canal was brief and restrooms were needed but gross in basement of cafe/tourist trap/gold mine.

Brianna Jade M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

We had an amazing time on this trip! Small, intimate group meant we got the most from our fantastic local guide. Great way to see a bit more of Greece, would highly recommend.

Maria K

4 star rating: Recommended August 2017

Good tour for half a day. Tour guide Katia, very nice with lots of information and knowledge to share! : I think tour should be a bit cheaper though.

Stephanie K Canada

4 star rating: Recommended September 2011

The tour was good and delivered what was promised; a very good day trip.

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