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Corinth, Cave of Lakes, and Odontotos Railway Private Tour

Athens, Greece
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9 to 10 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English


Discover the ancient legends and Mediterranean beauty of Corinth on a private, full-day tour from Athens or Nafplio. Cross the Corinth Canal to enter the Peloponnese, and drive through an area rich with vineyards and olive groves to reach the mythical underground Cave of Lakes. Ride the historic Odontotos Rack Railway, visit your choice of either Ancient Corinth or the Mega Spilaio Monastery, and enjoy a traditional Greek ‘meze’ lunch in a mountain village, all with the care of a dedicated guide and in the comfort of a private vehicle.
  • Private, full-day tour of Corinth from Athens of Napflio
  • Explore highlights of the Peloponnese with a private guide and transport
  • See archaeological remains and crystalline formation in the legendary Cave of Lakes
  • Ride the Odontotos Rack Railway along the Vouraikos Gorge
  • Savor a delicious Greek lunch in a mountain village
  • Visit your choice of Ancient Corinth or the Mega Spilaio Monastery
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Totally private tour. No unknown passengers.
Transport by private non-smoking driver/tour leader and vehicle
The highlight of the tour; traditional Greek lunch & drinks at the top of the mountains
Cave of Lakes and Odontotos Rack Railway
Ancient Corinth site and museum OR Mega Spilaio Monastery
Hotel pickup and drop-off, unless on a pedestrian street
In car bottled water and information booklet
Carry on bags
Tickets per person: Cave of Lakes at €9, Odontotos Railway at €9.50, Corinth at €8
Greek coffee at a mountain village central square
Shopping stops (unless specifically requested)
Professional guide (available on request before the tour)
Pickup and drop-off in areas outside of Athens or Nafplio
Excess luggage charges (please ask before the tour)
Graduites (optional)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Airport (subject to small additional cost) but also any Airbnb apartment near the center of Athens.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Tour ends with drop-off at your hotel
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Each adult traveler is allowed a maximum of one small carry-on bag
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • A maximum of 8 related people per booking; private tour!
  • Sites included: Corinth Canal, Odontotos Rack Railway, Cave of Lakes, and either Mega Spilaio Monastery or Ancient Corinth
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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Great day with lots of diversity
, Jul 2019
We had a great day with a knowledgeable tour guide. This tour was very diverse with ancient ruins, beach and ski cities, train ride and underground caves. Not to mention great food!
Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you very much.
Great day out of Athens!
, Jun 2019
We really enjoyed this day out of Athens to experience some of the local culture, food and sights. Nikos was very enjoyable to spend the day with and he and his other guides speak excellent English. He picked us up on time in a modern and clean vehicle. He arranged for us to arrive at Corinth before all the buses. After that stop, the rest of the day was about a modern cultural experience. Nikos and his tour group have been careful to cultivate great relationships with business owners along the way to allow us a more unique and authentic experience wherever we stopped. The kids (13&16) really enjoyed the caves. We were able to stop in the square of a lovely village where Nikos introduced us to Greek coffee. We enjoyed delicious authentic Greek food for lunch and appreciated the suggestions that Nikos had for us. The train ride had spectacular views. Having experienced the attention to detail and choices of activities that we experienced on this day trip out of Athens, we wouldn’t hesitate to book one of the 3-5 day tours that this group runs! A truly well done NON-touristy day of touring around Greece!
Response from Host , Jun 2019
This is a great review with so much important detail! Thank you very much.
Amazing tour and guide!
, Dec 2018
This was an amazing tour and we felt like we got to see the real Greece. Our guide, Nikos, was very kind and exceptionally knowledgeable about Greece, the spots on our tour and local facts. He took us to an amazing lunch that was, by far, our best meal here. The Cave of Lake was very interesting to see and we loved the quick stop to see the Canal and the Temple of Apollo.
Wonderful Private Day Tour If youre...
, Sep 2018
Wonderful Private Day Tour If youre looking for something different, getting away from the main tourist attractions and experiencing some authentic Greek elements, then this is the trip to take. Our driver and host for the day, Nikos, arrived promptly at the agreed time, car clean inside and out with bottles of water and homemade cookies. He quickly introduced himself and outlined the day for us. He was very friendly and knowledgeable, able to answer all our questions. The first stop at the road side was to view the manmade canal and then onto Ancient Corinth where we toured around the museum and ruins. Our next primary stop would be for lunch, however, being a private tour we diverted off the route to view a small architectural church which was really splendid and then as we drove through a small village he suggested we go back and sample the coffee. After a brief discussion with the owners he was satisfied that the coffee would be good and we sat down to a great cup of coffee. A couple of off the cuff experiences also gave us the opportunity to see the roasting of meat over an open fire on the roadside. Unfortunately, we could not stay for lunch as we needed to move on to our next stop. After a brief walk around the town, up in ski country, we sat down for lunch. Nikos chatted with the waiter and then with our consent ordered food and wine. The food was authentic and really good, giving us some new flavours to try. It also provided us with the time to chat with Nikos at length as he ate lunch with us. It was then on to the rack railway train to go down the mountain, a 55-minute ride through some wonderful scenery. At the bottom, there was Nikos ready to then drive us back to our apartment after a wonderful private day tour.
Forget the typical tourist spots that...
Neal M
, Sep 2018
Forget the typical tourist spots that are heavily advertised - this tour by Nikos is the premier activity you can find in Greece and beyond. It combines history, food and nature combined with a pleasant and knowledgeable guide to make the best experience you could ever imagine. Under Nikos' guidance we were amazed at the Corinth canal with a stop to walk across it and observe the construction and design of this unique canal. Just after we were treated to a wonderful tour of ancient Corinth. This city is complex and sophisticated and defies your typical expectation of ancient ruins. You can clearly see the details of the city infrastructure and easily see how people lived and functioned there. It was also quite amazing to see and stand where the Apostle Paul did as he spoke with and interacted with the Corinthians. Later as we headed to the Cave of Lakes, Nikos introduced us to a leisurely stop in an small village square to try fine Greek coffee and just to enjoy some relaxation in the cool breezes and local color of the square. At the Cave of Lakes it was absolutely beautiful to see the formations and structure of this ancient cave. The cave was easy to navigate as a very substantial walkway made it comfortable and easy to tour and discover many beautiful sights. We have visited caves all around the world and this one is certainly one not to miss as it can hold it's own with any of the others we have seen. Next we had a terrific lunch at a small family run place picked out years ago by Nikos. He had subtly picked our brains on the drive to determine what foods he thought we would enjoy. So we left it to him to decide what to order. What a great decision on our part. Everything was wonderful and so fresh tasting with amazing combinations of flavors and variety. We were very pleased to learn that the outstanding food and drinks we had were all produced by the family and that easily explains why it tasted so wonderful. Next was the ride from the top of the mountain all the way down to the coast on a fantastic narrow gauge Odontotos railway. This was a 50 minute ride with outstanding views around every corner. Nikos arranged for us to be seated at the front so we had the best views. Our mouths were agape the whole way as we proceeded in what amounted to a ride inside the mountains seeing nature and views no one sees unless they take this train. If you think you have been on a scenic railway before, take this one and you will see the epitome of scenic. This was our last day of a 12 day trip and it was by far the most memorable experience. Thank you Nikos!
An Amazing Time
, Aug 2018
My newly wedded husband and I had an amazing time on this tour! The tour guide was super great and really easy to talk to. The food place he took us too... was indescribably amazing. He asked about our food preferences beforehand to get an idea of what we liked. He also made some great recommendations for the rest of our trip. This is such a wonderful experience, I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get a more personal experience of Greece on your trip.
What an experience!
, Jul 2018
If you are looking to really experience another culture, join Nikos! This private tour was one of our absolute favorite among our two week European vacation. Ancient Corinth was incredible to walk through to get a life-size idea of how the ancient Greeks lived, and the Cave of Lakes was breathtaking. Nikos immersed us into the culture, people and food of Greece, which was all amazing. What an experience! Highly recommend this private tour.
this tour was superb . Our guide...
George G
, Jun 2018
this tour was superb . Our guide , Nikos , was amazing and a great guy . It was a pleasure to spend the day with him . The sites we visited were breathtaking . The food was authentic and very delicious . My children have not stopped talking about it . a truly memorable and worthwhile experience . We highly recommend .
Cave of Lakes was mind-blowing and...
Jeff D
, Apr 2018
Cave of Lakes was mind-blowing and fascinating. Way beyond what you're expecting. We entered a mysterious winding world full of massive caverns, rock formations, and deep dark pools. Also the metal walkway was recent and well-designed. It was beautiful without being scary. The railway trip felt like a secret gem. It's a kind of hidden grand canyon in the Pelopennese. Wildflowers, rivers, towering cliffs, craggy tunnels, waterfalls. Very cool for the kids. Finally, the town of Kalavitra was truly enchanting. The best food of our trip. It's a kind of mountain ski town with snowy peaks and shops full of locally made cheeses.

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