Step back in time and immerse yourself in the captivating biblical city of Corinth with our exclusive 7-hour Christian tour. As we explore the majestic Corinth Canal and the ancient ruins of Corinth, you’ll be transported to a significant destination that holds both spiritual and historical significance.
This private tour offers a personalized experience and the opportunity to discover one of Greece’s most noteworthy cities, just a short distance from Athens. Prepare to be awestruck by the breathtaking landscapes and enriching insights that await you on this well-crafted biblical journey through Greece.
Itinerary of our Biblical Corinth 7 Hours Christian Tour
Athens – Corinth Canal – Ancient Corinth – Corinth ancient agora – the Temple of Apollo – the ancient port of Kechreae – Ishtmia – The submersible bridge – Acrocorinth the acropolis of Corinth – Archaeological Museum of Corinth
Highlights of the Biblical Corinth 7 Hours Christian Tour
- Experience the ultimate journey through time and spirituality with our exclusive 7-hour tour to Corinth led by a knowledgeable local driver fluent in English.
- Immerse yourself in the same exact spots where St Paul spread the word of God in South Greece, including the breathtaking Acropolis of Corinth and the bustling Ancient Agora.
- Explore the ancient port of Corinth, Kechreae, and marvel at the engineering feat of the submersible bridge.
- Completing our tour is a visit to the iconic Corinth Canal, a must-see for any traveler.
Description of the Biblical Corinth 7 Hours Christian Tour
Embark on an unforgettable journey through Biblical Corinth with our 7-hour Christian tour, departing bright and early from Athens. Delight in the picturesque coastal route as your expert driver guides you to both the fascinating Corinth Canal and the historic city of Corinth.
After a scenic hour-long drive, you will arrive at the renowned Corinth Canal. This impressive man-made waterway is a crucial strategic site in both Greece and the Mediterranean, serving as the link between the mainland of Greece and the Peloponnese Peninsula. Spanning 6.5 kilometers, the Corinth Canal was built at the narrowest point of the Isthmus.
As you stop to admire the incredible views, don’t forget to snap some photos before continuing your journey to the ancient city of Corinth.
The ancient city-state of Corinth held immense significance in its time, with its primary hub situated beneath the formidable Acrocorinth fortress. This strategic location allowed its inhabitants to control the bustling trade between Italy and Greece, as ships passed by. Join us on our Christian tour to Corinth and immerse yourself in the heart of the city where St. Paul once resided and preached for nearly two years.
He brought the teachings of the new religion to the people, leaving a lasting impact on the ancient city. St. Paul’s connection to Corinth is deeply rooted, as he lived there alongside Akillas and Priscilla, a Jewish couple. It was here that he established a Christian church, and even founded a church in the neighboring ancient Kechreai.
Get ready for an unforgettable Christian journey to the heart of ancient Corinth, where the Apostle Paul spent nearly two years spreading the teachings of the new faith. This city holds a special significance for followers of Christianity, as it was here that Paul shared the Word with the people and formed a close bond with Akillas and Priscilla, a local Jewish couple. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the ruins of the church established by St Paul in Corinth, as well as the church he also established in the nearby town of Kechreai.
After spending approximately two years in Corinth, the Apostle Paul departed for Ephesus (Acts 18:18), leaving behind a thriving church. However, this church faced numerous challenges due to its cultural surroundings. In his efforts to address these issues, Paul wrote at least three to four letters and later revisited Corinth during his third missionary journey, preaching once again in the area. One significant event during his time in Corinth was his trial before Gallio, which took place in the agora (Acts 18:12-17). It was also from Corinth that Paul wrote to the Thessalonians.
As you explore ancient Corinth, be sure to visit the Archaeological Museum, where you can view remarkable artifacts and sculptures. Don’t miss a tour of the ancient agora, where Paul spent a full day preaching the word of God. A visit to these sites will be a valuable and enlightening experience. Once you’ve explored the ancient ruins of Corinth, take in the stunning Cathedral of St. Paul, followed by a picturesque stroll through the newly built marina and bustling harbor, filled with vessels of all shapes and sizes.
The Acropolis of Corinth
Once you’ve explored the wonders of ancient Corinth, your next stop will be the Fortress of Acrocorinth. This impressive structure served as the fortified Acropolis of Corinth, safeguarding the city with great strength and efficiency. Don’t forget to capture the stunning views of the sea and surrounding land with your camera. As you continue your journey, you’ll also come across the grand Cathedral of St. Paul and the picturesque new marina, bustling with boats of all shapes and sizes.
After experiencing the captivating tour of the Acropolis of Corinth, we will continue our journey to Kechries – the ancient port where Paul first set foot. This natural bay, formerly known as the Saronic Gulf port of Korinthia, was once a bustling commercial and military hub of ancient Greece.
Sadly, two piers, facing each other, now lie in ruins due to a destructive earthquake. But amidst the wreckage, lie hidden gems – ornate buildings adorned with intricate paintings and opera sectile made of glass and ivory, dating back to the 4th century AD. These remarkable artifacts are on display at the Archaeological Museum of Isthmia.
This former thriving port also housed pioneering facilities, storage units, shops, and public buildings, showcasing the advanced trade and commerce of the ancient world.
As you visit Kechries today, you’ll encounter a vast beach adorned with ruins. Alongside this picturesque scenery, you’ll discover comfortable lodgings and delectable cuisine. And don’t forget to savor your coffee as you bask by the crystal blue waters. Rest assured, it will be an unforgettable experience.
Let’s continue our journey to Isthmia! This historic site has long been revered as a place of reverence, located east of the Corinth Canal. You won’t want to miss the renowned temples dedicated to Poseidon and Palaemon, as well as the remarkable Ancient Theatre and Palaemonio. Plus, we’ll get to see the impressive Isthmian Stadium and the world’s only submersible bridge, which we’ll have the opportunity to visit. And don’t forget the plethora of fascinating artifacts housed in the Archaeological Museum of Isthmia, a must for all visitors.
The submersible bridge of the Corinth canal
Join me in discovering the fascinating Submersible bridge! Have you ever wondered about the mechanics behind sinking bridges? This unique type of movable bridge is lowered below the water level to allow for water traffic, setting it apart from other lift or table bridges.
One major benefit of the submerged bridge compared to its counterpart, the lift bridge, is its unobstructed shipping channel. This allows for unrestricted passage of tall ships, which is especially advantageous for sailing vessels. Furthermore, the bridge’s sleek design is often considered visually appealing, much like the Chicago-style bascule and table bridges. However, it should be noted that the submerged structure does impose limitations on the draft of waterway vessels.
There are two submersible bridges on the Isthmus of Corinth – one in Posidonia, connecting Corinth to Loutraki, and the other in Isthmia. The bridge in Poseidonia sees the most traffic, as it serves as a shortcut for residents of both cities, saving them from having to travel additional kilometers.
Poseidonia’s Bridge is a hub of bustling tourist activity, drawing in thousands of visitors eagerly awaiting its submergence before embarking on their ship’s crossing. Each bridge has a capacity to sink up to 11 meters, making it the largest tourist attraction in the vicinity.
As your journey comes to an end, your driver will escort you back to Athens. It’s time to bid farewell to this unforgettable experience.
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- Shore Excursion - Private tour
- Activity level: Moderate
Included in the tour
- Car and Driver
- A professional English-speaking driver or escort with good knowledge of the history and culture of Greece, to guide you till you enter archaeological sites and museums. Tour drivers are not licensed to companion you inside the archaeological sites and museums. If you'd like to have a licensed state tour guide to escort you inside the sites and museums, we can arrange it for you at an additional cost. Licensed by the state tour guides are freelance and it is subject to availability on bookings day!
- Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle or similar appropriate for the size of your group
- Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple-day tours only)
- Pick-up from and return to your hotel
- Pick-up from the Port of Piraeus
- Private tour, Road tolls and local taxes
- Our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athina, Greece.
Excluded from the tour
- Entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museum
- Wine tasting fee (wine tours)
- Olive oil tasting fee (olive oil tasting tours)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and beverage
- Your private chauffeur/guide will discuss a program best suited to your interest and mobile abilities. Option for a professional tour guide with a state license at an extra cost. Read more for the difference between a STATE LICENSED TOUR GUIDE and a TOUR DRIVER GUIDE in Greece!
- Dress: religious and marmoreal sites: shoulders and knee must be covered
- Terms & Conditions and Frequent Questions
- Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
- A voucher will be emailed to you with our contact numbers and all necessary information for your tour.
- This is your ticket and proof of purchase. On the day of the tour please present a paper voucher in order to redeem your tour/activity.
Persons with Disabilities
- Due to uneven surfaces, certain sites are not recommended for persons with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Such sites are the Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Mycenae, Delphi and Meteora
- In all cases, we recommend comfortable flat-solid walking shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
- Please note that on this tour, your tour driver is not licensed to accompany you on your climb. If you want this service you may book a licensed by-state tour guide for an extra cost.
- In case a group is followed by a licensed tour guide or an English speaking tour-escort the professional driver is not obliged to speak English!
Opening hours & Admission fees
- Opening Hours:Summer April 1st to October 31st from 08:00 AM to 07:30 PM
- Winter: November 1st to March 31st from 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
- Free admission fees: Children under 18 & Students from E.U.
- Reduced admission fees: Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65 & Students from countries outside the E.U.
Free admission days
- March 6: In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
- June 5: Environment international day
- April 18 : International monuments day
- May 18: International museums day
- September 27: International tourism day
- The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
- National Holidays
- Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
- The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August, and September
- NOTE: If the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the free admission day
Holidays in Greece
- January 1: closed
- January 6: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- Shrove Monday: 08:30AM - 03:00 PM
- March 25: closed
- Good Friday: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
- Holy Saturday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- Easter Sunday: closed
- Easter Monday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- May 1: closed
- Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- 15 August 15: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- October 28: 08:30 AM- 03:00 PM
- December 25 & 26: closed