Following the footsteps of St Paul in Athens, Corinth Canal and Ancient Corinth

Overview

The full-day Christian tour in Athens and Corinth is a tour you will definitely enjoy. It is specifically designed for those interested in following the footsteps of St Paul in Greece, without missing what Greece is mostly known of: its ancient monuments and history.

What you will see during the full-day Christian tour in Athens and Corinth

Athens – Acropolis, Parthenon, Mars Hill, Plaka and the Ancient Agora of Athens, Constitution Square, House of Parliament, Unknown Soldier, Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Archaeological Museum of Corinth, Cechreae

Highlights of the full-day Christian tour in Athens and Corinth

  • Visit Athens, the cradle of the Western Civilization
  • The Acropolis of Athens
  • The famous Mars Hill, the meeting point of St Paul in Athens
  • Spectacular views at Corinth Canal
  • Visit Ancient Corinth, where St Paul preached in Greece
  • A professional, English speaking driver

Description

Description of the full-day Christian tour in Athens and Corinth

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The Greek Parliament in Syntagma Square

Our Christian tour in Athens and Corinth will start early in the morning from Athens, where you will have the chance to enjoy a full city tour that will take you to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Parliament House on Constitution Square, the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896, and some of the most significant buildings of Athens, such as the “Neoclassical Trilogy,” including the Academy, the University and the National Library of Athens, and Omonia Square.

Moreover, the tour will take you to the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, before heading towards the most important monument in the city, the famous Acropolis of Athens.

The crown of the Holy Rock is of course the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Mars Hill (Areopagus) (Acts 17:22) where Apostle Paul came to preach the word of the Christian religion to the Athenians.

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Ancient Agora of Athens

After the visit to the Acropolis, the tour will take you to Plaka, a picturesque small quarter of Athens where St Paul preached and met his followers at the Ancient Agora. St Paul spent almost his entire day in the agora, meeting people, exchanging ideas and discussing on the new religion. It is a very important part of the city, and quite significant for the stay of St Paul in Greece and Athens.

During the full day private tour you will also have time to visit the Lycabettus Hill that offers magnificent views to the entire city of Athens.

Later on, you will enjoy a nice Greek lunch, and you will head towards the important city of Corinth.

Driving along the coastal road of Athens and Attica you will reach the Corinth Canal, after almost an hour’s drive and you will enjoy a short stop to take some gorgeous pictures of the amazing views.

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Corinth Canal

 

Shortly afterwards you will reach Ancient Corinth, one of the most important city states of ancient Greece and definitely one of the most important parts of St Paul’s journey in Greece.

In Ancient Corinth Apostle Paul spent 18 months, preaching to the Jews and Gentiles. The site is overlooked by the Acropolis housing the remains of the Temple of Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

In Corinth, St. Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla. He founded a community here that caused him much grief and prompted him to write at least four letters. St. Paul`s trial by Gallio took place in the agora (Acts 18:12-17). It is from Corinth, also, that St. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians. We celebrate our liturgy today in Corinth with a reflection on Paul the Missionary.

We will visit the ruins of Cechrae or Kechrae, the harbour from which St. Paul sailed to Ephesus (Acts 18:18).

You will see the ancient agora, the Temple of God Apollo and the ancient port of Kechreae in Corinth, where St Paul disembarked when visiting Corinth to preach. Kechrae is also known due to the important church established in the area by St Paul before leaving for Ephesus.

The private full day Christian tour will end late in the afternoon bringing you back to Athens via the same route.

Details

Important notes

Tour Type

Included in the tour

  • Car and Driver
  • A professional English speaking driver or escort with good knowledge in 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 by the state tour guide to escort you inside the sites and museums, we can arrange it for you with an additional cost. Licensed by the state tour guides are freelance and it is subject of 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

Additional info

  • Dress: religious and marmoreal sites: shoulders and knee must be covered
  • Terms & Conditions and Frequent Questions
  • Confirmation will be received at 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 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.

Restrictions:

  • 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 the 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
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