Christian Tour To Corinth, Saint Patapios monastery and Vouliagmeni lake

Overview


“Embark on a memorable private Christian tour of Corinthia in just one day… With its fascinating historical sites, affordable prices, and stunning coastal views, this hidden gem is waiting to be uncovered!”

√ Ancient Corinth, rich in history and the chosen city of apostle Paul!
√ Loutraki, the famous seaside destination! Saint Patapios monastery. The miraculous patron of Loutraki, Corinthia!
√ Heraion lake. The… other Vouliagmeni lake, turquoise, warm & white sand! Enjoy a visit to the unknown lake of Vouliagmeni, which is … not in Vouliagmeni Attica but in Perachora Loutraki.

Highlights of Corinth, Osios Potapios monastery and Vouliagmeni lake

  • The famous Corinth canal
  • Visit the house of Akila and Priscila
  • The monastery of Agios Patapios
  • The undiscovered Heraion lake
  • The agora in ancient Corinth

Description

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Apollo s temple in ancient Corinth

Ancient Corinth once reigned supreme over the rest of the Isthmus, firmly holding its place in the ancient world. In contrast, many cities in the larger Greek society were mere settlements, a clear demonstration of Corinth’s power and affluence. However, even this great civilization fell victim to the Romans in 146 BC, as evidenced by the tragic battle at the Isthmus. Today, visitors can still witness the grandeur of Ancient Corinth through its ruins at the agora. Stand in awe at the columns of the Apollo Temple, dating back to the 6th century BC. Explore the bustling marketplace (Agora) and see the well-renowned “Step of the Apostle Paul” Conservatory, famously restored by Herod Atticus. This site is also home to other remarkable public structures of immense archaeological significance, providing a captivating experience for all who visit.

Nestled within Greece, the Corinth Archaeological Museum stands as a vital hub for historical treasures. As visitors journey through its doors, they are met with an expanse of four rooms and two galleries, where the archaic Sphinx of the 6th century BC takes center stage in all its well-preserved glory. Delve deeper into the museum’s offerings and discover findings from the ancient Sanctuary of Asclepius, along with evidence of a vibrant Israeli community during the Roman era. This community, once visited by the Apostle Paul himself, is honored through a written address in the museum’s collection.

As we conclude our journey through ancient Corinth, get ready to experience the breathtaking beauty of Loutraki, known as the resort of Corinth. After strolling past the enchanting waterfalls and indulging in the Thermal Baths, our path leads us to the charming Mediterranean village of Perachora, just 10km away. As we make our way towards the stunning Osios Potapios monastery, we will be greeted by the majestic Gerania Mountains, adorned with scattered monasteries on their lush slopes. With each turn, the scenery unfolds before us, revealing the mesmerizing Corinthian Gulf and the towering Moria mountains. The striking Corinthian Isthmus can also be spotted in the distance to the east, while Cape Melagavi, with its luminous lighthouse, shines to the west. Our destination lies ahead – a route that boasts a vibrant display of colors that would even impress the great artist, Van Gogh!

Saint Patapios: The miraculous patron of Loutraki, Corinth

St. Potapios Monastery
St. Patapios Monastery

Nestled in the majestic Gerania Mountains, high above the bustling city of Corinth, lies the Holy Monastery of St. Patapios. This sacred place is home to a miraculous scene that has been preserved throughout the years. It stands as a testament to the enduring power of Orthodoxy and draws in countless pilgrims from all corners of the country every day. The devoted nuns who tend to this revered site have transformed it into a living monument of faith and devotion. Despite its relatively recent establishment in 1952, the monastery is rooted in a centuries-old hermitage that dates back to the 13th century.

The wondrous deeds of Saint Patapios have been hailed by believers as some of the most miraculous in our Church. Countless nuns have attested to the countless miracles that have been witnessed in his name, with many of them occurring in their very presence. One particularly striking account comes from a group of nuns who were tasked with journeying to Loutraki for supplies and other services on behalf of their monastery. In those days, the journey was treacherous, with winding paths through dangerous cliffs and dense forests. While they strived to avoid traveling at night to prevent getting lost, it was sometimes unavoidable. In those moments, they were amazed to see that Saint Patapios was guiding and protecting them, shining a light ahead and leading them safely to their destination. ” Read more …

The magic lake of Heraion (Vouliagmeni lake)

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Hraion_Voukiagmeni Lake, Greece

Just a few meters from the expansive ocean, lies a serene and inviting blue lake. Connecting to the sea through a slim channel, it boasts a modest depth of 40 meters and stretches only 2 kilometers in length and one kilometer in width. The lake’s sandy shoreline is accompanied by a narrow passage that effectively links its waters to the Corinthian Gulf. An intriguing feature of this aquatic gem is the 6-meter opening where the sea gracefully descends, creating mesmerizing whirlpools.

The lake boasts water that is significantly saltier than the constantly renewed tides of the high seas. The shallow waters gradually deepen, making it perfect for swimming well into the late autumn months. The most stunning beach can be found on the western coast, adorned with pristine white sand. Along the lake’s shores, you’ll discover charming, traditional taverns serving delicious fish and meat dishes for a satisfying lunch experience.

Details


Important notes

Tour Type

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

Additional info

  • 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.

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-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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