The half-day tour to Corinth Canal and Nemea is an ideal tour for those who have
little time, but still want to get to know the wine roads and tasteful wines of Greece
within just a few hours.
Itinerary of the half-day wine tour in Greece
Corinth canal – Nemea – the wine roads – wineries – Athens
Highlights of the half-day wine tour
- Visit the famous Corinth Canal with the scenic coastal road
- The wineries of Nemea
- The tasteful wines of Greece
- The lovely natural environment
Description of the half-day tour to Nemea wineries
The half day wine tour starts in the morning from Athens. Your private driver will drive you along the coastal road of Attica towards the Corinth Canal, where you will have the chance to admire the breathtaking views to the sea and get some truly marvellous pictures.
After the short stop, the half day tour will continue towards Nemea, an area known for its Games (Nemean Games), that took place every two years, while the Olympic Games every four. The Nemean games included gymnastics, horse riding, music and drama – some of the most known tragedies were presented during the Games in Nemea.
The Games took place in the premises of the Temple of God Zeus, whose ruins have
been discovered during the excavations and are available to see today. There are
traces of the gymnasium, the palaestra and the Roman baths, as well as the original
stadium of the Games.
Nemea is also known today due to its amazing wineries. It is one of the main wine producing regions in the Peloponnese and Greece in general, producing famous and tasteful red wines.
The local grapes variety “Agiorgitiko” well known for the special taste and aroma, dated since 4.500 years BC, as the locals claim. By the experts is said; “Nemea climate is characterized as sub-arid and sub-humid, with average annual precipitation 700-800 mm and average temperature that ranges from 16 to 18 Celsius degrees. This special microclimate of the region is characterized by a main valley surrounded by mountains, and weather conditions ranging from mild cold winters to the warm and relatively dry summer, with several differences though between short distances within the P.D.O. Nemea zone. The clay soil is ideal for good drainage and fertility. Observing the diversity of micro climates, one discovers the different delicious result of wines between the vineyard sites, the most impressive of all being the uniqueness and importance of every year to the character of the legendary Nemea wine. The content of soil in organic and inorganic components, such as calcium carbonate, is an important factor for the installation of vineyards with high quality characteristics of a Terroir, combining the ideal soil and climate conditions. The location of the vineyards and the ideal altitude of 350-400 m act as catalysts for the proper maturation of the grapevines, which, combined with humidity from the mythical river Asopus, create a unique microclimate and reveal the unique Terroir of Nemea.”
There is no proof yet, who in the world ever discovered wine! Maybe was in Egypt, maybe in Greece maybe some other country with modern civilization. Nobody knows. All what exists, is the Homeric influences. He mentioned that Cyclope Polyphemus was given to drink wine from Odesseas. That the Athenians used to take their brea kfast drinking watered wine. The private wine tour to Nemea will give you the chance not only to visit the vine fields and wineries of the area but also to taste these wines yourself; and why not bring some of them with you back home to celebrate with friends. We’ll be back to Athens in the afternoon.
The private wine tour to Nemea will give you the chance not only to visit the vine fields and wineries of the area but also to taste these wines yourself; and why not bring some of them with you back home to celebrate with friends.
After the visit to the Nemean wineries, your driver will bring you back to Athens in the afternoon.
- Shore Excursion - Private tour
- Activity level: Moderate
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
- Entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museum
- Wine tasting fee (wine 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 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.
- 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