Athens – Corinth Tour
Athens is the historical capital of Europe and since the Greek Independence War it has gradually regained its unrivalled charm, becoming a unique modern metropolis. In addition, we will drive you to the nearby city of Corinth, where you will cross the Corinthian Canal and visit the Archaeological Site of Ancient Corinth.
The tour starts from the symbol of the Western Civilisation, Acropolis. Atop the sacred rock you will have an impressive view of the city and you will feel part of some of the most important masterpieces of worldwide architecture and art (e.g. Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion), the most renowned of which is the Parthenon temple!
From Acropolis you will enjoy the view of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and Theatre of Dionysus, which was a major part of people’s lives in Ancient Athens. Therefore, today it is considered to be the place where European theatre had its beginnings.
We will continue our tour with the Temple of Olympian Zeus (6th c. B.C.), one of the largest in antiquity and the nearby Hadrian’s Arch (131 A.D.), which forms the symbolic entrance to the city.
Next will be the Panathenaic Stadium: Kallimarmaro, home of the first Modern Olympics and the place from where the Olympic flame sets up its journey to the cities of the Olympic Games.
After taking pictures for your Facebook Cover, you might get confused which cover to choose, since our next stop, situated above the classy Kolonaki area, is the famous Lycabettus Hill, at 277 meters high above sea level. Legend has it that wolves used to seek refuge on this hill and that explains the hill’s name: Hill walked by wolves.
Returning from Lycabettus we will drive by the Presidential Mansion (Maximos’ Mansion – old Royal Palace) and the Zappeion Hall, an oasis of green.
We will continue to see the famous Syntagma Square, the heart of the city and a lively place, dominated by the Greek Parliament House. You cannot miss the Presidential Guard, an elite ceremonial unit of the Greek Military Force, which guards the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The fine men of the Presidential Guard are called Evzones and wear the traditional uniform fustanella, a kilt-like garment. The term Evzonas dates back to Homer’s Iliad and means well-girt.
Following that, we will take a close look at one of the world’s greatest collections of coins, ancient and modern, in the Numismatic Museum. Pleasant surprises do not stop there, since Athens is a city full of worthy sightseeings. Right away you will be able to take pictures of the Old Parliament, the Catholic Church, the Academy of Athens, the University of Athens and the National Library.
Driving south towards the Peloponnese, we will reach the Corinthian Canal: the idea for the canal, which connects the Saronic to the Corinthian gulf, was conceived by Periander (6th century B.C.); however, the canal was finally opened after Greece’s independence, during the period 1882-1893. It has a length of 6,346 metres, a width of 24.6 metres at sea level and a depth of 8 metres.
In antiquity Corinth was one of the largest and most important cities in Greece. It played a significant part during the Peloponnesian War and after 200 B.C it became the capital of the Achaean Confederation. Under Julius Caesar it was elevated to the capital of the Achaia province. A powerful earthquake destroyed the city in 1858, which was rebuilt with good earthquake resistant specifications on a good town plan, 9 km to the north of the ancient city.
The Archaeological Site of Ancient Corinth is 9 km north-west of the modern city. You can see the ruins at Pirini fountain, the courtyard of Apollo, the foundations of a significant Roman basilica, the temple of the goddess Tyche (Fortune) or Apollo Klarios, the stores in the agora, the temple of Apollo, the ruins of the theatre and the Lerna fountain. The town of Acrocorinth, at whose foot the ancient city was built, dates to circa 4000 B.C. The Archaeological Museum operates at the archaeological site (built in 1931-32) with an exhibition collection dating from the Prehistoric Period through to the Roman and Byzantine Period. It is worth seeing the large Mycenaean crater (vessel) (circa 1200 B.C.), the Corinthian amphora and stopper (600 B.C.) etc.
Finally, we will drive you back to where we started.