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Ancient Corinth and Daphni Monastery Half-Day Tour from Athens

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Visit two of southern Greece’s historical highlights on this 6-hour ancient Corinth and Daphni Monastery trip from Athens. Admire the interior mosaics of the 11th-century Byzantine monastery of Daphni, and enjoy a photo stop at the Corinth Canal before exploring ancient Corinth. See the crumbled shops, temples, and fountains of this age-old city-state before returning to Athens. Round-trip coach transport, Corinth entrance fees, and central hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Visit the Daphni Monastery to admire its Byzantine mosaics
  • See highlights such as the Temple of Apollo and Fountain of Pereine
  • Includes admission fee to ancient Corinth
  • Round-trip coach transport and central hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Professional licenced guide
Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coach
Hotel pick-up and drop-off (selected hotels)
Ancient Corinth entrance fee
Gratuities (optional)
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Athanasiou Diakou 26, Athina 117 43, Greece

Traveler pickup is offered
Complimentary pick up/drop off service from/to Athens centrally located hotels.

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After pickup from your central Athens hotel, settle inside your air-conditioned coach. Then, journey west along the Iera Odos (Sacred Way), an ancient route once followed by processions marking the Eleusinian Mysteries, an annual rite staged in the town of Eleusis.

Along the way, stop at the 11th-century Byzantine Monastery of Daphni, a World Heritage site famed for its interior mosaics. Tour the church, built to a Byzantine cross-in-square plan, and view the mosaics, the largest collection in southern Greece. Admire the rich depictions of saints and scenes from the life of Christ, all set against gold backgrounds.

Next, follow the coastal road to the Corinth Canal, the man-made waterway connecting the Ionian Sea to the Aegean Sea. Take photos at the steep-walled canal, learning how it was built in the 1890s to provide shorter passage between the two seas.

Then, travel to ancient Corinth, where it’s believed St. Paul lived for two years. Stroll around the well-preserved ruins of this age-old city-state, seeing 1st-century shops, the agora where Paul was tried, the Fountain of Pereine, and the Temple of Apollo, set in the highest part of the city.

Afterward, return to Athens, ending your tour with a central hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
The Monastery of Daphni
After your morning pick up from your central located hotel, the bus will drive to Corinth via Iera Odos (the Sacred Way). It was so called because it was the route taken by a procession celebrating the Eleusinian Mysteries, were initiations held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis in ancient Greece. Our first stop will be the Monastery of Daphni, a 11th-century Byzantine monastery listed as an World Heritage site together with Monasteries Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios. The interior of the church is decorated with superb mosaics, a unique, fine example of the Classical idealism of Middle Byzantine art. The crowded scenes of the mosaics narrate scenes from the life of Christ and the Virgin. 
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Corinth Canal
Driving along the coastal road, we reach Corinth canal, which merges the Aegean with the Ionian Sea (short stop for photos of the breathtaking view).
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ancient Corinth (Archaia Korinthos)
Shortly thereafter we reach the ancient town of Corinth, where St. Paul lived and preached for two years (Acts 18:1-18). Visit the ruins of the ancient city where Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla, see the remains of the first century shops, the Agora where Paul’s trial by Gallio took place, the Fountain of Peirene, and one of the most outstanding monuments of pre–Roman period, the temple of Apollo.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that for the moment the entrance to the Monastery is free of charge. In case the Ministry announced a price, entrance fee will not be included in the price of the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Keytours - Greece

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Ancient Corinth and Daphni Monastery Half-Day Tour from Athens?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Ancient Corinth and Daphni Monastery Half-Day Tour from Athens.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Ancient Corinth and Daphni Monastery Half-Day Tour from Athens?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Ancient Corinth and Daphni Monastery Half-Day Tour from Athens.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Ancient Corinth and Daphni Monastery Half-Day Tour from Athens?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Ancient Corinth and Daphni Monastery Half-Day Tour from Athens.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ancient Corinth and Daphni Monastery Half-Day Tour from Athens?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Ancient Corinth and Daphni Monastery Half-Day Tour from Athens.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Ancient Corinth and Daphni Monastery Half-Day Tour from Athens?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers.

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Excellent Tour
theadventurer48
, Sep 2019
This tour is excellent enhanced by the enthusiastic and very informative guide we had.. It gives you a very good insight into the history of this are.a
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Ancient Corinth and Daphni Monastery
Sundar S
, Aug 2019
Daphni Monastery was the first stop. The marble painting with the golden finish inside the church were amazing. The design and finish of the monastery was unique and impressive. Corinth canal was the next stop where had the stunning view of the narrow canal in close quarters. Witness a bungy jump and were awe struck! Ancient Corinth was the last stop and to know a lot of treasure is still buried there to be excavated thrilled us! The tour guide was knowledgeable and patient in his explanations. Our appreciations to him and the driver who gave us a smooth ride
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Excellent walk through history
nellelove1
, Jun 2019
Excellent tour guide. Wonderful review of the ruins/history of Greece. The visit to the museum and monastery was enlightening and informative.
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Great Half-day Tour
Coastal07581135844
, Jun 2019
A half-day tour with no hassle on pick up and drop off. Good enough time to explore and understand 3 sites: the Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth City and the Daphni Monastery.
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Having seen the criticism of some...
Paul S
, Oct 2017
Having seen the criticism of some Key Tours that participants were hurried by the guide, I was delighted that on this trip we were given adequate time for a participant with a walking frame to come round Corinth at her pace. The half day trip was, in the event, from 8.30 am having been picked up earlier till 3.30 pm. We saw what we came for and enjoyed the guide's replies to our questions. He did not push a Christian perspective, but there were enough believers on the trip to give the event a thoroughly Christian feel.
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Good tour for half a day. Tour...
Maria K
, Aug 2017
Good tour for half a day. Tour guide Katia, very nice with lots of information and knowledge to share! : I think tour should be a bit cheaper though.
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This tour was amazing and very...
mmanassa62
, Apr 2017
This tour was amazing and very informative. Our guide Katia was well informed and fantastic n helpful. The tour was actually around 6 hours. We visited the monastery first than Corinth canal and ancient Corinth with a half hour break in between. Highly recommend this tour especially if you are a keen bible student. Tour of Corinth complements the bible book of Acts esp chaps 17 and 18...
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Great 6 hour roundtrip to Daphni...
auctionmark
, Apr 2017
Great 6 hour roundtrip to Daphni Monastery and also Ancient Corinth. Very informative and lots of history packed in to it. Stop at Corinth canal was brief and restrooms were needed but gross in basement of cafe/tourist trap/gold mine.
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We had an amazing time on this trip...
Brianna Jade M
, Jun 2014
We had an amazing time on this trip! Small, intimate group meant we got the most from our fantastic local guide. Great way to see a bit more of Greece, would highly recommend.
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The tour was good and delivered what...
Stephanie K
, Sep 2011
The tour was good and delivered what was promised; a very good day trip.
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