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Ancient Corinth & Daphni Monastery Half day Tour from Athens
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4.9 out of 5 based on 15 reviews
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08:30
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6 Hours
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Athens
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  • 6-hours guided tour to Ancient Corinth & Daphni Monastery 
  • Participate on a religious tour led by an expert guide
  • Visit Monastery of Daphni & marver at its superb 11th-century mosaics
  • UNESCO's world heritage monument
  • Stop at the strategically Corinth canal & enjoy breathtaking views
  • Visit Ancient Corinth with the temple of Apollo & its age-old streets
  • Pick up/drop off service is included from Athens central hotels
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If you are interested in religious tours, this tour is the perfect choice for you. Exclusively with KEY TOURS, you will have the opportunity to discover two must-see sights on this memorable half day trip from Athens. Enjoy also a photo stop at Corinth Canal before visiting the Ancient Corinth & Daphni’s Monastery with its 11th-century Byzantine mosaics.

After your morning pick up from your central located hotel, begin from our terminal with a scenic 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.

Along the way, stop at the Monastery of Daphni, a 11th-century Byzantine monastery listed as a 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.

Continue your drive along the coastal road and reach the Corinth canal, which merges the Aegean with the Ionian Sea (short stop for photos of the breathtaking view). Shortly thereafter, 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. Afterward, return back to Athens, ending your tour with a central hotel drop-off.

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  • Professional and licenced guide
  • Transportation by luxury air conditioned bus
  • Entrance fees of Ancient Corinth
  • Hotel pick up/drop off service
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses
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Entrance to the monastery: Please note that for the moment the entrance to the Monastery is free of charge. In case the Ministry announced a fee, the participants should pay the entrance fee before visiting the monastery.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 15 reviews
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Reviewed May 26, 2019

Honeymoon

This tour was excellent! Our guide was awesome & so knowledgeable. The canal was such an amazing thing to see and the monastery was fantastic. What history on this tour. We highly recommend it!

George KUnited States
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Reviewed May 25, 2019

Amazing! Lovely and charming guide!

LUCIAN Romania
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Reviewed May 13, 2019

Enjoyable and Informative Tour

This was a great tour on which to end our long tour of Greece. Our guide, Marina (I hope this is her name; I should have written this review a little earlier before jet lag, etc., set in) was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable about the sites, pointed out important landmarks as we drove along, answered our questions about everyday Greek life, and adapted her trip to fit our small group, including plenty of time for a snack at the Corinth Canal and shopping in Ancient Corinth. We took this trip solely as a way to visit Ancient Corinth but were delightfully surprised by the Daphni Monastery. The building and mosaics there are quite beautiful, and Marina gave us an excellent tour of this intriguing site. I would recommend this tour if you have a free day when visiting Athens.

Gloria DUnited States
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

The tour was awesome, and the guide was very knowledgable. Worth every penny

Paul S
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Reviewed September 15, 2018

We enjoyed both stops on this half day trip. Ancient Corinth was great and the tour guide was outstanding.

Chester D
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Reviewed September 15, 2018

Every tour in Greece is a step into another time period. The Daphni monastery was built in the 11th century. Some remnants have survived father time and earthquakes. The monastery appeared somewhat intact. Murals are bein redone .As you head to ancient Corinth, there is a stop at the Corinth canal, built in 1882-1893. Conveniently, there is a rest stop there too! Here, much of the structures have lost a battle to time and mother nature. Thankfully, there is a museum. Katia, our tour guide from Key Tours did a good job.

Richard MUnited States
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

The winery was beautiful. The wine was surprisingly excellent. The sites were everything you would expect ... not disappointing at all. Well worth the time and money.

Benjamin F
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