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Ancient Corinth & Daphni Monastery Half day Tour from Athens
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4.9 out of 5 based on 20 reviews
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08:30
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6 Hours
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Athens
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  • Small group tour of maximum 25 people
  • 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
  • Whispers
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses
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Keeping you safe (COVID-19 measures): Our staff is trained in the latest hygiene protocols and cleaning procedures. They use personal protective equipment (face masks/shields and optional gloves) and their temperature/wellness will be monitored daily to ensure a safe travel experience for you. Face masks are also required for travellers inside the monastery. Buses are filled to only 50% of their capacity and the number of buses used is increased. The average cleaning time is doubled both during the day and after the end of the tour at night. In addition, all sensitive touch areas such as seats, armrests, sidewalls, overhead bins, etc. are intensively cleaned and sanitized. The air inside the bus, on average, completely renewed every 3 minutes during cruise time. All Setra 515 buses in our fleet are equipped with HEPA/CARBON filters (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestors), which capture more than 99% of even microscopic bacteria and viruses. Moreover, sanitizing dispensers are available at each door. Whisper audio devices will be given to all our travelers to keep social distance guidelines which are sanitized thoroughly both from our staff but also inside the charging cases with UVC lights. 

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 20 reviews
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Reviewed October 5, 2019

“Is echt mooie toer met goede gids”

AnonymousNetherlands
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Reviewed September 6, 2019

“Excellent tour, excellent guide, very good organisation.”

LoisItaly
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Reviewed July 9, 2019

Amazing trip with fantastic guide

I was lucky to only have 10 people on my tour so we were in a very comfortable mini bus. My tour picked me up from a hotel about 5 minute walk from my own at 7:30am. They they take you to their main office where they move you into your correct bus for the day. Left the city at about 8:30am and came back at around 3pm. The tour guide (I think her name was Katrina) was absolutely fantastic! She had such great knowledge of her city and the places we went. First stop was the monastery and we were the only ones there so it was great for some quite time and photos. Back into the bus and a quick stop at the Corinth canal which is another photo opportunity and a place for toilets. Then onto Corinth where Katrina took us around the site explaining what everything was and showing photos of depictions of what they assumed it looked like. Then there was some free time to walk around yourself and take more photos. Then back onto the bus and they drop you off where you were collected from. A very easy trip and a must do to see more than just Athens.

Mason United States
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Reviewed June 28, 2019

“Excellent! Highly recommended!”

The tour guide gave us key information on the most important places and then we had enough time to walk around, explore on our own and take pictures.

PaulUnited States
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Reviewed May 29, 2019

Tour of Cornith, following steps of Apostle Paul and ancient Athens. 10 hour tour

Our guide Dimitris Katsoulis was fantastic. He has his masters in archeology and was very informative as well as a fantastic guy and guide. He was respectful of our stamina and physical limitations. We have so many wonderful memories from our tour.

DianeUnited States
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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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