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This tour gives us the opportunity to visit and explore the places where St. Paul preached to the ancient Greeks in Athens and Corinth, in a day.

The tour starts by visiting the “Areos Pagos” at the foot of the Acropolis.
The “Areos Pagos”(literally,Mars-Hill) had served as the tribunal location in Athens already for a millennia by the time of Paul.  (Today the high court of Greece is still called the “Areos Pagos”).  At the time of Paul, it had ceased to have the same jurisdictional power it had in classical Greece (5-4th century), however, it still had the status of a place of trial. At the “Areos Pagos”, Paul was invited to present  the  Christian doctrines to the Athenians. (Optional visit to the Acropolis).

Areopagus Mars HillAreopagus Mars HillAreopagus Mars Hill

Continuing our tour to our next stop, the “Agora”, we’ll have the opportunity of a sightseeing in the centre of Athens. (Temple of Zeus-1896 Olympic stadium-Presidential Palace-Greek Parliament-Changing of the Guards).

Evzones Ganging of the GuardsKallimarmaro (First  Olympic Stadium)Temple of Zeus

The “Agora” (which means market) in ancient Athens functioned as more than a place where goods were bought and sold.  It served as a testing ground for new ideas a place where people could come and meet.
This is most likely where Paul began his debate with the philosophers that is recorded in the Bible (in the book of Acts).

Stoa of Attalos (Agora)Stoa of Attalos (Agora)Temple of Hefestus (Agora)

With our visit to the “Agora” we conclude the Athens part of our tour and we continue to visit Corinth.   About an hour away via the coastal highway we reach the Corinth Canal (approx. 6 km long connecting the Aegean with the Ionian Sea)where we have a brief stop for photos.  Then we drive to Ancient Corinth where we visit the museum and the archaeological site where the “Bema” is.

Corinth CanalTemple of Apollo (Ancient Corinth)The Bema (Ancient Corinth)

The “Bema” was where the judge of the town presided or the orator of the town would speak or make a public announcement.  The “Bema” in Corinth is located in the heart of the city as public speaking was very important.  The Bible, in the Book of Acts, records that Paul was brought to the Bema under accusations of contrary teaching. The Roman governor Gallio dismissed the case as a Jewish quarrel.

We conclude our tour in Corinth with lunch in a traditional Greek taverna and we start our return trip to Athens via Kechries, the port of Corinth from where St. Paul sailed to Ephessus.

(Duration aprox. 8 hours)

All our private tours are flexible.  It is always up to you to change the itinerary according to your wishes.
Admission fees and lunch are not included in the price of the tour.

 

Entrance Fees  to the Sites

Temple of Zeus:        8 Euros

Ancient Agora:          8 Euros

Ancient Corinth:         8 Euros

 

Free admission for: 
Children under 18
Students from E.U.

Reduced admission for:
Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65
Students from countries outside the E.U.

Holidays:

1 January:   closed

6 January:   08:30 - 15:00

Shrove Monday:  08:30 - 15:00

25 March:  closed

Greek Orhodox Good Friday:  12:00 - 15:00

Greek Orhodox Good Saturday:  08:30 - 15:00

Greek Orhodox Easter Sunday:  closed

Greek Orhodox Easter Monday:  08:30 - 15:00

May 1:  closed

Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 - 15:00

15 August:  08:30 - 15:00

28 October:   08:30 - 15:00

25 December:  closed

26 December:  closed

 

 
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