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A great suggestion for a long day trip to some of the most interesting places in Peloponnese! This long day tour will take you to Ancient Corinth (famous not only as a place of great archaeological interest but as an important landmark in the history of Christianity as well as St.Paul lived and preached in Ancient Corinth) and to Olympia the birth place of the Olympic Games.

Itinerary

Leaving Athens behind we drive on the coastal road towards the West. Our first stop (after approximately one hour) is the Corinth Canal. There we’ll make a short stop, enough to see the Canal, (approximately 6 km long connecting the Aegean with the Ionian Sea), take photos and visit the local cafeteria. Twenty minutes later we’ll arrive at the small town of Ancient Corinth where we’ll visit the archaeological site with the unique monolithic Temple of Apollo (one of the oldest in Greece, 585 B.C.), the Bema from where St. Paul preached and the Museum.

Agora (Ancient corinth)Corinth CanalThe Bema (Ancient Corinth)

Driving afterwards through the hills of Corinth and the mountains of Arcadia, among thousands of olive trees, we’ll arrive at prefecture of Elis where we’ll visit the archaeological site of Olympia.

You are going to visit the archaeological site with the Temple of Zeus (where the gold and ivory statue of the god was placed -one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world - work of Fedias) the Temple of Hera (where the lighting of the Olympic Flame takes place every four years) the original ancient Olympic Stadium and many more monuments.  After the archaeological site we will visit the Museum.

Ancient Stadium (Olympia)Entrance of the Olympic StadiumLighting the Olympic Flame

The Archaeological Museum of Olympia is one of the most important museums in Greece. The museum's permanent exhibition contains finds from the sacred precinct of the Altis and the rest archaeological site dating from the prehistoric era. Among the many exquisite exhibits you we will see the famous marblestatues of Hermes of Praxiteles and the Nike (Victory) of Paionios.

Statues from the Temple of Zeus (Olympia)Nike of Paionios (Olympia)Helmet of Miltiades (Olympia)

After the conclusion of our tour in Olympia we can have lunch in the town and start our return trip back to Athens.

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 trip.

Admission tickets to the sites:
Ancient Corinth:   8 euros including the museum
Olympia:              12 euros including the museum

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.

Sites’ Opening Hours
Summer                                                
From 1st April until 31 October
08:00-19:30
 
Winter
From 1st November until 31st March
08:30-15:00

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

 

Free admission days
  6 March  In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
  5 June   International Environment Day 
18 April   International Monuments Day 
18 May   International Museums Day 
27 September   International Tourism Day

*  The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
*  Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
*  National Holidays
*  The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and  
    September (when the first Sunday is a holiday, then the second is the  
    free admission day).

 
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