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).
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).
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).
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.
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 approximately 8 hours
All our private tours are flexible. It is always up to you to change the itinerary according to your wishes.
Admission fees, hotel and food 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|
Temple of Aphaia opens daily
|From April 1st to October 31st||From November 1st to March 31st|
Reduced admission (50%)
|Original passport or copy necessary|
|Between 6-25 years old, from countries outside the E.U.|
|Senior citizens of the E.U. aged over 65|
|Everybody from Nov. 1st to March 31st|
Free admission for visitors
|Original passport or copy necessary|
|Up to 25 years old from countries of the E.U|
|Children up to 5 years old from countries outside the E.U|
|Highschool & University students over 25 years old from countries of the E.U. (a certificate from the educational institution certifying tuition and its duration is necessary)|
Days of free admission for all to archaeological sites & public Museums
|March 6 (In Memory of Melina Mercouri)|
|April 18 (International Monuments Day)|
|May 18 (International Museums Day)|
|The last weekend of September (European Heritage Days)|
|Oct. 28 (National Holiday)|
|First Sunday of every month, from Nov. 1st to March 31st|
|6 January||08:30 – 15:00|
|Shrove Monday||08:30 – 15:00|
|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|
|Holy Spirit Day||08:30 – 15:00|
|5 August||08:30 – 15:00|
|28 October||08:30 – 15:00|