About The Ancient Corinth & Daphni Monastery Tour:
This half-day tour from Athens explores the introduction and evolution of Christianity in Greece. You'll see the art and architecture of two different eras, as well as the fascinating locations in which the story unfolded. It's lead by a professional English-speaking guide whose in-depth knowledge of the nation's religious heritage spans two millennia.
- Apr 1 - Oct 31, 2019: Every Friday.
- Live English-speaking guide.
- 08:30 (Start) - 14:30 (Finish).
- Key Tours Terminal (Athanasiou Diakou 26 Athina 117 43, Greece).
- Approx. 6 hours.
- Food and drink.
Departing Athens in a luxury air-conditioned coach, you'll travel along a westerly road known as Iera Odos (the Sacred Way) towards Corinth. Here is where the gods of old are contrasted with the Christianity of later centuries. Listen as your guide recounts tales of the Eleusinian Mysteries, an annual initiation festival held in honour of the cult of Demeter and Persephone. This involved (among other things) a procession along the sacred road connecting Athens to Eleusis.
In time you'll arrive at the tour's first main stop, Daphni Monastery, a beautiful UNESCO-listed Byzantine building. This place is notable for its exquisitely detailed mosaics depicting busy scenes from the life of Christ and the Virgin Mary. Your guide will offer insights into their creation, meaning and modern preservation.
Leaving Daphni Monastery, the coach continues along a scenic coastal road towards Corinth canal. Here there will be a brief photo stop before you finally arrive at the ruins of ancient Corinth. This is the town where Paul the Apostle lived and preached for two years during his missionary work in 1st century Greece. Your guide will show you around key areas of the site, including the market, the Fountain of Pirene, and the public square where Paul’s trial by Gallio took place. Corinth is also home to the pre-Roman Temple of Apollo, which you'll visit before returning to Athens.