We start our shore excursion to Corinth driving along the western highway. We see the historical battlefield of Salamis island to our left. We pass by rugged mountains with tunnels through them & scenic seaside villages.
We arrive to the awesome deep Canal of Corinth. Short stop. Man made, shortly before the 1896 Olympics, joins the Aegean with the Ionian Sea & saves 400 nautical miles of travel.
We continue to Ancient Corinth & see the 600 bc monolithic Temple of Apollo, Temple of Octavio the Royal & Hot Springs, the Bema Mount where Apostle Paul preached & visit the Museum with many Roman artifacts. Near the Site we visit the church of St. Paul with its unique mosaic wall! It is the place where Apostle Paul wrote " the letters to the Corinthians". If you like mountaintop fortresses the Acrocorinth one will impress you! Hundreds of years old has seen battles between Byzantines, Venetians & Ottomans. On the top there are ruins of the "sacred" sanctuary of Goddess Aphrodite.
We continue our shore excursion along the scenic Corinthian bay with its seaside villages & charming beaches next to pine trees. We arrive to Rio a city with a Venetian fortress at the entrance of the bay. Here we cross over to mainland Greece over the largest bridge of Europe & visit the picturesque village of Nafpactos or Lepanto.
Walk next to the Venetian fortresses built next the sea that was the scene of a famous sea battle of Lepanto the year 1571 between the Christians & Ottoman fleets. Miguel de Cervantes fought here from the Spanish ship.
Taste the local cuisine next to the castle & the harbor.
Leaving Nafpactos we drive on one of Greece's most scenic coastal routes. Let the driver know if you want to stop for a swim.
Many villages beaches & cliffs on the way to the harbor of Itea where we start our up hill drive, past the olive tree forest, to the village of Delphi located on a 1500 foot cliff.
We spend the night in a boutique guesthouse of Delphi.
After breakfast we do a short drive next to the deep Gorge & visit the UNESCO site of the Oracle of antiquity, built at the navel of the World as God Zeus thought. God Apollo came here from Crete riding a dolphin to the port of Itea at the foot of mount Parnassos & discovered the psychic girls in a cave guarded by a python.
Walk the same sacred paths that lead to the Apollo Temple, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Theater & Stadium like Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Leonidas of Sparta, Socrates & other historical figures who came here get an oracle. Visit the Museum that houses among others the Charioteer statue, the Naxian Sphinx, the "navel button", the statue of Antinoos.
We visit the site opposite the Temple of Apollo known as Palaestra or Gymnasium used for the Pythian & Delphinia Games since 800 BC. Walk next to the pillars of the circular temple of Athena Pronoias first such temple in the world. Lord Byron carved his name on a pillar.
Leaving the Oracle site we drive to the 3000 foot mountain top village of Arachova. It is known for its small houses made of stone & the colorful fabrics & rugs made by local looms. In wintertime this village is full of skiers. Ideal place for a snack.
We start our downhill drive past the hills of Parnassos & the village known for its springs Levadia. We can stop for a coffee next to the springs & castle.
We continue our drive past the cotton & wheat fields of Thebes & arrive to Athens in an hour.
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Corinth Tour & Delphi Day Tour