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Private Tour of Blue Lake, Temple of Hera, Mycenae, Corinth & Isthmus Canal from Athens

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Duration

9 hours

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

1 -15 persons

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Languages

English

In our private tour of Blue Lake we will trace the footsteps of St. Paul, paying tribute to Poseidon, the goddess Hera and swim amongst the ancient ruins.

Ancient Greece Tours-Private Tours & Transfers

Tour Highlights

Be amazed by the modern engineering masterpiece of the Corinth Canal (Isthmus Canal).

Explore the large citadel of Acrocorinth. Through its imposing entrance gates, you will enter the castle and you will discover its hidden gems. You will also experience the spectacular panoramic views which will amaze you.

Witness the ancient town of Corinth, one of the richest towns in Ancient Greece, where St. Paul lived and preached for two years. We will visit the ruins of the ancient city in which you can see the remains of the Agora and one of the most outstanding monuments of pre –Roman period, the temple of Apollo.

Be amazed by the kingdom of Agamemnon, Mycenae and relive the expedition to Troy. 

Explore the Temple of Hera Akraia and St. Johns “tiny” church at Perachora. 

Swim amongst the ancient ruins at Ancient Heraion. For the more adventurous, you will have a chance to do some “cliff-jumping” from the surrounding rocks, as the sea in the sanctuary cove is both deep and clear. 

Discover the Malagavi Lighthouse, one of the oldest stone lighthouses in Greece built in 1897 that is still in operation.

Isthmus Canal

  • Visit the Isthmus Canal, one of the most important projects and 19th century engineering masterpieces, playing a catalytic role for the Mediterranean trade.
  • Visit Ancient Diolkos, a paved trackway in Ancient Greece which enabled boats to be moved overland across the Isthmus of Corinth.

Mycenae

Rich in gold! King Agamemnon’s mythical kingdom sung in Homer’s epics. It is the most important and richest center of the late Bronze Age.
  • The Lions Gate: The main entrance of the Bronze age citadel of Mycenae erected during the 13th century BC.
  • Grave Circles A and B: Royal cemeteries situated to the south of the Lion Gate and outside the Bronze Age citadel.
  • The Cyclopean Walls: The main characteristic of the Mycenean walls is that they are made of huge limestone boulders. Only the mythical Cyclopes had the strength to move the enormous boulders that made up the walls of Mycenae and Tiryns.
  • The Royal Palace: Consisting of domestic apartments, the Throne Room Suite, the Grand Staircase, a collection of rooms for officers or palace officials and the Forecourt.
  • The Treasury of Atreus: A large tholos or beehive tomb constructed during the Bronze Age around 1250 BC.
  • Tomb of Clytemnestra: A Mycenean tholos type tomb built in 1250 BC named after Clytemnestra the wife of king Agamemnon and leader of the Greeks in Trojan war.
  • The Mycenean Archaeological Museum: The most important Mycenean artifacts are exhibited here. You will be dazzled by the gold grave goods, burial masks, jewellery, weapons, worship idols and frescoes.

Acrocorinth

Visit Acrocorinth, the acropolis of ancient Corinth, a monolithic rock overseeing the ancient city of Corinth. It is one of the most impressive and dominant acropoleis of the Peloponnese.
  • Gates: A system of 3 circuit walls reinforced by towers.
  • Keep
  • Peirene Spring: Located within the encircling walls, a gift of Asopus to Sisyphus.
  • Temple of Aphrodite: On the highest of the two picks of the mountain are traces of the temple of Aphrodite on the site.
  • Frankish Tower: At the SW edge of the precipitous rock fortified during Frankish times forming the inner keep of the fortress. Remains of churches, mosques, houses, fountains and cisterns are preserved here.  
  • Views of Geraneia Mountain: Enjoying breathtaking views of the Corinthian gulf and the SW coast of the Peloponnese.

Ancient Corinth 

  • Hadgimoustafa spring: a fountain built during the Ottoman empire.
  • Ancient Corinth Archaeological Museum: Housing a large collection of artifacts from the local site and from smaller sites in the neighboring area.
  • Temple of Apollo: One of the earliest Doric temples in the Peloponnese and the Greek mainland with monolithic columns, rare in the ancient world, built around 560 BCE.
  • Agora: A rectangular construction 160 m long and 70 m wide, consisting of central shops, small temples and altar and the renowned podium or Bema from where Apostle Paul addressed the Corinthians in 52 AD.
  • Roman buildings.
  • Bema or Pedestal
  • Theatre and Odeon/Asklepieion
  • Lechaion road: Facing the Corinthian gulf leading to the port of Lechaion.
  • St. Paul’s church: Admiring a magnificent mosaic mural depicting Saul’s vision from Christ as he was travelling to Damascus to persecute the Christians. 
  • Treat yourself to an authentic “village style” lunch on a magnificent terrace overlooking ancient Corinth’s archaeological site and the temple of Apollo.
  • Stroll amongst the village shops where you can treat yourself and buy handmade souvenirs for your family and friends.

Sanctuary Of Hera

  • Malagavi Lighthouse.
  • Heraion / Blue Lake.
  • Taste delicious authentic delicacies from the local fish tavernas. 
  • Enjoy your refreshing swim and bathe under the Helenic sun.
  • Drive back to Athens and your chosen hotel.

What’s included

Hand sanitiser & face masks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Private tour

Transportation by private air-conditioned luxury vehicles

WiFi

Native English speaking drivers

Handmade candies

Refreshment wipes

Bottled water

Exclusions

Entry or admission fees

Food & drinks

Know before you go

Covid-19 Health Protocols are applied for your safety. Learn More

Instant confirmation at time of booking

Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking

What to bring with you

Casual clothing

Non slip shoes

Sunscreen

swimming suits

bathing towels

Cancellation policy

Full refund if booking is cancelled until 24 hours before the experience

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