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Friday 7 October 2022 | Athens Time :

ELEUSIS & ANCIENT CORINTH EXTENDED TOUR

[Duration : appr. 6 hrs] Request Form

Corinth

(CITY OF ELEFSIS, ELEFSIS MUSEUM, CORINTH CANAL, RUINS OF THE CITY OF ANCIENT CORINTH, TEMPLE OF APOLLO, MUSEUM OF ANCIENT CORINTH, LUNCH).

 

Elefsis & Ancient Corinth Extended Tour Details

In this tour we follow the National Highway till we reach the holiest place of the ancient world Eleusina, the place where the Eleusinian Mysteries took place, the most important religious feast of the ancient world. There in the Thriassic plain, Goddess Demeter herself taught men to cultivate wheat and barley. Worship of Demeter “Mother Earth” who brought life from the soil, governed all creation and Persephone her daughter who symbolized spring and rebirth begun at 15th c. B.C. If you’d been initiated to the Mysteries at least twice you gained admission to the Elysian Fields, to the Isles of the Blessed and the ranks of Immortals. Cicero wrote:” The greatest gift of Athens to mankind and the holiest is the Eleusinian Mysteries”. Today, Eleusis is an industrial area used for the import and refinement of crude oil.
Afterwards, we can see a small Museum of six rooms hosting some findings of the past glory; Marble sarcophagus of Roman Times, Protoattic amphora, Headless statue of the goddess Demeter, Headless statue of Asklepios, statue of a Kore, marble statues of Roman emperors, e.t.c.
Continuing along the National Highway we reach the Corinth Canal or else Isthmus completed in 1893 – 6 km length, 25m width, 8m depth- which connects the Aegean with the Ionian Sea. Our 15’ stop there gives us the opportunity to take some marvelous pictures and then continue our route until we reach the Ruins of the city of Ancient Corinth.
You can see the long rocky wall of Acrocorinth leading to Lechaion (artificial harbor of the Corinthian Gulf) where the road leading to Ancient Agora starts. The Temple of Apollo (6th c. B.C.-restored 1st c. AD) is the only Greek monument standing, as all others are mainly Roman.
Another interesting spot to see is the museum of Acrocorinth which hosts many objects and findings like the head of Goddess Tyche (Luck), the Bema where Saint Paul preached, and the fountain of Glauke.
In the end we enjoy a nice meal at a traditional restaurant, before we take our way back to Athens.

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Acropolis Hill - Ancient Agora

  • Opening Hours - Winter : From November 1 to March 31 08:30am until 15:00pm
  • Opening Hours - Summer : From April 1 to October 31 08:00am until 19:30pm
  • Tickets : Full: 12€, Reduced: 6€
  • Valid for : Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Agora of Athens, Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos, Hadrian's Library, Kerameikos, Museum of the Ancient Agora, North slope of Acropolis, Olympieio, Roman Agora of Athens, South Slope of Acropolis

Archaeological Sites Season Periods & General Opening Hours

  • Winter Season : From November 1 to March 31- Opening Hours : 08:30 until 15:00
  • Summer Season : From April 1 to October 31- Opening Hours : 08:00 until 19:30

Temple of Poseidon

  • Opening Hours : Monday - Sunday: 10:00am until sunset (Last admission: 19:30pm)
  • Tickets : Full: 4€

Free Admission Days

  • 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
  • 18 April (International Monuments Day)
  • 18 May (International Museums Day)
  • 5 June (International Enviroment Day)
  • 27 September (International Tourism Day)
  • 28 October
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • Sundays from November 1st to March 31st
  • The first Sunday of every month except July, August & September

Holidays

  • 1 January : closed
  • 6 January : 08.00 - 15.00
  • Shrove Monday : 08.00 - 15.00
  • 25 March : closed
  • Good Friday : closed until 12:00
  • Holy Saturday : 08.00 - 15.00
  • Easter Sunday : closed
  • Easter Monday : 08.00 - 15.00
  • 1 May : closed
  • Holy Spirit Day : 08.00 - 20.00
  • 15 August : 08:30 - 15:00
  • 28 October : 08.00 - 15.00
  • 25 December : closed
  • 26 December : closed

Reduced Admission For :

  • Citizens of the E.U. over 65 yrs
  • Students from countries outside E.U.

Ancient Corinth

  • Tickets : Full: 6€, Reduced: 3€
  • Valid for : Both the Museum & the Archaeological Site.

Free Admission For :

  • Cultural card holders
  • Journalists
  • Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS
  • Persons accompanying blind & disabled
  • Persons possessing a free admission card
  • Tourist guides
  • University students & students at Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent schools of E.U. & students at Schools of Tourist Guides
  • Young people under 18 yrs old
  • Soldiers carrying out military service

Eleusis Museum

  • Opening Hours : Tuesday - Sunday: 08.00 - 15.00 Closed on Monday.
  • Tickets : Full: 3€, Reduced: 2€
    The ticket is valid also for the Sanctuary of Aphrodite at Skaramagas.
  • Valid for : Archaeological Museum of Eleusis, Archaeological site of Eleusis.

Marathon Museum & Battle Site

  • Opening Hours : Tuesday - Sunday: 08.00am - 15.00pm
  • Tickets : Full: 3€, Reduced: 2€
  • Valid for : Archaeological Museum of Marathon, Tomb at Marathon

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