Swap your cruise ship for a canal boat on this private half-day shore excursion from Piraeus port in Athens. Marvel at the dramatic scenery as you cruise down the Corinth Canal, a remarkable feat of engineering that dates back to the 1890s. Then, journey back to Ancient Greece as you explore the mighty ruins of Ancient Corinth and admire highlights like the Apollo Temple, the Spring of Periander and Lechaion Road. Best of all: this private shore excursion is covered by Viator’s worry-free policy, ensuring on-time return to your cruise ship.
When your cruise ship arrives in Athens’ Piraeus port, meet your expert guide and hop inside your private, air-conditioned car or minivan. Then, set off on a 1.5-hour journey along the scenic coast to Corinth Canal. As you travel, ask your guide any questions you have; the beauty of a private tour is that the commentary is tailored to your interests. On arrival at the waterway — considered one of Greece’s most important engineering feats — learn how it links the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf, and look out for ships and bungee jumpers; the canal is steep-sided and narrow, providing ideal conditions for adrenaline junkies. Then, climb aboard a small boat and soak up the sights as you cruise along the water to Isthmia pier, from which you’ll continue your journey by road to Ancient Corinth, the birthplace of many Greek myths and legends. With your private guide leading the way, head inside the archaeological site for a walking tour of its well-preserved ruins. Discover how the ancient town was built at the meeting point of southern and northern Greece as you pass through the agora, lined with remains of covered walkways and shops. Get up close to the Apollo Temple and other revered sights including the Fountain of Glauke, the Spring of Periander and Lechaion Road. As you wander, hear how St Paul lived and preached in the town, and learn how according to Greek mythology, Jason and Medea fled to Corinth after being exiled. After around 1.5 hours, return to your vehicle and journey back to Athens. Along the way, enjoy a brief stop at Kehreai port, where St Paul disembarked, and, should you wish, ask your guide to stop at a local restaurant for lunch (own expense). Your shore excursion then concludes back at Piraeus port in time for your cruise departure. Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to Piraeus port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.