The systematic excavation of the area, initiated by the American School of Classical Studies in 1896, is still continuing today and has brought to light the agora, temples, fountains, shops, porticoes, baths, and various other monuments.
Your next stop is the famous Corinth Canal. The Canal is four miles long, 70 feet wide, 26 feet deep, and has sloping sides, which reach 170 feet. Its construction commenced in 1881, although the idea of connecting the Ionian and Aegean seas in order to provide a short cut seems to date back to at least Roman times.
Following a photo stop at the canal, you'll board your coach for a drive back to the center of Athens, where you'll enjoy a three-course meal at a local restaurant.
After lunch, you'll re-board your coach, passing by numerous points of interest such as Constitution Square, the Memorial to the Unkown Soldier, the Greek Parliament, Hadrian’s Gate, and the Olympic Stadium, before arriving at the Acropolis. On the sacred rock of the Acropolis, the monuments date from the prehistoric period to the end of antiquity. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, you'll walk up the uneven footpath leading to the summit. Sights include the Propylaea, the Temple of Apteros Niki, the Erectheum, and the architectural triumph of the Parthenon.
After visiting the Acropolis, you'll re-board your coach once again for a return trip to the ship.
Departures: 08:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - This tour includes transportation, an English-speaking guide, Acropolis and Corinth entrance fees, and a three-course meal at a local restaurant (including a 1/2 bottle of wine, coffee, and mineral water).
- The Acropolis may only be accessed by walking uphill. It is a strenuous walk and you must be in good physical condition. There is a pathway, but there are also steps near the top. Keep in mind that the weather may be very hot during the summer.