Full Day to Ancient Corinth and Daphni Monastery

A spiritual get-away

A tour that combines history and the divine, perfect for travelers interested in theology and the religious aspect of the locations ahead. Join us on a unique journey to Ancient Corinth, well known from St. Paul’s First Corinthians and Second Corinthians, and the Daphni Monastery, a World Heritage Site dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin.

  • Duration

    6 Hours

  • Location

    Ancient Corinth , Greece

  • Adults

    62.00 €

  • Children

    31.00 €

From: 62.00 €


Meet us at your hotel lobby for a day of touring two of the most significant spiritual locations in Greece. As we head out on our luxury air-conditioned bus, settle in for a relaxing ride through the Sacred Way, the road from Athens to Eleusis. Those how sought to be initiated into the mysteries of Demeter in antiquity would walk the 20km or so from the Athenian Acropolis to Eleusis and join the celebrations of the Eleusinian Mysteries, the most famous of the secret religious rites of ancient Greece.

Our first stop has been revered as sacred since ancient times. It originally hosted a Temple of Apollo, from which the name Daphni, or “laurel” in Greek, derives. A small Christian monastery was built here in the 6th century, in dedication to the Virgin Mary.  During the peak of the Byzantine Empire it was rebuilt on a much grander scale and, although it has withstood Frankish crusaders, Ottoman occupation, war and earthquakes, it stands before you today as a unique legacy of historical and architectural value. UNESCO has of course included this religious masterpiece of Byzantine architecture with its sumptuous interior gold mosaics in the World Heritage List.

In Byzantine theology, the church symbolized the Christian universe, and it was intended to reflect the splendor of heaven. You will be instantly drawn to the most essential and prominent of the mosaics: Christ Pantocrator (Lord of the Universe) watching over all from the crown of the dome. This fine example of ecclesiastical art will be forever etched in your memory.

Moving on, we will take the scenic coastal road down to the Corinth Canal, a man-made feat of engineering with a fascinating history. Join your expert guide in admiring the breathtaking view of this four-mile-long canal which connects the Gulf of Corinth and the Aegean Sea.

Soon, we will come upon the ancient town of Corinth, well-known from the two letters of Saint Paul in the New Testament, and from his missionary travels in the Book of Acts. With its rich history spanning deep in the past, this site will engage you as you learn about one of the most prominent rival city-states to Athens, a land first visited in 50 AD by Apostle Paul. It is where he met Priscilla and Aquila with whom he later traveled. Traditionally, the Church of Corinth is believed to have been founded by Paul, making it an Apostolic See.

Let’s explore the judgment seat, or “bema” in the Agora, where Paul stood in front of Gallio, proconsul at the time, accused of persuading people to pray to a new god. We will also discover the Fountain Peirene, said to have been a favored watering-hole of Pegasus, sacred to the Muses. Poets would once travel there from far away eager to quench their thirst at the fountain and receive divine inspiration. We will also marvel at one of the earliest Doric temples, built around 560 BC, on top of an imposing, rocky hill, the Temple of Apollo. This magnificent site, a Hellenic World Heritage Monument, was an emblem for the city of Corinth, reflecting its growth and prosperity.

After a day full of beautiful images and fascinating exploration, we will deliver you back to your hotel with a plethora of new topics to discuss as the evening sets in, and many memories to take back home.


  • Discover two must-see sites
  • Participate in a tour of theological and spiritual value
  • Visit the Monastery of Daphni with its superb mosaics
  • Admire a World Heritage site
  • See the famous Corinth canal, a man-made feat of engineering
  • Visit the ruins of Ancient Corinth where Apostle Paul was prosecuted
  • Explore the temple of Apollo


  • Pick up and Drop off Service from centrally located hotel in Athens
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned bus with free wifi connection
  • Services of Professional licensed guide
  • Admission / Entrance fees

Not included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks and beverages

Good to know

  • Please bear in mind that currently the entrance to the monastery is free of charge. Should the Ministry decide to charge for admission, such entrance fee would not be included in this offer.

Tips by a local

Choose breezy attire and comfortable walking shoes when visiting outdoor ancient sites in Greece as the weather, especially in the summertime, is mostly quite warm during the day.

As always, let’s not leave our accommodations without sunscreen as it is better to be safe than sorry when you are vacationing in or visiting our sunny country.