St Paul Steps Full Day Private Tour

Private & Custom Tours in Athens
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Tour description

St Paul Steps Full Day Private Tour - Duration 8 HoursTop Visits • Acropolis Hill – Parthenon – Erechtheion – Dionysus Theatre – Herodion Odeon – Mars Hill • Temple of Zeus – Arch of Hadrian • Old Olympic Stadium • Parliament – Changing of the Guards • Academy of science – Athens University – National Library • Lycabettus Hill • Corinth Canal • Ancient Corinth – Temple of Apollo- Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth • Kechries Ancient port

The tour begins by sightseeing in Athens and the hill of Acropolis which is one of the highlights of the day. On the historical hill you will have the opportunity to see the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, The temple of the Athena Nike, the monumental gateway (Propylaea), the Erechtheum and of course the Parthenon the main temple for the virgin goddess Athena. On our way down the hill, we will climb up Mars Hill (or the Rock of Paul). Mars Hill is one of the seven hills of Athens. In antiquity but also during the Apostel’s time and it was used as the supreme court of law. It was in this place that the Apostle Paul stood to be judged by the Athenians in 51 A.D. for talking about Christianity in a society that still believed in the 12 gods of Olympus. From Mars Hill you will also have a great view of the ancient Greek Agora, the Apostle Paul walked around in the agora and spoke of the new religion during his stay in Athens. After the Rock of Paul, we will head towards the Temple Of Zeus. On the way we will be passing by Hadrians Arch and next, we will visit Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. Then driving along the side of the National Garden we will see the changing of the guard (Euzones) in front of the old palace. Many older people still call it ‘the old palace’ but today it is Parliament House, framed above the central square of Athens. Moving around again and in the historical center of the city we will drive up to the highest hill of Athens, Lycabettus Hill. It is from here that you’ll have the best panoramic view of the city, the hill of Acropolis and the Aegean Sea. Next stop is going to be a traditional Greek tavern with authentic cooked dishes or fresh fish –seafood by the sea.After our rest for lunch, we will drive along the coast. On the way, we will pass by some seaside villages and the island of Salamis. Our first stop the Corinth Canal. Opened in 1892 it separated the Peloponnese Peninsula from the rest of Greece all the while connecting the Saronic Gulf to the Corinthian Sea. Moving on we will continue to our other highlight of the tour, Ancient Corinth. The ancient city dominated by the hill of Acrocorinth and the ‘old castle’, the oldest and largest castle in southern Greece. The site located at the foot of the hill includes the Roman Agora of Corinth, the temple of the ancient god Apollo and a small museum. Apart from its archaeological and historical interest Ancient Corinth is also one of the most popular religious destinations in Greece as this was where the Apostle Paul preached Christianity. Here he was also was judged by the tribunal in the Agora and established the best organized Christian church of that period. We know that the Apostle Paul favored this city because he spent the more time in Corinth compared to other Greek cities.  After the site, we will then make our way safely back to Athens.

What's included

  • Fuel surcharge
  • Local taxes
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide (The drivers are not a licensed to accompany you on your walk to the top of the Acropolis or inside any other site or museum. If you require a licensed guide to tour the sites with you, you need to hire one additionally. If you have any questions you can contact us on the phone number provided by Viator)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Transport by private vehicle

What's not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Airport Pick Up and drop-off (Additional cost)
  • Licensed Tour guide on request (Additional cost)