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May 17, 2010

Here we are on the empty dock, waiting for the boat that will take us down the canal.

The Corinth Canal is 4 miles long and 72 feet wide.

The water is about 24 feet deep.

The walls are about 230 feet high.

The boat has arrived!

First we went out into the sea and turned around in a wide loop. We dilly dallied out there for awhile to let another boat come out of the canal before we went in.

Here we go! Into the canal!

We were on one of these bridges earlier in the day.

We settled in at the very front of the boat. We had a great view for Lou to take pictures, but it was COLD and WINDY. Most people gave up and wimped out and went inside.

The water was just this green.

It was pretty entertaining to watch the Moon Bird.

The mast was so tall, we were not sure if she would fit under the bridges, but she did.

Gosh this was a fun ride on the canal. All these pictures are of the trip through to the end. We went all the way through to the end, and then as we were turning around, we were invited inside to eat a light lunch of various snacky foods like friend sardines and French fries and chunks of bread.

We have no idea what this guy was doing on the Moon Bird, but he climbed up into the rigging and we all took a million pictures of him.


Excursion :

Ancient Corinth & Canal Cruise

Ancient Corinth & Canal Cruise - PR01


Leaving Piraeus, drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf to the famous Corinth Canal. An unforgettable sight, the Canal is 4 miles long and 72 feet wide and was built with sloping sides, which reach a height of approximately 230 feet. The depth of the water in the canal is approximately 24 feet. Although many attempted to construct a canal in this location, success was not found until the 19th century. Admire the spectacular view of the canal from a bridge more than 200 feet above the water before reaching the Isthmia pier, the entrance to the Canal where you will join a boat for a cruise along the canal. During the cruise, local mezes and snacks will be served. After the cruise, disembark at Isthmia pier and continue to Ancient Corinth, one of the most important towns in antiquity. Corinth, built at the foot of the famous Acrocorinthos Hill (altitude 575 meters), served as a mighty acropolis or citadel in times of mythology. This ancient city not only led the way for Athens and the wider territory of Greece but for the entire Mediterranean world. The renowned Corinthian capital, which still adorns public buildings around the world, had its origins there (Callimachus, 5th century BC). The long and extremely interesting history of this city includes the time of St. Paul (50 AD), who visited the city twice and founded the Church of Corinth. The featured venues on this tour are the Apollo Temple, Fountain of Glauke, Spring of Periander, and the remains of the beautifully paved 25-foot wide Lechaion Road.

Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over varying terrain, inclines and numerous steps. Comfortable walking shoes, a hat and plenty of sunscreen are recommended, especially from June to September. The canal boat has an upper deck for guests wishing to enjoy the sun during the cruise. The drive from Piraeus to Corinth is approximately 1.25 hours each way, dependent upon traffic conditions. Tour itinerary may vary but all main attractions will be visited. Please be aware that ongoing restorations work is often carried out at the listed venues. On this tour you will not see, pass by or visit the famous "Acropolis of Athens." Please note that tour order may vary.


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