Day 10: Ancient Corinth & Cape Sounion
Today you will visit Ancient Corinth, which has been the richest port and the largest city in ancient Greece. Its strategical location on the connection between Peloponnese and the mainland of Greece made the city a powerful commercial centre near two seaports. The city is also very famous in the world of Christianity as one of the main stops of Apostle Paul during the journeys he made to spread the word of Jesus.
Drive to Athens. On your way there you will have the chance to cross the Corinth Canal by boat; until 1893, seamen had to travel around the rugged shores of Peloponnese to land e.g. in Sicily. The spectacular cutting through of the Isthmus between the Saronic and the Corinthian Gulf clearly reduced the sea routes from Athens to the Mediterranean Sea. The builders blew up the rock at a length of 6.34 km, dug 60 m deep in the earth and created a shipping channel 24.5 m wide and 8 m deep. It is really something you have to see once from the boat perspective!
Afterwards, you will make a short stop at the female monastery of Agios Pavlos in Lavrio, where you will talk with the Orthodox nuns and learn some things about their everyday life.
The cherry is coming always on top! As a closure for your day, you will visit the magnificent Cape Sounion, which is only 45 miles (70 km) away from Athens and thus the perfect destination for a sunny, lazy afternoon. The Temple of Poseidon, whose half of the Doric columns are still standing, is perched on a rocky hilltop overlooking the sea and offers an absolutely breathtaking, panoramic view of the Aegean sea.
Marginal note: Experts believe that the column structure at Cape Sounion was dedicated to god Apollo, although an inscription dedicates the temple undoubtedly to Poseidon.
In Athens, accommodation for 2 nights.