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Excursion 9: Ancient Corinth & Mycenae
Tour Code: PIR-007
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 8 1/2 hours)

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Your tour begins at the pier where you will board your coach for a visit to the district known as Argolis. Located in the northeast corner of the Peloponnese, this is archaeologically one of the most interesting areas in Greece. Traveling by motorway, you will journey around the Saronic Gulf, past Eleusis, to the Corinth Canal, where there will be a short stop for you to appreciate a breath-taking view of this spectacular canal from the bridge that is suspended 200 feet above the water. The Canal itself is four miles long, 75 feet wide and 26 feet deep and was only built in the 19th century, although many men in the past, including the Emperor Nero had made previous attempts.

Leaving the Canal, you will continue to Ancient Corinth, a city blessed with a superb location, fertile plains and virtually impregnable refuge. Excavations here reveal that the ancient city was both huge and wealthy; a survivor of numerous invasions but eventually devastated by earthquakes. St. Paul lived and worked in Corinth for 18 months and the Bema (platform) where the Roman governor tried him is still visible. While here you will also see one of Corinth's most striking ancient buildings - the Temple of Apollo, seven of whose original columns still stand. Enjoy a walk through the remains of the Market Place, a colonnaded square once surrounded by many small shops and see the celebrated Fountain of Priene, which has produced water from the earliest times, and the Lechaion Road, formerly the main thoroughfare to the port of Lechaion.

Proceeding on from Ancient Corinth, you will next travel to Mycenae where you will be treated to a typical Greek lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, your tour continues with a visit to the somber and mighty ruins of ancient Mycenae, vestiges of a kingdom that for 400 years was the most powerful in Greece. You will enter the Citadel of Mycenae on foot, approaching it through the famous Lion Gate. Once inside, you can see the shaft graves discovered by Schliemann and visit the Beehive Tomb, referred to sometimes as the Tomb of Agamemnon - the Greek Commander-in-Chief during the Trojan War.

Departing Mycenae, your coach will return you to the pier where your tour will conclude.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of walking and/or standing and approximately 20 steps involved. At Mycenae the surfaces are uneven and slippery; therefore, this tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles are recommended. The order of sights visited may vary. The actual tour duration may vary due to traffic conditions.

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