Understand the Corinth Canal
An Educational Private Half-day Tour in the Corinth Canal
Pausanias in his “Corinthian” book writes that “whoever attempted to make the Peloponnese an island, failed even before starting to dig the isthmus. This Half-day Tour in the Corinth Canal is a trip back in history from the 7th century BC and the construction of Diolkos until the opening of the Canal and the transformation of Peloponnese to an island.
The Corinth Canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf and the Aegean and it is the second most important place to visit in Greece, after the Parthenon! You will start from the Center of History and Science “GRAMMI.org”, which narrates the scientific journey from Ancient Diolkos until the Corinth Canal in an interactive manner with references to all sciences, from mechanics and geology to physics, mathematics, and philosophy.
Then you will visit one of the only two “pieces” of the ancient trackway and the most important remnant of that period, the archaeological site of Isthmia, once built around the Sanctuary of Poseidon, an important cult and athletic center where the Panhellenic Games, “the Isthmia”, took place every two years.
The tour ends by crossing the canal with a small boat, where you will be able to see the submersible bridges of Posidonia and Isthmia, as well as its slopes from the inside. In only 6 km (+6 km back to Isthmia), you will make a journey in time.
To conclude your day, weather permitting, you can swim at the beautiful and family friendly beaches of Kehries (Gate to the East) or Leheo (Gate to the West), where you can still trace the remnants of the ports of Ancient Corinth.
How to book
This family tour and activity is ideal for families with children from 6 years old and it operates throughout the year. It cannot be booked independently, but as part of a multi-day tailormade trip in Nafplio, Corinth and the wider region of the Peloponnese.
Please contact your MAMAKITA family travel specialist to tailor your trip to your family needs, budget and age of kids by filling in this form. We strongly advise you to make your request at least one month before the starting date of your trip, and ideally 3 months in advance, if your travel dates include July and August, the peak months for family vacations in Greece.