Understand the Corinth Canal
An educational private tour in history and science
Pausanias in his “Corinthian” book writes that “whoever attempted to make the Peloponnese an island, failed even before starting to dig the isthmus. This tour is a trip back in history from the 7th century BC and the construction of Diolkos until the opening of the Corinth 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.
Ideal for families with children from 6 years old
Period of operation: Throughout the year
Duration: 3 hours