Last Updated: 6th Jun 2012
by – Paul Wormsbacher, Tour Manager, Europe
For thousands of years ships traveling from the Aegean Sea to the Mediterranean Sea had to take the days-long journey around the Peloponnese peninsula. The idea of digging a canal through the roughly 6.3 kilometer (4 mile) stretch of land that connected the Peloponnese of the north has been around for 1000’s of years. The ancient Greeks in the nearby city if Corinth made a fortune hauling ships out of the ocean and across the short stretch of land saving them days in travel but it wasn’t until the very late 1800’s that this incredible task was finally achieved.
To best take in this amazing piece of engineering, you can stand on the bridges that now allow traffic to pass over what was once land. It’s a very cool sight to see the Aegean on one side and the Mediterranean on the other – linked only by the narrow canal. The view is even cooler if you’re lucky enough to see a ship actually pass through the canal.
Many Contiki Tours traveling to and from “Athens”/contikipedia/articles/athens along the Peloponnese stop at the Corinth Canal.