Patras is the third largest city of Greece, has a population of 203.000 inhabitants and is the largest financial, commercial and cultural center the Peloponnese. During the four millenniums of its history and especially in the Roman period, Patras became a cosmopolitan center of the Mediterranean, and according to Christian tradition is the place of martyrdom of the Apostle Andrew. The Scottish tradition considers Andrew patron saint from 750 and there is an ancient Russian tradition for the introducing of Christianity in Russia by Apostle Andrew, as he arrived preaching until Kiev. By transferring the capital of the Roman Empire in Constantinople, 330 AD, Patras began to decline. In 807 AD, the city was besieged by Slavs. Later it fell into the hands of the Franks, Venetians and finally the Turks. It is called gate of Greece to the West, as it is an international trading center, a large port and a focal point for trade and communication with Italy and the European West. A feature of Patras is the division of the Upper and Lower town, connected by stairs. The city has two universities and one Technological Educational Institute and associated with these research institutes which make it scientific center with strong performance in technical education. The ultramodern bridge of Rio-Antirio connects the suburb of Patras Rio with Antirio, connecting Peloponnese with mainland Greece. In addition, the city boasts for the largest European Carnival, the famous Carnival of Patras, the main features of which are satirical floats and spectacular dances and parades. The city of Patras was the European Capital of Culture for 2006.
This tour includes a private vehicle with driver, and an English-speaking escort
• Please keep in mind that your English-speaking escort can enter in archeological sites with you but the tour for those will precede the visit. If you want a licensed-authorized guide to tour the sites with you, you can hire one at an extra cost.
• The price of this tour does not include any food, entrance fees, or gratuities.
• In SHARED tours the escort must maintain schedule for a fair and successful day for all.
• Use comfortable shoes and please keep in mind that the weather may be very hot during summer.
The program for a full day excursion in Patras consists of visiting the following points: