We visited Corinth and Athens on a long excursion with an excellent driver from George the Taxi Driver services. Corinth was very interesting, particularly the museum at ancient Corinth site and the canal. In Athens, the highlight was a visit to the National Archaeological museum. Due to my arthritis problems, we did not visit the Acropolis. We also enjoyed an excellent lunch at a restaurant in the Plaka, on a recommendation from our driver. Athens and Corinth both show many signs of their economic difficulties, which we also noted in Patras.
A few words about Patras: This is not a typical port for Greek cruises and, in fact, Marina was one of the first cruise ships to visit here in many years. We had a private tour that was very nice, however, and enjoyed the new church of St. Andrew, the Achaia Clauss winery, the archaeological museum (a gem!) and a lunch near the impressive Rion-Antirron bridge over the gulf of Corinth.