Welcome to Olympia Town

Just 500m south of the village, across the Kladeos River, are the remains of Ancient Olympia. As you walk around, or stand at the starting line of the ancient stadium, contemplate the influence of this site through millennia. This is where they light the Olympic flame every four years. This is where the Games began.

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$85.63 Shore Excursions

Katakolon Port to Olympia Private Shore Excursion, Farm Visit

Upon your arrival at the cruise port of Katakolon, you will be met by your private escort and vehicle (carrying a sign with your name on) right at exit of the cruise port. You will depart for the tour within 30 minutes approx. after the disembarkation. Enjoy a scenic drive along the coast and through the traditional villages. Relax and enjoy a private ride from Katakolon port to the agricultural farm of Magna Grecia while your escort will share with you interesting information about the region.  You will arrive in the farm after 40 minutes’ drive (28 miles approximately). There you will sit under  the olive trees and attend a presentation of olive harvesting, see the olive harvesting equipment and learn about olive oil homemade soaps, olive oil and beeswax skin creams. You will also taste delicious snacks made exclusively inside the farm (wine, olive oil, olives, feta cheese, tomatoes and eggplants, homemade sausage, beans with herbs, tzatziki and baklava for dessert). The visit of the farm lasts 1 ½ hour. Afterwards, you will have a visit in Olympia town ( about 15 minutes driving / 7 miles) and see the lands where the first Olympic Games took place. You will have 1 hour to either take a stroll inside the archaeological site on your own (admission 12,00 euros per person) or have coffee in one of the unique cafes with a view to the plains of Olympia .  Afterwards, you will return to the port of Katakolon. ( 45 minutes driving/ 24 miles). The driver will drop you off at the cruise port.Note: the program of the excursion can be modified as far as timings and series of destination-visiting are concerned.  

$699.89 Cultural & Theme Tours

Site and Museum Experience 6h

Departing from the port with your private vehicle and driver, you will travel through the rich countryside between the Alfios and Kladeos rivers, on your way to Olympia, where you will embark a 2-and-a-half-hour guided tour, that visits the temple of Zeus, the temple of Hera, the spot of the lighting of the Olympic torch and the stadium, among other sites.Ancient Olympia, the archaeological site of the first Olympic Games, in 776 B.C., lies in the lush valley formed by the Alfios river. There is a temple of Zeus which in antiquity was housing one of the 7 wonders of the Ancient world, the gold and ivory statue of Zeus, which Phedias had created. Then see the temple of Hera, as well as the shrine of Hera which is where since 1936 the Olympic Torch is always being lit from the sun, the shrine of Pelops (one of the oldest in the sanctuary), the Council house where the athletes took the Olympic oath, the Treasury houses, the Gymnasium and the Palaestra where they used to exercise for a month prior to the Games. Finally, you will reach the stadium, where the marble starting blocks are still in position.You will also visit the Archaeological Museum, only a short walk from the Olympia site itself. Here you will find a wonderful collection of Greek sculpture, as well as treasures that have been unearthed over a century of excavations.See the breathtaking original pediments from the Temple of Zeus, all in white marble from Paros, illustrating the mythical war between the Centaurs and the Lapiths on the one side, the beginning of the chariot race between Prince Pelops and King Oinomaos on the other side. The museum is also home to the famous Hermes of Praxiteles statue, as well as the marble statue of Nike and the bronze helmet of general Miltiades who defeated the Persian army in 490 BC in the battle of Marathon.This tour is usually being combined with the guests who choose to join the Olympia Project tour that also includes a Greek dining experience in a local restaurant. Therefore, after the guided tour is over, you will have plenty of time to spend on your own at the Olympic Games site or museum and then at the modern town of Olympia. Olympia is a rather small town; therefore it is easy to walk around and navigate yourselves to the different places you would like to explore on your own.You can stroll around Olympia town and have Greek coffee at one of the town's coffee shops, mingle with the locals and explore the main street with its many shops where you can find everything from jewellery and clothes to arts and crafts. Also, you can taste the traditional souvlaki with pita and gyros by making a stop at one of the small souvlaki posts where you can either sit down or have it to go and continue your exploration.