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Katakolo Cruise Port: Roundtrip Transfer to Ancient Olympia

1. Katakolo Cruise Port: Roundtrip Transfer to Ancient Olympia

Explore the Archeological Site of Olympia on your own with a roundtrip transfer from the Katakolo Cruise port. Drive through the scenic mainland of western Peloponnese and explore the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Return to the port, just in time for your cruise departure. Meet your guide outside of the cruise terminal and board an air-conditioned bus to Ancient Olympia. Buy your admission ticket upon arrival and enter the archeological site. Learn of the origin of the Olympic Games in classical times, held from 776 BC until 393 AD. Marvel at the Temple of Hera and the Olympic flame that burns outside during the modern-day games. See the Temple of Zeus that once housed one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Golden and Ivory statue of Zeus. Witness where competitors once swore an oath to honor the rules at the Stadium and Bouleuterion. Feel free to explore at your own pace and choose to visit the modern Village of Olympia for shopping or a traditional meal. Take a moment to swim at the nearby beach before returning to your awaiting cruise ship.

Classical Tour from Katakolon Port to Olympia

2. Classical Tour from Katakolon Port to Olympia

Upon arrival, transfer by private vehicle from Katakolon, the port of your arrival, to the ancient site of Olympia. Wander through the place where the ancient athletes lived, trained, made sacrifices to gods, and competed absorbing the wisdom of the ancient Greeks at iconic ruins. Ponder the existence of Zeus at the stunning temple built in his honor, once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Discover the place where the Olympic Flame is ignited every four years for the modern Olympic Games. Step back in history at this stadium, run and follow the footprints of the first athletes. Take a picture of yours on the marble starting line extant up to this day. The tour continues in the museum. There, admire the unique pediments of the temple of Zeus, two immense sculpted complexes. Discover significant ancient artifacts from the site, but the masterpiece of ancient Greek art, Hermes of Praxiteles will astound you. Later on, take a stroll through the town of Olympia and soak up the modern flavor of the town. Sit at a town’s café, go shopping or savor a traditional Greek meal. Wine lovers may want to take an optional excursion to a local winery built by the sea in natural scenery and sip on the wines produced there. If you choose to swim in turquoise blue waters, the beach is organized and you can relax and enjoy a beverage or Greek nibbles. The private vehicle will always be nearby to facilitate your transfer and at the end of the day you can safely return to the port.

Private Guided Tour of Ancient Olympia

3. Private Guided Tour of Ancient Olympia

In 776 BC there was already an idea for peace at Olympia sanctuary. Initially the festival started as a local event that has become Panhellenic (all Greeks) in the next centuries. The culmination was reached in the Greek classical period of 5 century B.C. The world of the gods. of the heroes. of myths, and the sacrificial symposia formed the ethos of the ancient Greeks and defined them as a unique moment in the history of humanity. The institution contributed decisively to the unity of the Greeks, equality,  peace, humanism and good competition which are among the characteristics of this period.  The harmony of body and mind evolved through sport and philosphy. The harmony is reflected in the statues of the gods and the myths.  This is a private guided walking tour of almost 2.5 hours in the Ancient Olympia. The tour goes through the sacred grove of Zeus with all the religious and auxiliary buildings.

4-Day Tour of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora

4. 4-Day Tour of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora

Day 1: Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive to Epidaurus, and pay a visit to the archaeological site and to the theatre, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Continue on to Nauplia for a short stop. Next, drive to Mycenae where you will visit the fascinating archaeological site. Depart for Olympia, passing through the central Peloponnese area and passing the cities of Megalopolis and Tripolis. Finally, arrive in Olympia for dinner and overnight stay. There is also a possibility of staying in Nauplia instead. (Dinner included). Day 2: In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Olympia. Drive via Patras to Rion, cross the channel to Antirion on the state of the art suspension bridge, known as the longest and most modern in Europe. Arrive in Nafpaktos, then continue to Delphi. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay in Delphi. (Breakfast and dinner included). Day 3: First, visit the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. Depart for Kalambaka, passing through Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala. Arrive in Kalambaka, and savor a dinner before your overnight stay. (Breakfast and dinner included). Day 4: In the morning, visit the breathtaking Meteora. In the early afternoon, start the drive back to Athens passing via Thermopylae and Kammena Vourla. (Breakfast included). This tour offers the opportunity to visit the most impressive historical Greek sites, giving you an insight into the glorious past of Greece.

From Athens: 4-Days Classical Tour with Meteora

5. From Athens: 4-Days Classical Tour with Meteora

Day 1: Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidaurus, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then, proceed to the town of Nafplio (short photo stop), drive on to Mycenae and visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then, depart for Olympia through central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games (dinner) Day 2: In the morning, visit the archaeological site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the ancient stadium, the spot where the torch of the modern Olympic Games is lit and the Archaeological Museum. Then, drive on through the plains of Ilia and Achaia until the magnificent bridge that crosses the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea. Arrive in Delphi (dinner and overnight) Day 3: In the morning, visit the archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi, the most famous oracle of the ancient world. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town located at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, surrounded by gigantic rocks (dinner and overnight) Day 4: Visit Meteora, a striking scenery perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (short stop to see across the road to Leonida's Monument). Arrive in Athens early in the evening.

From Athens: 4-Day Tour of Classical Greece

6. From Athens: 4-Day Tour of Classical Greece

Escape the modern world and take a 4-day tour of the essential sites of classical Greece. You’ll visit famous archaeological sites and museums, and experience the glory and wealth of ancient Greece. Travel along the Corinth Canal, and see the ancient theater at Epidaurus. Then wander around Nafplion and visit the Nafplion Gallery with its paintings dedicated to the Greek Revolution of 1821. At Mycenae visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. At Olympia visit the birthplace of the Olympic Games. See the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic Flame, the Olympic Stadium, and the Archaeological Museum of Olympia. Finally visit the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. Day 1: Depart from the Corinth Canal. Drive to Epidaurus and visit the ancient theater. Proceed to Nafplion. The afternoon is free for you to walk around the old town, or visit the new Nafplion Gallery. Overnight at Nafplion. Day 2: Depart around 12:30 through the plain of Argos to Mycenae. Visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. In the afternoon depart for Olympia, through the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis (short stop). Overnight stay in Olympia. Day 3: Visit the archaeological site of Olympia. Drive via Patras to Rion, cross the channel to Antirion on the new state-of-the-art suspended bridge (short stop at the bridge). Pass by the city of Nafpaktos and from there on, along the coastal road to Delphi. In the afternoon visit the picturesque mountain village of Arachova. Overnight stay in Delphi. Day 4: Visit the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. Depart for Athens later in the afternoon.

3-Day Ancient Greek Archaeological Sites Tour from Athens

7. 3-Day Ancient Greek Archaeological Sites Tour from Athens

This exciting 3-day tour takes you to the most important archaeological sites of classical Greece. Providing a superb introduction to some of the myths of the ancient world, you will visit the tomb of Agamemnon in Mycenae, the Temple of Apollo and Oracle at Delphi, and the altar of the Olympic flame at Olympia. You will also make short stops in the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis, drive past the mighty Corinth Canal, and see the charming harbor town of Nafpaktos. Day 1: Epidaurus – Nayplia - Mycenae Following your departure from Athens, visit the Corinth Canal on the Saronic Gulf and admire the miraculous 19th-century feat of engineering. Continue to Epidaurus to tour the ancient theater, world famous for its outstanding acoustics. Proceed to Nafplia, former capital of the First Hellenic Republic, and drive through the plain of Argos. Upon arrival in Mycenae, visit the ruins of the citadel and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Continue to Olympia for your overnight stay, traveling via the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis, where you can take short stops to stretch your legs or purchase souvenir items. Day 2: Olympia - Delphi Visit the archaeological remains of Olympia, site of the Olympic Games in classical times and sacred ground to the Ancient Greeks. Admire the Doric columns of the Temples of Zeus and Hera, see the remains of the Stadium, and go to the altar of the Olympic flame. Explore the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, located directly opposite the ruins and filled with excavated artifacts. Depart Olympia for Rion, and cross the Corinthian Bay via the new bridge to Antirion. Sit back and enjoy the ride along the coastal road to Delphi, passing the charming small harbor city of Nafpaktos. In the afternoon visit the picturesque mountain village of Arachova on the slopes of the Parnassus Mountains, before your overnight stay in Delphi. Day 3: Delphi - Athens Today you will experience the mysterious atmosphere of Delphi up close, with a tour of the archaeological site perched high on the Parnassus Mountains. Once regarded as the center of the world, Delphi was connected to the worship of Gaia, or Mother Earth, and guarded by a Python dragon that was killed by Apollo. You will visit the temple dedicated to Apollo, and learn about the great Oracle of Delphi. Continue to the theater, where up to 5,000 spectators would watch plays, poetry readings, and festivals. Enjoy superb views of the Parnassus Mountains and valley from the top of the hill, and explore an impressive collection of artifacts and relics associated with ancient Delphi at the Archaeological Museum. In the afternoon, the tour will make its way back to Athens, driving through the vine and olive tree-studded hills of Parnassus and the Valley of Phocis.

Ancient Olympia: Audio Tour on your Phone Without Ticket

8. Ancient Olympia: Audio Tour on your Phone Without Ticket

Discover the archaeological site of Olympia with a self-guided audio tour on your phone designed by an accredited expert. Start the tour with an introduction to the Ancient Gymnasium of Olympia, where you will gain valuable insights into the values of the ancient Greeks and their attitude towards health and wellbeing. Then, continue to the ruins of the Philippeion - the once lavishly decorated memorial dedicated to the Macedonian king Philip II and his family. As you explore the archaic Temple of Hera, learn about the Heraean games, an ancient female running event lost in the mists of time. Later, reflect on the power of love as you marvel at the ruins of the Nymphaeum of Herodes of Atticus, built for the sake of his beloved wife. One of the highlights of your visit will be the Ancient Stadium. Walk through the monumental portico, the so-called Krypte, which has been crossed by countless ancient youths dreaming to meet glory. Step inside the celebrated stadium to listen to the riveting stories of real and mythical athletic events tied to the history of Olympia. After that, experience the imposing Temple of Zeus - 1 of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. Hear wonderful stories about Centaurs and Lapiths, as well as the founding myth of the Olympic games. End your walk in front of the ruins of the Prytaneion, where joyous celebrations were once held for the winners of the games at the heart of the fertile valley of Alpheios.

Ancient Olympia full day private tour from Athens

9. Ancient Olympia full day private tour from Athens

Start your tour with a visit to the Corinth Canal, a site of utmost historical significance. Enjoy a brief 15 minute stop here and take plenty of pictures whilst you have a refreshing beverage. Next, continue your travels to Ancient Olympia, where you will get to stop and discover with your driver for around 5 hours.  During your time here, you will get to visit some of ancient Greece's most iconic landmarks, such as the Archaeological Site of Olympia, the Philippeion, the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, the Museum of the Olympic Games and the Archimedes Museum. Whilst in the city of Olympia, your driver will be able to suggest a delicious, traditional Greek tavern for you to stop and have lunch.

Short Tour of Olympia, an Olive Oil Press & St. Andrew Beach

10. Short Tour of Olympia, an Olive Oil Press & St. Andrew Beach

Take in all the interesting sites of Katakolon before heading to the Olympia archeological site and museum on this 4-5 hour shore excursion. See the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the Temple of Zeus, the Stadium, the Hermes of Praxiteles statue, and artifacts in the museum. Stop at a local olive oil press and meet the owners, who will introduce you to the process of producing the nicest local extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy a tour of the premises and learn all about real olive oil. Head to Saint Andrew’s Beach for a quick swim in the clear waters surrounded by rocks. Enjoy a cup of Greek coffee or a light lunch (not included in the tour price).

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4.6 / 5

based on 62 reviews

What an amazing day we had! Our private driver picked us up at the ship and drove us to Olympia. He was knowledgeable and explained about the local crops. He dropped us off with our guide who was a wealth of information. My mother is in a wheelchair, which was very hard to maneuver over the rocky paths of Ancient Olympia. Our guide even pitched in to help on several occasions. I would highly recommend this tour!!!!!

Our driver George exceeded our expectations and truly went above and beyond to make the trip a memorable experience. The entire ride to Olympia he told us historic facts about the surrounding areas and we even got to make stops along the way. It was very comfortable, personalized, and a lot of fun. 10/10 recommend!

Everything worked great. We were previously informed via WhatsApp of the meeting point and time. Everyone was very friendly and the time on site (3 hours) was sufficient.

The trip was amazing! The sights, the views and our guide Christine were super. The travel was a lot, but it was worth it. We highly recommend this tour.

Very prompt in picking us up. Appreciated the 50% discount in the store. Saved a lot of money, and Constantina was terrific.