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Ancient Olympia: Archaeological Site and Museum Entry Ticket

1. Ancient Olympia: Archaeological Site and Museum Entry Ticket

Travel back in time to the site of the first Olympic Games, and the Unesco-listed ruins of Ancient Olympia. Go directly to the archaeological site of the ancient Olympia, one of the archaeological highlights of the Peloponnese.Stroll and admire the remains of temples. See the Temple of Zeus, the largest temple in the Peloponnese, considered by many to be the perfect example of Doric architecture.Next, visit The Temple of Hera, one of the oldest monumental temples in Greece. Explore the stadium, hippodrome, wrestling school, and gymnasium where Olympic athletes trained. Continue to the archaeological museum that presents the long history of the most-celebrated sanctuary of antiquity: the sanctuary of Zeus. Take in a vast number of finds from the excavations in the sacred precinct of the Altis.Conclude your visit wit a stop at The Museum of the History of the Olympic Games in Olympia. Learn the important history of the Olympic Games and hosts findings related to the period when the ancient games took place.

Private Guided Tour of Ancient Olympia

2. 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.

Katakolo: Olympia Archaeological Site Shore Excursion

3. Katakolo: Olympia Archaeological Site Shore Excursion

Discover all of Olympia's major attractions in a short space of time on this half-day shore excursion. First, visit the ancient stadium where all sports took place. Admire the first-ever Olympic running track which is over 200 meters long.  Next, head to the Temple of Zeus which is located near the stadium. Marvel at the ruins of this ancient site, constructed in the 5th-century BC. Your next stop is the Temple of Hera, one of the oldest temples in Greece.  Here you can admire the statue of Hermes and see the spot where the Olympic flame is lit every four years. Finally, head to the Olympia Museum. Admire several antiquities from different periods and artifacts from excavations of the surrounding area. See statues such as the statue of Nike Paionios and Hermes of Praxiteles. At the end of the tour, get dropped off back at your cruise terminal in time for your ship departure.

Ancient Olympia: Audio Tour on your Phone Without Ticket

4. 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.

From Athens: Ancient Olympia Private Day Tour

5. From Athens: Ancient Olympia Private Day Tour

Your private tour will start from Athens and drive you through the scenic and beautiful landscape inside the Peloponnese peninsula. Your first stop is the magnificent structure of the Corinth Canal, which is in Peloponnese, the southern peninsula of Greece. The Corinth Canal connects the Saronic with the Corinthian Gulf in the Aegean Sea, a dream of the ancients that came true in 1893. Rest and take some amazing photos above the Corinth Canal. Then, drive towards ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games in Classical times. There you will visit both the archaeological site and choose between Archaeological Museum of Olympia with a great amount of artifacts and statues in it, and the Museum of the Olympic Games. The Games were held every 4 years from the 8th century BC untill 4th century AD. You will visit the Temple of Zeus, Pelopion, the stadium, the Temple of Hera, the Phillipeion, the Phidias workshop and many other structures that are worth your attention.You can feel the aura of the Olympic Games, fighting on the Pallestra or running around the stadium and understand why ancients took the cultivation of body, mind, and soul so seriously. When you feel hungry get ready to taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch in a traditional restaurant or tavern. It's up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most known Greek dishes. After your lunch at Olympia, drive back to Athens.

From Athens: Mainland Greece 4-Day Private Tour with Hotel

6. From Athens: Mainland Greece 4-Day Private Tour with Hotel

Day 1: Athens, Canal, ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia Your private four-day tour starts from Athens early in the morning. Drive towards the scenic coastal road of Athens to the magnificent structure of the Corinth Canal, which is in the Peloponnese, the southern peninsula of Greece. The Canal connects the Saronic with the Corinthian Gulf in the Aegean Sea. A dream of the ancients, that came true in 1893. Time for a rest and some amazing photos above the canal. Leave Isthmos and driving to ancient Corinth (the city of Apollo and Aphrodite, plus one of the most important places of St. Paul who lived here for almost two years doing missionary work). Ancient Corinth was an important state city during the ancient years, the richest and most famous port of the ancient Greece. Make a short stop for some great photos. Here you will visit the archaeological site and museum, plus the church that has the 1st Letter to the Corinthians written in four languages: Greek, Arabic, French and English. Then, the driver will take you to Mycenae, the golden city of king Agamemnon, the one who united all the Greek cities to fight for a common purpose against Troy. Mycenae was the city from where the Mycenaean civilization started and has an archaeological site to visit. There you will see the burial Royal Tombs of the kings and queens, the cyclopian walls, the Lion Gate and the treasury of Atreas, the Cyclopean Walls. There is an option to visit Epidaurus where you will be able to see the ancient theater of Epidaurus with its fantastic acoustics that is even used nowadays mostly in the summer for festivals, theatrical plays and music concerts. A must-see is also the sanctuary of Asklipeios, who was the son of the god Apollo. On to Nafplion, the first modern capital of Greece from 1821 till 1834. You will see the castle of the city, the Palamidi that's above the town as well as Mpourtzi the island fortress, the first defence line of the port. This is a wonderful seaside place, ideal to walk around and taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch in a traditional restaurant or tavern. There you can see the old houses of the Nafplion, as well as the local shops that sell handmade objects and jewelry for all tastes and wallets.  After your lunch, you will be driven to Olympia and overnight there. Free leisure time. Day 2: Olympia, Rio Antirio Bridge, Nafpaktos, Itea, Delphi Ancient Olympia is the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games in classical times. There you will visit both the archaeological site and choose between Archaeological Museum of Olympia with a great amount of artifacts and statues, and the Museum of the Olympic Games. The Games were held every four years from the 8th century BC until the 4th century AD. Visit the Temple of Zeus, Pelopion, the stadium, the Temple of Hera, the Phillipeion, the Phidias workshop and many other structures that are worth your attention. You can feel the aura of the Olympic Games, of fighting on the Pallestra or running around the stadium and understand why ancients took the cultivation of body, mind and soul so seriously. After lunch at your choice of restaurant in Olympia, you will drive to Delphi, through the largest cable bridge in Europe, Rio Antirio, and see the magnificent town of Nafpaktos and Itea. Overnight and free time in Delphi. Day 3: Delphi, Amfissa, Lamia, Trikala, Kalambaka, Meteora Delphi was the first touristic attraction of antiquity. It was the place the god Apollo had his sanctuary, were the propheses were given to every man, prince, general and king by the Pythia High Priestess. It was the center of the universe, according to Zeus, king of the gods. You will visit the Oracle of Apollo, the Omfalos, the temple of Athena Pronaia, Kastaleia Spring and see some magnificent artifacts and statues, such as Eniochos the charioteer, the twin Brothers and Sphynx of Naxos. Have lunch in Delphi with a great view of Parnassus and Itea and then you'll head to Meteora, passing by many towns like Amfissa, Lamia (the capital city of the Thessaly Plain), Trikala, Kalambaka. Overnight and free leisure time in Kalambaka or Kastraki. Day 4: Meteora, Thermopylae, Athens After your breakfast you will visit the monasteries of Meteora. They come second in religious importance and size after mount Athos in orthodox christianity. Meteora means "middle of the sky", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above" and the monasteries are built on high pillars at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains. Since the 11th century monks and nuns have lived here. The monasteries are: St. Nicolas, Grande Meteoro, Varlaam, Rousannou, Holy Trinity and St. Stephen. You will visit up to three monasteries, depending on the day. Admire the wonderful, panoramic views. After lunch, drive back to Athens with a short stop at the battlefield of Thermopylae or Hotgates and the Hot Springs, where King Leonidas and the 300 brave Spartans gave their lives for the freedom of Greece.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

I did this tour with my wife and two daughters (17 and 14) and we all really enjoyed it. The audio tour enriched the visit and helped to bring everything we were seeing to life. Without it, it would have felt like we were just wandering around.

Very beautiful site and impressive in size. No translation in French, all in English on the other hand. There are quite a few trees for shade.

Unforgettable impressions from Olympia !! But the tickets purchased through the app were more expensive than at the box office?

Fantastic tour with Antonia. She was very engaged, passionate about history and made the tour very interesting for the kids.

Angela was excellent!!! We (including our teenage sons) were enthralled.