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Begin your approximately 40 minute journey to the birthplace of the Olympic Games with a drive through scenic villages. The Olympic Games, during classical times, were the most famous games in the known world at that time. They were held every four years from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD.

Before the site of Olympia was built, a hidden Sanctuary of Zeus sat on this spot. The sanctuary was known as an Altis, and it is here where you begin your approximately 90 minute visit.

Perhaps the most impressive ruin is the Temple of Zeus, which still reveals some of its elegance and scale. It once housed an oversized gold-ivory statue of Zeus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The sculptor Phidias who made the statue had his workshop in Olympia. A Byzantine church was erected on top of the workshop and its remnants can be seen today.

The Altis also encompasses the Prytaneion, magistrates' residence, the Philippeion, an offering of Philip of Macedonia after his victory at Chaeronia and Hera's temple which served as a perfect setting for the famous statue of Praxiteles' Hermes perfectly preserved and now housed in the nearby museum.

Around the Altis, you will see the twelve Treasuries, small buildings erected as offerings by the city-states of Greece.

Just beyond the treasuries is the world famous Stadium, accessible through a vaulted entrance. It was the largest of its kind seating 20,000 people during the ancient games. More recently, it was used as the stadium for the hammer throwing event in the 2004 Olympics.

Continue on to the Gymnasium, the Vouleuterion and the Leonidaion which served as a kind of hostel for the visitors of the games.

After visiting the Site of Ancient Olympia, you will have the chance to reach the beautiful village of Olympia. You will have approximately 50 minutes to stroll around the village and admire the nature of this place.

From here, you will drive back through the Peloponnese countryside to reach the port of Katakolon.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Ship pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Dress
Comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses and sun screen are suggested.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to walk over paved, gravel, stones and packed dirt surfaces. Many are uneven and/or on inclines. There are some uneven steps.
5 Stars5Based On 12 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsOct 25 tour December 11, 2017

Reviewer: christinalauni
Lydia our guide was waiting for us. She was excellent guide, very informative and a warm personally. We were amazed at how large Olympia was. I would differently ask for her again.

5 StarsOct 25 tour December 11, 2017

Reviewer: christinalauni
Lydia our guide was waiting for us. She was excellent guide, very informative and a warm personally. We were amazed at how large Olympia was. I would differently ask for her again.

4 StarsAncient Olympia tourNovember 27, 2017

Reviewer: Paul Guzowski
Easy to find guide on pier head, tour guide knowledgeable, and interesting.

4 StarsOlympiaNovember 01, 2017

Reviewer: Greg Levy
Tour was well organized and tour guide was very knowledgeable. Only issue was meeting the tour guide as we came off the boat. Directions were unclear and he held a small sign. Should be better directions or more accurate gathering point.

5 StarsGreat TourOctober 10, 2017

Reviewer: Ron Kocher
Great guide, very knowledgeable, fun and educational. Worth booking.

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