Ancient Olympia and Archaeological Museum

Ancient Olympia and Archeological Museum
Price: $65.00
Ages 3 and under are free.
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Summary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic, Walking
Shore Excursion Duration 4 Hours and 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Pier.
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses are also recommended.
Restrictions The entrance fee to the archaeological site and museum is not included in the tour price but can be paid directly on the day of the tour. Adults: 12 EUR , guests over 65 years old: 6 EUR , guests under 18 years old are free. 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. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. WC facilities are available at the Archaeological site.

Step back in time as you visit ancient Olympia where the first Olympic Games were held from 776 a.c. to 393 d.c. Once on the site. you will visit the training areas of the athletes, including the gymnasium where only male athletes were allowed, as they competed in the nude as a tribute to the gods. Over at the palaestra you will see where small-space events, such as wrestling and boxing, were practiced.

Other notable highlights on the property to see include the famous Temple of Zeus, dedicated to the Olympian Zeus, head of the Olympian gods. This temple fell into disuse and pillaged for building materials but still sports 16 original, gigantic columns. See the remains of the Temple of Hera, dedicated to Hera, the queen of the Greek gods. Though partially destroyed by an earthquake in the 4th century, it continues to host the lighting of the Olympic flame every 4 years.

Your guide will also take you to the original Olympic stadium where you will have a chance to test your athletic strength and imagine what it must have been like for the first Olympians to compete with up to 50,000 visitors cheering them on.

After canvassing the Olympic site, you will board the bus for a short ride to the Archaeological Museum of Olympia (entrance to pay on site) where you can see treasures including statues, shields, and sculptures culled from the excavation of the Olympic site. Admire the marble statues of the Temple of Zeus and get up close and personal with the only statue of Hermes, carved by the Greek sculptor Praxiteles. Conclude your tour with some free time in the area before your return to port. Relive the excitement of the first Olympic games when you sign up for this 4.5 hour tour today.

Please Note: The entrance fee to the archaeological site and museum is not included in the tour price but can be paid directly to the tour operator on the day of the tour. Adults are 12 EUR, guests over 65 years old are 6 EUR, and guests under 18 years old are free. There is also fee of 3 EUR per person (not included) for the wireless tour guide system, also known as WHISPERS, which must be paid to the operator on the day of the tour.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  4 ReviewsReview This Tour
10/08/2022 tour
November 01, 2022
Our Tour guide was very informative. The Olympic ruin were larger the we thought and the museum was well displayed.
Reviewer: Daniel Chu
5 Stars
Ancient Olympia Guided Tour
September 10, 2022
Our guided tour lady not only was very knowledgeable and charismatic, but also fill us with a lot of history details that we (my wife and I) didn't know. She encouraged the tourist group participation and waited for all the persons in the group to be together to talk about those little details that you could not find in the literature unless you are a dedicated archeologist, what she was. We took six different guided tours during our trip to Italy, Grece, Croatia and Kotor but this one was the best by far.
Reviewer: Jose H Figueras Torres
5 Stars
Olympia
September 04, 2022
Good tour of site and the museum.
Reviewer: Steve Fleet
4 Stars
Unforgettable experience
December 21, 2021
Had an immensely fulfilling day visiting ancient Olympia. Our guide was deeply knowledgeable and very accommodating . We are so grateful to her. Great memories. The tour exceeded all our expectations.
Reviewer: Maltin
5 Stars