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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 19 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsOlympiaJune 11, 2018

Reviewer: Peter Jin
It was a great visit. Meaningful. to me. But sad about the crowd uncontrolled. Guide was quite acceptable.

5 StarsGreat ExperienceJune 03, 2018

Reviewer: Ella Booth
The tour guide was knowledgeble and professional. The experience was great and we would definitely recommend this shore excursion.

5 StarsOlympiaMay 26, 2018

Reviewer: Patricia Nelson
During the drive to Olympia we were given lots of general information and beautiful scenery. Once we arrived at the park she gave us a excellent tour.

5 StarsWould highly recommendMay 23, 2018

Reviewer: Linda
Excellent tour. Guide was called Koby, timing was very well planned out and enjoyable.

4 StarsFascinatingMay 22, 2018

Reviewer: Beatriz Goldstein
These Shore Excursion tours don’t use listening devices so if you lag behind you miss part of the guide’s information.

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