Private Ancient Olympia

Private Ancient Olympia
Excursion Highlights:
  • Immerse yourself in the birthplace of the Olympic Games with this exclusive visit, guided by a local expert.
  • Discover the grandeur of the Temple of Zeus, the sculptor Phidias' workshop, and the world-famous Stadium used in the 2004 Olympics.
  • Explore the ancient sanctuary of Altis, surrounded by the Twelve Treasuries, given as offerings by the city-states of Greece.
  • Enjoy the charm of Olympia village and the picturesque journey through scenic villages and the beautiful Peloponnese countryside.
  • Benefit from smaller groups, personalized attention, and the strongest guarantees in the industry, including a return-to-ship guarantee.
From $50.00/person to $696.00/person (Select "Individuals" below) Price varies based on number of individuals in your group
Ages 12 and under are free.
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Private
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic, Walking
Shore Excursion Duration 4 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. Guests should bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Restrictions Minimum age to consume alcohol is 18 years. Guests must be able to walk over cobblestones and uneven surfaces, inclines and steps. This tour is not wheelchair accessible, but walkers can be accommodated.

Begin your private day with a step back in time when you are met by your local, knowledgeable and professional guide who will show you to your transportation for the approximately 40-minute journey through scenic villages to the birthplace of the Olympic Games. The Olympic Games, during classical times, were the most famous games in the known world. 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 exclusive 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, the magistrates' residence, the Philippeion, an offering of Philip of Macedonia after his victory at Chaeronia as well as Hera's Temple, which served as a perfect setting for the famous statue of Praxiteles' Hermes that has been perfectly preserved and is 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 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.

This private tour is the very best way to experience ancient Olympia with an up-close and very intimate look into the history of all things Olympic.