Spirit of Olympia and Magna Grecia Farm

Spirit of Olympia and Magna Grecia Farm
Price: $125.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 6 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Lunch
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. Guests should bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Restrictions This tour is not wheelchair accessible, but walkers can be accommodated.

Spirit of Olympia and Magna Grecia Farm

Travel on a scenic and picturesque journey from the port to Olympia where your introduction to this magnificent site begins on a hidden sanctuary of Zeus, known as Altis, that the ancient Olympic site was built over. Here you will find the Temple of Zeus that formerly housed an oversized golden and ivory statue crafted by the sculptor Phidias to the god of the sky and thunder. If you look closely you can still see the remnants of the Byzantine church built over the sculptor's workshop.

Walk in the footsteps of ancient Olympians and view the Prytaneion, magistrates' residence, the Philippeion and Hera's Temple. Surrounding the Altis are the 12 Treasuries, or small buildings erected as offerings by the then city-states of Greece.

Just beyond the Altis lies the iconic Stadium, the largest of its kind, that seated 20,000 people for the ancient games and, more recently, for the 2014 Olympics hammer throwing competition. Be sure to stop at the Gymnasium with the nearby Vouleuterion and the Leonidaion that housed visitors during the games. Spend some free time exploring the village on your own, imaging what it felt like to be a spectator at the games in a UNESCO World Heritage Site that still lights the flame to start every Olympic games up to the present day.

Make your way back to Agriturismo Magna Grecia where Dimitris Karabelas, his wife Franca Magrini, and their sons Alexis and Francesco will greet you. Their 30-acre family property contains a multitude of olive trees and vineyards that the family has cultivated for over a century. While here, learn all about olive oil and wine production, then be treated to a wine tasting accompanied by mouthwatering handmade dishes such as Tirokafteri spicy feta cheese with herbs, tzatziki, a variety of vegetable dishes, marmalades, and baklava or other local sweets.

Take some time to visit the family's animal farm and join the family in some festive Greek music and dancing before your return to port.

Sign up for this ancient Olympia tour now for an authentic taste of Greece and a chance to experience the site of the historic Olympic games.

4.5 Stars4.6 / 5  |  16 ReviewsReview This Tour
Feeling the Spirit of the Olympics
October 04, 2022
Antonia, our tour guide was knowledgeable, articulate, and fun. Walking around the grounds where the Olympics originated was amazing. Antonia was considerate to all the children and older guests, helping them find shade and a comfortable place to sit. The group size was just right, about 12 total. The Magna Grecia Farm was a pleasant surprise, with a fantastic lunch, and even entertainment. The best olive oils we've ever sampled.
Reviewer: Mario
5 Stars
A lovely tour
September 05, 2022
This tour was great to see some history, and then see the farm and enjoy a lovely lunch and greek dance! The lunch place was well air conditioned which was a perfect break from the heat.
Reviewer: Margaret
4 Stars
Great combination with great host and food
February 15, 2020
We had a thorough tour of the original olympic site. The farm was a special treat. Their soaps are remarkable. The food and wine was amazing.
Reviewer: John Chandler
5 Stars
Magna Grecia Farm and ancient Olympia
November 18, 2019
A great outing, despite the rain. Nice tour of the farm and olive production followed by an excellent Greek lunch and entertainment. The guided visit to Olympia was filled with explanations on the history of the Olympic games and tour of the site.
Reviewer: Gary Wilson
5 Stars
Very Fascinating and Fun
October 29, 2019
Olympia tour was marvelous. I was in awe of this historic site. Farm trip afterwards was relaxing and fun. Very well done!
Reviewer: Thomas Walsh
5 Stars
October 28, 2019
This excursion was great! The first stop was the farm, a wonderful lunch with wine, well entertained by Greek dancing and music. Off to Olympia. The guide was informative and allowed enough time for photos and explained the history very well. The museum was well worth the trip.
Reviewer: Dennis Magnusson
3 Stars