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From Athens: Ancient Olympia Private Day Trip

1. From Athens: Ancient Olympia Private Day Trip

Depart from Athens on a private day trip to Olympia. Admire views of the Aegean Sea at the Corinth Canal and enter the birthplace of the legendary Olympic Games at Olympia. Walk around the archaeological site and find the ruins of the Temple of Zeus. Get picked up from your accommodations and meet your friendly driver for the day. Watch the cityscape disappear into the distance as you drive through the countryside towards Olympia. Make a stop at the Corinth Canal which separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. Watch ships cruising through the passage below to the Aegean Sea. Arrive at Olympia and choose whether to hire a guide to learn about the history of this site and the Olympic Games. Explore the archaeological site and marvel at the remains of the Temple of Zeus. Leave Olympia and if you're hungry, grab lunch at a local restaurant. Set off for Athens to arrive before nightfall.

Olympia: Self-Guided Virtual Reality Tour of Olympia

2. Olympia: Self-Guided Virtual Reality Tour of Olympia

Meet your host at the local partner's office in Olympia, who will then explain how the virtual reality (VR) glasses work. After the short introduction, begin your virtual tour at the Archeological Site and step back in time to experience ancient Olympia. Listen to interesting facts about each monument and see many monuments come to life again.  You’ll first visit the Ancient Gymnasium, where athletes used to train for the Olympic Games before making your way to Palestra, the training place of boxers and wrestlers. Next, you’ll stop at the Phidias Workshop, where Phidias created one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Heading east, you will see the Temple of Zeus and virtually enter the monument to see the magnificent Statue of Zeus. Then, find yourself in the Ancient Stadium. Through your VR glasses, you will get to experience an ancient sporting event. See athletes competing for the Olympics and admire them from the finishing line. Then head over to the ruins of the Nymphaeum of Herodes of Atticus. With the help of your VR glasses, you’ll be able to see the ruins of the Nymphaeum in its full grandeur and see it come to life again. Last, see the lighting of the Olympic Flame in ancient times and discover that some traditions have remained the same until today.

Athens: Ancient Olympia and Corinth Canal Private Tour

3. Athens: Ancient Olympia and Corinth Canal Private Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Athens and heads to the Corinth Canal, also known as the Isthmus Canal. Explore this fascinating example of engineering, which dates back to the 19th century, and learn about its role in the world of Mediterranean trade. Continue onto the Ancient Diolkos, a paved path near the canal which enabled boats to move overland during ancient times. Arrive at the Archaeological Museum next, which houses an impressive collection of Olympia’s artworks and artifacts. Highlights of the museum include the Sculpture from the Temple of Zeus, arguably one of the finest surviving examples of Archaic Greek sculpture, as well as the Winged Victory by Paiongs, the Hermes of Praxiteles, and a model of the reconstructed ancient Olympia site. After the museum, enjoy free time to wander through the picturesque streets of Olympia, mingle with the locals, and shop for handmade souvenirs at the village shops. As you explore, get a sense of local life and learn about modern culture in this ancient location. Finally, enjoy lunch at La Belle Helene (at own expense) and treat your taste buds to an authentic home cooked Greek meal.

Ancient Olympia full day private tour from Athens

4. Ancient Olympia full day private tour from Athens

Start your tour with a visit to the Corinth Canal, a site of utmost historical significance. Enjoy a brief 15 minute stop here and take plenty of pictures whilst you have a refreshing beverage. Next, continue your travels to Ancient Olympia, where you will get to stop and discover with your driver for around 5 hours.  During your time here, you will get to visit some of ancient Greece's most iconic landmarks, such as the Archaeological Site of Olympia, the Philippeion, the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, the Museum of the Olympic Games and the Archimedes Museum. Whilst in the city of Olympia, your driver will be able to suggest a delicious, traditional Greek tavern for you to stop and have lunch.

Private Guided Tour of Ancient Olympia

5. Private Guided Tour of Ancient Olympia

In 776 BC there was already an idea for peace at Olympia sanctuary. Initially the festival started as a local event that has become Panhellenic (all Greeks) in the next centuries. The culmination was reached in the Greek classical period of 5 century B.C. The world of the gods. of the heroes. of myths, and the sacrificial symposia formed the ethos of the ancient Greeks and defined them as a unique moment in the history of humanity. The institution contributed decisively to the unity of the Greeks, equality,  peace, humanism and good competition which are among the characteristics of this period.  The harmony of body and mind evolved through sport and philosphy. The harmony is reflected in the statues of the gods and the myths.  This is a private guided walking tour of almost 2.5 hours in the Ancient Olympia. The tour goes through the sacred grove of Zeus with all the religious and auxiliary buildings.

From Athens: Ancient Olympia Full-Day Private Tour

6. From Athens: Ancient Olympia Full-Day Private Tour

Explore Olympia, as the sanctuary of ancient Greece that birthed the Olympic Games. Examine the Temple of Hera, where the modern day flame still burns during Olympic Games. See the Temple of Zeus, once home to the Golden and Ivory statue of Zeus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Visit the original Stadium and Boulerterion monuments. Arrive at Athens, and see the Corinth Canal. Explore the modern town of Olympia where you can enjoy a traditional greek lunch. Shop for souvenirs in boutique stores. At the end day, be dropped back at your accommodation in Piraeus and Athens. 

Katakolon and Olympia Shore Excursion

7. Katakolon and Olympia Shore Excursion

Take in the interesting sites of Katakolon before heading to the Olympia archeological site and museum on this 4-hour shore excursion. See the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the Temple of Zeus, the Stadium, the Hermes of Praxiteles statue and artifacts in the museum. Stop at Klio's honey farm and meet the owners, who will introduce you to the process of honey production. Enjoy pancakes with homemade honey in the shade of the garden trees. Head to Saint Andrew’s Beach for a quick swim in the clear waters surrounded by rocks. Enjoy a cup of Greek coffee or a light lunch (not included in the tour price).

Short Tour of Olympia, an Olive Oil Press & St. Andrew Beach

8. Short Tour of Olympia, an Olive Oil Press & St. Andrew Beach

Take in all the interesting sites of Katakolon before heading to the Olympia archeological site and museum on this 4-5 hour shore excursion. See the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the Temple of Zeus, the Stadium, the Hermes of Praxiteles statue, and artifacts in the museum. Stop at a local olive oil press and meet the owners, who will introduce you to the process of producing the nicest local extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy a tour of the premises and learn all about real olive oil. Head to Saint Andrew’s Beach for a quick swim in the clear waters surrounded by rocks. Enjoy a cup of Greek coffee or a light lunch (not included in the tour price).

From Kyllini: Day Trip to Ancient Olympia & a Greek Farm

9. From Kyllini: Day Trip to Ancient Olympia & a Greek Farm

This tour has a duration of approximately 6-7 hours. Your first stop is the Olympia archaeological site and museum. The Olympia visit will last approximately 2.5 hours where you will have the chance to see the birthplace of the Olympic games, the Temple of Zeus, the Stadium, the Hermes of Praxiteles statue, and many other museum artifacts. Next, you will head to Klio's honey farm where you visit a lovely rural house with the nicest owners, they will introduce you to the process of local honey production. During the visit a nice treat is offered for you to taste local pancakes with homemade honey. You will then enjoy a wine tour at Magna Grecia farm. The owners will also introduce the process of harvesting and producing homemade olive oil. A Greek local lunch can be served then or at another local restaurant. Next, you will go to the Kremasty monastery for the chance to get a feeling of the Greek Orthodox religion. Finally, you stop at Saint Andrew beach to have the chance for a quick swim under the Greek sun, enjoying the cleanest water surrounded by rocks.

From Athens: Ancient Olympia Private Day Tour

10. From Athens: Ancient Olympia Private Day Tour

Your private tour will start from Athens and drive you through the scenic and beautiful landscape inside the Peloponnese peninsula. Your first stop is the magnificent structure of the Corinth Canal, which is in Peloponnese, the southern peninsula of Greece. The Corinth Canal connects the Saronic with the Corinthian Gulf in the Aegean Sea, a dream of the ancients that came true in 1893. Rest and take some amazing photos above the Corinth Canal. Then, drive towards ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games in Classical times. There you will visit both the archaeological site and choose between Archaeological Museum of Olympia with a great amount of artifacts and statues in it, and the Museum of the Olympic Games. The Games were held every 4 years from the 8th century BC untill 4th century AD. You will visit the Temple of Zeus, Pelopion, the stadium, the Temple of Hera, the Phillipeion, the Phidias workshop and many other structures that are worth your attention.You can feel the aura of the Olympic Games, fighting on the Pallestra or running around the stadium and understand why ancients took the cultivation of body, mind, and soul so seriously. When you feel hungry get ready to taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch in a traditional restaurant or tavern. It's up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most known Greek dishes. After your lunch at Olympia, drive back to Athens.

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Perfect experience. Instead of stone and rubble, I got a glimpse of what it used to look like for the first time. A great experience with lots of background information. The owners were super nice and we got a very nice introduction to the glasses. Highly recommended!!!

Our driver, Akis, was great! Very accommodating, pleasant, professional and most of all, a safe driver! He picked us up on time, gave us plenty of time in Olympia and returned us safely to Athens. I highly recommend Akis!

It was an interesting trip with Yannis. He explained everything from ancient Greece to modern Greece. Olympia is a huge place, get comfortable shoes and a hat. I enjoyed the trip. Thanks to Yannis

The possibility of better understanding how people lived at that time and being an active part of the story and what is seen

Brilliant experience. Really bought Olympia to life! Thanks Achilles (owner) for such great instructions.