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Katakolo Cruise Port: Roundtrip Transfer to Ancient Olympia

1. Katakolo Cruise Port: Roundtrip Transfer to Ancient Olympia

Explore the Archeological Site of Olympia on your own with a roundtrip transfer from the Katakolo Cruise port. Drive through the scenic mainland of western Peloponnese and explore the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Return to the port, just in time for your cruise departure. Meet your guide outside of the cruise terminal and board an air-conditioned bus to Ancient Olympia. Buy your admission ticket upon arrival and enter the archeological site. Learn of the origin of the Olympic Games in classical times, held from 776 BC until 393 AD. Marvel at the Temple of Hera and the Olympic flame that burns outside during the modern-day games. See the Temple of Zeus that once housed one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Golden and Ivory statue of Zeus. Witness where competitors once swore an oath to honor the rules at the Stadium and Bouleuterion. Feel free to explore at your own pace and choose to visit the modern Village of Olympia for shopping or a traditional meal. Take a moment to swim at the nearby beach before returning to your awaiting cruise ship.

Katakolo: Pyrgos and Katakolo Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

2. Katakolo: Pyrgos and Katakolo Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Join the hop-on hop-off bus tour of Katakolo and Pyrgos. Explore the surrounding nature and learn about the region's ancient history. Visit churches, museums, and wander the city streets as you please. Appreciate a bus every 30 minutes, just steps away from the cruise port. Catch the bus just 2-minutes from the cruise port and experience Katakolo's natural beauty and ancient history. Learn of the city's main export and prominent role in cruise ship tourism of the region. Appreciate the picturesque seaside village, littered with cafes, restaurants, and souvenir shops. Next, stop at Manolopoulou Street in Pyrgos city center where you can visit the Eparcheion, a tower built on the tallest of seven hills that surround the area. Discover the rich economic history of the city and admire the neoclassical houses constructed in the 19th century. Arrive next at the Archaeological Museum of Pyrgos which was once a public marketplace. Wander through the various exhibitions that span the entire spectrum of local history. Discover the building's architectural influences and the role it played in the 1950s. On the way back to the port, make a stop at the Orthodox Church of Saint John. Roam around the streets of Katakolo, shop for souvenirs, or enjoy an ice cream. Swim at a nearby beach if you have time and ride one more stop back to the terminal.

Private Guided Tour of Ancient Olympia

3. 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.

Ancient Olympia: Virtual Reality Self-Guided Audio Tour

4. Ancient Olympia: Virtual Reality Self-Guided Audio Tour

For the first time ever, use your phone to take a self-guided on-site tour of ancient Olympia, Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Visit the sacred monuments at Olympia, or do it all from the comfort of your hotel terrace or room. Pick up your VR equipment from central Athens at your convenience and enjoy a tour of Olympic Stadium, Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera as well as many other monuments and buildings. Experience the most incredible parts of ancient Olympia in VR, step back and explore these cultural icons in all of their original splendor and glory. Delve deep into Ancient Olympia and into the temple precinct. Interact with artifacts to hear their stories and get a view of the site that has not been possible for thousands of years. Visit sporting arenas, grand temples, statues, and more. Take control of your tour and choose to listen to the entertaining and educational audio guide. This immersive VR experience is not just engaging and entertaining, but contains factual content of great historical significance. Every detail has been researched, approved, and is backed up by archaeological evidence.

Classical Tour from Katakolon Port to Olympia

5. Classical Tour from Katakolon Port to Olympia

Upon arrival, transfer by private vehicle from Katakolon, the port of your arrival, to the ancient site of Olympia. Wander through the place where the ancient athletes lived, trained, made sacrifices to gods, and competed absorbing the wisdom of the ancient Greeks at iconic ruins. Ponder the existence of Zeus at the stunning temple built in his honor, once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Discover the place where the Olympic Flame is ignited every four years for the modern Olympic Games. Step back in history at this stadium, run and follow the footprints of the first athletes. Take a picture of yours on the marble starting line extant up to this day. The tour continues in the museum. There, admire the unique pediments of the temple of Zeus, two immense sculpted complexes. Discover significant ancient artifacts from the site, but the masterpiece of ancient Greek art, Hermes of Praxiteles will astound you. Later on, take a stroll through the town of Olympia and soak up the modern flavor of the town. Sit at a town’s café, go shopping or savor a traditional Greek meal. Wine lovers may want to take an optional excursion to a local winery built by the sea in natural scenery and sip on the wines produced there. If you choose to swim in turquoise blue waters, the beach is organized and you can relax and enjoy a beverage or Greek nibbles. The private vehicle will always be nearby to facilitate your transfer and at the end of the day you can safely return to the port.

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

6. 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).

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).

Full Day Shore Excursion in Katakolon and Olympia

8. Full Day Shore Excursion in Katakolon and Olympia

The tour is designed for people reaching the port of Katakolon by one of the cruise ships which stay many hours at the port. The 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, Temple of Zeus, Stadium, Hermes of Praxiteles status and all other museum artifacts. Next, you will head to Klio's honey farm where a lovely rural house will be visited with the nicest owners, introducing the process of the local honey production. During the visit a nice treat is offered tasting 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 home made olive oil. Greek local lunch can be served then or another local restaurant can be an option to taste local cuisine. Then you will go to the Kremasty monastery for the chance to get a feeling of the Greek Orthodox religion. Finally, the stop at Saint Andrew beach gives you a chance for a quick swim under the Greek sun, enjoying the cleanest water surrounded by rocks in combination with a nice Greek coffee or light lunch.

Katakolo: Olympia Archaeological Site Shore Excursion

9. Katakolo: Olympia Archaeological Site Shore Excursion

Discover all of Olympia's major attractions in a short space of time on this half-day shore excursion. First, visit the ancient stadium where all sports took place. Admire the first-ever Olympic running track which is over 200 meters long.  Next, head to the Temple of Zeus which is located near the stadium. Marvel at the ruins of this ancient site, constructed in the 5th-century BC. Your next stop is the Temple of Hera, one of the oldest temples in Greece.  Here you can admire the statue of Hermes and see the spot where the Olympic flame is lit every four years. Finally, head to the Olympia Museum. Admire several antiquities from different periods and artifacts from excavations of the surrounding area. See statues such as the statue of Nike Paionios and Hermes of Praxiteles. At the end of the tour, get dropped off back at your cruise terminal in time for your ship departure.

From Katakolo Area: Greek Culture Tour with Local Snacks

10. From Katakolo Area: Greek Culture Tour with Local Snacks

The tour begins with pickup from your accommodation or the port. Head to the Katakolon Olympia Port and take the chance to bathe in the beautiful waters. Then practice some ancient olympic games at the beach. Savor a small snack set up like a Greek buffet, all made with products from the region of Kourouta. Sip some wine or natural juice. Expect good moods all around, non-stop fun in the sun, and an authentic morning in Greece. Benefit from insider insight from your English, Greek, and Spanish-speaking guide.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 41 reviews

Visilious was a superb guide, Very knowledgeable and you could tell he was passionate about the history he was talking about. He actually had a PHD in archaeology so there was absolutely no one more qualified to show us round the Olympia site. He was also very friendly and accommodating. As it was a private tour, he gave us options of what we could do after our Olympia tour. We chose to visit a olive oil farm. We were shown how olive oil is made and had the differences between olives explained. We then had a light lunch along with an olive oil tasting which was superb. The option to purchase some olive oil was available but there was no pressure to do so, as the company was a recent award winner and because it tasted so amazing, we bought some and arranged to have it shipped home. I would really recommend this tour with visilious to anyone looking for a fun informative and stress free day. 5 stars!

Andrew was an incredible tour guide! Our tour of Olympia was the best tour we have done on our entire tour of Greece. The experience we had was excellent. We saw an incredible archeology site and he had some great information on what we saw. Next proceeded to a winery & olive meal for lunch, wine and olive oil testing. Next we went to a honey farm, this was a true way to experience Greece. The owner is a friend of Andrews and we learned first hand how warm and charming Greek hospitality is. Finally he took us to an excellent spot on the coast, a beautiful place for a swim. If you are even considering this tour think no further, this tour is a must!

From an organizational point of view, everything worked out perfectly, our driver was already waiting for us in the van at the port of Kyllini. on the trip to Olympia we received a lot of very good information about the region, history and Olympia. There was also time and space for the individual organization of the day, very flexible. All in all a good experience and highly recommended!

This tour was excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable and easy going. Having a guide definitely enhances the experience. Definitely recommend this tour.

Fantastic tour with Antonia. She was very engaged, passionate about history and made the tour very interesting for the kids.