Ancient Olympia Tours

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The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Olympia in the Peloponnese is world-renowned as the location of the first Olympic Games of the classical world, which were held in in 776 BC; they subsequently took place every four years for almost a thousand years before being disbanded in the fourth century AD. However, the story of Olympia goes back much further, as for centuries it was the holiest and most celebrated shrine in ancient Greece. Pilgrims came from across the Empire to worship Zeus — the father of all Greek gods — and his wife Hera in the temples and shrines of the Atlis (Sanctuary of the Gods).

Excavations at Olympia began in 1829 and today the vast complex is scattered with cracked paving, mounds of stone, crumbling statuary and fractured temples. Only one column remains of the Temple of Zeus, but that is enough to grasp the sheer size of the original building. The temple of Hera is better preserved and it is here that the Olympic flame is still lit before it journeys across the world. Among the jumble of ruins are civic buildings and guesthouses that served ancient pilgrims, plus the stadium, hippodrome, wrestling school and gymnasium where Olympic athletes worked out. 

The Archaeological Museum at Olympia is one of the most important in Greece; highlights include a scale model of the ruins, pediment carvings from the Temple of Zeus and a statue of the messenger god Hermes by Praxiteles, one of the most important sculptors of ancient Greece, whose work also adorned the Acropolis.

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Archea Olimpia, Greece. Open daily 8am–8pm. Admission site only: adults €6, seniors, students and children younger than 18 €3; combined site and museum: adults €9, seniors, students and children younger than 18 €5. West of Athens in the foothills of Mount Kronios, Olympia is best reached by car; the journey is 187.5 miles (300 km) and takes around four hours via the A7. It is often visited as part of a multi-day tour of classical Greece, and cruise ships visitors from the nearby port of Katakolon can arrange private tours of Olympia.
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Address: Archea Olimpia, Pyrgos, Elis, Peloponnese, Greece 270 65, Greece
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Hours: Open daily 8am–8pm
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Admission: Adults: €6; Seniors, Students and Children: €3
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Katakolon Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Ancient Olympia and Archeological Site

Make the most of your time in Katakolon port with this private, half-day shore excursion to Olympia. The sanctuary of Ancient Greece and the site of the classical Olympic Games, Olympia is one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites. With your own personal guide, you’ll check off highlights such as the Temple of Zeus, the Bouleuterion and, of course, the original Olympic stadium. You’ll also have ample free time to explore modern Olympia or visit the Museum of the Olympic Games.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$110.81 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Shore Excursion: Olympia and Pyrgos City from Katakolon Port

Maximize your limited time on dry land with a private 4-hour tour of the Peloponnese Coast. Private transportation picks you up from the Port of Katakolon at your chosen time. Travel comfortably along the scenic coast to Olympia, where you enjoy a guided visit and free time to explore. Stop at the nearby archeology museum, then take a tour of the 17th-century city of Pyrgos. Return to the port with time to spare before you disembark.
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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$106.45 USD
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  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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Private Shore Excursion: Olympia Museum and Archaeological Site from Katakolon Port

Experience the birthplace of the Olympics on this half-day private excursion. After a convenient port pickup, cruise through the Peloponnesian countryside and admire vineyards, olive groves, and the region’s gorgeous coastline. Learn about the ancient Olympic archaeological site from an informative guide as you explore the Temples of Zeus and Hera, the Gymnasium, Stadium, and Archaeological Museum of Olympia.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$94.94 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Ancient Olympia Private Tour from Katakolo Port

Spend your day at Katakalo Port exploring the birthplace of the Olympic Games on this private half-day shore excursion to Olympia. Imagine scenes of victory and valor at the ancient stadium and archaeological site, and delve into Greek mythology at the Temple of Zeus ruins and on-site museum. Mix in some contemporary culture with leisure time in the modern town of Olympia.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$92.06 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Ancient Olympia Full-Day Excursion from Patras

Experience the birthplace of the Olympics on this private all-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel to ancient Olympia in a luxury minivan with a personal driver-guide. Explore the Temples of Zeus and Hera, the Gymnasium, the Stadium, and the site’s immersive Archaeological Museum of Olympia. Finish the tour with a relaxing stroll around the estate of a historic winery and distillery in the Peloponnesian countryside.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$316.47 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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