Katakolon Cruise Port Tours

At the western edge of Greece's Peloponnese Peninsula, Katakolon’s deep waters makes it one of few Greek ports able to accommodate the world's largest cruise ships. It’s also the gateway to ancient Olympia, the flame and founding place of the Olympic Games, and one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece.
 
The Basics
The most popular day trip destination from Katakolon is ancient Olympia, 20 miles (32 kilometers) east. Shore excursions typically take in the highlights of the archaeological site, including the Temple of Zeus, the palaestra gymnasium, the archaeological museum, and the Olympic stadium, which held the first Olympic Games in 776 BC.
 
Those staying in Katakolon can visit the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, enjoy a wine tasting at the Mercouri Winery, relax at Agios Andreas beach, or browse the many tourist shops along the main street.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Shore excursions typically include port pickup and drop-off.
  • Direct trains and buses run from Katakolon to Olympia.
  • Taxis are available right outside the cruise terminal.
 
How to Get to Katakolon from the Katakolon Cruise Port
Cruise ships dock right in the center of Katakolon, and it’s an easy 5-minute walk to the shops and restaurants of the town, as well as Plakes Beach.
 
Port Information
The euro is the currency used in Greece. Greek is the official language here, but English is also widely spoken. You’ll find restaurants with free Wi-Fi, ATMs, and currency exchange houses along the main street in Katakolon town.
Location
Address: Katakolou, Katakolon 27100, Greece
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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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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Katakolon Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Ancient Olympia, Archeological Site and Archeological Museum

When you’re in port in Katakolon, visit Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, on this 4-hour private shore excursion. With a private guide, travel to this famous archaeological site and explore the ruined ancient stadium, athletes’ training areas and other monuments associated with the games, first held in 776 BC, as well as relics such as the Temple of Zeus. Hear about the games’ history; visit the Archaeological Museum to see the statues and artifacts excavated here; and enjoy free time in modern Olympia before your return to Katakolon.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Katakolon Shore Excursion: Private Greek Cooking Class

Swap the cruise port for a masterclass in Greek cooking with this private, half-day shore excursion in Crete. Leave the Port of Katakolon and travel to a traditional taverna for your cooking class. With a local host to guide you, you’ll help cook a selection of classic Greek dishes, including moussaka, dolma and meatballs. At the end of your class, sit down and feast on the fruits of your labor with wine.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$131,30
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Katakolon Shore Excursion: Private Wine-Tasting Tour of Mercouri Estate Winery

Leave the Port of Katakolon behind and head for the Mercouri Estate winery on this private, 2.5-hour shore excursion. Meet your guide and private vehicle off of your cruise ship, and then travel to the nearby winery, which is renowned for its rich red wines and olive oils. Explore the winery’s atmospheric cellars and small, on-site museum; stroll through the estate’s gardens and visit the old family home; and pamper your palate during a guided wine tasting session.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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