When your cruise ship docks at Katakalo Port, meet your waiting tour guide and driver, and relax in a private air-conditioned vehicle on the roughly half-hour drive to Olympia. Famous as the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the city drew athletes, spectators, and pilgrims every four years during Greece’s Classical period. It was also the site of one the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World — a giant gold and ivory statue of the father of all Greek gods at the Temple of Zeus.
At the archaeological site, explore the remnants of this sanctuary and the Olympic stadium, where a race starting line is still visibly etched into the marble. Imagine the feats of sweat and glory that took place here for centuries as you stand surrounded by stone ruins and greenery. Visit the museum for an up-close look at excavated relics including the Temple of Zeus pediments and statues of Nike and Hermes.
After 2-3 hours immersed in the ancient world, contrast the area’s modern-day culture with a visit to contemporary Olympia. Enjoy leisure time to shop and explore before the return drive to Katakalo and your cruise ship.