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Spend your day at the port exploring the birthplace of the Olympic Games with this full-day, tour to Olympia that includes food tastings and skip-the-line entry to the Olympia museum. Get picked up at the pier and set off to visit a honey farm in the countryside. Enjoy lunch and a swim at the beach in warmer months. Then, explore ancient artifacts in the Olympia museum independently before being dropped off back at your port.
Enjoy live-commentary on route from your friendly host
Indulge in a tasting local foods in the countryside
Tour the city where the Olympics were born independently
Pickup and drop-off from your cruise ship included
We were a party of ten, which included four teens, a four year old girl and two senior citizens. We visited in June, during a heat wave. We had a relatively long walk to the beautiful, nicely chilled van, which supplied us with much needed cool water bottles.
While the driver did not really speak English, she did seen to understand it, the guide was fluent in English. They brought us to Olympia and introduced us to the booth, where we bought tickets. Even though it is stated that it will be a no-line ticket purchase, that only works with credit cards (which we had). Teens under 18 do not pay and students pay reduced rate, so bring your student IDs. The seniors and some of the teens were not interested in the ruins, but the museum was interesting to all.
After our guide-free time in Olympia, we were taken to a nearby local honey farm, where we given samples of local pastries to dip in the farm-made honey and some local drink, made with carrots and oranges. The presentation about history and present bee keeping was interesting, including to our four year old girl, who got to be dressed as a bee keeper. We then bought some far made honey and beeswax based creams.
As time was running out, we opted to go to a local recommended restaurant instead of beach time. We were brought back as close to the boat as possible, and the driver even bought a gift for our little girl!
We had an amazing time on this tour! We were treated so well by Stathopoulos Theocharis and our driver. They were very attentive to what we wanted to do and even took us to a lovely Greek restaurant, where we had a great, traditional Greek meal. The honey farm tour was very informative. It was so peaceful and beautiful there and a welcome change from the crowds in the tourist areas. At Olympia, we were given plenty of time to enjoy seeing the ruins. It was amazing to see where the Olympics originated in the 8th century BC. I highly recommend this tour! It was my favorite tour of our trip!