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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.

Highlights

  • Katakolon private shore excursion to Olympia
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Archaeological Site of Olympia
  • Wander around the site of the original Olympic stadium
  • See the site of the Temple of Zeus
  • Enjoy free time in modern Olympia to shop or get a snack
  • Private tour with knowledgeable guide ensures a more personalized experience
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Katakolon Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Ancient Olympia, Archeological Site and Archeological Museum

Katakolon Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Ancient Olympia, Archeological Site and Archeological Museum

While your cruise ship is in Katakolon, see one of ancient Greece's greatest sites on this private shore excursion to Olympia. Meet your private guide at the port, settle into your air-conditioned vehicle, and journey through countryside to this age-old, UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.

Along the way, listen as your guide explains how Olympia was a sanctuary dedicated to the god, Zeus, from the 10th century BC and became the location for the first Olympic Games in 776 BC.

Hop out of your vehicle at the rural, wooded site, and stroll around the former monuments and buildings linked to the games. Hear how the event was held in honor of Zeus, and ran every four years up to the 4th century AD.

Imagine the long-ago splendor of what the Greek orator Lysias described as ‘the most beautiful place in Greece,’ and see the remnants of the Olympics stadium; the Palaestra gymnasium, where the wrestlers trained; and more.

During your visit, also view other treasures such as Olympia's Temple of Hera, one of Greece’s oldest temples; and the vestiges of the Temple of Zeus, once the site of a massive statue of Zeus that was ranked as one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World.


After exploring here, head to the nearby Archaeological Museum of Olympia, home to some of most striking finds excavated from the archaeological park. Head inside and view the bronzes, pediments and sporting artifacts on display, as well as the scale models showing what the site looked like in its heyday.

Lastly, continue with your guide to the nearby modern village of Olympia. After some free time here for a snack (own expense) or to buy souvenirs, drive back to Katakolon port where your experience ends.



Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to Katakolon port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

sbclark@ameritech.ne ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide, Georgia, was fun and interesting. She shared interesting facts instead of just historical information. Looking at ruins can be boring if you don't know what you see. She brought Ancient Olympia to life with her descriptions and stories of the site.

Duke United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Taking a private tour is the best. Our guide was excellent. We explored the whole area learning all about the history and ancient Olympic Games. Our transportation to and from was excellent also, as small van and air conditioned.

Jann P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Very interesting tour!

Margaret M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Tour guide very knowledgeable. Bus arrived early and so did we, once everybody turned up the tour started early but did not finish any earlier.

Donald N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Excellent guide; very informative; easy to find the bus from the ship; small group made it more personal

hopeful

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better July 2012

The entrance price should have been included in the tour as much valuable time was wasted queuing up for tickets from the lone ticket seller when we arrived. There was no audio and the softly spoken tour guide was hard to hear, nor did she have a flag or other identifying object. We felt disappointed with this tour.

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