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Katakolo Cruise Port: Roundtrip Transfer to Ancient Olympia

1. Katakolo Cruise Port: Roundtrip Transfer to Ancient Olympia

Explore the Archeological Site of Olympia on your own with a roundtrip transfer from the Katakolo Cruise port. Drive through the scenic mainland of western Peloponnese and explore the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Return to the port, just in time for your cruise departure. Meet your guide outside of the cruise terminal and board an air-conditioned bus to Ancient Olympia. Buy your admission ticket upon arrival and enter the archeological site. Learn of the origin of the Olympic Games in classical times, held from 776 BC until 393 AD. Marvel at the Temple of Hera and the Olympic flame that burns outside during the modern-day games. See the Temple of Zeus that once housed one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Golden and Ivory statue of Zeus. Witness where competitors once swore an oath to honor the rules at the Stadium and Bouleuterion. Feel free to explore at your own pace and choose to visit the modern Village of Olympia for shopping or a traditional meal. Take a moment to swim at the nearby beach before returning to your awaiting cruise ship.

Katakolo: Pyrgos and Katakolo Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

2. Katakolo: Pyrgos and Katakolo Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Join the hop-on hop-off bus tour of Katakolo and Pyrgos. Explore the surrounding nature and learn about the region's ancient history. Visit churches, museums, and wander the city streets as you please. Appreciate a bus every 30 minutes, just steps away from the cruise port. Catch the bus just 2-minutes from the cruise port and experience Katakolo's natural beauty and ancient history. Learn of the city's main export and prominent role in cruise ship tourism of the region. Appreciate the picturesque seaside village, littered with cafes, restaurants, and souvenir shops. Next, stop at Manolopoulou Street in Pyrgos city center where you can visit the Eparcheion, a tower built on the tallest of seven hills that surround the area. Discover the rich economic history of the city and admire the neoclassical houses constructed in the 19th century. Arrive next at the Archaeological Museum of Pyrgos which was once a public marketplace. Wander through the various exhibitions that span the entire spectrum of local history. Discover the building's architectural influences and the role it played in the 1950s. On the way back to the port, make a stop at the Orthodox Church of Saint John. Roam around the streets of Katakolo, shop for souvenirs, or enjoy an ice cream. Swim at a nearby beach if you have time and ride one more stop back to the terminal.

Ancient Olympia: Archaeological Site and Museum Entry Ticket

3. Ancient Olympia: Archaeological Site and Museum Entry Ticket

Travel back in time to the site of the first Olympic Games, and the Unesco-listed ruins of Ancient Olympia. Go directly to the archaeological site of the ancient Olympia, one of the archaeological highlights of the Peloponnese.Stroll and admire the remains of temples. See the Temple of Zeus, the largest temple in the Peloponnese, considered by many to be the perfect example of Doric architecture.Next, visit The Temple of Hera, one of the oldest monumental temples in Greece. Explore the stadium, hippodrome, wrestling school, and gymnasium where Olympic athletes trained. Continue to the archaeological museum that presents the long history of the most-celebrated sanctuary of antiquity: the sanctuary of Zeus. Take in a vast number of finds from the excavations in the sacred precinct of the Altis.Conclude your visit wit a stop at The Museum of the History of the Olympic Games in Olympia. Learn the important history of the Olympic Games and hosts findings related to the period when the ancient games took place.

Olympia: Self-Guided Virtual Reality Tour of Olympia

4. Olympia: Self-Guided Virtual Reality Tour of Olympia

Meet your host at the local partner's office in Olympia, who will then explain how the virtual reality (VR) glasses work. After the short introduction, begin your virtual tour at the Archeological Site and step back in time to experience ancient Olympia. Listen to interesting facts about each monument and see many monuments come to life again.  You’ll first visit the Ancient Gymnasium, where athletes used to train for the Olympic Games before making your way to Palestra, the training place of boxers and wrestlers. Next, you’ll stop at the Phidias Workshop, where Phidias created one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Heading east, you will see the Temple of Zeus and virtually enter the monument to see the magnificent Statue of Zeus. Then, find yourself in the Ancient Stadium. Through your VR glasses, you will get to experience an ancient sporting event. See athletes competing for the Olympics and admire them from the finishing line. Then head over to the ruins of the Nymphaeum of Herodes of Atticus. With the help of your VR glasses, you’ll be able to see the ruins of the Nymphaeum in its full grandeur and see it come to life again. Last, see the lighting of the Olympic Flame in ancient times and discover that some traditions have remained the same until today.

4-Day Tour of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora

5. 4-Day Tour of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora

Day 1: Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive to Epidaurus, and pay a visit to the archaeological site and to the theatre, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Continue on to Nauplia for a short stop. Next, drive to Mycenae where you will visit the fascinating archaeological site. Depart for Olympia, passing through the central Peloponnese area and passing the cities of Megalopolis and Tripolis. Finally, arrive in Olympia for dinner and overnight stay. There is also a possibility of staying in Nauplia instead. (Dinner included). Day 2: In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Olympia. Drive via Patras to Rion, cross the channel to Antirion on the state of the art suspension bridge, known as the longest and most modern in Europe. Arrive in Nafpaktos, then continue to Delphi. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay in Delphi. (Breakfast and dinner included). Day 3: First, visit the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. Depart for Kalambaka, passing through Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala. Arrive in Kalambaka, and savor a dinner before your overnight stay. (Breakfast and dinner included). Day 4: In the morning, visit the breathtaking Meteora. In the early afternoon, start the drive back to Athens passing via Thermopylae and Kammena Vourla. (Breakfast included). This tour offers the opportunity to visit the most impressive historical Greek sites, giving you an insight into the glorious past of Greece.

From Fira: Santorini Wrangler Jeep Convoy Tour & Villages

6. From Fira: Santorini Wrangler Jeep Convoy Tour & Villages

The tour starts with transfer from your hotel to the starting point. The tour starts after a short breefing about the Jeeps and the places that we will visit. The convoy starts with a small tour around Pyrgos village to showcase the panoramic view of Kamari, mostly to let the guests get acquainted with driving the car. Then follows the first off road part from Pyrgos all the way down to Megalochori village After that, the first stop is at the windmills in Emporio. Off road drive to Vlychada, small stop to the port of Vlychada (1st toilet stop if requested) followed by a quick tour to Perivolos black beach. From there we head to the main off road part that heads to Theros Beach, where we make the first Drone video and photo session. After Theros we head to Saint Anna church where we follow a small trail to a secret and quiet beach for a 40 minutes beach stop and then we return for the BBQ break at the church of Saint Anna for approximately 40 minutes. Continuing our drive we head for the Akrotiri area, towards Kaminia Beach where we climb the panoramic side and then we drive until the point of Akrotiri for a stop and second drone session to a magnificent point overlooking the caldera. (Lets say above the white beach) Finally we drive until Megalochori to a beautiful and not crowdy sunset point for the last drone session before returning to the starting point.

Classical Tour from Katakolon Port to Olympia

7. Classical Tour from Katakolon Port to Olympia

Upon arrival, transfer by private vehicle from Katakolon, the port of your arrival, to the ancient site of Olympia. Wander through the place where the ancient athletes lived, trained, made sacrifices to gods, and competed absorbing the wisdom of the ancient Greeks at iconic ruins. Ponder the existence of Zeus at the stunning temple built in his honor, once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Discover the place where the Olympic Flame is ignited every four years for the modern Olympic Games. Step back in history at this stadium, run and follow the footprints of the first athletes. Take a picture of yours on the marble starting line extant up to this day. The tour continues in the museum. There, admire the unique pediments of the temple of Zeus, two immense sculpted complexes. Discover significant ancient artifacts from the site, but the masterpiece of ancient Greek art, Hermes of Praxiteles will astound you. Later on, take a stroll through the town of Olympia and soak up the modern flavor of the town. Sit at a town’s café, go shopping or savor a traditional Greek meal. Wine lovers may want to take an optional excursion to a local winery built by the sea in natural scenery and sip on the wines produced there. If you choose to swim in turquoise blue waters, the beach is organized and you can relax and enjoy a beverage or Greek nibbles. The private vehicle will always be nearby to facilitate your transfer and at the end of the day you can safely return to the port.

Full Day Shore Excursion in Katakolon and Olympia

8. Full Day Shore Excursion in Katakolon and Olympia

The tour is designed for people reaching the port of Katakolon by one of the cruise ships which stay many hours at the port. The tour has a duration of approximately 6-7 hours. Your first stop is the Olympia archaeological site and museum. The Olympia visit will last approximately 2.5 hours where you will have the chance to see the birthplace of the Olympic games, Temple of Zeus, Stadium, Hermes of Praxiteles status and all other museum artifacts. Next, you will head to Klio's honey farm where a lovely rural house will be visited with the nicest owners, introducing the process of the local honey production. During the visit a nice treat is offered tasting local pancakes with homemade honey. You will then enjoy a wine tour at Magna Grecia farm. The owners will also introduce the process of harvesting and producing home made olive oil. Greek local lunch can be served then or another local restaurant can be an option to taste local cuisine. Then you will go to the Kremasty monastery for the chance to get a feeling of the Greek Orthodox religion. Finally, the stop at Saint Andrew beach gives you a chance for a quick swim under the Greek sun, enjoying the cleanest water surrounded by rocks in combination with a nice Greek coffee or light lunch.

Katakolo: Olympia Archaeological Site Shore Excursion

9. Katakolo: Olympia Archaeological Site Shore Excursion

Discover all of Olympia's major attractions in a short space of time on this half-day shore excursion. First, visit the ancient stadium where all sports took place. Admire the first-ever Olympic running track which is over 200 meters long.  Next, head to the Temple of Zeus which is located near the stadium. Marvel at the ruins of this ancient site, constructed in the 5th-century BC. Your next stop is the Temple of Hera, one of the oldest temples in Greece.  Here you can admire the statue of Hermes and see the spot where the Olympic flame is lit every four years. Finally, head to the Olympia Museum. Admire several antiquities from different periods and artifacts from excavations of the surrounding area. See statues such as the statue of Nike Paionios and Hermes of Praxiteles. At the end of the tour, get dropped off back at your cruise terminal in time for your ship departure.

Athens: Ancient Olympia and Corinth Canal Private Tour

10. Athens: Ancient Olympia and Corinth Canal Private Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Athens and heads to the Corinth Canal, also known as the Isthmus Canal. Explore this fascinating example of engineering, which dates back to the 19th century, and learn about its role in the world of Mediterranean trade. Continue onto the Ancient Diolkos, a paved path near the canal which enabled boats to move overland during ancient times. Arrive at the Archaeological Museum next, which houses an impressive collection of Olympia’s artworks and artifacts. Highlights of the museum include the Sculpture from the Temple of Zeus, arguably one of the finest surviving examples of Archaic Greek sculpture, as well as the Winged Victory by Paiongs, the Hermes of Praxiteles, and a model of the reconstructed ancient Olympia site. After the museum, enjoy free time to wander through the picturesque streets of Olympia, mingle with the locals, and shop for handmade souvenirs at the village shops. As you explore, get a sense of local life and learn about modern culture in this ancient location. Finally, enjoy lunch at La Belle Helene (at own expense) and treat your taste buds to an authentic home cooked Greek meal.

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Living the archaeological site of Olympia with this experience was truly amazing! Absolutely worth the cost of the service, insured! We found ourselves in Olympia with 42 degrees under the scorching midday sun, but thanks to the experience we were impressed and happily satisfied, it organizes the route for you, which otherwise is not signposted. The guys were very kind, they gave us a very good assistance even from afar for a problem with the viewer. The info provided are really pleasant curiosities and I assure you do not get tired of listening to them, on the contrary. We have visited other sites around Greece and every time we thought that being able to experience them with the viewers would be nice. The only flaw the archaeological site does not give you any info, on the contrary it pretends not to know this reality. The agency is located, starting from the car park of the site at the end of the main street on the church street just in front.

A fantastic experience. You feel like you've been transported back in time, the site becomes much more vivid than with a simple tour or just with an audio guide. The virtual representation as well as the 3D effects make the whole thing a real experience.

I did this tour with my wife and two daughters (17 and 14) and we all really enjoyed it. The audio tour enriched the visit and helped to bring everything we were seeing to life. Without it, it would have felt like we were just wandering around.

It was an interesting trip with Yannis. He explained everything from ancient Greece to modern Greece. Olympia is a huge place, get comfortable shoes and a hat. I enjoyed the trip. Thanks to Yannis

Unforgettable impressions from Olympia !! But the tickets purchased through the app were more expensive than at the box office?