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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.

Olympia: Self-Guided Virtual Reality Tour of Olympia

2. 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.

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They have very good communication and are punctual. The only think I didn't like is that I booked for 09:00 and they texted me the day before to tell me they've my time to 10:00 die to the previous tour. I am assuming I was the only one booking at 09:00 so they moved me to 10:00 which messed up my schedule a little bit but it wasn't a biggie because o didn't have other activities booked but if I would it could be an issue. I still think they deserve 5 stars due to punctuality, communication and price!

Vasilika the guide was great, adding good explanations on the bus and good recommendations to eat. The only thing to comment is the map that is indicating the address for meeting point is a bit wrong. Me and others bypassed the travel agency and continued forward following the map. That needs to be changed. The agency is at the very start of the street.

The time got changed on us the night before due to a driver testing positive for covid, but when we arrived at the easy to find meet up place everything was very smooth. Comfortable coach ride to Olympia, we were escorted to where you purchase your tickets. Coach there and back was very punctual. Would definitely recommend.

Great transfer to the ancient site. The guide on the bus was helpful getting us to and from the destination.

Brilliant experience. Really bought Olympia to life! Thanks Achilles (owner) for such great instructions.