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Ancient Olympia: Archaeological Site and Museum Entry Ticket

1. 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.

Katakolo: Olympia Archaeological Site Shore Excursion

2. 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

3. 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.

3-Day Ancient Greek Archaeological Sites Tour from Athens

4. 3-Day Ancient Greek Archaeological Sites Tour from Athens

This exciting 3-day tour takes you to the most important archaeological sites of classical Greece. Providing a superb introduction to some of the myths of the ancient world, you will visit the tomb of Agamemnon in Mycenae, the Temple of Apollo and Oracle at Delphi, and the altar of the Olympic flame at Olympia. You will also make short stops in the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis, drive past the mighty Corinth Canal, and see the charming harbor town of Nafpaktos. Day 1: Epidaurus – Nayplia - Mycenae Following your departure from Athens, visit the Corinth Canal on the Saronic Gulf and admire the miraculous 19th-century feat of engineering. Continue to Epidaurus to tour the ancient theater, world famous for its outstanding acoustics. Proceed to Nafplia, former capital of the First Hellenic Republic, and drive through the plain of Argos. Upon arrival in Mycenae, visit the ruins of the citadel and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Continue to Olympia for your overnight stay, traveling via the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis, where you can take short stops to stretch your legs or purchase souvenir items. Day 2: Olympia - Delphi Visit the archaeological remains of Olympia, site of the Olympic Games in classical times and sacred ground to the Ancient Greeks. Admire the Doric columns of the Temples of Zeus and Hera, see the remains of the Stadium, and go to the altar of the Olympic flame. Explore the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, located directly opposite the ruins and filled with excavated artifacts. Depart Olympia for Rion, and cross the Corinthian Bay via the new bridge to Antirion. Sit back and enjoy the ride along the coastal road to Delphi, passing the charming small harbor city of Nafpaktos. In the afternoon visit the picturesque mountain village of Arachova on the slopes of the Parnassus Mountains, before your overnight stay in Delphi. Day 3: Delphi - Athens Today you will experience the mysterious atmosphere of Delphi up close, with a tour of the archaeological site perched high on the Parnassus Mountains. Once regarded as the center of the world, Delphi was connected to the worship of Gaia, or Mother Earth, and guarded by a Python dragon that was killed by Apollo. You will visit the temple dedicated to Apollo, and learn about the great Oracle of Delphi. Continue to the theater, where up to 5,000 spectators would watch plays, poetry readings, and festivals. Enjoy superb views of the Parnassus Mountains and valley from the top of the hill, and explore an impressive collection of artifacts and relics associated with ancient Delphi at the Archaeological Museum. In the afternoon, the tour will make its way back to Athens, driving through the vine and olive tree-studded hills of Parnassus and the Valley of Phocis.

From Athens: Ancient Olympia Small Group Day Trip

5. From Athens: Ancient Olympia Small Group Day Trip

Step into ancient history with a visit to Olympia. On the way to Olympia, stop at the Corinth Canal, a masterpiece of modern engineering. Upon arrival, embark on a guided tour of the site. During the tour, see the Temple of Zeus, the Gymnasium, the Altar of Goddess Hera, and the site where the Olympic flame is lit every four years. During the tour around this UNESCO World Heritage Site, see the Leonidaion, where all the important visitors to the Olympic games were hosted, and the Stadium which was designed to hold up to 40,000 spectators. Not far from the archeological site and through a park full of trees, there stands the Archeological Museum of Olympia, which opened in 1982 and is the home to an outstanding collection of statues and artifacts found during the excavations.

From Athens: Olympia Private Day Trip & Temple of Zeus

6. From Athens: Olympia Private Day Trip & Temple of Zeus

Travel to the birthplace of the Olympic Games in comfort on a private day trip to ancient Olympia. Olympia is the site of the Olympic Games, the ancient Greek athletic contests that were one of the four great Panhellenic festivals. The name Olympia, in ancient Greek, means "house of the olympian gods." The Olympic Games were sacred games held every year in honor of Zeus and the other Olympian gods. They were held every four years, with one or two games every olympiad, as part of a festival to Zeus. The word "Olympiad" is derived from the name of this festival. Athletes and visitors from all over Ancient Greece came to compete in the festival and to honor Zeus. Children who did not live in Ancient Greece often learn about these games by reading books such as The Adventures of Hercules, a fictional story featuring the Greek hero Hercules and his famous twelve labors. The best-preserved ruins there include the Temple of Hera (much of which still stands), the Philippeion (a circular building with a central dome that once housed the Olympic throne), and the stadium, where many significant events took place including the first recorded Olympic games.

From Athens: 10-Day Private Tour Ancient Greece & Santorini

7. From Athens: 10-Day Private Tour Ancient Greece & Santorini

Day 1: Corinth - Gog Railway - Kalavryta - Nafplio: After pickup from your hotel in Athens, start the tour with a visit to the Canal of Corinth and the town of Ancient Corinth. Hop on the Cog Railway which links Kalavrita via Vouraikos Canyon, continue the trip to magnificent "Cave of Lakes. Stay overnight in Nafplio. Day 2: Nafplio - Mycenae - Epidaurus: After your breakfast, stroll through the narrow streets of Nafplio full of old mansions. Visit Palamidi castle with its panoramic view, the Theatre of Epidaurus, famous for the breathtaking acoustics, and the ancient town of Mycenae. Stay in the town of Olympia overnight. Day 3: Olympia - Delphi: Visit Ancient the local museum and the site where the first Olympic Games took place in 776 BC. See the ruins of the temple of Zeus, the temple of Hera, the Treasury houses, the Gymnasium, and Palestra. Leaving Ancient Olympia, pass by the bridge of Rion-Antirion and reach Delphi where you will stay overnight. Day 4: Delphi - Meteora: Explore the town of Delphi, the Ancient Oracle, Stadium, Ancient Theatre, and the Museum of Delphi. Delphi is perhaps best known for the oracle at the sanctuary that was dedicated to Apollo during the classical period. Stop at the village of Arachova and then Meteora for an overnight stay. Day 5: Meteora - Athens Explore Meteora and its fantastic scenery of historic monasteries containing priceless historical and religious treasures, standing between earth and sky atop huge rocks. Visit the monastery of Varlaam, Grand Meteoro, or the monastery of St. Stephan depending on the day day of the tour. Stop at Thermopiles before heading to Athens. Day 6: Private Tour of Athens Explore Athens on a private tour. See Panathinaiko Stadium, Zappeion, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, and the Parliament. Visit Mount Lycabettus, the highest point in the city. Visit the Acropolis and Parthenon built during the Golden Age of Pericles and the new Museum of Acropolis. Stroll through the streets of Plaka and taste the famous "Greek Souvlaki." Stay overnight in Athens. Day 7: Athens - Santorini: Transfer in the morning to the port of Piraeus to board the ferry to Santorini. Upon arrival on Santorini, be dropped off at your hotel. Enjoy free time to explore your location. Day 8: Santorini: Sunset Cruise to Volcano with Buffet Enjoy a free morning, with pickup in the afternoon for a sunset cruise to the volcano. Walk to the volcano’s ridge and learn all about its history. Sail to the island of Palea Kameni to enjoy your dinner, followed by a trip to the village of Oia where you can admire the sunset. Then, be dropped off at your hotel. Day 9: Free Day on Santorini Spend a day relaxing at your hotel or spend some time exploring your surroundings at your own leisure. Day 10: Departure from Santorini Airport Transfer from your hotel to Santorini Airport for your flight.

From Athens: Private Full-Day Tour of Ancient Olympia

8. From Athens: Private Full-Day Tour of Ancient Olympia

Begin your private luxury tour to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ancient Olympia. Explore the rich and extensive archaeological site and museum, which houses many masterpieces of classical art. Discover the extensive ruins from the 8th-century B.C. at Olympia, where athletes were taught and trained for the Olympic games of antiquity. Tour the tunnel through which the athletes would emerge into the stadium, as well as the temples and original structures, such as the Temple of Zeus and Hera, where the Olympic flame is lit. This tour will be exclusive to your group alone with door-to door-return transfer from your hotel, cruise ship, or another place of residence in Athens. Travel in the company of a highly experienced and informative guide who will go at your pace.

From Athens: 6-Day Private Trip with Meteora & Corfu

9. From Athens: 6-Day Private Trip with Meteora & Corfu

Day 1: ATthens - Delphi - Meteora: The driver will pick you up from your hotel at 08.30 to start the tour to reach at Delphi. Delphi in the 6th century B.C was the religious center and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. Visit the archeological site, the Castalian Spring fountain, and the Archaeological Museum of Delphi, then have a lunch in Delphi area or at the traditional Village of Arachova before we depart for Meteora. Overnight in Meteora Day 2: Meteora to Corfu: After the breakfast the driver pick you up form your hotel at 08.30 Today we will visit the Byzantine Monasteries of Meteora that are included on the UNESCO world heritage monument list. This wonderful tour will be completed at the picturesque villages of Kalambaka, where you will have a traditional Greek lunch! We continue our trip to reach at the port of Igoumenitsa to get the ferry boat to reach Corfu. Check in at the hotel and free time to explore the town of Corfu. Overnight in Corfu Day 3: Corfu / Private Tour: Meet the driver at 08.30 at your hotel to visit the Mon Repos Palace, a neoclassical building, built in 1830 offering spectacular sea view. We will have the next visit at the church of Panagia Vlacherna & Kanoni area and the Mouse Island (Pontikonissi). We will continue the private tour to Achilleion Palace located in the picturesque village of Gastouri . Next stop will be at the famous Paleokastritsa bay, well known as the Capri of Greece. Finally, we will reach at the traditional village of Lakones, called God’s Balcony. The duration of the tour is about 6 hours. Overnight in Corfu. Day 4: Corfu to Patra: After your breakfast pick you up at 08.30 to visit the Old Venetian Fortress in Corfu that built 15th century. From the Old Fortress your tour continues on foot to reach at the famous Spianada square, it said that is the second largest square in Europe. Here you will meet our driver and then continue our trip to get the ferry. We will reach at the city of Patras for Overnight. Day 5: Patra - Olympia - Nafplio: Enjoy your breakfast the driver meet you at 08.30 at the hotel to go to the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, where the first Olympic Games took place in 776 B.C. Leaving Ancient Olympia, continue our tour to the cosmopolitan town of Nafplio. You can stroll at the narrow streets of the old city, full of shops and restaurants. Overnight in Nafplio. Day 6: NAfplio - Mycenae - Epidaurus - Athens: Meet your private driver at your hotel at 08.30 to visit the Castle of the Town, with amazing view, next stop will be at Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus of the 15.000 spectators and the breathtaking acoustics. Continue to Ancient Mycenae, the center of Greek civilization, home to the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon. Finally, have a stop the breathtaking Canal of Corinth, and the Ancient Corinth to walk at the same paths that the famous personality of Apostle Paul walked. We will reach in Athens in the afternoon at 18.30

From Athens: 4 Day Private Trip to Mycenae, Delphi & Meteora

10. From Athens: 4 Day Private Trip to Mycenae, Delphi & Meteora

Spend 4 days exploring the ancient history of Athens on a guided trip with included hotel stays. Stay the first night in Olympia, after seeing Epidaurus and Mycenae. Visit the Oracle at UNESCO World Heritage Listed Delphi and climb up to the mountainous monasteries of Meteora for the sunset. Day 1:Get picked up from your accommodation in the morning and begin your adventure through the history of ancient Greece. Drive through the countryside of Attica, admiring the rolling hills and fields passing by your window. Make your first stop at the Corinth Canal, separating the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking views and take some photos, before continuing to the Ancient Theatre at the Asclepieion of Epidaurus. Choose to grab a traditional lunch or just explore the streets in the coastal city of Nafplio, one of the most beautiful places in Greece. Leave Nafplio for the archaeological site of Mycenae, known as the City of Agamemnon after the famous king of Homer’s Iliad. Explore the ancient town and see the Treasury of Atreus and the Lion Gate. Depart Mycenae for Olympia to spend the night in a hotel. Day 2:Wake up in the morning and head off to the Archaeological Site of Olympia to see where the original Olympic Games were held. Cross over the Rion-Antirion Bridge, one of the world’s longest suspended bridges, to reach the peaceful town of Nafpaktos. Take a walk and admire the Venetian-inspired architecture, or find a local restaurant to indulge in a delicious lunch by the sea. Set off from Nafpaktos for the journey to Delphi. Admire the picturesque scenery as you drive, before arriving at your hotel and checking in for the night. Day 3:Enjoy your breakfast knowing you are about to visit one of the most famous classical sites in the world. After you’ve eaten drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Archaeological Site of Delphi, nestled between the peaks of Mt. Parnassus. Climb up the slopes and discover the Temple of Apollo, standing in the footsteps of Alexander the Great who once received a prophecy here. Make a short stop in the town of Arachova, a bustling ski resort in the winter months. Walk around the sloping streets and maybe have a coffee with views over the valley below. Leave Arachova and drive to Kalabaka, reaching your hotel in the vicinity of Meteora to watch the sunset.  Day 4:Make the most of the final day of your trip, discovering the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Listed Meteora. Wonder in awe at these monk settlements built upon almost inaccessible peaks of stone.  Begin your drive back to Athens, stopping at Kamena Vourla and also the pass of Thermopylae where Leonidas and the Spartans famously made their stand against the Persian Empire. Finish your tour at your hotel back in Athens.

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Optimal way to visit Greek archeological sites

Definitely take this tour if you are interested in a good overview of the archeological sites. Our great guide Christina would usually first take us to the most relevant spots and explain their history, and then give us some free time to explore them further on our own (or sit down and relax). She was very nice and knowledgeable (though sometimes she oversimplified a bit), had a wonderful English and a great way to interleave historical commentaries with ancient myths, information on modern Greece and trivia, and this made the time spent on the couch go faster. The hotels were quite nice and at least four stars, but this could depend on availability. Food was just appropriate. Unfortunately the sites are quite far apart, but going there for longer on your own would probably take at least an extra day. At the end of the last day we switched to the couch of the 1-day tour to go back to Athens. The new guide was quite worse, luckily there was really nothing more of interest.

Well worth our time and money.. Highly recommended

This is an efficient way to see important ancient sights around Athens. This was great in a few different ways : The distances and sights covered is difficult to accomplish independently within the 3 days. Our guide, Maria Anna was very knowledgeable and the info gleaned from her was invaluable to my 12yr old history buff. The dinner and rooms for the 2 nights were good choices, lunches were pre ordered and on our own dime. Our 20 seater minibus was adequate, and the companionship developed over 3 days with our fellow travellers was the icing on the cake. The pace was hectic, with regular breaks. Have already recommended this to my friends.

The trip was amazing! The sights, the views and our guide Christine were super. The travel was a lot, but it was worth it. We highly recommend this tour.

Very well organized with a super nice and very professional ANNA guide

We loved it. Even with our school English between guide ANNA explained so well that we understood. She is kind and very professional. Christian

Everything was well organized. The guide Evangelikos friendly and almost omniscient. Highly recommended.