Things to do in Olympia, Greece

Our most recommended things to do in Olympia, Greece

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

1. 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.

7-Day Grand Tour of Greece: from Prehistory to Modern Times

2. 7-Day Grand Tour of Greece: from Prehistory to Modern Times

Day 1 Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidaurus, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the town of Nafplio (short stop), drive on to Mycenae and visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Arrive at Olympia, the cradle of the ancient Olympic Games (dinner and overnight). Day 2  In the morning visit the archaeological site with the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the ancient stadium, the spot where the torch of the modern Olympic Games is lit and the Archaeological Museum. Then drive on through the plains of Ilia and Achaia until the magnificent bridge that crosses the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi (dinner and overnight). Day 3 In the morning visit the archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi, the most famous oracle of the ancient world. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town located at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, the gigantic rocks that rise steeply from the plain of Thessaly (dinner and overnight). Day 4 Visit the Meteora: perched on top of huge rocks, which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Depart from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki, driving through the astonishing valley of the longest river in Greece, Aliacmon. Arrival at Thessaloniki, the second largest and the most vibrant city in Greece (dinner and overnight). Day 5 In the morning visit the city that throughout the era of the Byzantine Empire was the “co-reigning” city, second in population and prestige after Constantinople. Visit unique monuments and feel the glorious Byzantine past in some of the oldest and most characteristic churches of the Christian world as well as the Museum of Byzantine Culture. The rest of the day is free to enjoy time in the lively center of the city (dinner and overnight). Day 6 Depart in the morning for a unique approach to historical Macedonia. First stop at picturesque Edessa to see the town's famous landmark, the Waterfalls. Then proceed to Naoussa, a site of exceptional beauty and importance: Aristotle's School. This is the picturesque site where the great philosopher taught the doctrines of morals and politics to Alexander the Great and the Macedonian youth. Then drive to Vergina (ancient Aigai), to experience a visit to the unique museum, created in the Great Tumulus covering the royal tombs of Macedonia. See the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Phillip II, Alexander's father, and feel the thrill of the greatest discovery of the 20th century. Only a few miles away is Veria (Biblical Beroea) to visit Saint Paul's Bema, and then stroll through the old Jewish neighborhood and the colorful market area. Return to Thessaloniki (dinner and overnight). Day 7 Drive to Pella, the capital of Alexander the Great. See the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th century B.C. villas, in situ as well as in the new museum. Then proceed and visit the Archaeological Park of Dion (sacred city of the Macedonians, at the foot of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and house of the 12 gods of Greek mythology). On the way back to Athens, drive through the striking plain of Thessaly and the Valley of Tempi, admire the gigantic figure of Mount Olympus, pass by Lamia, Thermopylae (see the Leonidas' Monument) and Thebes, arrive in Athens late in the afternoon.

From Athens: Private Day Trip to Ancient Olympia

3. From Athens: Private Day Trip to Ancient Olympia

Discover the ancient town of Olympia on this private day trip. Pass the Corinth Canal on your way to the site of the ancient Olympic Games. Visit the museum and Temples of Zeus and Hera before heading to a local honey farm in the town, where you can sample hand-made desserts. Your driver will meet you at your hotel in Athens to start the trip. The first stop will be at the dramatic Corinth Canal where you can stop for photos before crossing over onto the Peloponnese peninsula. Once you arrive in Olympia, you’ll head over to the site of the ancient Olympic games. Starting from 776 B.C., the ancient Greek world would unite every four years, suspending all hostilities so that everyone could take part in these games. Take some time to wander around the site and admire the Temple of Zeus, which once housed the gold and ivory statue of the god, considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Nearby, you’ll find the Temple of Hera, one of the oldest monumental temples in Greece. After completing the visit of the site, head to the nearby archaeological museum which houses ancient masterpieces such as the statues of Hermes of Praxiteles and the Nike (Victory) of Paionios. Next, your driver will take you to the village of Olympia, where you’ll have some free time for shopping or lunch.  The final stop will be at a local honey farm where you can enjoy a coffee or juice and sample hand-made local desserts, all made with the honey produced on the farm for generations. The owner will teach you about beekeeping, which has taken place in Olympia since ancient times. To end the trip, your driver will drop you off at your hotel back in Athens.

From Athens: Ancient Olympia Private Day Trip

4. From Athens: Ancient Olympia Private Day Trip

Depart from Athens on a private day trip to Olympia. Admire views of the Aegean Sea at the Corinth Canal and enter the birthplace of the legendary Olympic Games at Olympia. Walk around the archaeological site and find the ruins of the Temple of Zeus. Get picked up from your accommodations and meet your friendly driver for the day. Watch the cityscape disappear into the distance as you drive through the countryside towards Olympia. Make a stop at the Corinth Canal which separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. Watch ships cruising through the passage below to the Aegean Sea. Arrive at Olympia and choose whether to hire a guide to learn about the history of this site and the Olympic Games. Explore the archaeological site and marvel at the remains of the Temple of Zeus. Leave Olympia and if you're hungry, grab lunch at a local restaurant. Set off for Athens to arrive before nightfall.

From Athens: 6-Day Peloponnese, Cog Railway & Zakynthos Tour

5. From Athens: 6-Day Peloponnese, Cog Railway & Zakynthos Tour

Explore history and culture on a 6-day tour through the Peloponnese and Zakynthos regions, and take a ride on the Cog Railway. Enjoy five nights at a 3 or 4-star hotel, and experience history and culture at archaeological sites and UNESCO sites. Day 1:Begin the tour with pickup in Athens, and make your way to the world-famous Acropolis, built during the Golden Age of Pericles. Admire the Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion, and the Porch of Maidens. Continue a short pleasant walk and pass by Herodion and Dionysus theater, and visit the new Museum of Acropolis. Drive along the mainland coast to the Peloponnese Region, and stop to see the Canal of Corinth and ancient Corinth. Stay overnight in Nafplio. Day 2: Stroll the narrow streets of the old city of Nafplio, and explore its shops and restaurant. Enjoy the view of the small island of Bourtzi, in the middle of the city's harbor, the fort on the sea, and Nafplio's trademark, the Castle of the Town. Make a stop at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus of the 15,000 spectators, and visit Ancient Mycenae, the former center of Greek civilization, home to the kingdom of the mythical Agamemnon, and stay overnight at Olympia. Day 3: Get an early start to the day, and visit the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, the place where the first Olympic Games took place in 776 BC, in the lush valley formed by the Alfios River. See the temple of Zeus, the most celebrated in Ancient Greece. Catch the ferry to Zakynthos, check in to your hotel, and enjoy a day of leisure. Rest and explore the center of Zakynthos and have dinner at a traditional tavern before staying overnight in Zakynthos. Day 4:Finish breakfast and relax as the driver transfers you from your hotel to Zakynthos Marina to take the local boat cruise to enjoy one of the best ways to explore the island. Stop first at the blue caves and watch the sun hit the water and change its colour. See the magical turquoise shade of the water that changes to emerald green, and move on to the next stop to see the shipwreck. Explore the beach, well-known throughout the world, and return to the Marina before the driver transfers you to your hotel. Stay overnight in Zakynthos. Day 5: Board the ferry from Zakynthos Port to reach Diakofto to take the Cog Railway which links Kalavrita with Diakopto through the Vouraikos Canyon. Travel over streams climbing the narrow gorge up int o the mountains, through tunnels, and over waterfalls. Continue the tour at the mysterious magnificent "Cave of the Lakes", a rare creation of nature. See small and large lakes, 13 in total, with different colors in each one. Stop and stay overnight in Dimitsana. Day 6: Start the day with a hike along the path that leads to the Monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodromos and Monastery of Philsofos. See one of the oldest monasteries in Greece, that was built in the 19th century. Admire a beautiful view of the Lousios River under your feet.

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What people are saying about Olympia, Greece

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 18 reviews

An absolutely amazing tour! It was so well organised, and I felt that I never had to worry about a thing. The itinerary was fantastic. 4 days felt like the perfect amount of time. We got to see all of the highlights and never felt rushed. The bus, accommodation (4 star) and food were all great. The tour guide, Helen, was the best! She was friendly, patient and very knowledgeable, and she was always happy to answer any questions people had. Mikey was friendly and an incredible driver. Unfortunately, I was sick during the tour but both Helen and Mikey went above and beyond for me by helping me get in to see a doctor. 100% would recommend this tour to anyone!

Great circuit and great guide (Joy) There were 13 of us in total (8 English speakers and 5 French speakers) Very good hotels (one of them very out of the way, it's a shame) I highly recommend this circuit

This 4 day tour was amazing! We had a very good guide who shared his knowledge of the places to visit. The hotels were really good (4 stars).

Guide was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Driver was friendly and skilful

Excellent and informative tour with a great guide.