Approx. 5½ hours
(no extra charge if more time taken)
Your tour begins as you board your vehicle at the harbor bustling with brightly painted fishing boats, and drive 30 minutes towards the gateway to Olympia. Along the way, you’ll pass the modern region of Pyrgos and travel through the countryside between the Alfios and Klados Rivers. We will drive next to farms with vineyards, watermelons and countless olive groves.
On the way to Olympia, you will have the opportunity to learn all there is, not only about Katakolon and Olympia, but also about the whole region of Ilia. You will be informed about all there is to see in Olympia and you will be given useful tips that will help you make the most of your time.
What you will see:
The archaeological site of Olympia
Ancient Olympia is the archaeological site of the first Olympic Games in 776 BC. It is the site where the Olympic flame is rekindled and carried to the next game’s host site every four years.
Highlights: View the Stadium, the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the Shrine of Pelops, and Council House
Olympia’s archaeological museum
In the museum artifacts from the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus are on display, unearthed in over a century of excavation.
Highlights: See the famous Hermes of Praxiteles, Greek sculpture, armor, and bronze figurines
Ancient Olympic Games Museum
Set in a beautiful neo-classical building overlooking Olympia, the building is dedicated to the ancient games.
Modern Town of Olympia
After an exploration of yesterday, the modern town of Olympia counts on a variety of shops, restaurants and bars. The modern town is so close to the ancient part of Olympia that it can be easily reached on foot. There, you will find everything from jewelry and clothes to arts and crafts.
Next stop, Kourouta beach, one of the most famous beaches in the area. The sands stretch for over 10 miles, washed by the crystalline waters of the Ionian Sea. In the middle, next to the sea, is an unspoiled pine forest. Along the seafront are cafeterias and tavernas serving ouzo and traditional dishes. You’re free to go for a swim, stroll or simply relax under the warm Grecian sun for nearly three hours. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available as long as you order something form the cafeterias that provide them.