Renting a car has become very popular in Katakolon as it is by far the most convenient and economic way for cruise ship passengers to get to Olympia. That way, people can do their own thing on their own time .
The route from Katakolon to Olympia is 38 km (2 turns route), and it takes approximately 25 min. Parking is free in Olympia, and there are not any toll stations or any traffic that could delay people or confuse them. It really is as straight forward as it could possibly be.
Booking an AVIS car does not require any payment in advance.
The AVIS office is located 50 meters from the port of Katakolon, and there are signs to direct the cruise ship passengers to it.
Any type of car-seats needed could be provided by AVIS(backwards facing baby-seats, forward facing child-seats or just booster seats).
Moreover, the numerous local, agricultural, coastal villages (where there has not been much tourism development, so they are still quite authentic) could be visited by car, as well as, the two well known domestically and very organized wineries, which are located nearby Katakolon (Merkouri Estate Winery ) and Olympia (Magna Grecia). Other places of great interest that could be visited by car are Chlemoutsi Castle and the Temple of Apollo. Finally, the best beach nearby is in Kourouta (25 minutes by car), while an alternative is Agios Andreas beach (3 kms away – 3 minutes drive).
All AVIS customers are provided with a map (or satellite navigation system if preferred, with an extra cost of 9.84 €) and suggestions are given about the most interesting places to visit, making sure everybody will get back to the cruise ship being really satisfied, having taken full advantage of the day .