Athens: Olympic Games Workout

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Athens: Olympic Games Workout

From £46.54 per person

Get the background on what the Olympic Games were really about in venues connected to original events. Find out how ancient athletes trained and learn techniques before you compete in a race in the world’s first modern Olympic stadium.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn the history of the Ancient Olympic Games and what they meant at the time
  • Tour the Zappeion to discover the first modern purpose-built Olympic facility
  • Stretch your muscles and hone your skills in a gym session at an historic 19th-century gym
  • Run like a champion in the Panathenaic Stadium, the home of the 1896 Olympic Games
Full description
Train to be an Olympic athlete at the neoclassical Zappeion. Located just below the National Gardens of Athens, this beautiful monument was the first building to be erected specifically for the revival of the Olympic Games in the modern world. Find out in detail what role the ancient Olympics played in society over the millennium in which they were held. Learn how the athletes trained and what disciplines were included as the games evolved. Hear some really old sports trivia to stump your friends, and investigate how the modern games were first proposed, organized and held in Athens more than 1,500 years after they were last staged. Then, stretch your muscles at a nearby historic gym. Try some classic techniques from old events, such as the discus and javelin throw. Practice newer ones like the shot put, long jump and relay race. By the time you reach the Panathenaic Stadium (the only stadium in the world made entirely of marble), you’ll be psyched up for a truly unique experience. Race in the stadium on the hallowed track where the first modern Olympians competed more than a century ago. Don’t worry about personal bests; it’s the run that counts, not the finish line!
Includes
  • Certified sports trainer
  • Entry fees
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meet in front of the big fountain near the Zappeion Hall. Access to the fountain is from Vassilissis Olgas Avenue. The Zappeion Hall is between the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the National Gardens of Athens).

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What to bring

  • Sportswear

Not allowed

  • Open-toed shoes

Know before you go

  • This tour involves mild sport activity so please wear the right shoes and try not to eat 2 hours prior to the activity
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
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This turned out to be a great choice for our family of four. Fun, sporty, hands-on activity ( our boys, 12 and 13 enjoyed). A nice change of pace to learn about the modern and ancient history of the Olympics by doing. Very friendly, professional and well-informed guide.

7 August 2019

Very informative introduction and training

Cool introduction to some original Olympic disciplines: javelin, discus, shot put, long jump and running at the original Olympic stage. Fun for everyone.

14 February 2018

22 November 2018

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