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Katakolo Cruise Port: Roundtrip Transfer to Ancient Olympia

1. Katakolo Cruise Port: Roundtrip Transfer to Ancient Olympia

Explore the Archeological Site of Olympia on your own with a roundtrip transfer from the Katakolo Cruise port. Drive through the scenic mainland of western Peloponnese and explore the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Return to the port, just in time for your cruise departure. Meet your guide outside of the cruise terminal and board an air-conditioned bus to Ancient Olympia. Buy your admission ticket upon arrival and enter the archeological site. Learn of the origin of the Olympic Games in classical times, held from 776 BC until 393 AD. Marvel at the Temple of Hera and the Olympic flame that burns outside during the modern-day games. See the Temple of Zeus that once housed one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Golden and Ivory statue of Zeus. Witness where competitors once swore an oath to honor the rules at the Stadium and Bouleuterion. Feel free to explore at your own pace and choose to visit the modern Village of Olympia for shopping or a traditional meal. Take a moment to swim at the nearby beach before returning to your awaiting cruise ship.

Katakolo Port: Transfer to Ancient Olympia and VR Audio Tour

2. Katakolo Port: Transfer to Ancient Olympia and VR Audio Tour

Enjoy this convenient transfer from your cruise ship terminal at Katakolo Port, and head to the famous Ancient Olympia. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy a VR Audio Tour where you can relive the past. Disembark from your cruise ship and find the local partner at the exit cruise terminal. Hop into an air-conditioned bus and start driving 30-minutes through the idyllic country side to Ancient Olympia. Reach Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic games. Relive the past with a Virtual Reality application and listen to the fascinating audioguide in 8 languages. Admire the wonder and thrill of the original Olympic Games, which were held from 776 BC. to 393 AD. Enter the famous archaeological site of Olympia and marvel at the Temple of Hera, in front of which burns the Olympic Flame during modern day Olympic Games. See the Temple of Zeus, which once housed the Golden and Ivory statue of Zeus (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) and the original Stadium and Bouleuterion, monuments unlike any other, where once competitors swore an oath to conform to the rules. The tickets for the Museum and the Ancient Olympia Site are not included. From April to October the tickets are 12 Euro per person. From November to March they are 6 Euro per person. Near the Archaeological site is the modern village of Olympia that you can easily reach for shopping, souvenirs, or a quick lunch, coffee, and snacks. After a day full of history and culture you will return to the Katakolo village and port. Enter your cruise or spend some time at the picturesque village by the sea.

Katakolo: Pyrgos and Katakolo Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

3. Katakolo: Pyrgos and Katakolo Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Join the hop-on hop-off bus tour of Katakolo and Pyrgos. Explore the surrounding nature and learn about the region's ancient history. Visit churches, museums, and wander the city streets as you please. Appreciate a bus every 30 minutes, just steps away from the cruise port. Catch the bus just 2-minutes from the cruise port and experience Katakolo's natural beauty and ancient history. Learn of the city's main export and prominent role in cruise ship tourism of the region. Appreciate the picturesque seaside village, littered with cafes, restaurants, and souvenir shops. Next, stop at Manolopoulou Street in Pyrgos city center where you can visit the Eparcheion, a tower built on the tallest of seven hills that surround the area. Discover the rich economic history of the city and admire the neoclassical houses constructed in the 19th century. Arrive next at the Archaeological Museum of Pyrgos which was once a public marketplace. Wander through the various exhibitions that span the entire spectrum of local history. Discover the building's architectural influences and the role it played in the 1950s. On the way back to the port, make a stop at the Orthodox Church of Saint John. Roam around the streets of Katakolo, shop for souvenirs, or enjoy an ice cream. Swim at a nearby beach if you have time and ride one more stop back to the terminal.

Private Guided Tour of Ancient Olympia

4. Private Guided Tour of Ancient Olympia

In 776 BC there was already an idea for peace at Olympia sanctuary. Initially the festival started as a local event that has become Panhellenic (all Greeks) in the next centuries. The culmination was reached in the Greek classical period of 5 century B.C. The world of the gods. of the heroes. of myths, and the sacrificial symposia formed the ethos of the ancient Greeks and defined them as a unique moment in the history of humanity. The institution contributed decisively to the unity of the Greeks, equality,  peace, humanism and good competition which are among the characteristics of this period.  The harmony of body and mind evolved through sport and philosphy. The harmony is reflected in the statues of the gods and the myths.  This is a private guided walking tour of almost 2.5 hours in the Ancient Olympia. The tour goes through the sacred grove of Zeus with all the religious and auxiliary buildings.

Full Day Shore Excursion in Katakolon and Olympia

5. Full Day Shore Excursion in Katakolon and Olympia

The tour is designed for people reaching the port of Katakolon by one of the cruise ships which stay many hours at the port. The tour has a duration of approximately 6-7 hours. Your first stop is the Olympia archaeological site and museum. The Olympia visit will last approximately 2.5 hours where you will have the chance to see the birthplace of the Olympic games, Temple of Zeus, Stadium, Hermes of Praxiteles status and all other museum artifacts. Next, you will head to Klio's honey farm where a lovely rural house will be visited with the nicest owners, introducing the process of the local honey production. During the visit a nice treat is offered tasting local pancakes with homemade honey. You will then enjoy a wine tour at Magna Grecia farm. The owners will also introduce the process of harvesting and producing home made olive oil. Greek local lunch can be served then or another local restaurant can be an option to taste local cuisine. Then you will go to the Kremasty monastery for the chance to get a feeling of the Greek Orthodox religion. Finally, the stop at Saint Andrew beach gives you a chance for a quick swim under the Greek sun, enjoying the cleanest water surrounded by rocks in combination with a nice Greek coffee or light lunch.

Katakolon and Olympia Shore Excursion

6. Katakolon and Olympia Shore Excursion

Take in the interesting sites of Katakolon before heading to the Olympia archeological site and museum on this 4-hour shore excursion. See the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the Temple of Zeus, the Stadium, the Hermes of Praxiteles statue and artifacts in the museum. Stop at Klio's honey farm and meet the owners, who will introduce you to the process of honey production. Enjoy pancakes with homemade honey in the shade of the garden trees. Head to Saint Andrew’s Beach for a quick swim in the clear waters surrounded by rocks. Enjoy a cup of Greek coffee or a light lunch (not included in the tour price).

Short Tour of Olympia, an Olive Oil Press & St. Andrew Beach

7. Short Tour of Olympia, an Olive Oil Press & St. Andrew Beach

Take in all the interesting sites of Katakolon before heading to the Olympia archeological site and museum on this 4-5 hour shore excursion. See the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the Temple of Zeus, the Stadium, the Hermes of Praxiteles statue, and artifacts in the museum. Stop at a local olive oil press and meet the owners, who will introduce you to the process of producing the nicest local extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy a tour of the premises and learn all about real olive oil. Head to Saint Andrew’s Beach for a quick swim in the clear waters surrounded by rocks. Enjoy a cup of Greek coffee or a light lunch (not included in the tour price).

Private Sea Kayak over sunk city of ancient Feia

8. Private Sea Kayak over sunk city of ancient Feia

This sea kayaking excursion lets you discover St. Andrew's Bay and its stunning surroundings. At the nearby beach of the Matzakoura island, there will be a short snorkelling stop where you can see the unique underwater walls of the ancient city of Feias and pillar bases of an ancient temple. Your guide will teach you some interesting facts and mythologies about this historical place. After refreshing yourself in the clear water of the Ionian Sea, we will paddle through the sea that Zak Iv Cousteau sailed to study shipwrecks and underwater flora, and go to an uninhabited little island with pink sand to swim and snorkel. You will make a stop at one of the first little harbours where Greeks imported and exported wine and raisins. At the end of the excursion, you will have some snacks, beer and water at a secluded beach where you can enjoy your time swimming or snorkelling in the beautiful blue ocean.

Classical Tour from Katakolon Port to Olympia

9. Classical Tour from Katakolon Port to Olympia

Upon arrival, transfer by private vehicle from Katakolon, the port of your arrival, to the ancient site of Olympia. Wander through the place where the ancient athletes lived, trained, made sacrifices to gods, and competed absorbing the wisdom of the ancient Greeks at iconic ruins. Ponder the existence of Zeus at the stunning temple built in his honor, once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Discover the place where the Olympic Flame is ignited every four years for the modern Olympic Games. Step back in history at this stadium, run and follow the footprints of the first athletes. Take a picture of yours on the marble starting line extant up to this day. The tour continues in the museum. There, admire the unique pediments of the temple of Zeus, two immense sculpted complexes. Discover significant ancient artifacts from the site, but the masterpiece of ancient Greek art, Hermes of Praxiteles will astound you. Later on, take a stroll through the town of Olympia and soak up the modern flavor of the town. Sit at a town’s café, go shopping or savor a traditional Greek meal. Wine lovers may want to take an optional excursion to a local winery built by the sea in natural scenery and sip on the wines produced there. If you choose to swim in turquoise blue waters, the beach is organized and you can relax and enjoy a beverage or Greek nibbles. The private vehicle will always be nearby to facilitate your transfer and at the end of the day you can safely return to the port.

Katakolo: Olympia Archaeological Site Shore Excursion

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 149 reviews

Niki was right outside waiting for us at 9am. We had a lovely Mercedes and driver. She was so knowledgeable- being born and raised here. We arrived at the site of Olympia- where the very first games were. We walked solo as she can’t guide through the ruins and it was breathtaking. A quick visit to the museum where the items were incredible having survived so long. Niki then took us shopping - we told her we didn’t need to see the “Bee Farm”. Lunch was off the main road in Katakolon at an amazing place- Jimmy’s Tavern. We loved our day and meeting Niki who made us feel so welcome. A must book if you’re on a cruise ship!!

It was fantastic! Our guide was a local, knowlegable & friendly. Get your guide communication was excellent & the time we were up in the ruins was amazing. Being able to wander alone & still get the knowledge of the ruins by the headphones & app was brilliant. Highly recommend.

Guide’s were very nice but the app was very confusing, it worked fine but after spending 10 minutes trying to figure out where we were we shut it off

Good value tranport to site and very affordable entry fee to museum and olympic precinct.

Easy check in. Left on time in a comfortable bus. Returned on time.