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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.

From Athens: Ancient Olympia Full-Day Private Tour

2. From Athens: Ancient Olympia Full-Day Private Tour

Explore Olympia, as the sanctuary of ancient Greece that birthed the Olympic Games. Examine the Temple of Hera, where the modern day flame still burns during Olympic Games. See the Temple of Zeus, once home to the Golden and Ivory statue of Zeus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Visit the original Stadium and Boulerterion monuments. Arrive at Athens, and see the Corinth Canal. Explore the modern town of Olympia where you can enjoy a traditional greek lunch. Shop for souvenirs in boutique stores. At the end day, be dropped back at your accommodation in Piraeus and Athens. 

From Athens: Ancient Olympia Small Group Day Trip

3. From Athens: Ancient Olympia Small Group Day Trip

Step into ancient history with a visit to Olympia. On the way to Olympia, stop at the Corinth Canal, a masterpiece of modern engineering. Upon arrival, embark on a guided tour of the site. During the tour, see the Temple of Zeus, the Gymnasium, the Altar of Goddess Hera, and the site where the Olympic flame is lit every four years. During the tour around this UNESCO World Heritage Site, see the Leonidaion, where all the important visitors to the Olympic games were hosted, and the Stadium which was designed to hold up to 40,000 spectators. Not far from the archeological site and through a park full of trees, there stands the Archeological Museum of Olympia, which opened in 1982 and is the home to an outstanding collection of statues and artifacts found during the excavations.

From Athens: Ancient Olympia Private Day Tour

4. From Athens: Ancient Olympia Private Day Tour

Your private tour will start from Athens and drive you through the scenic and beautiful landscape inside the Peloponnese peninsula. Your first stop is the magnificent structure of the Corinth Canal, which is in Peloponnese, the southern peninsula of Greece. The Corinth Canal connects the Saronic with the Corinthian Gulf in the Aegean Sea, a dream of the ancients that came true in 1893. Rest and take some amazing photos above the Corinth Canal. Then, drive towards ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games in Classical times. There you will visit both the archaeological site and choose between Archaeological Museum of Olympia with a great amount of artifacts and statues in it, and the Museum of the Olympic Games. The Games were held every 4 years from the 8th century BC untill 4th century AD. You will visit the Temple of Zeus, Pelopion, the stadium, the Temple of Hera, the Phillipeion, the Phidias workshop and many other structures that are worth your attention.You can feel the aura of the Olympic Games, fighting on the Pallestra or running around the stadium and understand why ancients took the cultivation of body, mind, and soul so seriously. When you feel hungry get ready to taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch in a traditional restaurant or tavern. It's up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most known Greek dishes. After your lunch at Olympia, drive back to Athens.

Greece: 5-Day Tour of Classical Greek Sites from Athens

5. Greece: 5-Day Tour of Classical Greek Sites from Athens

Discover the essential sites of classical Greece on an immersive 5-day tour from Athens, and marvel at the ruins of Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi, and Meteora. Follow in the footsteps of Greek gods in Delphi, and explore the Byzantine monasteries of Meteora. Admire feats of engineering, such as the Corinth Canal and modern Rio–Antirrio Bridge, and much more. Day 1: Depart from Athens for the Corinth Canal, a masterpiece of engineering that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. Continue to Epidaurus to visit the UNESCO World Heritage monument reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo's son Asklepios, and the most celebrated healing center of the classical world. See the well preserved theater, still in use today thanks to its amazing acoustics. Your next stop will be Nafplia, where the afternoon is at leisure to walk in the old town or visit the new Nafplion Gallery to see paintings dedicated to the Greek Revolution of 1821. Overnight at Nafplion. Day 2: Depart Nafplion at around 12:30, traveling through the plain of Argos to Mycenae, where you will see the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then, depart for Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, driving through the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis along the way. Overnight in Olympia. Day 3: Visit the archaeological site of Olympia to see the Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera, and altar of the Olympic Flame. Admire the historic Olympic Stadium and learn more about the site at the dedicated museum. Continue to Rion via Patras, crossing the channel to Antirion on the new, state-of-the-art suspension bridge. Pass the city of Nafpaktos, before traveling along the coastal road to Delphi, known in ancient times as the “Navel of the World.” Visit the picturesque mountain village of Arachova in the afternoon, before an overnight stay in Delphi. Day 4: Explore the archaeological ruins of Delphi, where the museum contains the famous bronze Charioteer, Naxian Sphinx, and Statue of Antinoos, providing an insight into ancient Greek culture and history. Get spectacular views of the surrounding mountains from the Temple of Apollo, famed for its oracle. In the afternoon, you will drive through central Greece, passing the cities of Lamia and Kalambaka en route the Byzantine monasteries of Meteora. Overnight in Kalambaka. Day 5: Spend the morning exploring the mountain monasteries of Meteora, including the cliff-top Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron, accessible via rock-cut stairs. On your return to Athens, there is an optional stop at a factory that makes Byzantine style icons. Continue to Athens, via the heroic monument of Leonidas (King of Sparta) at Thermopylae, before an arrival in the Greek capital in the late afternoon.

From Athens: Olympia Private Day Trip & Temple of Zeus

6. From Athens: Olympia Private Day Trip & Temple of Zeus

Travel to the birthplace of the Olympic Games in comfort on a private day trip to ancient Olympia. Olympia is the site of the Olympic Games, the ancient Greek athletic contests that were one of the four great Panhellenic festivals. The name Olympia, in ancient Greek, means "house of the olympian gods." The Olympic Games were sacred games held every year in honor of Zeus and the other Olympian gods. They were held every four years, with one or two games every olympiad, as part of a festival to Zeus. The word "Olympiad" is derived from the name of this festival. Athletes and visitors from all over Ancient Greece came to compete in the festival and to honor Zeus. Children who did not live in Ancient Greece often learn about these games by reading books such as The Adventures of Hercules, a fictional story featuring the Greek hero Hercules and his famous twelve labors. The best-preserved ruins there include the Temple of Hera (much of which still stands), the Philippeion (a circular building with a central dome that once housed the Olympic throne), and the stadium, where many significant events took place including the first recorded Olympic games.

Athens: Ancient Olympia and Corinth Canal Private Tour

7. Athens: Ancient Olympia and Corinth Canal Private Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Athens and heads to the Corinth Canal, also known as the Isthmus Canal. Explore this fascinating example of engineering, which dates back to the 19th century, and learn about its role in the world of Mediterranean trade. Continue onto the Ancient Diolkos, a paved path near the canal which enabled boats to move overland during ancient times. Arrive at the Archaeological Museum next, which houses an impressive collection of Olympia’s artworks and artifacts. Highlights of the museum include the Sculpture from the Temple of Zeus, arguably one of the finest surviving examples of Archaic Greek sculpture, as well as the Winged Victory by Paiongs, the Hermes of Praxiteles, and a model of the reconstructed ancient Olympia site. After the museum, enjoy free time to wander through the picturesque streets of Olympia, mingle with the locals, and shop for handmade souvenirs at the village shops. As you explore, get a sense of local life and learn about modern culture in this ancient location. Finally, enjoy lunch at La Belle Helene (at own expense) and treat your taste buds to an authentic home cooked Greek meal.

From Athens: Peloponnese 6-Day Private Tour to Meteora

8. From Athens: Peloponnese 6-Day Private Tour to Meteora

DAY 1: ATHENS - ARGOLIS - SPARTA: Mete your driver at the lobby of your hotel at 08.30 to start your adventure with hotel pickup in Athens and drive along the mainland coast to the Peloponnese. Stop at the Canal of Corinth before reaching the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus. Stop for lunch or a coffee break in Nafplio, the first capital city of Modern Greece. Then, continue to the archaeological site of Mycenae and spend the night in Sparta. DAY 2: SPARTA - MYSTRAS - MONEMVASIA – SPARTA: The driver pick you up at 08.30 at your hotel to visit the Museum of Olive Oil in Sparta. Discover the Byzantine town of Mystras and be captivated by its medieval splendor. Visit the famous Tower Town of the Peloponnese, Monemvassia, a mystical stone-built settlement. Wander around its narrow cobbled streets and admire the beautifully restored stone buildings. Return to Sparta in the late afternoon and spend the night. Day 3: SPARTA - ANCIENT OLYMPIA: After breakfast, the driver pick you up form your hotel at 08.30 and leave Sparta and make a quick stop at the picturesque coastal town of Gythi. Then, make your way to Areopolis and Diros, famous for its subterranean caves that are part of an underground river. Visit the local museum and then continue to some of the most beautiful places of Southern Peloponnese. Visit the coastal villages of Stoupa and Kardamili for swimming or lunch. Then, arrive at Ancient Olympia to stay overnight. DAY 4: ANCIENT OLYMPIA - DELPHI: Mete your private driver at 08.30 at the lobby of your hotel to start your day with a visit to the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia and its museum. Leaving Ancient Olympia, cross over the bridge of Rio-Antirio, one of the biggest in Europe, to reach Naupactus, where you can enjoy lunch. Then, make your way to Delphi for an overnight stay. DAY 5: DELPHI - METEORA: After breakfast, the driver pick you up form your hotel at 08.30 to visit the archaeological site and museum of Delphi. Then, continue to the village of Arachova, the most bustling winter destination in Greece. Continue to Kalambaka, a small traditional town that is built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks of the Meteora Monasteries. Stay in Kalambaka for overnight. DAY 6: METEORA - ATHENS: Meet your private driver at your hotel at 009.00 to start your day early to visit the monasteries of Meteora, built on top of towering rocks. End your tour of the monasteries in the picturesque village of Kalambaka for a traditional Greek lunch. Afterwards, return to Athens with a stop at Thermopiles to admire the statue of Leonidas. End your tour with drop-off at your hotel in Athens.

From Athens: 4 Day Private Trip to Mycenae, Delphi & Meteora

9. From Athens: 4 Day Private Trip to Mycenae, Delphi & Meteora

Spend 4 days exploring the ancient history of Athens on a guided trip with included hotel stays. Stay the first night in Olympia, after seeing Epidaurus and Mycenae. Visit the Oracle at UNESCO World Heritage Listed Delphi and climb up to the mountainous monasteries of Meteora for the sunset. Day 1:Get picked up from your accommodation in the morning and begin your adventure through the history of ancient Greece. Drive through the countryside of Attica, admiring the rolling hills and fields passing by your window. Make your first stop at the Corinth Canal, separating the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking views and take some photos, before continuing to the Ancient Theatre at the Asclepieion of Epidaurus. Choose to grab a traditional lunch or just explore the streets in the coastal city of Nafplio, one of the most beautiful places in Greece. Leave Nafplio for the archaeological site of Mycenae, known as the City of Agamemnon after the famous king of Homer’s Iliad. Explore the ancient town and see the Treasury of Atreus and the Lion Gate. Depart Mycenae for Olympia to spend the night in a hotel. Day 2:Wake up in the morning and head off to the Archaeological Site of Olympia to see where the original Olympic Games were held. Cross over the Rion-Antirion Bridge, one of the world’s longest suspended bridges, to reach the peaceful town of Nafpaktos. Take a walk and admire the Venetian-inspired architecture, or find a local restaurant to indulge in a delicious lunch by the sea. Set off from Nafpaktos for the journey to Delphi. Admire the picturesque scenery as you drive, before arriving at your hotel and checking in for the night. Day 3:Enjoy your breakfast knowing you are about to visit one of the most famous classical sites in the world. After you’ve eaten drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Archaeological Site of Delphi, nestled between the peaks of Mt. Parnassus. Climb up the slopes and discover the Temple of Apollo, standing in the footsteps of Alexander the Great who once received a prophecy here. Make a short stop in the town of Arachova, a bustling ski resort in the winter months. Walk around the sloping streets and maybe have a coffee with views over the valley below. Leave Arachova and drive to Kalabaka, reaching your hotel in the vicinity of Meteora to watch the sunset.  Day 4:Make the most of the final day of your trip, discovering the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Listed Meteora. Wonder in awe at these monk settlements built upon almost inaccessible peaks of stone.  Begin your drive back to Athens, stopping at Kamena Vourla and also the pass of Thermopylae where Leonidas and the Spartans famously made their stand against the Persian Empire. Finish your tour at your hotel back in Athens.

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What people are saying about Temple of Zeus

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Well organized transport. Some uncertainty about time. If Duration says 4 hours, this turned out to be the time you can spend in olympia . Travel time there and back is added to this. About 40 minutes out . We had booked at 10.00, but heard the evening before that the departure from the port was at 9.15. Something to keep in mind when traveling on a cruise ship.

Everything worked great. We were previously informed via WhatsApp of the meeting point and time. Everyone was very friendly and the time on site (3 hours) was sufficient.

Very prompt in picking us up. Appreciated the 50% discount in the store. Saved a lot of money, and Constantina was terrific.

Good direct connection to Olympia with excellent bus and driver.

Driver was excellent story teller on the way to the site.