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Tour - The Olympic Spirit

DURATION: 4 HOURS APP
KATAKOLON PIER - OLYMPIA: 45 MINUTES
SITE VISIT: 1½ HOURS
OLYMPIA VILLAGE VISIT: 45 MINUTES
DEPART TO KATAKOLON: 45 MINUTES

Leaving the port of Katakolon, you arrive after about forty five minutes in Olympia. It was here that the first Olympic Games were organized in honor of Zeus in the year 776 BC.

The famous games, held every fourth year, were performed during August and full moon. You will visit Olympia site which was a sanctuary even before the Stadium was built and the games took place in the sacred area called Altis. The most imposing monument in this area was the outstanding Temple of Zeus housing the gold-and-ivory statue of Zeus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

The Temple of Hera, the Prytaneion, and the Philippeion were also monuments standing in the sacred grove. The famous Stadium, the largest of its day with a capacity of 45,000 spectators, is entered through a long, tunnel-like passage, constructed in Roman times.

Continuing your tour you shall have some free time at the modern village of Olympia, where you will have about 45 minutes free time to purchase a coffee or soft drink and relax, or browse through the various souvenir shops before returning to Katakolon.


IMPORTANT!                             

    • The tour of the archaeological site is entirely on foot.
    • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
    • Rest room facilities at the site and museum.
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