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

1. 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.

Classical Tour from Katakolon Port to Olympia

2. 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

3. 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.

From Kyllini: Day Trip to Ancient Olympia & a Greek Farm

4. From Kyllini: Day Trip to Ancient Olympia & a Greek Farm

This 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, the Temple of Zeus, the Stadium, the Hermes of Praxiteles statue, and many other museum artifacts. Next, you will head to Klio's honey farm where you visit a lovely rural house with the nicest owners, they will introduce you to the process of local honey production. During the visit a nice treat is offered for you to taste 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 homemade olive oil. A Greek local lunch can be served then or at another local restaurant. Next, you will go to the Kremasty monastery for the chance to get a feeling of the Greek Orthodox religion. Finally, you stop at Saint Andrew beach to have the chance for a quick swim under the Greek sun, enjoying the cleanest water surrounded by rocks.

Katakolon and Olympia Shore Excursion

5. 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

6. 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).

From Katakolo Area: Greek Culture Tour with Local Snacks

7. From Katakolo Area: Greek Culture Tour with Local Snacks

The tour begins with pickup from your accommodation or the port. Head to the Katakolon Olympia Port and take the chance to bathe in the beautiful waters. Then practice some ancient olympic games at the beach. Savor a small snack set up like a Greek buffet, all made with products from the region of Kourouta. Sip some wine or natural juice. Expect good moods all around, non-stop fun in the sun, and an authentic morning in Greece. Benefit from insider insight from your English, Greek, and Spanish-speaking guide.

Chlemoutsi - Kyllini Shore Excursion from Katakolon Port

8. Chlemoutsi - Kyllini Shore Excursion from Katakolon Port

This is an excellent tour option for those who have visited Olympia. This tour contains nice alternative rural spots one should visit upon arrival at Katakolon and lasts for a pleasant 4.5 hours. First stop is Chlemoutsi Castle, one of the most beautiful castles in Greece and the one and only in Ilia region. The Chlemoutsi visit will last approximately 1.5 hours where there is a chance to see an astonishing place on the top of the hills. Next stop will be Kyllini thermal baths which will take around 1.5 hours. The thermal baths were widely known from the ancient times as Roman empire archaeological ruins exist there, giving a historical importance to the area. Nowadays the thermal baths are operational and open to the public. Time for a quick swim under the greek sun, enjoying the cleanest water in combination with a nice coffee or light lunch. This stop takes approximately 1 hour and gives experience why Greece is one of the best countries to visit during summertime.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 43 reviews

Visilious was a superb guide, Very knowledgeable and you could tell he was passionate about the history he was talking about. He actually had a PHD in archaeology so there was absolutely no one more qualified to show us round the Olympia site. He was also very friendly and accommodating. As it was a private tour, he gave us options of what we could do after our Olympia tour. We chose to visit a olive oil farm. We were shown how olive oil is made and had the differences between olives explained. We then had a light lunch along with an olive oil tasting which was superb. The option to purchase some olive oil was available but there was no pressure to do so, as the company was a recent award winner and because it tasted so amazing, we bought some and arranged to have it shipped home. I would really recommend this tour with visilious to anyone looking for a fun informative and stress free day. 5 stars!

What an amazing day we had! Our private driver picked us up at the ship and drove us to Olympia. He was knowledgeable and explained about the local crops. He dropped us off with our guide who was a wealth of information. My mother is in a wheelchair, which was very hard to maneuver over the rocky paths of Ancient Olympia. Our guide even pitched in to help on several occasions. I would highly recommend this tour!!!!!

From an organizational point of view, everything worked out perfectly, our driver was already waiting for us in the van at the port of Kyllini. on the trip to Olympia we received a lot of very good information about the region, history and Olympia. There was also time and space for the individual organization of the day, very flexible. All in all a good experience and highly recommended!

Vassily was a fantastic guide !

Great tour with a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide would strongly recommend Vassily, he looked after us and made the trip to Olympia come to life.

Stavros was a very knowledgeable guide. Would highly recommend him.