Katakolo Culture & history

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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: Olympia Archaeological Site Shore Excursion

2. 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.

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

3. 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).

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What people are saying about Katakolo

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 59 reviews

They have very good communication and are punctual. The only think I didn't like is that I booked for 09:00 and they texted me the day before to tell me they've my time to 10:00 die to the previous tour. I am assuming I was the only one booking at 09:00 so they moved me to 10:00 which messed up my schedule a little bit but it wasn't a biggie because o didn't have other activities booked but if I would it could be an issue. I still think they deserve 5 stars due to punctuality, communication and price!

Vasilika the guide was great, adding good explanations on the bus and good recommendations to eat. The only thing to comment is the map that is indicating the address for meeting point is a bit wrong. Me and others bypassed the travel agency and continued forward following the map. That needs to be changed. The agency is at the very start of the street.

The time got changed on us the night before due to a driver testing positive for covid, but when we arrived at the easy to find meet up place everything was very smooth. Comfortable coach ride to Olympia, we were escorted to where you purchase your tickets. Coach there and back was very punctual. Would definitely recommend.

very kind lady from the shop, offered a 1.5 l bottle of water for free. At the end of the trip to Olympia, he applied a 30% discount on each of the purchases made in the store

Great transfer to the ancient site. The guide on the bus was helpful getting us to and from the destination.