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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.

Ancient Olympia full day private tour from Athens

2. Ancient Olympia full day private tour from Athens

Start your tour with a visit to the Corinth Canal, a site of utmost historical significance. Enjoy a brief 15 minute stop here and take plenty of pictures whilst you have a refreshing beverage. Next, continue your travels to Ancient Olympia, where you will get to stop and discover with your driver for around 5 hours.  During your time here, you will get to visit some of ancient Greece's most iconic landmarks, such as the Archaeological Site of Olympia, the Philippeion, the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, the Museum of the Olympic Games and the Archimedes Museum. Whilst in the city of Olympia, your driver will be able to suggest a delicious, traditional Greek tavern for you to stop and have lunch.

From Athens: Ancient Olympia Private Day Tour

3. 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.

From Athens: Olympia Private Day Trip & Temple of Zeus

4. 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.

From Athens: Peloponnese 6-Day Private Tour to Meteora

5. 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

6. 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 Philippeion

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 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.

Our driver George exceeded our expectations and truly went above and beyond to make the trip a memorable experience. The entire ride to Olympia he told us historic facts about the surrounding areas and we even got to make stops along the way. It was very comfortable, personalized, and a lot of fun. 10/10 recommend!

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.

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