ONE DAY TOUR TO OLYMPIA FROM ATHENS

The easy and efficient way to visit ancient Olympia.

- Starting the day from your hotel at 06.45am. and after a short stop at Corinth canal we arrive at Olympia 10.45am.
- Meet the tour guide (optional) and spend about 3 hours with her, visiting the archaeological museum, and the ancient sacred site.
- When you finish with the sightseeing, relax having lunch in the peaceful setting of the modern Olympia town, and
- At +/- 16.00 start the return trip and arrive in Athens before 20.00. A long but enjoyable and memorable daytour!


The professional tour guide will speak about:

* The four Pan-Hellenic Games, (the Games at Olympia were one of them. The others were, the Isthmian, the Delphian or Pythian and the Nemean Games).
* Ancient Olympia was not a city as such. It was only the sanctuary, the stadium, the sports facilities, the VIP hostel, and the administration buildings,
* The structures in the "sacred" sanctuary were made and dedicated to the gods, except the Philippeion and the house of emperor Nero.
* The huge temple of Zeus, that housed one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, the statue of the god, made by the sculptor Phedias.
* The city that was responsible for the organization of the Games that took place in Olympia was ILIS, +/- 30kms from Olympia,
* The amazing organization of the ancient Olympic Games, similar and even better than today's organization.
* The females had their own Games. They called them Heraia Games, and were organized in favour of goddess Hera, Zeus wife and sister.
* Learn the story of Kallipateira, the mother that dressed and disguised herself as a man in order to watch her son competing and winning in the Games.
* The story of Kyniska, the tomboy and cheeky Spartan princess, a chariot owner, that became the first female Olympic winner.
* The Zannes, being the statues paid from the penalties imposed to the cheaters. (Emperor Nero was the biggest cheater of the ancient Olympic Games).
* The lighting of the Olympic flame and the torch relay celebrated almost every year nowadays, with the summer, winter, youth Olympics, etc..
* The emblems (the five Olympic rings) of the modern Olympic Games, revived by Pierre De Coubertin.
* Following the Baron's last wish, his heart was buried at Olympia. It is at the base of the monument in the I.O.A. grounds.

        Ancient Olympia is one of the 5 UNESCO Greek ancient sites and must be included in everybody's itinerary.

2 persons

3 persons

4 persons

5 persons

6 persons

7 persons

8 persons

1 day tour

125.00

90.00

75.00

65.00

60.00

55.00

50.00

2 day tour

280.00

190.00

150.00

130.00

110.00

95.00

85.00

The above prices are per person and include transportation expenses, road tolls, and taxes.

A local professional tour guide can be arranged and the extra cost of 100.00 euro will be shared between the passengers.
The entrance tickets to the museums and the archaeological site, and the lunch are not included in the prices.
Show your interest well in advance and give us the chance to couple you and share the cost with others
      If you are interested in a 1 day to Olympia, let us now asap!!! You do not commit yourselves. You help us plan.
Combine your visit to ancient Olympia in a 2 day tour with an overnight stay in " romantic" Nafplion,
including a visit to ancient Mycenae and the amazing for its acoustics theatre of Epidaurus, or,
with Polylimnio, Navarino, and ancient Messene the rival city of Sparta, generally accepted as
the most beautiful archaeological site of Greece, today. A well hidden gem for a long time.

 

You may also visit Olympia on one of the following guided tours:

* 3 days classical tour   |   * 4 days Monday's special tour (1st night in Nafplion)   |   * 4 days Classical tour & Meteora
 * 7 days grand tour of Peloponissos and Northern Greece   |     * 2 days Olympia & Nafplion (overnight in the old town)-private tour

 

 

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