Olympia Tour from Athens

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Itinerary

Starting our full-day Olympia tour from Athens, we drive southwest for approximately 3.5 hours. We will make a short stop at the Corinth Canal to see a masterpiece of engineering, built back in the 19th century by a Hungarian company. After the shortstop, we continue to the birthplace of the Olympic Games- ancient Olympia.

Olympia Tour From Athens – Visit Olympia

Inside the archaeological museum, you will see many spectacular masterpieces of the Greek ancient world such as the Hermes statue of Praxiteles, the statue of Nikethe statue of Dionysus, the amazing friezes from the temples, the famous workshop of Phidias, the helmet of Miltiades who was the General of the battle of Marathon, etc.

Ancient Greece – History

After the museum visit, you will be able to see the archaeological site where the ancient Olympic Games took place every four years in order to honor Zeus. According to mythology, Zeus fought against his father Cronus and defeated him, after his win, he took the throne of Olympus. We don’t know exactly why the Games were held every four years, but, a myth says that Heracles (not Hercules) hero who had won a race at Olympia commanded that the race should be repeated every four years.

The monuments inside the archeological area that you will visit are the temple of Hera that was built in 600 BC, the temple of Zeus which housed one of seven miracles of the World, the 17 meters statue of Zeus made of gold and ivory from the same sculptor-Phidias. Palestra, a school for wrestling and boxing, Gymnasium, a training facility for the athletes plus bathhouses, the Stadium that could house up to 60.000 spectators, Prytaneion where officials and winners could meet, the Philippeion, a memorial which contained statues of king Phillip and Alexander the Great.

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During the games an Olympic truce was enacted, so the athletes could easily reach Olympia. The winners were crowned with an olive wreath and when they have turned back to their city huge celebrations took place.

In this world heritage site takes place the ceremony of Olympic flame.

Later on, you will have time for shopping and lunch, and after finishing our full-day private Olympia from Athens tour, we will return back to Athens!

What about the next stop? Argolis or a classical tour?

Departure & Return Location

From Hotel or Airbnb

Departure Time

Morning from 7 till 10 AM

Price Includes

  • English speaking driver-guide
  • Pick up/drop off
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Water

Price Excludes

  • Licensed Guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Food or beverages
Good to know
  • Driver guides can not escort you inside Museums or sites. You can hire a licensed guide at an extra cost. 
  • The duration of the tour is 11-12 hours.
  • Price is per vehicle, not per person.
  • The entrance fee costs 12 for Olympia.
  • Reduced admission (50%) in the winter period from Nov. 1st till March 31.
  • Free admission for up to 18 years old or seniors after 65 years old (citizens E.U). Please note that an ID or a copy is necessary.
  • Highschool & University students over 25 years old from countries of E.U. (only with ID proof)
  • Days of free admission: March 6, April 18, May 18, October 28, and the last weekend of September.
Highlights
  • Corinth Canal
  • Stadium
  • Temple of Zeus
  • Temple of Hera
  • Statue of Hermes
  • Statue of Nike
  • Workshop of Phidias
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