Athens to Olympia Day Trip


Athens to Olympia Day Trip

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Athens to Olympia Day Trip

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.

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Driving through the Peloponnese region, we will pass by Nemea (famous for its wine), Tripoli, and Megalopoli. The rich land of the Peloponnese produces olive oil, oils, strawberries, lemons, oranges, mandarins, water lemons, and other agricultural products in big numbers. The duration of the drive to reach Olympia is close to 4 hours.

Reaching the area of the birthplace of the Olympic Games with our Olympia tour from Athens you will see many restaurants, coffee shops, and souvenir shops. Also, you will see flags from most of the countries that participate in the Olympic Games. We will stop at the entrance of the Archaeological site, first, you must visit the museum.

Inside the archaeological museum, you will see many spectacular masterpieces of the ancient Greek world such as the Hermes statue of Praxiteles, the statue of Nike, the 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 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), a 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 which was built in 600 BC, the temple of Zeus which housed one of the 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 that contained statues of King Phillip and Alexander the Great.

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 turned back to their city huge celebrations took place. Today, the ceremony of the Olympic flame is performed a few weeks before the start of the Games.

In this world heritage site, the ceremony of the Olympic Flame is taking part every four years for the Summer Olympics.

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

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The Significance of Ancient Olympia


Ancient Olympia holds a special place in history for several reasons. Firstly, it was the site of the ancient Olympic Games, which were held every four years from 776 BC to 393 AD. These games were not only a celebration of physical prowess but also a display of cultural unity among the Greek city-states. The Olympic Games were so important to the Greeks that they even marked the beginning of their calendar. The games attracted athletes and spectators from all corners of the ancient world, making Ancient Olympia a hub of cultural exchange and competition.

Furthermore, Ancient Olympia was home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the Statue of Zeus. This colossal statue, created by the renowned sculptor Phidias, stood at around 40 feet tall and was considered one of the greatest masterpieces of ancient Greek art. Unfortunately, the statue was destroyed in a fire in the 5th century AD, but its significance and legacy live on.

The Historical Importance of Ancient Olympia


In addition to its association with the Olympic Games, Ancient Olympia played a crucial role in ancient Greek politics and religion. The sanctuary of Zeus was not only a place of worship but also a center for political and diplomatic activities. The Greeks believed that Zeus, as the king of the gods, had the power to bring prosperity and peace to their cities. Therefore, many city-states would send envoys to Ancient Olympia to seek the favor of Zeus and to participate in important political discussions.

Moreover, Ancient Olympia was a site of pilgrimage for ancient Greeks. People from all walks of life would make the arduous journey to the sanctuary to pay homage to Zeus and seek his blessings. The Olympic Games themselves were considered a religious festival, with athletes competing in honor of the gods. The importance of religion and spirituality in the lives of the ancient Greeks cannot be overstated, and Ancient Olympia was at the heart of this cultural and religious devotion.

Why Taking a Tour to Ancient Olympia is Important


Visiting Ancient Olympia is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that allows you to step back in time and immerse yourself in the ancient world. Walking through the ruins of the sanctuary, you can’t help but feel a sense of awe and wonder at the grandeur of the past. Taking a tour to Ancient Olympia is important because it provides a unique opportunity to learn about the history, culture, and achievements of the ancient Greeks.

By exploring the ruins with a knowledgeable guide, you can gain a deeper understanding of the significance of each structure and artifact. A guide can bring the stories of Ancient Olympia to life, explaining the myths and legends associated with the site and providing insights into the daily lives of the people who lived there. Without a guide, it is easy to overlook the subtle details and miss out on the hidden gems of Ancient Olympia.

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Ancient Olympia is home to several famous landmarks and attractions that are not to be missed. The Temple of Zeus, although now in ruins, is still an impressive sight. Its massive columns and remnants of the once-majestic structure are a testament to the architectural brilliance of the ancient Greeks. The Temple of Hera, dedicated to Zeus’ wife, is another must-see attraction. This temple was the site of the lighting of the Olympic flame, a tradition that continues to this day.

The ancient stadium, where the Olympic Games took place, is a highlight of any visit to Ancient Olympia. Imagine standing in the same spot where ancient athletes competed for glory and honor. The stadium’s layout and design have inspired countless modern sports arenas, making it a true testament to the enduring legacy of the ancient Olympic Games.

Other notable attractions include the Museum of the Olympic Games, which houses a vast collection of artifacts and sculptures, and the Philippeion, a circular monument built by Philip II of Macedon to commemorate his victory in the Olympic Games.

Taking a tour to Ancient Olympia is important because it allows you to connect with the rich history of the ancient world. The site’s significance in the realms of sports, politics, and religion cannot be overstated, and a guided tour provides the best opportunity to fully appreciate its historical importance. By exploring the famous landmarks and attractions of Ancient Olympia, you can gain a deeper understanding of the achievements and cultural legacy of the ancient Greeks.

The price includes:

  • A guided tour of important places
  • English speaking driver-guide
  • Pick up/drop off
  • Unlimited bottled water

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What's Included

  • A guided tour of important places
  • English speaking driver-guide
  • Pick up/drop off
  • Unlimited bottled water

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  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Licensed Guide

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