• Tour code: 6357P62
  • Location: Kalamata, Greece
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 319.11 View price calendar

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Imagine the energy and excitement of the original Olympic Games with a private, full-day tour from Kalamata to ancient Olympia. Travel to the Western Peloponnese and back in time to 776 BC, when ancient Greeks first began the celebrated sporting tradition that continues to captivate the world every four years. Tour the major monuments of the archaeological site, including the former gymnasium, stadium, hotel, crypt and Temple of Zeus, and explore history and artifacts of the early games at the renowned Olympia Museum.

Highlights

  • Private, full-day tour from Kalamata to ancient Olympia
  • Learn about the history of the ancient Olympic Games
  • See the original gymnasium, stadium and temples that formed the original Olympic complex
  • Admire the Temple of Zeus, where one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World once stood
  • Browse ancient artifacts and displays at the Olympia Museum
  • Visit a local restaurant and modern-day Olympia on the return trip to Costa Navarino
  • Price is per vehicle, which can accommodate 2 passengers

What You Can Expect

Ancient Olympia Day Trip from Costa Navarino

Olympia II

When the global community turns its eyes to the world's greatest athletes every four years, it's honoring a tradition started by the early Greeks in the ancient city of Olympia. Your adventure begins with morning pickup at your Kalamata hotel in a private vehicle and a 2-hour drive to the archaeological site in the Western Peloponnese. Along the way, learn about the history of the games and their roots in ancient Greek mythology from your knowledgeable driver and guide.

When you arrive, enjoy several hours of free time to explore the site and monuments at your own pace. See the gymnasium and Palaestra, where athletes practiced leading up to competition, and feel millennia of energy as you enter the ancient stadium, where ancient Greece’s finest athletes strove to honor the gods through the Olympic ideal.

Marvel at the Temple of Zeus, where the famous golden statue of the god — one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World — once stood. See the Leonidaion, a hotel built in 330 BC to host distinguished guests of the games, and learn about the Elean Senate who organized the competition at the Vouleuterio. Delve even deeper into the history of the world's greatest athletic competition with displays and original artifacts at the Olympia Museum.

Reconnect with your guide at the museum exit, and head to a nearby restaurant for a delicious Mediterranean lunch (optional, own expense). Before returning to Kalamata, stop in the modern-day city of Olympia for a look around and a chance to pick up unique souvenirs.

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