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Ancient Olympia
Site of the first Olympic Games in 776 BC, the UNESCO-listed ruins of Ancient Olympia are one of the archaeological highlights of the Peloponnese. Explore the excellent museum and vast complex to admire the remains of temples and the stadium, hippodrome, wrestling school, and gymnasium where Olympic athletes trained. 

The Basics
The Olympic Games were held in Olympia every four years for almost a thousand years before being disbanded in the fourth century. However, the history of Olympia goes back much farther, as for centuries it was the most celebrated shrine in ancient Greece. Pilgrims traveled there to worship Zeus and his wife Hera in the temples of the city’s Altis (sanctuary of the gods). 

As one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites, the ancient city still attracts travelers from across the globe. Although visiting with a guide is ideal, independent travelers can get by using an audio guide or virtual reality glasses. Gourmands might opt for a tour that pairs a stop at Ancient Olympia with a honey and olive oil tasting at a nearby farm. For an in-depth jaunt into antiquity, go for a multi-day tour that takes in magnificent sites like Olympia, Epidaurus, and Mycenae. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • See the site with a guide to fully appreciate the history and architecture of Ancient Olympia. A family-friendly guide can make the experience more engaging for kids.
  • The Archaeological Museum of Olympia includes a scale model of the ruins, pediment carvings from the Temple of Zeus, and a statue of the messenger god Hermes by Praxiteles, whose work also adorned the Acropolis.
  • The archaeological park is partially accessible to wheelchairs; the museum is fully accessible.

How to Get There
West of Athens in the foothills of Mount Kronos, Olympia is best reached by car—the trip from the capital city takes around four hours via the A7. The site is often visited as part of full-day or multi-day tours of classical Greece, or shore excursions from the nearby port of Katakolon.

When to Get There
Ancient Olympia is usually open daily, except for major holidays. The temperature can soar at midday, and there’s very little shade—so tour the ruins in the early morning or late afternoon, and duck into the museum during the hottest hours.

Highlights of Ancient Olympia
Excavations at Olympia began in 1829, and today the complex is scattered with fragments of ancient paving, statuaries, temples, and civic buildings. Only one column remains of the Temple of Zeus, but that’s enough to grasp the sheer size of the original building. The Temple of Hera is better preserved, and it’s there that the Olympic flame is lit before it journeys across the world.
Address: Archea Olimpia, Pyrgos, Elis, Peloponnese, Greece 270 65, Greece
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26 Tours and Activities to Experience Ancient Olympia

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Private Olympia skip the line tickets tour with a local tour guide

Private Olympia skip the line tickets tour with a local tour guide

Explore the site that gave birth to the Olympics. Let me and share with you exciting stories of my time in Olympia as a field archeologist. The private tour will be tailored to your preferences and interests, therefore feel free to interact and share your thoughts about any topic you may be interested in.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$179.64
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$179.64
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Katakolon Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Ancient Olympia and Archeological Site

Katakolon Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Ancient Olympia and Archeological Site

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Make the most of your time in Katakolon port with this private, half-day shore excursion to Olympia. The sanctuary of Ancient Greece and the site of the classical Olympic Games, Olympia is one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites. With your own personal guide, you’ll check off highlights such as the Temple of Zeus, the Bouleuterion and, of course, the original Olympic stadium. You’ll also have ample free time to explore modern Olympia or visit the Museum of the Olympic Games.
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  • 4 hours
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$358.78
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Katakolon Shore Excursion: Ancient Olympia Plus Honey Farm & Olive Oil Tasting

Katakolon Shore Excursion: Ancient Olympia Plus Honey Farm & Olive Oil Tasting

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If planning a cruise stop in the port of Katakolon, see ancient Olympia in a stress-free way. A private driver takes you from the sleepy fishing village to the celebrated home of the Olympic Games, where you can run the ancient track and see where the Olympic flame is lit to kick off the modern games. Plus, go beyond the region's main attraction with a delicious stop at a family farm to sample honey, olive oil, jams, and Greek wine.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.69
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$150.69
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Katakolon Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Ancient Olympia, Archeological Site and Archeological Museum

Katakolon Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Ancient Olympia, Archeological Site and Archeological Museum

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When you’re in port in Katakolon, visit Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, on this private shore excursion. With a private guide, travel to this famous archaeological site and explore the ruined ancient stadium, athletes’ training areas, and other monuments associated with the games, first held in 776 BC, as well as relics such as the Temple of Zeus. Hear about the games’ history; visit the Archaeological Museum to see the statues and artifacts excavated here; and enjoy free time in modern Olympia before your return to Katakolon.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$409.07
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$409.07
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Olympia Treasures and History Tour - Shore Excursion from Katakolon (Olympia)

Olympia Treasures and History Tour - Shore Excursion from Katakolon (Olympia)

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Discover the ruins of ancient Olympia, dedicated to Zeus, at the south-western foot of Mount Kronios - a definite ‘must see’ historical site when visiting the port of Katakolon. Our Olympia Treasures and History Tour departs by air-conditioned transportation from the port side. This tour includes a professional English-speaking tour guide. The visitors will have the chance to admire the Gymnasium, the Palaistra, the temple of Zeus, the temple of Hera, Hera's altar and finally the ancient stadium of Olympia from the outside. The tour guide will give a detailed tour about the history and mythology of the ancient Olympic Games. The tour guide also shows pictures of what all the monuments used to look like. This way they will get as much as possible.
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  • 4 hours
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$85.97
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$85.97

Katakolon – Ancient Olympia // Shore excursion

Katakolon – Ancient Olympia // Shore excursion

Visit with us the highlights of this historical place, such as the archaeological site, including the original ancient Olympic games stadium and the unique archaeological museum . After your tour enjoy some free time in the town of Katakolon.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$53.27
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Private Tour: Olympia and Pyrgos Town from Katakolon Port

Private Tour: Olympia and Pyrgos Town from Katakolon Port

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Maximize your limited time on dry land with a private 4-hour tour of the Peloponnese Coast. Private transportation picks you up from the Port of Katakolon at your chosen time. Travel comfortably along the scenic coast to Olympia, where you enjoy a guided visit and free time to explore. Stop at the nearby archeology museum, then take a tour of the 17th-century city of Pyrgos. Return to the port with time to spare before you disembark.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$620.70
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Katakolon and Olympia Shore Excursion (4 seated car)

Katakolon and Olympia Shore Excursion (4 seated car)

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Explore Katakolon and Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, and skip the long queues on this privately-guided excursion. Take in the stunning Grecian coastline, and walk roads once frequented by classical-era athletes and statesmen. Choose between a trip to a local honey producer - topped off by delicious pancakes with homemade honey - or take a guided tour of an olive farm followed by a cooling beach swim.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$302.59
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Olympia Shore Excursion: Ancient Olympia Plus Honey Farm & Olive Oil Tasting

Olympia Shore Excursion: Ancient Olympia Plus Honey Farm & Olive Oil Tasting

This small group half-day tour from the port of Katakolon will take you to Ancient Olympia, the playground of the Gods and heroes of Greek mythology and where the Olympic flame is lit for each Olympiad. Go off-the-beaten-path into a farm filled with fruit trees and vegetables and find Greek hospitality. This blessed land is home to one of the finest agricultural produce in the country. Discover the products of the olive tree, the symbol of immortality and wisdom on a free olive oil and wine tasting experience.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$150.69
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$150.69
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Private Shore Excursion to Ancient Olympia & Museum from Katakolo port

Private Shore Excursion to Ancient Olympia & Museum from Katakolo port

With this tour you have a unique opportunity to visit the western Peloponnese, in the "Valley of Gods", lies the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece, and the birthplace of the most important athletic mega-event of all times; the Olympic Games. Olympia is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in Greece, under UNESCO's heritage and one of the most powerful brand names worldwide. You will walk through the impressive ruins of the area where athletes trained and run in the ancient stadium; just as the ancient Olympians did after their victory 3000 years ago. Also you will visit the museum and get the chance to see some unbelievable sculptures such as the sculpted decoration of the temple of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the famous Hermis of Praxiteles and the statue of Nike of Paionios. The duration of the tour is about 5 hours including a Licensed tour guide
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  • 5 hours
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$412.56
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$412.56
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Ancient Olympia: Audio Tour on your Phone (no ticket)

Ancient Olympia: Audio Tour on your Phone (no ticket)

Immerse yourself in the magic of Ancient Olympia with a fascinating audio tour on your smartphone and discover the secrets of an archaeological site tied with the birth and evolution of the Olympic Games! Start your tour from the Ancient Gymnasium and enjoy an unforgettable stroll through the ruins of a Unesco World Heritage Site wrapped up in myth and legend. Having enjoyed a complete tour covering the highlights of the archaeological site, you will end your walk in front of the ruins of the Prytaneion, where joyous celebrations were once held for the winners of the games at the heart of the fertile valley of Alpheios. This tour, combining an immersive audio tour with a detailed map of the site, is your perfect companion for an unforgettable visit to one of the most potent landmarks of Greece. * Ticket/entrance fee to the archaeological site is not included. ** The tour is designed to cover the archaeological site of Olympia but doesn't include stories for the site museum.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$14.85
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$14.85
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Olympia Walking Tour with Virtual Reality Glasses

Olympia Walking Tour with Virtual Reality Glasses

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The Virtual Reality glasses make you feel like you are really in Ancient Olympia. Small and interesting stories will be activated automaticaly when you approach every monument. You visit any monument at your own pace. A map with your current location in the Arch. Site activates when you look down (it helps a lot to see where you are and where is avery monument) This is perfect also for families. Kids love the experience and it is a great way to learn about Ancient Olympia.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.49
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$33.49
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Private Tour:Olympia Museum & Archaeological Site from Katakolon Port

Private Tour:Olympia Museum & Archaeological Site from Katakolon Port

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Experience the birthplace of the Olympics on this half-day private excursion. After a convenient port pickup, cruise through the Peloponnesian countryside and admire vineyards, olive groves, and the region’s gorgeous coastline. Learn about the ancient Olympic archaeological site from an informative guide as you explore the Temples of Zeus and Hera, the Gymnasium, Stadium, and Archaeological Museum of Olympia.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$614.50
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Ancient Olympia Day Trip from Costa Navarino

Ancient Olympia Day Trip from Costa Navarino

Imagine the energy and excitement of the original Olympic Games with a private, full-day tour from Costa Navarino 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.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$579.81
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Accessible Tour Katakolon Port, Ancient Olympia Archaeological Site and Museum

Accessible Tour Katakolon Port, Ancient Olympia Archaeological Site and Museum

Embark your special vehicle and start your driving to Ancient Olympia. Now that Athens has hosted the 2004 Olympic Games, join us in reliving the wonder and thrill of the original Olympic Games, which were held from 776 BC to 393 AD as you explore the ruins of the great monuments. Enter the famous archeological site of Olympia and marvel at the Temple of Zeus, which once housed the Golden and Ivory statue of Zeus (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) and the original Stadium and Bouleuterion, unique in history, where once competitors swore an oath to confirm to the rules. Follow your guide and walk a short distance in order to visit the world famous Archeological Museum of Olympia where you can admire, amongst many priceless exhibits, the marble statues of the Temple of Zeus and the unique statue of Hermes, carved by the ancient Greek sculptor Praxiteles. Afterwards, enjoy a short stop at the town of Olympia where free time will be given before returning back to the ship.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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$493.09
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$493.09
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Private Olympia tour (4.5 hours)

Private Olympia tour (4.5 hours)

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Departing from the port with your private vehicle and driver you will travel through the rich countryside to Olympia, where you will embark a guided tour of the archaeological site and museum. In the archeological site, among several other remains of important buildings, you will see the gymnasium and the palaestra, the round Philipeion, the workshop of Phidias where the gold and ivory statue of Zeus was built, the temples of Zeus and Hera, the altar where the Olympic torch is being lit in the modern days and the ancient Olympic stadium. In the archeological museum are housed finds things were excavated from the archeological site. Bronze and clay offerings, armor, vases, the tools and cup of Phidias, the gorgeous Hermes by Praxiteles, the Nike by Paeonios and the very impressive classical statues from the pediments of the temple of Zeus etc. After all that you can have a short break in the modern town of Olympia for coffee or shopping and then you will be returned back to the port.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$346.90
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$346.90
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Small group local tour of Olympia (site only)

Small group local tour of Olympia (site only)

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This tour is designed to serve the several individual travelers who will be visiting Olympia between July 1st and September 30th. This tour is available either in English or in French. It won't be a bilingual tour but we will be using different guides each time for each language from the hand picked team of qualified guides that we work with. Our goal is to offer you a complete historical experience off-the-beaten track. The tour is designed for those of you that want to have an insight of the history and masterpieces of Olympia that only a licensed tour guide can present to you the best way, on a value for money tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.30
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$22.30
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Private local tour of the Olympic Games site

Private local tour of the Olympic Games site

Once in Olympia, the highlight to visit is the Archeological site. In the archeological site, among several other remains of important buildings, you will see the gymnasium and the palaestra, the round Philipeion, the workshop of Phidias where the gold and ivory statue of Zeus was built, the temples of Zeus and Hera, the altar where the Olympic torch is being lit in the modern days and the ancient Olympic stadium.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$130.09
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$130.09
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Private local tour of the archaeological site and museum of Olympia

Private local tour of the archaeological site and museum of Olympia

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Once in Olympia, the highlights to visit are the Archeological Museum also called the New Museum and the Archeological site. In the archeological site, among several other remains of important buildings, you will see the gymnasium and the palaestra, the round Philipeion, the workshop of Phidias where the gold and ivory statue of Zeus was built, the temples of Zeus and Hera, the altar where the Olympic torch is being lit in the modern days and the ancient Olympic stadium. In the archeological museum are housed all finds that were excavated from the archeological site. Bronze and clay offerings (tripods and figurines), armor, vases, the tools and cup from Phidias's workshop, the gorgeous Hermes by Praxiteles, the Nike by Paeonios and the very impressive and very well preserved classical statues from the pediments of the temple of Zeus etc.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$179.64
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$179.64
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Olympia and Kourouta Beach Escape

Olympia and Kourouta Beach Escape

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Take a break from the cruise ship crowds on a private tour to Olympia and Kourouta Beach. The excursion is a great option for history buffs, beach bums, and families alike. Private transportation whisks you away from the port and delivers you to Olympia, where you can explore the UNESCO listed archaeological site at your own pace. Then enjoy a full two-hours to enjoy the sun and surf at Kourouta Beach.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$207.18
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$207.18
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Katakolon Shore Excursion: Premium Skip-the-Lines Olympia & Free Olive Oil Tasting Tour

Katakolon Shore Excursion: Premium Skip-the-Lines Olympia & Free Olive Oil Tasting Tour

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While your ship is in Katakolon, explore one of Greece’s important antiquities—Olympia—without transport worries or long waits. This private skip-the-line shore excursion lets you bypass any lines and stroll the ruined stadium, archway, and track—where the ancient Olympic games were held—before exploring the nearby Archaeological Museum. Before your return, enjoy an olive oil tasting and learn how the ancients considered it vital to strength and youth.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$169.52
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Private Olympia Highlights 4hrs Private Tour

Private Olympia Highlights 4hrs Private Tour

Experience some of ancient Greece’s top attractions on this half-day guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, visit landmark sites like the Temple of Zeus, the Altar of Hera, the Shrine of Pelops, and the Olympic gymnasium and stadium. Stop by the site’s archaeological museum and marvel at amazing ancient sculptures and artifacts.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$495.57
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Classical Olympia Private Tour

Classical Olympia Private Tour

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Tour the ruins of Olympia with an archeologist & get the inside scoop on ancient life. Also, you'll visit the place where the Olympic Flame is ignited every four years for the modern Olympic Games and you will walk in the world’s first stadium and let this place come to life with real stories
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$216.81
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Ancient Corinth & Canal, Mycenae, Nafplio, unique Epidaurus &Olympia in 2 days

Ancient Corinth & Canal, Mycenae, Nafplio, unique Epidaurus &Olympia in 2 days

A 2 day private tour which offers beauty and historically important places! Ancient Corinth, Mycenae will impress you with their history and wealth! Epidaurus theatre will amaze you with its worldwide famous accoustics still considered the best! Nafplio with the colorfoul narrow streets is the best for relaxation and great photos! It will be a unique experience to visit the Ancient Olympia where the Ancient Olympic Games were "born" and walk through the places where the athletes actually competed!
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$354.94
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Magnificent Argolis, Glorious Sparta & Significant Olympia in 3 days

Magnificent Argolis, Glorious Sparta & Significant Olympia in 3 days

Spend 3 days at the most historically significant places of the mainland Greece. Feel the excitement of walking through the place where the Olympics were "born" or where the Spartan strict but brave culture flourished!
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  • 3 days
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$552.49
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Ancient Olympia can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 26 Ancient Olympia tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Ancient Olympia costs USD 179.64. Guided Ancient Olympia tours start around USD 179.64 per person. See all 26 Ancient Olympia tickets and tours on Viator.
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