3.5 h. tour (Private tour)
(Transportation + guidance all the way + guided tour of ancient Site + free time in Olympia)
For those of you who do not want to visit the archaeological museum of Olympia, this private tour will show you the magnificent Olympic Games site as well as the modern town of Olympia.
Departing from the port with your private vehicle and driver, you will travel through the rich countryside between the Alfios and Kladeos rivers, on your way to Olympia, where you will embark a 1 and a half hour guided tour, that visits the temple of Zeus, the temple of Hera, the altar of Hera where the lighting of the Olympic torch takes place and the stadium, among other sites.
Ancient Olympia, the archeological site of the first Olympic Games, in 776 B.C., lies in the lush valley formed by the Alfios river. The temple of Zeus in antiquity was housing one of the 7 wonders of the Ancient world, the gold and ivory statue of Zeus, which Phedias had created. You will also see the temple of Hera, the shrine of Pelops (one of the oldest in the sanctuary), the Council house where the athletes took the Olympic oath, the Treasury houses, the Gymnasium and the Palaestra where they used to exercise for a month prior to the Games. Finally you will reach the stadium, where the marble starting blocks are still in position.
After all that, you can have a break in the modern town of Olympia, for coffee or shopping and then you will be returned back to the port.
Since this tour is not including any indoor visits, you should be prepared for exposure to the weather conditions which according to the month of the year that you will be visiting vary.