temple of Zeus
Hermes of Praxiteles
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Hotel Pick up&Drop off
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Children under 2 are complimentary
What you can expect
The concept of this exclusive tour is to offer you an enhanced experience from your visit in Olympia. The tour starts as soon as the minivan leaves the pier in Katakolon. Your licensed guide will provoke on board guidance that includes information about Katakolon, Pyrgos and the prefecture of Ilia. Also, you will be given a description of what you are about to see in Olympia and all historical elements of the birthplace of the Olympic Games. When you arrive in Olympia your tour guide will help you buy your tickets, so you will not lose valuable time in case there are a lot of people waiting in a queue.
The guided tour of the archaeological site and museum will last about 2 and a half hours.
The archaeological site of the first Olympic Games, in 776 B.C., lies in the lush valley formed by the Alfios river. There is a temple of Zeus which in antiquity was housing one of the 7 wonders of the Ancient world, the gold and ivory statue of Zeus, which Phedias had created. Then see the temple of Hera, as well as the shrine of Hera which is where since 1936 the Olympic Torch is always being lit from the sun, 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.
You will also visit the Archaeological Museum, only a short walk from the Olympia site itself. Here you will find a wonderful collection of Greek sculpture, as well as treasures that have been unearthed over a century of excavations. See the breath-taking original pediments from the Temple of Zeus, all in white marble from Paros, illustrating the mythical war between the Centaurs and the Lapiths on the one side, the beginning of the chariot race between Prince Pelops and King Oinomaos on the other side. The museum is also home to the famous Hermes of Praxiteles statue, as well as the marble statue of Nike and the bronze helmet of general Miltiades who defeated the Persian army in 490 BC in the battle of Marathon.
After the guided tour you will have a short stop in the modern town of Olympia, for coffee or shopping.
After your free time in Olympia, you can enjoy the serene environment of a local restaurant.