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The ancient Olympia full day tour starts at 8:00 am from Athens, driving via coastal highway towards Peloponnisos. While on route you will see the area of Saronic Gulf where the famous Naval Battle of Salamis took place in 480 B.C. between the Greeks and the Persians.
Our first stop/visit is the famous Isthmus of Corinth. Corinth is located eighty kilometers west of Athens on the south side of the Isthmus, a narrow neck of land connecting the Peloponnese to mainland Greece and separating the Corinthian Gulf from the Saronic Gulf and finally the Ionian Sea from the Aegean Sea.
On the way we’ll see coastal towns and villages Like Corinth , Xilokastro , Aigion, Diacophto ,Patra etc. Also on the way at your own order we can stop for coffee in one of the many points we’ll meet on the way. After 3,5 hours driving we’ll arrive to Ancient Olympia .You will visit the unique archaeological area of Ancient Olympia where the first Olympic Games took place from the year 776 B.C. to 393 A.D. The Olympic Games were held every four years, in honor of the god Zeus.
Amongst decades of monuments, you will admire the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the Philipeion, the Palestra, the Ancient Stadium, the Ancient Gymnasium, the Prytaneion, the Bouleuterion and the Leonidaion. Your knowledge will be complemented with the visit of the archaeological Museum, one of the most important museums in Greece with permanent exhibition of findings from the excavations, dating since prehistoric times. After your visit to the archaeological area we stop for Lunch to one of the traditional taverns. After we start the return trip to Athens.
NOTE:Ancient Olympia is part of multi day tours, which are recommended to those who have more than one day at their disposal.
- Duration: 12+ hours
- Vehicle: Mercedes sedan – Capacity: 4 people + the driver
- Vehicle: Mercedes minivan – Capacity: 5-7 people + the driver