Katakolon
10/21/2019 4:00 PM
10/21/2019 8:00 AM

Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Katakolan - Olympia Tour, site of the Olympic Idea - 4 hours
Guests will be met by our English speaking guide to commence the tour. Upon completion of the tour, transfer to the ship.

Olympia is situated in the quiet beautiful valley of the Alfios, in the territory of Pisatis. The setting, in great contrast with most Greek sites, is pastoral, green and lush. The ruins are shaded by evergreen oaks, Aleppo pines, poplars, and olive-trees. En route to Olympia, pass Pyrgos, the modern capital city of the province. Olympia was not a city, but a sacred precinct occupied exclusively by temples, dwellings for priests and officials, and public buildings in connection with the Pan-Hellenic games that were hosted there for more than a millennium. In 393 AD, the Christian Emperor Theodosius, in his crackdown of pagan festivals, closed the games and his successor had the temples destroyed. Later, the River Alfios changed its course to flow directly over the sanctuary where it remained buried under seven meters of sand and silt until the 1870s. A striking feature of the festival was the proclamation of the Ekecheiria, or Olympic Truce. Still more surprising was its almost universal observance, witness to the high prestige of the Olympic festival. Explore the archaeological site including the Stadium, the Temples of Zeus & Hera, the Ancient Wrestling House, the Altar (where the Olympic Flame of the modern times is lit), the Roman Aqueduct, the guesthouse and the workshop of the Athenian sculptor, Pheidias.

Next, visit the museum and admire the sculptures from the Temple of Zeus, the statue of Nike Peonios, and the statue of Hermes of Praxiteles. The museum also includes a rich collection of statues of the Roman emperors and objects used or dedicated by the ancient competitors.

Duration: 4 hours approx.

Notes:
• Sun protection is recommended
• Comfortable non-slip shoes for uneven cobble or marble streets/steps is recommended
• Bottle of water - recommended
Katakolon- Exploring Olympia (4hrs)

Katakolon is your gateway to Olympia, where the ancient Greeks flocked every four years for more than a millennium to celebrate the sacred games dedicated to Zeus.

Meet at the Port of Katakolon with our experienced guide to begin the tour.  Upon completion of the tour, the clients will be transferred back to the Port.

Explore the site of the first Olympic Games (which ran from 776 BC to AD 393).

Major structures include the Temple of Zeus (6th century BC), the Temple of Hera, Nero's Villa, the Altis Sanctuary and a museum (superb sculpture displays). The International Olympic Academy is headquartered in Olympia, and there's a Museum of the Olympic.


Including:  
Private minivan & driver, Licensed English Speaking Guide, Entrance fees to the site of Olympia & the museum, All Taxes

Not Including:
Gratuities for driver & guide, Extra hours use of private vehicle/driver and guide, Sunday or National Bank Holiday Supplement for the Guide 75%, whatever not mentioned above     

Tour Duration: 4hrs

Physical Activity Level: Moderate

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Tour Can Operate: Morning from May to October- Morning only from November to April

Katakolon: Olympia, Museum & Merkouri winery visit with wine tasting (5hrs)

Pick up at Katakolon port and drive to Ancient Olympia where you will have the chance to feel 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. After visiting the museum, drive through picturesque villages and unspoiled scenery, to arrive at the Merkouri Estate, known not only for its wines of supreme quality but also for its magnificent location. This is the area where the Refosco grape was first planted after being imported from Italy. In 1930, the Mercouris built a modern winery and distillery, updated again in 1990 with the latest technology. You are invited to experience the beauty and charm of the vineyards, to see the old and new winery, and also to have a taste of different wines produced locally. Return to Katakolon port for embarkation to the cruise ship.

Including:
Private vehicle & driver, Licensed English Speaking Guide, Entrance fees to the site of Olympia & the museum, Wine Tasting including 2 wines escorted by bread, olives etc, All Taxes Pick up /Drop off Cruise Terminal

Not Including:
Gratuities for driver & guide, Extra hours use of private vehicle/driver and guide, Sunday or National Bank Holiday Supplement for the Guide 75%, meals & beverages , Whatever not mentioned above        


Tour Duration: 5hrs


Physical Activity Level: Moderate


Wheelchair Accessible: No


Tour Can Operate: Morning Throughout the Year

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