Combine a guided visit at one of Greece's most acclaimed archaeological sites with a tour and tasting at family-owned estate that has been producing wine and olive oil in the region for 150 years.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over uneven and rocky paths. Ancient Olympia site is not wheelchair accessible.
This guided tour of Ancient Olympia highlights the archaeological site of the first Olympic Games and a visit to a local winery for a wine tasting and snack.
-Ancient Olympia: View the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the Shrine of Pelops, and Council House
-Mercouri Winery: Visit a local wine producer and enjoy a wine tasting with snack
Your tour begins in Katakolon, a charming fishing village on the Ionian Coast. Enjoy a brief scenic drive from Katakolon through small villages along the way to Ancient Olympia, the archaeological site of the first Olympic Games in 776 BC. Olympia is the site where the Olympic flame is rekindled and carried to the next game's host site every four years. The Olympic Games were held at this site until 393 BC when the emperor prohibited pagan festivals and eventually ordered the temples to be destroyed. In the 6th century, earthquakes completed the ravages of man and successive floods gradually buried what was left of the sacred land, preserving it until archaeologists brought it back to life in 1875.
During your guided visit, you will spend approximately 1.5 hours exploring the archeological site. See the Temple of Zeus, once the richest in the sanctuary which contained the giant gold and ivory statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Then view the Temple of Hera, the Shrine of Pelops, one of the oldest in the Sanctuary. Next see the Council House, where the athletes took the Olympic oath, the Treasuries, the Palaestra, and Gymnasium. Step through the gate onto the floor of the original stadium, which could hold 20,000 spectators. View and pose for a photo on the marble starting blocks, still in their original positions. Follow your tour of Ancient Olympia with a short visit to the town of Olympia where you will have a chance to explore and shop before proceeding to the Mercouri Winery.
Upon arrival at the Mercouri Winery, enjoy an opportunity to sample some of the product from this local wine producer. Savor the flavor of traditionally produced wine. You may even purchase some of these tasty products to enjoy at home before boarding your coach for your return trip to the port.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.
-You will need Euros or credit cards for your purchases (foreign currencies are not accepted).
What to Wear:
-Comfortable, closed toed walking shoes are recommended.
-Sun protection and sunglasses
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over uneven and rocky paths.
-Ancient Olympia site is not wheelchair accessible.
-Due to traffic regulations in Olympia Town, coaches will park approximately 0.80 mile from the city center. Additional walking required.