Take the family on a half-day adventure that combines exploring the site of the first Olympic Games, along with sunning and swimming at pretty Kourouta Beach. Katakolon, a charming fishing village on the Ionian Coast, is your gateway to Ancient Olympia, the archaeological site of the first Olympic Games in 776 BC. Spending about an hour and a half on a guided walking tour, reliving the glory of games past as you stroll amid ruins shaded by trees. Step through the gate onto the floor of the original stadium, which held 40,000 spectators. Behold the Temple of Hera, the most intact structure within the site. Visit the Shrine of Pelops, one of the oldest in the sanctuary. Stand in the ruins of the Council House, where the athletes took the Olympic oath. See the Treasuries, where city-states showcased their wealth. Plus explore the Palaestra, where athletes trained, as well as the Gymnasium. Afterward, head to Kourouta Beach to relax and play in the sand under the warm Peloponnesian sun and swim in the clear, tranquil waters of the Ionian Sea. Gazing into the timeless seascape, imagine the people who have enjoyed this very same panoramic vista for thousands of years.
This tour is provided by an operator that has been third-party certified to meet the Global Sustainable Tourism Council's Criteria for Tour Operators.
• Explore Ancient Olympia: Stroll amid the Temple of Hera, Shrine of Pelops, Council House, Treasuries, Palaestra and Gymnasium.
• Fascinating Fact: This World Heritage archeological site is where the Olympic Flame is still lit every four years.
• Beach time: Enjoy about 90 minutes of sun, sea and sand at Kourouta Beach.
What To Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Sun protection
• Cash (Euros)/credit cards
• Towel (from ship)
• Change of clothes
What To Wear:
• Swimsuit under cover-up or light clothing
• Walking shoes
• Hat and sunglasses
• Guests in wheelchairs and others with limited mobility should not select this tour.
• Olympia archeological site is not wheelchair accessible.
• Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.5 miles over flat, paved, cobblestone and sandy surfaces and dirt paths, with inclines and about three steps to enter and exit bus and extended periods of standing.
• Guests must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate.
• Guests with cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour with snorkeling/swimming elements, since such water activities could be subject to adverse sea conditions such as high winds, waves and sea current.
• Guests, including pregnant guests, who have concerns must consult with their personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be strenuous for them, particularly those involving snorkeling/swimming elements.