Shore Excursion Olympia: itinerary
Starting from Katakolon, our shore excursion will reach the important archaeological site of Olympia in around 40 minutes.
Together, we’ll dive into the sacred place where the ancient Olympic Games were started in 776 BC. Held in honour of Zeus, god of thunder and king of the gods of Mount Olympus, the games were not just an athletic event. Our knowledgeable guide will illustrate the religious and political meanings of the games.
Nowadays, the Olympic Flame is still lit here every four years. In honour of Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods, a ceremony takes place at the Temple of Hera. The torch is lit using the power of the Sun’s rays, concentrated by a domed mirror.
On the site, we’ll visit the Temple of Zeus, the Gymnasium, the stadium and the Hippodrome; which was used for chariot racing.
Next, our shore excursion will visit the Archaeological Museum of Olympia. Inside, we can see the most important objects excavated from the site including the decorative sculptures from the Temple of Zeus and a statue of Nike, the goddess of victory, by sculptor Paeonius.
*Shore excursions could be subject to variations due to external causes as Cruise Companies politics, weather conditions, duration of the stay of the ship in the port, legal demonstrations