• Duration: 12 hours
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Description

A day-visit to Olympia, an UNESCO World Heritage site and the birthplace of the Olympic Games, one of the four most worshipped athletic events in the Ancient Greek world, is never enough.

Visit the Temple of Zeus, once decorated with a gold and ivory statue of the father of Gods, crafted by the famous Phidias which was among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Enter the Stadium from the crypt and find yourself in another era. Feel the athletes running around the Stadion and the cheers of the funs! Later on, you may visit the Archaeological museum which houses plastic art masterpieces like the Hermes of Praxiteles and the Nike (Victory) of Paionios and the sculptures once decorating the Temple of Zeus.

Before leaving Olympia for the return to Athens, we will visit a local honey farm, for a rest at its gardens. While sipping a glass of fresh juice or a cup of Greek coffee with a hand-made quince spoonful sweet.

Itinerary

Our driver will meet you at your hotel, at 08:30 hrs, and will depart for Ancient Olympia, following the highway to Peloponnese. After about 1 hour drive, we will reach the Corinth Canal, where we will make a short stop for rest and taking pictures. Its iron bridge was the only road entrance to Peloponnese until the new Rio-Antirrio bridge (almost an hour and a half drive to the east) opened in August 2004. Mid-range cruisers and smaller ships still use the narrow canal to cross from the Aegean Sea to the Ionian sea, so that they cut short their long trips.

Following the highway to Patras (a significant commercial and passenger port of Greece), we will reach the village of Olympia, grew to be the most celebrated sacred site of Ancient Greece, and the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the most important sports events in all antiquity: starting from 776 B.C. Walk around the site and admire the Temple of Zeus, once housing the gold and ivory statue of the god, considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Hera – one of the oldest monumental temples of Greece, the Bouleutyrion housing the Organizing Committee of the Games and possibly the umpires and finally the Stadium, where the actual Games were held. On completing the visit of the site, you will find yourself in the nearby archaeological museum housing plastic art masterpieces such as the Hermes of Praxiteles

Then, you will some free time in the village of Olympia, for shopping or lunch, before we visit a local honey farm, where under the shade of the trees we will have a coffee / juice and enjoy hand-made local desserts all made with honey produced in this farm for generations. The owner will explain how village people made their living, then and now, at the same land. You will take you to the time of their grandparents and they will explain how village people made their living and how i make mine these days from the same land. Through the presentation of beekeeping tools, you will be introduced to the life of bees from ancient times until today.

After a 3-hour drive, using the same highway, we will return to your hotel in Athens.

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What's included

Private transportation & English speaking driver
Licensed tour guide according to your selection
Pick up & Drop off from your hotel in Athens
Visit at Honey Farm
Fresh Juice, Greek coffee & hand-made quince spoonful sweet during the visit of the farm
Bottled water
All taxes

What's excluded

Entrance fees
Meals / personal expences

Important information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Upon your booking please advise us the pick up place
  • Free of charge / complimentary face masks and hand sanitizers
  • We will pick you up from your hotel or your design point. Also we will meet you at Athens airport with extra change

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure
  • Cancellation fee of 0% if cancelled 1000 days or less before departure

Categories

  • CULTURAL AND THEME TOURS
  • DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
  • SHORE EXCURSIONS
  • LUXURY AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS
  • BUS OR MINIVAN TOUR

Guided Language

  • English

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