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Day tour to Olympia, a sacred place of the ancient world and birthplace of the Olympic Games. Crossing to Peloponnese over the impressive Corinth Canal, the visit takes us to the original stadium area and the Archaeological Museum of Olympia.

The tour starts early in the morning from the hotel, with a stop at the Corinth Isthmus, the canal that separates mainland Greece from the Peloponnese region. Constructed at the narrowest part of the stretch of land west of Attica, the channel allows ships to cut from the Aegean to the Ionian sea via the Corinthian and the Patraic bays, avoiding the long way around the Peloponnese.

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Day tour to Olympia, a sacred place of the ancient world and birthplace of the Olympic Games. Crossing to Peloponnese over the impressive Corinth Canal, the visit takes us to the original stadium area and the Archaeological Museum of Olympia.

The tour starts early in the morning from the hotel, with a stop at the Corinth Isthmus, the canal that separates mainland Greece from the Peloponnese region. Constructed at the narrowest part of the stretch of land west of Attica, the channel allows ships to cut from the Aegean to the Ionian sea via the Corinthian and the Patraic bays, avoiding the long way around the Peloponnese.

To project has haunted the dreams of kings since ancient times, when they would roll the ships on tree logs over this distance, making the city of Corinth wealthy and powerful in the process. Operations to dig the contemporary canal started in 1881 and were completed in 1893.

From there we drive to Olympia, at the southwestern tip of the Peloponnese. Ancient Olympia was one of the most sacred and universally respected places of Greece, for this was Zeus’ chosen land for the Olympic Games.

Excavations unearthed the stadium where the games were held every four years from the 8th century BC until the 4th AD, as well as the surrounding infrastructure and several important temples. Among these, the Temple of Zeus once hosted the long lost gigantic statue of Zeus, sculpted in gold and ivory by Phidias (responsible for some of the Acropolis of Athens’ masterpieces as well) and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Artifacts recovered from these excavations are displayed at the Archaeological Museum, where the visitor can see a collection of elaborate sculptures by the most renowned artists of antiquity, headlined by Praxiteles’world famous Hermes and Infant Dionysus, as well as one of the most important bronze collections in the world.

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Persons

Sedan(Up to 3), van (Up to 7)

What you will see

  • The Town of Elefsina, the Town of Megara.
  • The Corinth Canal.
  • The Archaeological Site of Olympia, the Stadium of Olympia, the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the Philippeion, Nero’s House.
  • The Archaeological Museum of Olympia, the Statue of Nike by Paeonios, Hermes of Praxiteles, the Helmet of Miltiades.
  • The Traditional Villages of Lagadia and Levidi.

The tour includes

  • English-speaking and knowledgeable driver-guide.
  • Brand new vehicle
  • Pick-up and drop-off service from/to your accommodation or other location in Athens.
  • Skip-the-line service as we pre-purchase your tickets so that you enter sites and museums without delay.
  • Petrol costs
  • Toll fees
  • Parking fees
  • All taxes

The tour does not include

  • Entrance fees to sites & museums.
  • Personal purchases during the tour.
  • Gratuities (tips are at your discretion).
  • Licensed guide (we can arrange a professional guide for you upon request).
  • Food and beverages (we can arrange meals/snacks and drinks for you upon request).

Tour details

  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Tour days: Daily and all year round.
  • Pick-up point: Your accommodation or any other location in Athens.
  • Pick-up time: Between 8:00 to 9 :00 am/flexible.
  • Drop-off pointYour accommodation or other location in Athens.
  • Essentials: Bring along your printed or mobile voucher, comfortable shoes & sun protection gear especially during summer.
  • Tailor the tour to your needs Yes, upon request
  • Free cancellation: Cancel your tour at least 6 hours in advance of your scheduled pick-up time and we will offer you a full refund as soon as possible. Please see our cancellation policy here.
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