Private tour to Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics (Day Tour)

Type of tour: 
Private Tours
Duration: 
Full day, 1+ days
Licenced guide: 
Theme: 
Culinary Experience, Kid Friendly Tours, Sightseeing

Trip advisor rating: 5 stars

Drive away from Athens, through the industrial area of Attica, with a view of the Saronic Gulf islands. Stop off for a photo at the Corinthian Canal and enjoy the view from the bridge of this unforgettable marvel of 19th century marine engineering. Travel back in time before the opening of the canal and imagine ancient workers pulling their ships over the strip of land separating the Aegean from the Ionian Sea.

Continue your scenic drive through the Greek countryside until Olympia, the birthplace of the Ancient Olympic Games. Upon arrival you may opt for a private guided tour within the Olympic site and museum. Your certified guide will accompany you and initiate you into the values of the Olympic Spirit. Olympia, which is one of the monuments of the world heritage of UNESCO, has the appearance of a park. Then visit the museum, just a breath away from the site. Experience the displays consisting of only original exhibits, such as the pediments of the Temple of Zeus and the famous statue of Hermes of Praxiteles. Finally enjoy some free time among the locals as you relax over a coffee or lunch, try the Greek souvlaki or do some shopping.

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The highlights 
  • Drive away from Athens, through the industrial area of Attica, with a view of the Saronic Gulf islands.
  • Stop off for a photo and enjoy the view from the bridge of the canal, this unforgettable marvel of 19th century marine engineering.
  • Admire the ancient training facilities, the gymnasium and the palestra at the archaeological site of Olympia.
  • Share your thoughts about the wonders of the ancient world under the shady trees – one of them was here!!! The golden and ivory statue of Zeus was once housed in the Temple.
  • Don't miss out on seeing the place where the Olympic flame is lit in front of the Temple of Goddess Hera.
  • Grasp the opportunity to run the Olympic track and to be crowned with an olive wreath!
  • The museum is a real revelation. Situated at a 5-minute walking distance from the archeological site, it houses the antiquities found during the excavations of the site. Everything is ORIGINAL.
  • Your certified guide will point out the highlights, such as the pediments of the Zeus temple and the Hermes statue with its perfect anatomy. This 4th century statue influenced deeply the thought and design of the artists of the Renaissance.
  • Finally after spending some time in the modern village of Olympia, you will head back following the coastline that offers you an overwhelming view of the Rion Antirion suspension bridge.

 

Important Details 

Included:

  • Transportation by deluxe Mercedes vehicle
  • Professional non-smoking driver
  • Fuel/tolls
  • Insurance coverage during bus transfers
  • Mobile contact number for any emergency available 24/7


Not included:

  • Drinks, snacks, appetizers, lunch
  • Guided tour by certified tourist guide by the Greek Ministry of Tourism (upon request)
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities

 

Good to know

Please note, only certified tourist guides by the Greek Ministry of Tourism may conduct tours within archeological sites & museums in Greece.


Admission

combined ticket for site & museum: 12€ per person
reduced ticket: 6€ senior European citizens over 65 years old- Non European citizens up to 25 years old
free of charge: European citizens up to 25 years old - Children non European citizens under 5 years old

Cancellation Policy 

General conditions:

Except otherwise stated, tours, packages or any service canceled without due notice within three (3) days prior to your service confirmed date, there will be no refund.

Any cancellation made within seven (7) – four (4) days prior to your service confirmed date, there will be a 25% charge for services.

In the case of cancelation more than seven (7) days prior to your service confirmed date, there will be a 50% charge for services

For cancellations more than twenty (20) days prior to the tour, there will be a full refund (no charge).

For any cancelations due to bad weather conditions leading to a change in the cruise ship itinerary, there will be a full refund (no charge).

In all of the above cases, bank expenses or administration fees that might occur for the refund will be deducted from the amount.

 

Cancellations can only be made by confirmed email communication.

 

No servant or agent of ours can vary our conditions and any such purposed variation shall be of no effect unless it has been signed by one of our directors.

 

All matters concerning this booking shall be subject to Greek Law.

 

 

Small group tours:

Each tour operates to sufficient demand. The Travel Insiders reserves the right to cancel scheduled tours due to limited participation or other reasons beyond our control two (2) weeks before the date of the tour.

In such case, no compensation will be paid or requested from The Travel Insiders. In the event of “Places of Interest” being closed or road conditions en-route prevent the tour as advertised being operated, every endeavor will be made to substitute an alternative, but the company reserves the right to cancel or alter arrangements.

Once the group reaches the minimum number of participants (8 participants) you will receive an email notification two (2) weeks prior to tour confirming that the itinerary of your choice will be conducted as planned.

If there is not enough participation (minimum 8 participants), you will be notified via email, in which case you can alternatively book a private tour at a special price, or if you prefer, you will be fully refunded.

 

Cancellations can only be made by confirmed email communication.