From Ancient Olympia to the Tasting of fine Greek Wine

Inspiration Ventures’ Olympia best shore excursion takes you on a journey of discovery through the fascinating world of Ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, one of the top world destinations and a Unesco Cultural Heritage Site.

 The tour is designed for the traveler who is interested in the history of the Games, as well as experiencing firsthand the ancient site and its treasures.  Your expert guide will bring the history of Olympia to life as you walk through the site and discover the glorious world of the athletes who once competed here striving for excellence. Following a magical experience at the ancient site, you will enjoy a scenic drive in the countryside to the Mercouri Estate for a pleasant afternoon  of discovery: touring the vineyard, wine-tasting and exploring a wealth of local products.

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On disembarking your cruise ship at the port of Katakolon, your private, licensed guide will welcome you at the terminal. After a scenic drive through the fertile plain of Elis in your a/c Mercedes vehicle, approximately 45 minutes, you will reach Olympia.  Visit the ancient site with its fascinating remains including the Gymnasium, the Palaestra, the original Olympic stadium and the temple of Zeus where the statue of the god, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, once stood.  Continue with a visit to the Olympia Museum, which houses many works of art including the statue of the Hermes of Praxiteles. After enjoying leisure time to explore the village of Olympia and a pleasant lunch, you will enjoy a drive through the beautiful countryside to the Mercouri  Estate. Discover the secrets of the vineyard and an introduction to wine making followed by wine tasting under the shade of pine trees  In addition to wine, the Mercouri Estate, with a long family tradition dating back to the 18th century, also produces excellent olive oil and dried currants. Return  to Katakolon Port ( 20 min apprx.)

  • The sacred Altis of Olympia , Sanctuary of the Gods
  • The original Olympic Stadium
  • The temple of Zeus, the temple of Hera, the Palestra, the workshop of Phidias and alter of the Olympic Flame
  • Museum of Olympia and Statue of Hermes by Praxiteles
  • The natural setting of the site in a pine clad plain at the confluence of Alphios and Kladeos rivers.
  • Mercouri Estate and its 18th century Mansion
  • Wine tasting and snack
  • Lunch in local taverna
  • Guided Tour and Entrance fees to the site of Olympia  and the Olympia Museum.
  • Start to Finish services of Inspiration Ventures Tour Guide
  • Private Mercedes motor coach transportation
  • Wine tasting and snack
  • Lunch at a taverna
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for Tour Guide & Driver
Prices start from 197 € per person (based on 4 travellers)
  • For touring Olympia, we suggest  comfortable, casual clothes and good walking shoes for visiting the sites. Hats, sunscreen and a bottle of water are recommended as temperatures can be high during summer months.
  • Bottled water is suggested as local water is heavy in minerals.
  • Big bags and  backpacks are not allowed in most sites & Museums. They are usually kept at the entrance and returned to you after the visit.
  • Remember to bring along your cameras. You will have great photo moments.  Please note that in Museums and Sites it is not allowed to pose by a statue for a picture.
  • Make sure you never leave unattended bags, cameras and personal items.
  • Consider about 2 miles walking during the day, although the site is situated in a rather flat plain, there is uneven ground and cobblestone paths.
  • An expert licensed guide will add value and enjoyment to the visit of Olympia.