Ancient Olympia: A Private Day Trip filled with Olympic Spirit from Athens
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Athens
Embark on a private day trip from Athens to Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Explore the sacred and glorious sanctuary, and visit the Archimedes Museum dedicated to the legendary mathematician and inventor.
Duration: 12 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Philippeion - The remains of the only circular building on the site once contained gold-and-ivory-covered statues of Philip of Macedon and his family, including his son Alexander the Great. It was built by Philip to commemorate a victory against a combined army of Athenians and Thebans.
  • Archaeological Site of Olympia - The Ancient Stadium and Archway
    Passing through a stone archway, you enter the remains of the Ancient Stadium, once housing more than 45,000 spectators. The mind boggles at being able to line up on the track (measuring 192.27m), just as the finest athletes in the land did thousands of years ago. Nearby are the judge’s seats. On your marks, get set…

The Palaestra
Built in the 3rd century BC, the partly restored Palaestra was where contestants prepared for boxing, wrestling and jumping events.

Pheidias’ Workshop
This is where the legendary sculptor Pheidias created one of his most famous pieces of work - the gargantuan ivory-and-gold statue of Zeus, which became one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The Temple of Zeus
The most important building of the Altis (or Sacred Precinct of Zeus) was the immense 5th-century-BC Doric temple dedicated to the king of the gods. It housed Pheidias’ statue of Zeus for more than 800 years. One column of the temple has been restored, allowing us to appreciate its size.

The Temple of Hera
Older still are the remains of the late 7th-century-BC Doric Temple of Hera, in front of which burnt a fire during the Games as a symbol of the fire stolen from the gods by Prometheus. This is where the Olympic flame is lit today.

  • Archaeological Museum of Olympia - The Archaeological Museum

Containing artifacts and statues (the most famous of which is Praxiteles’ Hermes), the Archaeological Museum more than does justice to the challenge of putting this extraordinary site’s history and mythology into context.

What's Included
  • Complimentary bottle of water
  • Luxurious limo Mercedes taxi service
  • Fluent English-speaking driver
  • Convenient hotel pickup and dropoff
  • Free onboard Wi-Fi access
  • Fuel and toll expenses covered
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges included
What's Not Included
  • Lunch, other beverages and meals.
  • Entrance fees for all the attractions
  • Licensed tour guide (upon request and depending on availability& Extra cost
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off (additional cost depending on vehicle type)
Additional Information

Embodying and honoring the essence of the Olympic Games, this is where the Olympic torch is kindled, upholding the tradition of the Games that have their roots here and were celebrated every four years for an impressive millennium.

Situated in the west Peloponnese, Ancient Olympia was a highly revered and magnificent sanctuary in antiquity. Despite the fact that only the basics of many of its structures are still present, it remains one of the most inspiring archaeological sites in Greece.

Archimedes Museum
An additional treat is the Archimedes Museum, a tribute to the most prestigious mathematician, physicist, engineer, astronomer, and inventor of his era.

Location
Athens
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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399jarih
Oct 23, 2023
Wonderful day with expert accompaniment - Our driver Costas was incredible. He was able to tailor our experience to our comfort level. Neither my travel companion or I are very energetic/outgoing people and he understood that we preferred to sit back and relax. He would point out various places and recommended different things we might like to do however was never pushy about anything. Took us to a lovely spot for our lunch and when we did chat was very knowledgeable on many subjects. You will be very pleased with this tour and especially our guide Costas.
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Jennynv9642nt
Sep 23, 2023
Great tour - worth the drive from Athens! - This was an amazing tour - highly recommend it ! Our driver Costas made the trip memorable by sharing the history and culture of Greece in our drive to the site. He set just the right pace and shared personal and fun facts with us. If you want to learn about Olympia - take this tour and ask for Costas!
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Yogagirl01
Jul 17, 2023
Great trip. However it is a Taxi not a luxury car. Please do not mislead people. - We had a great trip to Olympia. Our driver Costa was very affable and a safe driver. I would totally recommend him. He was knowledgeable. The only issue I would say is. The description says Luxury car. What came was a Taxi. Granted the car was clean and comfortable for us. We weren’t expecting a yellow taxi to show up. I am giving 5 * only due to Costa.
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U9149kpgaryr
Jul 5, 2023
Perfect Experience start to finish. - Our driver Micheal was excellent. 5/5 stars. I learned so much about Greece and its culture, now and in the ancient past. His knowledge on a variety of topics was amazing and his English was the best we have had so for on this trip.
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Lynette
May 30, 2023
Perfect Tour - Another wonderful tour with Andreas! We visited so many historical places in Athens: Acropolis Hill, Old Olympic Stadium, Athens University, the Museum, Temple of Zeus, Glyfada, Vouliagmeni Lake, Poseidon’s Temple, and more. Andreas planned the day out perfectly, visiting the sites in Athens and then taking a beautiful route along the Mediterranean to get to Poseidon, which was amazing! We stopped for lunch at a fantastic fish restaurant which topped the day y! Andreas is so friendly and knowledgeable, we are so grateful that he was our guide for our two excursions. This was another fantastic day!!
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Macangel13
Oct 6, 2022
Don't Delay...Get Your Tickets Today! - Our tour with Andreas was the most amazing experience. I was captured by all the knowledge and stories Andreas share about the past history. He was able to offer answers to all our questions. He was charming and had a wonderful sense of humor... Follow the Fun!
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Lmcziok
Oct 5, 2022
You must experience Olympia with Andreas! - We absolutely loved this tour. Our guide Andreas was unbelievably knowledge about history of Greece. The drive to Olympia flew by as he told us all about what to expect and recommendations to make the most of our tour. The restaurant he suggested was excellent. Andreas and this tour is a must experience once in a lifetime.
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Reagardner8
Oct 5, 2022
Highly recommend this company and especially Andreas! - Our guide was Andreas and he was outstanding! He was very knowledgeable and taught us a lot along the way. He even played Mama Mia songs for us when we asked! The tour of Olympia was also amazing! It was a great experience and I highly recommend!
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