Olympia on your Own

Olympia on your Own

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      Katakolon, Greece
      4 Hours
      Strenuous
      Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship
      From (USD)
      $ 152
      • Roundtrip motorcoach from Katakolon: Your GoBe escort provides a helpful orientation to the archeological site and museum and your return time. 
      • Ancient Olympia: See the Temples of Zeus and Hera, the wrestlers' training facility, the stadium, the original sprinters' starting blocks, and more.
      • Archeological Museum: Contains artifacts from prehistoric times to the 7th Century A.D., and a scale model of the Olympia site at its peak.

      Meeting point

      PORT/ NEW PORT: Please meet outside restricted area. OLD PORT: Please meet outside the exit gate. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.

      Helpful hints

      This tour does not include a guide, lunch or entrance fees. An escort will be on the coach to and from Olympia. If you should miss the return coach, transportation back to the vessel will be at your own responsibility and at your own expense. Archeological sites are closed on 1 Jan, 6 Jan, 25 March, Good Friday (am only), Easter Sunday, 1 May, 15 Aug, 28 Oct & 25-26 Dec 15. No flash photography is allowed inside the museum

      Getting around

      The amount of walking involved is at each guests' discretion. Approximately 1.5 miles of walking over uneven and rocky paths. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

      Activity type

      Budget, Shopping

      Tour ID

      TR-EUR-GRC-KATA-EN-1003

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      To get the most out of this ancient Olympic experience, exercise your imagination.

      Imagine the sights: The 42-ft. ivory and gold statue of Zeus in his temple. The glittering mounds of tribute (some of which you can see in the museum) stored in the 12 treasury buildings. You pass by the Palaestra and the Gymnasium, where the athletes lived and trained for 10 months. There's the stately Theokoleon, where the priests live, and the fancy Leionidaion, where dignitaries unwind in grandeur after the exhaustion of watching other people's exertions. But you're just an anonymous Hieronymos; you sleep in a field. And you don't mind.

       Now imagine this very site teeming with 40,000 people, maybe more: athletes, their wealthy sponsors, trainers, hangers-on, groupies, pickpockets (or whatever they were called before pockets were invented), politicians looking to press the flesh, prostitutes (of both genders) looking to sell their flesh, celebrities, religious officials, poets, philosophers, and, of course, the unwashed masses, centuries before the invention of soap.

       Add to that heaps of garbage, including the remains of 100 oxen sacrificed to Zeus, and conditions were ripe for ... let's just say conditions were ripe. But you don't mind.

       You don't mind because as you finally step into that stadium, where sprinters have crouched at those very starting blocks every four years for centuries, you know you're part of something important: the ancient world's biggest event, honoring its biggest god. And when you get back home, you can tell people that you were there. At Olympia. Which was a big deal then, and still pretty cool now.

       Cleaning up the Olympics

      The Romans brought better hygiene and new extravagance to the Olympic festival, and then killed it. They built much-needed aqueducts and baths, as well as grand villas (Nero had one) decorated with plunder from the temples and treasuries. They may have begun orgies, a favored form of worship, in the Temple of Rhea. But Zeus's games were banned by now-Christian Rome in 393 A.D., when orgies and other pagan practices were no longer fashionable. At least publicly.

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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