|Katakolon Shore Excursion: Tour of Ancient Olympia |
From the port of Katakolon, take a private shore excursion to the ancient sanctuary of Olympia where the classical Olympics originated, and discover in a walking tour the famous archaeological site, the remains of the original stadium, the Bouleuterion and the Temple of Zeus. In modern Olympia visit the Museum of the Olympic Games.
Children’s activities and tours are heavily supported in this very interesting museum. Apart from the interactive applications and games for children about the ancient Olympic Games and the sports, all visitors can enjoy virtual tours to the ancient Olympic Games. Furthermore, visitors can view a collection of terracotta artefacts, a collection of bronzes, a collection of sculptures (Archaic up to the Roman periods), and most of all a great collection from the ancient Olympic Games.
This small museum off of the main street in Olympia city, hosts a bunch of artifacts from the modern Olympics, including the silk-lined box in which they transported Pierre de Coubertin's (1863-1937), the French father of the reborn modern Olympic Games, heart to be buried in Olympia in 1939. Lots of photos and documents from the revival period and a nice summary of each host city for all summer and some of winter games.
Within a few minutes walk from the archaeological site lies the Archaeological Museum, It was founded in the 19th c. to house the finds that the excavations in Olympia constantly brought to light. However, as a growing wealth of artifacts kept accumulating, even after a century-long archaeological research, and due to the high seismic activity in the area, it became apparent that the elegant 19th-c. building would not suffice. The new museum of Olympia was completed in 1975 and since then it underwent a major reorganization of its exhibition areas in 2004, in view of the Olympic Games held in Athens. Today, the museum's permanent collections cross 12 halls and over 3,500 years of history, from around the 3rd millennium BC when humans first settled in Olympia to the twilight of Zeus' sanctuary in the 7th c. AD. Renowned for its sculptures and for its collection of ancient Greek bronzes, which is the richest in the world the Archaeological Museum of Olympia ranks among the most important museums in Greece.
|2-Day Olympia Tour from Athens |
Join this unique two-day tour from Athens and visit some of the most famous archaeological sites and museums. Escape the modern world and admire essential sites of classical Greece such as Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplion and Olympia. This trip offers you the opportunity to experience the glory of classical Greece and learn all about the Olympic games.