Visit the archaeological site of Olympia and spend time in the village of Olympia. The site was a sanctuary even before the stadium was built and the games took place in 776 B.C. Today, only parts of the temple remain at the museum and only ruins remain at the site. The Temple of Zeus no longer exists and its traces have disappeared through the ages. The Temple of Hera, Prytaneion, and Philippeion were monuments standing in the sacred grove. The famous stadium, with a capacity of 45,000 spectators, is entered through a long, tunnel-like passage. Stand at the starting line and imagine the voices of thousands of spectators seating on the stone bleachers. Afterwards you'll go to the village of Olympia, where you'll enjoy free time to browse through the various souvenir shops and stores or perhaps have a drink while relaxing at a local cafe.
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3 of 4(75%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
I enjoyed this tour very much. Unfortunately, the walking was difficult. There is nothing in the description about how much walking there is. If you can stand and walk on dirt and gravel for an hour, this tour is great. The only problem is the only way to see this is on foot. Although I was in agony at the end, I did get goosebumps seeing this site and where the torch is lit.
This was a very nice tour. I found the Olympic area very ineresting. The walking was not bad at all, although one person fell, taking pictures instead of watching feet! The guide was good, and the site a must see. Only negative was the shopping at the end, unless you like tourist junk, did buy a nice t-shirt. I recomment this this for sure.
As sport lovers, we were really looking forward to the shore excursion "Birthplace of the Olympics" but our particular guide did not make this an enjoyable experience - boring voice, poor use of microphone, no concern for her customers, rushed visit - but do not let this put you off as we noticed other groups who appeared really interested in what their guides were saying. The site had lots of description boards which we were not given time to read so, in retrospect, we might have been better sharing a taxi to the site and visiting it independently.
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Review 4 for Birthplace Of The Olympics
Location:Pawleys Island, SC USA
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:May
Cruise Date Year:2011
Favorite port:Venice, Italy
Date:May 26, 2011
Not enough time
The Olympic site is huge and requires a lot of relatively easy walking. You basically see ruins. Be aware that you spend about 1.5 hours on the bus going there and coming back from the port, leaving 2.5 in Olympia. This would have been eniough if we could have spent the whole time in the Olympic site.
The tour guide for our bus ( and there are dozens of busloads at one time including groups of boisterous schoolchildern) was knowledgeable, but seemed disorganized.. The guided part lasted for a little over an hour, and then she said that we needed to get back to the bus, as the driver might move the bus. We hurried back to the bus and the driver said he was not going to move. Why the guide did not call, I don't know. They both had cell phones. This cut our time short and all we could do was walk around Olympia and browse souvenir shops.
While we were in the historical site, the guide kept telling us that we would have time to take pictuires later. I am glad we ignored that and took our pictures as we went along.
If you have time upon returning to Katakalon, take a stroll along the harbor. We had a nice gyro lunch at one of the open-air restaurants along the harbor.