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Private Tour of Ancient Olympia & Isthmus Canal From Athens

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Duration

11 hours

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

1 -15 persons

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Languages

English

Light the Olympic flame and explore the fascinating archaeological site and museum at the birthplace of the Olympic Games!

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Tour Highlights

Be amazed by the modern engineering masterpiece of the Corinth Canal (Isthmus Canal).

Light the Olympic flame at Ancient Olympia the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games. 

Explore the Archaeological Museum, where many of Olympia’s greatest works of art and artifacts are displayed. Highlights of the museum include the Sculpture from the Temple of Zeus, arguably the finest surviving examples of Archaic Greek sculpture, the 5th century BC Winged Victory by Paiongs, the 4th century BC Hermes of Praxiteles and a model of the reconstructed ancient Olympia site.

Isthmus Canal

  • Pickup from your chosen hotel in Athens
  • Visit the Isthmus Canal, one of the most important projects and 19th century engineering masterpieces, playing a catalytic role for the Mediterranean trade.

  • Visit Ancient Diolkos, a paved trackway in Ancient Greece which enabled boats to be moved overland across the Isthmus of Corinth.

Ancient Olympia

  • Temple of Zeus: Dedicated to the god Zeus the Doric temple built in the second quarter of the 5th century BCE was the very model of the fully developed classical Greek temple of the Doric order.
  • Temple of Hera: Known as Heraion this ancient Archaic Greek temple was dedicated to Hera, queen of the Greek gods. The temple was built in approximately 590 BCE. In modern times the torch of the Olympic flame is lit in its ruins by the god Apollo.
  • Philippeion: The only circular building inside the Altis. One of the finest examples of ancient Greek architecture, it was dedicated to Zeus by Philip II of Macedonia after his victory at Chaironeia in 338 BCE. The monument was completed by his son Alexander the Great.
  • The Hippodrome and later Stadium: The Hippodrome was a wide flat open area where the starting and finishing line was defined by a pole. Horse and chariot races took place here.
  • The Palaestra: Built in the 3rd century BC as part of the gymnasium complex it was used to practice boxing, wrestling and jumping.
  • The Workshop of Pheidias: This is where the great sculptor crafted the gigantic chryselephantine statue of Zeus listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. 
  • The Archeological Museum of Olympia: Exhibits incredible artifacts from the site.
  • Statue of Zeus: A giant seated figure about 13 m tall. The huge ivory and gold statue was bigger even than that of Athena in the Parthenon.
  • The Museum of the History of the Olympic Games in Antiquity: Since 2004 a new museum is in operation. The museum was based on the collection of Georgios Papastefanou who was the first to believe in the possibility of spreading the Olympic Idea and Education through a museum.
  • The museum of Archimedes (Mathematician) regarded as one of the leading scientists in classical antiquity. A unique museum in the center of ancient Olympia dedicated to the “Greatest Mind” of all time. Visitors will have the opportunity to see replicas of his inventions and to interact with them.
  • Olympia village: In the western Peloponnese, in the beautiful valley of the Alpheios river lies the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece. You will be amazed by the serenic feel that this village creates.
  • “La Belle Helene meeting wonderful Konstantina enjoying her delicious authentic Greek home cooked meals
  • Stroll amongst the village shops where you can treat yourself and buy handmade souvenirs for your family and friends.
  • Return to Athens and your chosen location

What’s included

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points

Private tour

Transport by private air-conditioned luxury vehicles

WiFi

Native English speaking drivers

Handmade candies

Refreshment wipes

Bottled water

Fuel surcharge

Parking fees

Goods & Services tax

Exclusions

Entry or admission fees

Food & drinks

Know before you go

Instant confirmation at time of booking

Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking

What to bring with you

Casual clothing

Non slip shoes

Sunscreen

Cancellation policy

Full refund if booking is cancelled until 24 hours before the experience

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