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Olympia (Katakolon), Greece-port

Katakolon is gateway to ancient Olympia, the chief sanctuary of Zeus. After many centuries of competition which began as early as the eighth century BC, the panhellenic festival was created in 776 AD. Ancient competitions included boxing, wrestling, running, jumping, and the discus throw. It is still honored with the Olympics Games every four years. The ancient site of Olympia is also home to the Temple of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Ancient Olympia
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Mercoury Winery
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Olympia & Zorba Event
    Light Activity /Walking

Ancient Olympia

Moderate Activity/Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: KAK-001

Setting off from the pier, you will first enjoy a pleasant drive through the Greek countryside before arriving in Ancient Olympia, site of the first Olympics in 776 BC. Most recently, the site is where the shot-put competition was contested in the 2004 Olympics.

It's soon apparent why this is one of Greece's most popular attractions. The impressive, compact ruins at the foot of Kronion hill include the expansive Temple of Zeus and numerous temples and altars. As you walk the fabled grounds on these ancient fields of play, it's easy to imagine the fierce competitions that took place here. Be sure to see the Leonidaion, a former guesthouse, and Phidias’s workshop, where the sculptor created his revered statue of Zeus. Later, tour the modern village of Olympia and enjoy a bit of free time before re-boarding your coach for the return transfer to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of moderate walking and/or standing - at times on uneven and natural surfaces. The tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests or those with walking difficulties. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.