Step back in time at Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games – now deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relive the roaring cheers of the spectators as the athletes took their marks on the marble starting blocks, and picture the temples, the treasuries, the porticoes and statues as they were.

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  • Mercoury Winery

    Your tour begins with a short drive through picturesque villages and unspoiled scenery en route to the Mercouri Estate. This wonderful estate is known not only for its wines of supreme quality, but also for its magnificent location.

    It is in this area that the Refosco grape was first planted after being imported from Italy. In 1930, the Mercouris built a modern winery and distillery, updated again in 1990 with the latest technology. During your tour, you will have the opportunity to experience the beauty and charm of the vineyards, see both the old and new winery, and enjoy a tasting of their locally produced wines.

    Following a visit of approximately two hours, you will rejoin your coach and transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of easy to moderate walking and/or standing in the winery. There will be approximately 30 steps to negotiate. The tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The wine tasting is not available to guests under 21 years of age.

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  • Ancient Olympia

    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.

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  • Olympia & Zorba Event

    The small fishing village of Katakolon is your gateway to the mystical site of ancient Olympia, some twenty-five miles east amid the lush green countryside. For harmony of body and soul and the pursuit of physical excellence, the ancient Greeks couldn’t have chosen a more suitable site.

    As you step back 2,000 years into the past, imagine the area crowded with athletes, orators, merchants and philosophers, all surrounding the impressive Temple of Zeus with its forty foot high chryselephantine statue of the god. This temple was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It’s easy to imagine the roaring cheers of the spectators as the athletes took their marks on the marble starting blocks, and to picture the temples, the treasuries, the porticoes and statues as they were, while listening to your guide telling you all about it. The Temple of Hera, the Prytaneion, and the Philippeion are also monuments standing here in the sacred grove. The famous stadium was the largest of its day with a capacity of 45,000 spectators.

    After visiting the site, you will transfer to a local restaurant where you will treated to typical Greek snacks and local wine. You will also enjoy a folkloric dance show accompanied by the sounds of the famous Zorba music while here and you will be invited to join in for some syrtaki dance lessons. Afterwards, you'll travel back to the pier.

    Please note: The drive to Olympia takes approximately 45 minutes in each direction. This tour involves approximately 2 hours of extensive walking on uneven surfaces at the site. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for 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.

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  • Olympia, Mercoury Winery, & Zorba Event

    Boarding your coach, you will leave the small fishing village of Katakolon behind as you travel some 25 miles east to the mystical site of ancient Olympia. Situated amid the lush green countryside, for harmony of body and soul and the pursuit of physical excellence, the ancient Greeks couldn't have chosen a more suitable site.

    As you step back 2,000 years into the past, imagine the area as it was during the height of its glory, crowded with athletes, orators, merchants and philosophers, all surrounding the impressive Temple of Zeus with its forty foot high chryselephantine statue of the god. It's easy to see why the temple is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The commentary provided by your expert guide will help to paint a vivid picture of the former magnificence of the temples, the treasuries, the porticoes and statues of this amazing ancient city.

    After your visit of Olympia, you will be treated to typical Greek snacks and local wine while you will enjoy a folkloric dance show that will take place under the sounds of the famous Zorba music and you will all be invited to join in for some syrtaki dance lessons!

    Next, the tour departs for the Mercoury Winery. This extraordinary estate in western Peloponnese has been a family-owned working farm for nearly 150 years. On your guided tour of the vast, impeccably maintained grounds, you can meander through the Italianate manor house, the stone winery and the aromatic gardens, where you might see colorful peacocks parading through the lush landscape. Feel free to stroll through the vineyards, olive groves and verdant pine forest surrounding the estate. From the border of the estate, which overlooks the Ionian Sea, you'll have a magnificent view of Zakinthos island.

    The tour concludes with a scenic 20-minute ride back to the port.

    Please note: This tour consists of nearly 3 hours of walking that is considered strenuous at times, as well as a considerable amount of climbing and steps to negotiate. It is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for 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.

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