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Olympia Tours

Olympia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Ancient Greek town of Olympia is the most interesting thing to see in the western Peloponnese. The Sanctuary was sacred to Zeus and was named after Mount Olympos4, the supposed home of the gods. The temple to Zeus in Olympia in ancient times contained one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Statue of Zeus5. In addition to the temple of Zeus, there were temples to many other gods, including Hera. The remains of the sacred site are still very impressive although most of the buildings exist only as foundations or low walls.

Olympia was the site of the ancient Olympic Games, in which male athletes raced for the prize of an olive wreath. The games were held every four years from 776 BC onwards6 for over a thousand years and the name of the winner of each event in each of the games is on record. During the games there was a sacred truce throughout Greece, so that people from all over the Greek-speaking world could travel to Olympia and take part.

Originally the games consisted of just one event, a single straight foot race the length of the Stadion (600 feet), but over the years other events were added, though sometimes only for a few years. These included wrestling, boxing, a form of no-holds-barred wrestling called the pankration, horse racing, mule-cart racing, trumpeting and the pentathlon. The winner received only a wreath of olive leaves at the games, but he could expect to be handsomely rewarded by his fellow citizens when he returned home. One report says that an Athenian who won in the Olympics was entitled to a free meal at the city hall every day for the rest of his life.

You can still see the remains of the buildings where the athletes trained and the stadium where the foot races were held, although the hippodrome where the horse events took place is no longer visible.

The ancient games were for men only; there was a separate competition held every four years for women, which included foot races for unmarried women. It was held in honour of the goddess Hera.

The modern Olympic Games are considered to be the direct descendants of the Ancient Greek ones. To symbolise this, at every Olympic Games since 1928, a torch has been lit from the rays of the sun in Olympia and carried by a relay of runners to the Olympic stadium (wherever it is in the world) and used toO light the Olympic Flame. Such torch relays were common in Ancient Greece, although the ancient Olympics did not include one.

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Suggested Itenaries

  • * 2 days Olympia
  • * 3 days Argolis (Corinth-Mycenae-Nafplion-Epidaurus) and Olympia.
  • * 3 days Olympia and Delphi

4 Days Tours
4 days Argolis/Olympia/Delphi.
Day 1: Argolis overnight in Nafplion.
Day 2: Olympia and overnight there.
Day 3: Delphi and overnight there.
Day 4: Visit the Osios Loukas monastery and return back to Athens.


5 Days Tours

Day 1: Argolis overnight in Nafplion.
Day 2: Olympia and overnight there.
Day 3: Delphi and overnight there.
Day 4: Meteora and overnight there.
Day 5: Return back to Athens.

Photo Gallery of Olympia

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Phone: 6944294320

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From US - Canada :01130
From Australia: 001130
From Europe: 0030