Total estimated excursion time: 8 hours
255 km from Corinth city
340 km from Athens
Take a journey back in time to the glory years of the Olympic Games. This excursion's single destination will amaze you. The word is about Ancient Olympia in Southern Greece.
Ancient Olympia was the site of the ancient Olympic Games (starting from 776 BC), which were celebrated every four years by the Greeks. Olympia was situated in a valley in Elis, in western Peloponnesus, through which runs the Alpheus River.
It was not a town, but only a sanctuary with buildings associated with games and the worship of the gods. Therefore, Olympia was a national shrine of the Greeks while contained many treasures of Greek art. Such as temples, monuments, altars, theatres, statues, and votive offerings of brass and marble. The archaeological site of Olympia is a Unesco Heritage site.
Furthermore, you shall visit the world famous Archaeological Museum of Olympia where you can admire, amongst many priceless exhibits, the marble statues of the Temple of Zeus and the unique statue of Hermes, carved by the ancient Greek sculptor Praxiteles.
In the 5th century, the glamor of Olympia(Greek: Ὀλυμπία) reached such a point that political, philosophical and artistic groups were gathering there because there were large audiences to disseminate their ideas.
Every four years the Olympic Games take place, the journey of the Olympic flame to its final destination begins at Ancient Olympia.
You will have 2 hours to visit the archaeological sites and explore this picturesque location. Afterwards you shall have a coffee or enjoy a meal in the beautiful modern city of Olympia.