OLYMPIA AND ITS FIRST CHAMPIONS
Designed for families, Culture & local gems , MyExploration, Passepartour, Less than 1 hour walking, Family friendly
If sport is sacred to you, get ready to discover Olympia and all the secrets of the disciplines and champions of the ancient Olympics. A guided tour through time, from the locations of the first 'retreats' in history, the strict rules and the great places of worship, including a visit to modern Olympia, founded by archaeologists.
- Ancient Olympia: external visit
- Modern Olympia
- Set off for the site of ancient Olympia, following in the footsteps of the first sporting stars. Follow our guide and discover every corner of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- As you know, this is where the Olympic Games were born. The year was 776 BC and Iphitus, king of Elis, Cleisthenes, king of Pissa, and Lycurgus, king of Sparta, conceived the event to bring together the quarrelsome Greeks in the name of Zeus.
- Did you know that only Greek men were admitted? Any women and slaves caught on the stands were reputedly thrown off the cliff.
- The temple of Hera contained the laurel wreaths of the winners, who were guaranteed a future as a demi-god. The Temple of Zeus, dominated by the huge statue of the father of the gods, was the center of worship.
- Now leap forward 2800 years to **Archaia Olympia, the modern city created on the archaeological sites, for a last walk through the city center.
Good to know
- Slight changes may be made to itineraries and the length of excursions in order to protect your health and to comply with regulations and the safety protocol.