TREASURES OF OLYMPIA
Culture & local gems, Less than 1 hour walking
Discover the archaeological heritage of Olympia led by a guide with whom you'll relive the golden age of the Olympics. Enter the sacred enclosure that contained the Temple of Zeus and “l'Heràion” dedicated to Hera. Venture to the sports centers, from the stadium to the gym, ending up at the archaeological museum to see the Winged Victory statue and other famous finds.
- Ancient Olympia: archaeological excavations
- Archaeological Museum
- Your archaeological tour begins among the treasures of ancient Olympia at the foot of the Cronion Hill, named after Cronos, the mythical father of Zeus.
- Venture with our guide through the excavations of this historic city of the Peloponnese discovered in 1776 by Englishman Richard Chandler and unearthed by German archaeologists starting in 1875.
- The Altis is the sacred enclosure around the religious buildings, including the Temple of Hera and the Echo Stoa, where the echo would sound seven times. Around the Altis were the stadium, the hippodrome, the palaestra and the gymnasium.
- The Temple of Zeus was the most important building, housing a 12-meter-high statue of the god, in gold and ivory, which has gone down in history as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
- A short trip away is the Archaeological Museum, where you'll see the statues that decorated the temple's pediments, called metope, and other priceless treasures including the Nike in flight by Paionios and the statue of Hermes with Dionysus by Praxiteles.
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.
- Large backpacks are not allowed in the museum or the archaeological site.