ANCIENT OLYMPIA AND MODERN OLYMPIA
Designed for families, Culture & local gems , Less than 1 hour walking, Family friendly
Two Olympias are better than one: join our guided tour to discover ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, and modern Olympia, a tourist town full of little stores. From the Temple of Zeus to the gymnasium where the ancient athletes trained, to the inevitable statue of the winged Nike in the modern city: a double dose of Hellenic culture.
- Archaeological site of Olympia
- Modern Olympia
- Hope you're feeling energetic: the ancient site of Oiympia has to be visited on foot, following an expert guide who will recount the legends and rituals of this priceless archaeological site and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Wander around places that witnessed the inauguration of the first Olympic Games in 776 BC: starting from the Temple of Zeus, known for its sculptural pediments inspired by the chariot race and the Centauromachy.
- Not far from here is the Heraion, the temple of Hera: the most ancient example of Doric style architecture. This place, where athletes once met to pray for victory, is still the site where, every 4 years, the Olympic torch is lit to mark the start of the Olympic Games.
- Have you ever seen 2800-year-old sports complexes? You'll find several of them here: from the gymnasium to the “stadion”, the arena to the palaestra. They were fitted with exercise equipment and included an “apodyterion”, or changing room. You can almost hear the shouts of the spectators encouraging the athletes competing in wrestling, horse-racing, pentathlon and “pancratium”, the first form of boxing.
- Round off the tour with a walk through the modern city of Archaia Olympia, known for its statue of the Winged Victory, and indulge yourself as you visit the many souvenir shops.
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 archaeological site.