Ancient Olympia and the Archaeological Museum

Ancient Olympia and the Archaeological Museum

Visit the stunning Archaeological Museum of Olympia, one of the most important museums in Greece and the imposing site of Olympia where the Ancient Olympic Games took place and now where the Olympic Flame is lit.

The small fishing village of Katakolon is the gateway to the mystical site of Ancient Olympia, some twenty-five miles to the east. This SeaDream Yachting Land Adventure will take you to the remarkable site of Olympia where the first Olympiad was held in 776 B.C. in honor of Olympian Zeus. Its setting could not be more idyllic: in the middle of a fertile valley with the rivers of Alphios and Kladhios flowing past. The site was a sanctuary even before the Stadium was built and the games took place in the sacred area called Altis. The most imposing monument in this area was the outstanding Temple of Zeus housing the gold-and-ivory statue of Zeus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

The Temple of Hera, the Prytaneion, and the Philippeion were also monuments standing in the sacred grove. The famous Stadium, the largest of its day with a capacity of 45,000 spectators, is entered through a long, tunnel-like passage, constructed in the Roman times. Continue your exploration of this impressive site and visit the archaeological museum that is a 5-minute walk from the ruins. Among the great finds of the area that are displayed here are the Head of Hera and the superb statue of Hermes of Praxiteles. In addition you will be able to admire ornaments from the Temple of Zeus, the famous statue of Hermes created by Praxiteles and the helmet of Miltiades, the Athenian general during Athens' 'Gold Age'. At the end of this Yachting Land Adventure you will board the coach and return to the port of Katakolon and your SeaDream yacht.

Notes: This program offers the most in depth option of the two options to Olympia. It does involve extensive walking on the uneven surfaces at the site and in the museum and includes 30 minutes free time in the village of Olympia. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure details will be announced onboard.

Port: Katakolon (Olympia)

Duration: 4.5 hours

Current Price: 99 USD

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