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Meeting point: hotel in Pyrgos.  Number of participants: up to 3. Price:150 euros

For you who travel on your own ,I give you the opportunity to pick you up from a local hotel in the capital of the prefecture called Pyrgos, 12 miles away from Olympia. You may save money using the public transport and travel on the previous day. After departing from the bus station in Athens you will be in Pyrgos in 4 hours. I shall be waiting for you to take you to a hotel which I recommend, where you may rest, wander in the city, meet the locals, and why not, enjoy the nightlife. On the next day, at an arranged time I shall pick you up for a guided tour in Olympia.

If you want to explore more places after Olympia, you have the option to choose any of the other destinations mentioned above: the Alpheios river, the winery, the beach. Also you may go to a local restaurant or/and the Archaeological Museum of Pyrgos.

After the end of the tour I will take you to the bus station where you will depart for Athens.

See the routes of public transport:

Bus schedule

From Athens to Pyrgos.7:30, 10:30, 13:00, 14:30, 16:00, 17:15, 19:00, 21:30.

From Pyrgos to Athens.5:00 (excluding Sundays and public holidays), 7:30 (only on Sundays an public holidays), 7:35, 9:30, 10:00, 12:30, 14:30, 16:00, 18:00, 00:30.

When we finish our guided tour in Olympia reboard our vehicle and after 35 minutes drive visit Kourouta, a sandy beach with clear waters which has been awarded with blue flag designation. Bask in the sun and swim in the Ionian Sea. Use of a sun bed and umbrella and order a refreshment. Alternatively, choose a taverna and enjoy greek food by the sea. Relax and let us drive you back to the ship.

After our guided tour we shall leave Olympia and after 30 minutes drive we will be in the Mercouri estate, one of the first wineries in Greece after the greek liberation. The winery is known not only for its wines of supreme quality but also for its magnificent location. This is the area where the Refosco grape was first planted. The estate was made in 1884, and in 1990 it was rennovated.You are invited to experience the beauty and charm of the vineyards, to see the old and the modern facilities and also to taste the wine brand accompanied by snacks of feta cheese, local hard cheese (graviera), salami and rusks.After an hour in the winery we will be back at the port in 10 minutes.Another winery is also recommended , very close to Olympia. The owners are destinguished for their hospitality and friendliness. They will tour you to their facilities and then give the chance to taste several kinds(!) of wine of their production.

Duration: 5 hrs

For you who love the peaceful natural places, follow me to an idyllic environment.

After our guided tour in the Site and the Museum of Olympia, reach the Alpheios  River. Alpheios was the navigable waterway to Olympia in the ancient times. Walk by the river, follow its course and find its bed, where the gigantic statue of Pelops-the founder of the Games- used to stand. We shall meet a local friend who will welcome us in his wooden hut. Spend some time relaxing enjoying the great view and a greek homemade snack offered by the owner.
Alternatively, or in addition, you may go for a swim on an organised beach nearby and have a complete picture of the landscape of the place.
Reboard our vehicle and reach the port in 25 minutes.

Meeting at: the port of Katakolon.
Duration: 4 hours.

You who travel by a cruise ship have the opportunity to visit Olympia after your arrival at the port of Katakolon, 25 miles away from the Olympic site.
I will be there waiting for you and
after a 35 minutes drive through a picturesque landscape dominated by olive groves, we will reach Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.
With me, your tourist guide by your side, you will visit the archaeological site of Olympia and you will learn about its glorious history. Olympia is a universal place protected by Unesco, where the first Olympis were held and the Olympic spirit was born. Visit a sacred place, see the ruins of the imposing temple of Zeus and the temple of his wife,Hera. In modern times the Olympic Flame is lit in front of Hera’s temple to end up to the host city of the modern Olympics.
Together we will see the sport structures and,of course, the stadium, where the Games had been held for 1200 years. In the stadium you may experience a foot race and feel like an ancient champion while running in the same field. If you are a winner, you deserve to take your own price, an olive wreath, the ultimate price for the ancient greek athletes!
After a 5 minutes walk we will visit the Archaeological Museum which houses one of the highest concentrations of masterpieces that were found buried in the site.
The highlights are the super-sized sculptures of the pediment of the temple of Zeus, the statue of Hermes -the symbol of beauty- ,the statue of Nike and the majestic helmet of Miltiades.The latter stands imposing to remind us of one of the most important battles in the world history, the battle of Marathon.
At the end of the tour you may enjoy some free time in the modern town of Olympia. Food, soft drinks are available and souvenirs to purchase.
Then we will reboard our vehicle and come back to the port.