A day trip to Olympia

Length: 5 or 8 hours approx
Depart From: Athens

We will depart from Athens (point of your accommodation) and drive along the coast towards to Corinth. You will access the peninsula by crossing the amazing project of Corinth Canal having the opportunity to photograph it. Our destination is Olympia, the sanctuary of Zeus and birthplace of the Olympic Games, lies in a verdant valley of the western Peloponnese at the confluence of the rivers Alpheios and Kladeos. A landscape of great natural beauty, the whole valley was in ancient times thickly wooded and full of wild olive trees, from the leaves of which were made the wreaths that crowned the Olympian champions; hence the site was named Altis, meaning grove. It was also named Olympia after Mountain Olympus, the abode of Zeus.

The archaeological site of Olympia, one of the largest in Greece, yielded a singularly rich concentration of monuments and works of art, such as the famous statues of Hermes by Praxiteles and Nike by Paeonius. Throughout antiquity, each century added its own structures, which gradually formed the complex topography of the sanctuary: the sacred precinct of Zeus, namely the temenos of Altis, enclosed the temples, votive offerings, and structures related to the religious activities. Outside the enclosure lay the athletic venues, the officials’ quarters, the guesthouses and baths for athletes and visitors alike.

Highlights are: The temple of Hera – The temple of Zeus – The Philippeion – The Stadium of Olympia – The Bouleuterion

After your visit to the archaeological site, lunch will take place at a traditional restaurant. A full day passed by with wonderful pictures and memories and time has come to drive you safely back at your hotel.

Entrance fees into Olympia area & Museum are 9€ pp (combined ticket obtained at the ticket office).

Free admission for:

  • Journalists
  • Persons under 18 (with current identification to prove age)
  • University students from Greece and the E.U

Free admission (for all) on the following dates:

  • 6 March
  • 5 June
  • 18 April
  • 18 May (International Museums Day)
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)

Summer Period: 1 April – 31 October

Winter Period: 1 November – 31 March

Opening hours for the archaeological area of Ancient Olympia:

  • Winter period: Tuesday – Sunday: 08:00-15:00 & Monday: 10.00 – 17.00
  • Summer period: 08:00- 20:00

All sites and museums are closed or have reduced opening hours, on the following holidays:

  • 1 January: closed
  • 6 January: closed
  • Shrove Monday: 08.30-15.00
  • 25 March: closed
  • Good Friday: until 12:00 closed
  • Holy Saturday: 08.30-15.00
  • Easter Sunday : closed
  • Easter Monday: 08.30-15.00
  • 1 May: closed
  • Holy Spirit Day: 08.30-15.00
  • 15 August: 08.30-15.00
  • 28 October: 08.30-15.00
  • 25 December: closed
  • 26 December: closed


Please note that on this tour, your driver is not licensed to accompany you inside any site or museum. If you want a licensed guide to tour the sites with you, you can hire one at extra cost.

Special Notes

  • Comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses and sun screen are suggested.
  • Photography is permitted throughout the tour.


  • Our prices are much better in comparison to those of the big tour operators because we are ourselves the tour operator and we do not use third-party providers.
  • It’s always a great idea to bring a bottle of water and sunscreen with you because in the warmer months it becomes quite hot and sunny.
  • A hat to protect your head and shade your face is also recommended when spending a significant amount of time in the sun.
  • The area around the archaeological sites can become quite crowded, especially during the peak travel months, so be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings close to you.
  • Do not accept ‘gifts’ from street vendors approaching tourists. They may offer you roses, but if choose you to accept, you will be expected to pay or give a tip for them.

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Terms of Use

For your safety inside the vehicle, drivers provide commentary only when it is deemed safe to do so while driving. When your driver must concentrate during difficult driving conditions, please refrain from any distracting behavior as your safety during the tour is our top priority.

Your driver will drop you off as close to the sites as legally possible and in accordance with the Municipality and Traffic laws of Athens.

Our service is solely confirmed when the potential customer has received an email confirming services along with the details of the tour. If the confirmation email is not received than please conclude that the service has not been confirmed. We suggest you contact us immediately for further clarification.

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