Silversea Luxury Cruises To OLYMPIA (Katakolon)

OLYMPIA (Katakolon)
OLYMPIA (Katakolon)
OLYMPIA (Katakolon)

Holding the torch as the spiritual home of the Olympic Games, Olympia has an enduring legacy, and its values echo around the world during humanity’s greatest sporting contest. Come ashore at Katakolon - a small port village on the Peloponnese peninsula facing the Ionian Sea, and relax on beautiful Kourouta Beach. Or, head inland through this legendary destination, to the historic home of the Olympic Games. Located in the valley of the River Alfeios, Olympia is a staggering archaeological site of immense ruins and enduring legacy. View more

Visit the museum, and Olympia Stadium - where the ancient games were held in honour of the Greek god Zeus. As many as 45,000 spectators fit into the mud seats, to witness the ultimate contest of athleticism. See the stand where judges would sit and the white blocks where runners would line up to compete. The tradition continues stronger than ever, and the Olympic flame of the modern games is ignited by the sun here, in the ruins of the Temple of Hera. It is then taken to spread the Olympic values across the globe. The Temple of Zeus, and the Statue of Zeus - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - also rose here in all of their glory. Hewn from limestone, the temple contained the 13-metre tall statue of Zeus, which was sculpted by Phidias - one of Ancient Greece's finest artists. Although the statue has been destroyed, you can walk the temple's ruins and see the guesthouse where the majestic wonder was painstakingly crafted.

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The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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VENICE To ATHENS (Piraeus)
  • Departure
    May 14 2020
  • Duration
    9 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Shadow
From US$ 5,760
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Excursions in OLYMPIA (Katakolon)

Kourouta Beach Break

Relax and unwind on one of Greece's award-winning beaches during this scenic, half-day excursion to Kourouta Beach.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 35-minute drive to Kourouta Beach. This sandy beach is situated in a populated area and stretches approximately 12.4 miles (about 20 kilometres) in length, with a breadth of approximately 98 feet (about 30 metres). The vegetation of the area consists mainly of deciduous trees and shrubs. Kourouta Beach has been awarded the Blue Flag of Homonym Program of the European Union.


Upon arrival at this idyllic beach, you can relax and unwind, sunbathe, swim or explore the beach. Following your visit, re-board the coach for the approximate 35-minute drive back to the pier.

Olympia & Folkloric Show

Experience the splendid beauty, sights and traditions of Greece during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Greek Countryside and Ancient Olympia

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive through the Greek countryside en route to Ancient Olympia, one of the country's most popular attractions. Ancient Olympia was the site of the first Olympics in 776 B.C. and, most recently, where the shot-put competition was contested in the 2004 Olympics.


Olympia Archaeological Site, Ruins and Temple of Zeus

Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the Olympia site. At the foot of Kronion Hill, see impressive, compact ruins that include the expansive Temple of Zeus, and numerous temples and altars. Walk the fabled grounds on the ancient fields of play, where fierce competitions took place. Don't miss the Leonidaion, a former guesthouse, and Pheidias' workshop, where the sculptor created his revered statue of Zeus.


Greek Wine, Snacks and Folkloric Performance

Following your tour, re-board your coach and proceed to a local restaurant for a glass of local wine and specialities, as well as a true Greek folkloric performance. Greece is one of the few countries in the world where folk dances are as alive today as they were in ancient times, and your visit represents a wonderful opportunity to see a troupe of dancers performing local dances in traditional fisherman costumes. Almost every dance has a story to tell. They continue to be passed on from one generation to another, keeping the national identity well and truly alive. You are welcome to join in when the dancers invite you. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the 40-minute drive back to the pier.

Olympia & Greek Winery

Experience the splendid history and flavours of Katakolon during this picturesque sightseeing excursion to Ancient Olympia, and a winery tour and tasting at the Olympia Land Estate Winery.


Ancient Olympia and Temple of Zeus

Depart the pier for the approximate 40-minute drive through rolling hills and olive groves en route to Ancient Olympia. Located in the middle of a fertile valley near the Alphios and Kladhios rivers, the site was a sanctuary even before the Olympic Stadium was built, and the games took place in the sacred area known as 'Altis'. The area's most imposing monument was the outstanding Temple of Zeus. It housed the gold-and-ivory statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


Walking Tour and Olympia Stadium

Upon arrival, take a walking tour through the excavated remains of Ancient Olympia, one of the world's greatest archaeological achievements and the birthplace of the Olympic Games in 776 B.C. The Temple of Hera, Prytaneion and Philippeion were also monuments that stood in the sacred grove. The famous Olympia Stadium was the largest of its day, and had a capacity of 45,000 spectators. It is entered through a long, tunnel-like passage constructed in Roman times.


Olympia Village

Next, re-board your coach for the drive to the nearby village of Olympia, where some time is made available to explore the area at your leisure. You can relax with a beverage or browse the various souvenir shops before proceeding for a visit to a local Greek winery.


Olympia Land Estate Winery

Next, re-board your coach for the drive to the Olympia Land Estate, which is located in a small village known as Koskina, approximately 1.25 miles / 2 kilometres from the heart of Ancient Olympia. Guests will enjoy a tour through the estate's vineyards, production facilities, wine cellar, and tasting room, where a sampling of various wines and a light snack will be enjoyed. Following the tour and tasting, guests will re-board the coach for the brief return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking on mostly uneven paths and gravel surfaces, and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. The tour sequence may vary to avoid overcrowding. Entrance to the Museum of Olympia is not available on this tour.

Olympia & the Archaeological Museum

Discover the treasures of Ancient Greece during this scenic, half-day visit to Ancient Olympia and the Archaeological Museum.


Ancient Olympia and Temple of Zeus

Depart the pier for the approximate 40-minute drive through rolling hills and olive groves en route to Ancient Olympia. Located in the middle of a fertile valley near the Alphios and Kladhios rivers, the site was a sanctuary even before the Olympic Stadium was built, and the games took place in the sacred area known as 'Altis'. The area's most imposing monument was the outstanding Temple of Zeus. It housed the gold-and-ivory statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


Walking Tour and Olympia Stadium

Upon arrival, take a walking tour through the excavated remains of Ancient Olympia, one of the world's greatest archaeological achievements and the birthplace of the Olympic Games in 776 B.C. The Temple of Hera, Prytaneion and Philippeion were also monuments that stood in this sacred grove. The famous Olympia Stadium was the largest of its day, and had a capacity of 45,000 spectators. It is entered through a long, tunnel-like passage constructed during Roman times.


Archaeological Museum and Olympia Village

Next, proceed on-foot for a visit to the nearby Archaeological Museum. Among the wonderful excavated finds on display is the Head of Hera, the superb statue of Hermes by Praxiteles, ornaments from the Temple of Zeus and the helmet of Miltiades. Afterward, re-board your coach for the brief drive to the village of Olympia, where some time is made available to explore the area at your leisure. Relax with a beverage or browse the various souvenir shops before commencing the approximate 40-minute return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.5 hours on mostly uneven paths and gravel surfaces, and often in direct sunlight. This programme is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. The tour sequence may vary to avoid overcrowding. Flash photography is not permitted inside the museum. The price of this tour reflects mandatory guide overtime fees as required for Sundays and holidays.

Olympia - Birthplace of the Olympics

Explore the birthplace of the Olympic Games and one of Greece's most fascinating archaeological sites during this memorable, half-day excursion to Ancient Olympia.


Ancient Olympia and Temple of Zeus

Depart the pier for the approximately 40-minute drive through rolling hills and olive groves en route to Ancient Olympia. Located in the middle of a fertile valley near the Alphios and Kladhios rivers, the site was a sanctuary even before the Olympic Stadium was built, and the games took place in the sacred area known as 'Altis'. The area's most imposing monument was the outstanding Temple of Zeus. It housed the gold-and-ivory statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


Walking Tour and Olympia Stadium

Upon arrival, take a walking tour through the excavated remains of Ancient Olympia, one of the world's greatest archaeological achievements and the birthplace of the Olympic Games in 776 B.C. The Temple of Hera, Prytaneion and Philippeion were also monuments that stood in this sacred grove. The famous Olympia Stadium was the largest of its day, and had a capacity of 45,000 spectators. It is entered through a long, tunnel-like passage constructed during Roman times.


Olympia Village

Next, re-board your coach for the drive to the nearby village of Olympia, where some time is made available to explore the area at your leisure. You can relax with a beverage or browse the various souvenir shops before re-boarding your coach for the approximately 40-minute return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.5 hours on mostly uneven paths and gravel surfaces, and often in direct sunlight. This programme is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. The tour sequence may vary to avoid overcrowding. A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this programme.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Katakolon at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Katakolon at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Katakolon at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Katakolon at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 10 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.