Olympia, a sanctuary of ancient Greece in Elis on the Peloponnese peninsula, is known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times.
In this full-day tour Athens Taxi Travel will take you to all the sites of ancient Olympia. The Olympic Games were held here every four years throughout Classical antiquity, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD.
Our trip will start from Athens and we will have a short stop at the Corinth Canal. The Corinth Canal is a canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, arguably making the peninsula an island.
We will then proceed to Olympia through Central Peloponnese and the Towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. You will see the remains of the ancient Olympia, the Olympic Stadium, the Sanctuary of God Zeus, the Olympia Archaelogical Museum and the Museum of the Olympic Games.
The first Olympic Games was organized on the site by the authorities of Elis in the 8th century BC – with tradition dating the first games at 776 BC. The Olympic flame of the modern-day Olympic Games is lit by reflection of sunlight in a parabolic mirror in front of the Temple of Hera and then transported by a torch to the place where the games are held. When the modern Olympics came to Athens in 2004, the men’s and women’s shot put competition was held at the restored Olympia stadium.
More than a taxi tour
Our licensed tourist guide Vicky will enter with you to all monuments and explain everything concerning the monument or the musuem findings you see. Vicky has a degree in Archaeology from the University of Athens and she’s been working as a guide for 35 years now. She speaks English, French and Italian.