ANCIENT OLYMPIA

The ancient Olympic Games were the most important sports event in the Greek world. According to the mythology, it was Hercules who established the games in order to celebrate the success of his 12 labors. The sports were organized in Olympia which was the most important temple in the honor of the king of the gods, Zeus. The games were organized from 776 BC every four years. Before the start of the games, religious rituals were taken place to honor the gods. The participants were sworn in front of a statue of Zeus to keep the rules and the laws. In all over the known world, heralds were sent to inform humanity for the games. During the period of the games, all the armed fights were forbidden in order to keep safe those traveling to and from Olympia. The Olympic Games were continued until the first Christian years. In the 19th century, there was an idea to restart the tradition of the Olympic Games under a new perspective. For that purpose, Pierre De Coubertin, a French baron, organized a conference in Paris. In that meeting, the International Committee was created. In the ancient era, all the participants in the games achieved rewards, the modern events followed the same tradition. The combination of culture and athleticism is what it makes the Olympic Games unique until now. Pierre de Coubertin died in 1938, and his heart was buried in the land of Ancient Olympia.

During the tour your tour operator will provide you with a virtual reality mask that will allow you to view the site in 3-D reconstruction, giving you the opportunity to clearly see how Olympia would have looked. View where the complete ancient temples and famous statues would have been standing as well as watch the ancient athletes preparing for the different sporting events. Admire one of the seven wonders of the world, the 13m tall gold and ivory statue of Zeus. Walk to the stadium area and watch the athletes compete in a foot race around the track. The 3-D reconstruction of ancient Olympia is based on scientific research provided from the ruins of this famous archaeological site, prepare to be amazed as the mask takes you back in time.

This tour is a must-do for athletes and all those who love the Olympics and the Olympic spirit that remains today!

Major attractions of Olympia.
The Stadium. The Ancient Stadium was the place, where the sports were taken place. The running track is more than 200 meters long and almost 30 to 34 meters wide.
Temple of Zeus temple is located near to the Stadium. It was constructed in the 5th century BC, with marble and limestone. According to the historical tradition, the giant statue of Zeus was in the internal area of the temple.
Temple of HeraThis temple is one of the oldest in Greece. It was built in the 7th century BC. It follows the Dorian rhythm.
Museum of Olympia. It is a very important scientific institution because it holds antiquities from different periods. The majority of the antiquities come from the excavations of the surrounding area. The most valuables items are the statues of Nike Paionios and Hermes of Praxiteles.

 

Athens city tour panoramic.

Visit Kastella in Piraeus to admire the beautiful panoramic views visit Panathenaic Stadium in Athens (Kallimarmaro)

Spend the day being introduced to the archeological sites of Athens including the Acropolis, Parthenon and the Panathenaic Stadium. Stop by Syntagma Square and, if you’re lucky, watch the changing of the guards near the Parliament House.

Greece is well known for its spectacular ruins and historical city centers, and this 6-hour tour doesn’t disappoint!

Visit Kastella with its winding streets and 19th-century mansions then make your way over to Panathenaic Stadium, or Kallimarmaro (“beautiful marble”), the only one in the world made entirely of marble. Athenian Roman Senator Herodes Atticus rebuilt the original stadium in marble in 144 A.D. with a capacity of 50,000 seats. Largely abandoned a few centuries later with the rise of Christianity, the stadium was excavated in the 19th century and put back into use as an Olympic venue in 2004.

At the Temple of Zeus, you will see 16 of its 104 giant Corinthian columns that survived invasions and quarries of the temple for building materials. This temple took 638 years to complete and was the largest one in Greece. Travel to Syntagma Square, the central square in Athens that has been the place of celebration, mourning, demonstrations, and battles for Grecians over the centuries. Depending on the time you might be able to catch the changing of the guard at the site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of Parliament House.

Also on the itinerary is the Acropolis of Athens, an ancient citadel located on a flat-topped rock high above the city. In the Acropolis, you will find several significant ancient buildings, the most famous among them being the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike.

Relax and enjoy some shopping in Plaka, a hillside village down from the Acropolis that is the oldest section in Athens. Walk along the narrow cobblestone streets, pop into the tiny shops for a souvenir or two and stop for a cup of coffee at one of the sidewalk cafes.

Book this popular tour now and remember to bring your camera.

Drive-By the Temple of Olympian Zeus and see Hadrian’s ArchVisit the Acropolis and Parthenon.