Ancient Olympia, where the very first Olympic Games took place, is located 19 km east of Pirgos, surrounded by the hill Chronos and the rivers Alfios and Kladdeos.
The first time the Olympic Games were mentioned was in 776 B.C.
The games lasted over 1200 years until 393 A. D. when the Byzanthian emperor Theodosios I prohibited them.
Centuries after the French historian Pierre de Coubertin revived the Olympics in 1896 in their home country, Greece.
Since then every 4 years the “Olympic Flame” is lit in Olympia and brought to the venue by the ‘Torch-run”.
We pick you up at approx. 7.00 a.m. and bring you to the harbour of Zakynthos-town. At 8.00 a.m. the ferryboat leaves for Kyllini.
From Kyllini, passing Pirgos, we go straight to Olympia. There the professional guide of Olympia will guide you through the archeological site, the place where the ancient Greeks gathered to celebrate and worship their gods. A lot of ruins and columns of the temples of the Olympian gods have survived over thousands of years. When you see them you will be able to admire the famous ancient Greek architecture.
Then you have a lot of time to visit with our guide the new museum, where you can see the wonderful statues and ancient weapons and tool, which have been found at the archeological area.
Afterwards the coach will bring you to the today’s village of Olympia, where you can have lunch or buy souvenirs, books etc.
We will leave Olympia at approx. 3.45 p.m. Before we leave to take the ferry, we will visit the beautiful fortress of Killini.
You will be back in your resort at approx.7.30 p.m.
Everything included except lunch and entrance-fees.