Things to do in Katakolo

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Katakolo Cruise Port: Roundtrip Transfer to Ancient Olympia

1. Katakolo Cruise Port: Roundtrip Transfer to Ancient Olympia

Explore the Archeological Site of Olympia on your own with a roundtrip transfer from the Katakolo Cruise port. Drive through the scenic mainland of western Peloponnese and explore the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Return to the port, just in time for your cruise departure. Meet your guide outside of the cruise terminal and board an air-conditioned bus to Ancient Olympia. Buy your admission ticket upon arrival and enter the archeological site. Learn of the origin of the Olympic Games in classical times, held from 776 BC until 393 AD. Marvel at the Temple of Hera and the Olympic flame that burns outside during the modern-day games. See the Temple of Zeus that once housed one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Golden and Ivory statue of Zeus. Witness where competitors once swore an oath to honor the rules at the Stadium and Bouleuterion. Feel free to explore at your own pace and choose to visit the modern Village of Olympia for shopping or a traditional meal. Take a moment to swim at the nearby beach before returning to your awaiting cruise ship.

Katakolo: Pyrgos and Katakolo Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

2. Katakolo: Pyrgos and Katakolo Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Join the hop-on hop-off bus tour of Katakolo and Pyrgos. Explore the surrounding nature and learn about the region's ancient history. Visit churches, museums, and wander the city streets as you please. Appreciate a bus every 30 minutes, just steps away from the cruise port. Catch the bus just 2-minutes from the cruise port and experience Katakolo's natural beauty and ancient history. Learn of the city's main export and prominent role in cruise ship tourism of the region. Appreciate the picturesque seaside village, littered with cafes, restaurants, and souvenir shops. Next, stop at Manolopoulou Street in Pyrgos city center where you can visit the Eparcheion, a tower built on the tallest of seven hills that surround the area. Discover the rich economic history of the city and admire the neoclassical houses constructed in the 19th century. Arrive next at the Archaeological Museum of Pyrgos which was once a public marketplace. Wander through the various exhibitions that span the entire spectrum of local history. Discover the building's architectural influences and the role it played in the 1950s. On the way back to the port, make a stop at the Orthodox Church of Saint John. Roam around the streets of Katakolo, shop for souvenirs, or enjoy an ice cream. Swim at a nearby beach if you have time and ride one more stop back to the terminal.

Katakolon and Olympia Shore Excursion

3. Katakolon and Olympia Shore Excursion

Take in the interesting sites of Katakolon before heading to the Olympia archeological site and museum on this 4-hour shore excursion. See the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the Temple of Zeus, the Stadium, the Hermes of Praxiteles statue and artifacts in the museum. Stop at Klio's honey farm and meet the owners, who will introduce you to the process of honey production. Enjoy pancakes with homemade honey in the shade of the garden trees. Head to Saint Andrew’s Beach for a quick swim in the clear waters surrounded by rocks. Enjoy a cup of Greek coffee or a light lunch (not included in the tour price).

Katakolo: Olympia Archaeological Site Shore Excursion

4. Katakolo: Olympia Archaeological Site Shore Excursion

Discover all of Olympia's major attractions in a short space of time on this half-day shore excursion. First, visit the ancient stadium where all sports took place. Admire the first-ever Olympic running track which is over 200 meters long.  Next, head to the Temple of Zeus which is located near the stadium. Marvel at the ruins of this ancient site, constructed in the 5th-century BC. Your next stop is the Temple of Hera, one of the oldest temples in Greece.  Here you can admire the statue of Hermes and see the spot where the Olympic flame is lit every four years. Finally, head to the Olympia Museum. Admire several antiquities from different periods and artifacts from excavations of the surrounding area. See statues such as the statue of Nike Paionios and Hermes of Praxiteles. At the end of the tour, get dropped off back at your cruise terminal in time for your ship departure.

Full Day Shore Excursion in Katakolon and Olympia

5. Full Day Shore Excursion in Katakolon and Olympia

The tour is designed for people reaching the port of Katakolon by one of the cruise ships which stay many hours at the port. The tour has a duration of approximately 6-7 hours. Your first stop is the Olympia archaeological site and museum. The Olympia visit will last approximately 2.5 hours where you will have the chance to see the birthplace of the Olympic games, Temple of Zeus, Stadium, Hermes of Praxiteles status and all other museum artifacts. Next, you will head to Klio's honey farm where a lovely rural house will be visited with the nicest owners, introducing the process of the local honey production. During the visit a nice treat is offered tasting local pancakes with homemade honey. You will then enjoy a wine tour at Magna Grecia farm. The owners will also introduce the process of harvesting and producing home made olive oil. Greek local lunch can be served then or another local restaurant can be an option to taste local cuisine. Then you will go to the Kremasty monastery for the chance to get a feeling of the Greek Orthodox religion. Finally, the stop at Saint Andrew beach gives you a chance for a quick swim under the Greek sun, enjoying the cleanest water surrounded by rocks in combination with a nice Greek coffee or light lunch.

Private Guided Tour of Ancient Olympia

6. Private Guided Tour of Ancient Olympia

In 776 BC there was already an idea for peace at Olympia sanctuary. Initially the festival started as a local event that has become Panhellenic (all Greeks) in the next centuries. The culmination was reached in the Greek classical period of 5 century B.C. The world of the gods. of the heroes. of myths, and the sacrificial symposia formed the ethos of the ancient Greeks and defined them as a unique moment in the history of humanity. The institution contributed decisively to the unity of the Greeks, equality,  peace, humanism and good competition which are among the characteristics of this period.  The harmony of body and mind evolved through sport and philosphy. The harmony is reflected in the statues of the gods and the myths.  This is a private guided walking tour of almost 2.5 hours in the Ancient Olympia. The tour goes through the sacred grove of Zeus with all the religious and auxiliary buildings.

Short Tour of Olympia, an Olive Oil Press & St. Andrew Beach

7. Short Tour of Olympia, an Olive Oil Press & St. Andrew Beach

Take in all the interesting sites of Katakolon before heading to the Olympia archeological site and museum on this 4-5 hour shore excursion. See the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the Temple of Zeus, the Stadium, the Hermes of Praxiteles statue, and artifacts in the museum. Stop at a local olive oil press and meet the owners, who will introduce you to the process of producing the nicest local extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy a tour of the premises and learn all about real olive oil. Head to Saint Andrew’s Beach for a quick swim in the clear waters surrounded by rocks. Enjoy a cup of Greek coffee or a light lunch (not included in the tour price).

From Kyllini: Day Trip to Ancient Olympia & a Greek Farm

8. From Kyllini: Day Trip to Ancient Olympia & a Greek Farm

This tour has a duration of approximately 6-7 hours. Your first stop is the Olympia archaeological site and museum. The Olympia visit will last approximately 2.5 hours where you will have the chance to see the birthplace of the Olympic games, the Temple of Zeus, the Stadium, the Hermes of Praxiteles statue, and many other museum artifacts. Next, you will head to Klio's honey farm where you visit a lovely rural house with the nicest owners, they will introduce you to the process of local honey production. During the visit a nice treat is offered for you to taste local pancakes with homemade honey. You will then enjoy a wine tour at Magna Grecia farm. The owners will also introduce the process of harvesting and producing homemade olive oil. A Greek local lunch can be served then or at another local restaurant. Next, you will go to the Kremasty monastery for the chance to get a feeling of the Greek Orthodox religion. Finally, you stop at Saint Andrew beach to have the chance for a quick swim under the Greek sun, enjoying the cleanest water surrounded by rocks.

From Katakolo Area: Greek Culture Tour with Local Snacks

9. From Katakolo Area: Greek Culture Tour with Local Snacks

The tour begins with pickup from your accommodation or the port. Head to the Katakolon Olympia Port and take the chance to bathe in the beautiful waters. Then practice some ancient olympic games at the beach. Savor a small snack set up like a Greek buffet, all made with products from the region of Kourouta. Sip some wine or natural juice. Expect good moods all around, non-stop fun in the sun, and an authentic morning in Greece. Benefit from insider insight from your English, Greek, and Spanish-speaking guide.

Chlemoutsi - Kyllini Shore Excursion from Katakolon Port

10. Chlemoutsi - Kyllini Shore Excursion from Katakolon Port

This is an excellent tour option for those who have visited Olympia. This tour contains nice alternative rural spots one should visit upon arrival at Katakolon and lasts for a pleasant 4.5 hours. First stop is Chlemoutsi Castle, one of the most beautiful castles in Greece and the one and only in Ilia region. The Chlemoutsi visit will last approximately 1.5 hours where there is a chance to see an astonishing place on the top of the hills. Next stop will be Kyllini thermal baths which will take around 1.5 hours. The thermal baths were widely known from the ancient times as Roman empire archaeological ruins exist there, giving a historical importance to the area. Nowadays the thermal baths are operational and open to the public. Time for a quick swim under the greek sun, enjoying the cleanest water in combination with a nice coffee or light lunch. This stop takes approximately 1 hour and gives experience why Greece is one of the best countries to visit during summertime.

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What people are saying about Katakolo

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 105 reviews

They have very good communication and are punctual. The only think I didn't like is that I booked for 09:00 and they texted me the day before to tell me they've my time to 10:00 die to the previous tour. I am assuming I was the only one booking at 09:00 so they moved me to 10:00 which messed up my schedule a little bit but it wasn't a biggie because o didn't have other activities booked but if I would it could be an issue. I still think they deserve 5 stars due to punctuality, communication and price!

Vasilika the guide was great, adding good explanations on the bus and good recommendations to eat. The only thing to comment is the map that is indicating the address for meeting point is a bit wrong. Me and others bypassed the travel agency and continued forward following the map. That needs to be changed. The agency is at the very start of the street.

The time got changed on us the night before due to a driver testing positive for covid, but when we arrived at the easy to find meet up place everything was very smooth. Comfortable coach ride to Olympia, we were escorted to where you purchase your tickets. Coach there and back was very punctual. Would definitely recommend.

very kind lady from the shop, offered a 1.5 l bottle of water for free. At the end of the trip to Olympia, he applied a 30% discount on each of the purchases made in the store

Great transfer to the ancient site. The guide on the bus was helpful getting us to and from the destination.