Drive on the coastal road to Corinth Canal (short stop). Depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnese and the Towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. We will arrive in Olympia, the Cradle of the Olympic Games.Visit the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium, and the Archaeological Museum.
Olympia in Peloponnese Greece, was the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games. The Games where held every four years by the Greeks and the whole known world participated bringing truce (Ekecheiria) until the games ended. Olympia is situated in a valley in Elis, in western Peloponnese (Peloponnesus), were the Alpheas River runs. In 776 BC, Iphitos, king of Elis, Kleosthenes of Pisa and Lykourgos of Sparta reorganized the Olympic Games in honor of Zeus and instituted the sacred ekecheiria, or truce. Soon it’s fame rests upon the Olympic Games, the greatest national festival and a highly prestigious one world-wide. The Olympiads included not only athletic contests,but also reciting of verse, reading debates on philosophical and other topics, and from 67 A.D.poetic,musical and dramatic competitions.
The modern Olympic games were revived in 1896 in Athens. Even today the Olympic flame is lit every four years in the ancient sanctuary. Experience the center of attention during the ancient years, and the starting point of the Olympic Flame. Today you can still enjoy a run in the ancient Olympic stadium taking your position at the starting line which is still visible. You can visit in this private tour the Olympia Archaeological Museum and the most important sanctuary of God Zeus is situated here, also the original stadiums of the Olympic Games. The Museum of the Olympic Games.
We will end this unique Olympia day tour traveling through the landscape of Peloponnese back to ATHENS arriving early in the evening.