The first Olympic Games began in 776 B.C. and has continued for over 1,000 years. Every four years the Olympic flame is relit in this tranquil holy place and delivered to each new city that hosts the Games. Stroll the deserted sanctuary with its temples, altars and treasuries, all overlooked by masses of trees. If you are feeling fit you can even test out the marble starting blocks that are still intact and complete a lap of the Olympic track.
Continue onto Kourouta Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the area. The sands stretch for over ten miles, all washed by the beautiful refreshing waters of the Ionian Sea. The sea front is lined with cafeterias and tavernas so you will be able to purchase refreshments and luncheon.
BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion.
Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.
Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.
Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.
This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Guests are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that may offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to Cunard.
There is over 2 hours of walking involved in the visit to the site of Olympia over some gravel pathways. Refreshments or luncheon are not included in the price of the tour. Please remember to bring local currency to purchase things from the many shops. Please be aware that the area is popular and can be quite crowded during the busier summer months. Please remember it is not advisable to have alcohol or luncheon before swimming.