Olympia, Greece - Mediterranean Cruises

Step back in time almost 3,000 years ago, where ancient glory awaits at Olympia: the birthplace of the Olympic games. The marble starting blocks are still visible where 20,000 spectators once stood to watch the Olympians. The eternal flame of Attis casts its unwavering gaze over the site, and today sends off the torch on its journey.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Olympia Site & Folkloric Show

    Combine a visit to the birthplace of the Olympic Games, with a colourful folkloric show.

    Olympia Site & Folkloric Show

    Embark on a scenic drive to the sacred precinct of Olympia. Lying in a fertile valley watered by the Alfios River, steeped in myth and legend is the site which gave birth to one of man's most noble ideals. In 776 BC and for over 1,000 years following, began the first Olympic Games. Every four years the Olympic flame is relit in this tranquil holy place and delivered to each new city that hosts the Games. As you walk through this serene paradise you cannot help but be impressed by its tranquil atmosphere and stunning setting. Stroll the sanctuary with its temples, altars and treasuries, all overlooked by masses of trees, which are said to have been planted by Zeus' son Hercules, to mark the boundaries of his father's domain. Walk, or if you are up to it, run the original course in the stadium with its marble starting blocks still intact.

    Greece is one of the few countries in the world where folk dances are as alive today as they were in ancient times. This is a great opportunity to see a troupe of dancers performing Greek and local dances, in traditional costume. Almost every dance has a story to tell and they continue to be passed on from one generation to another, keeping the national identity well and truly alive.

    Refreshments of a glass of wine, Ouzo or a soft drink, accompanied by some traditional Greek snacks, will be served at a leading venue in Olympia village.

    There is approximately one and a half hours of walking on this tour over some gravel and rocky pathways and steps. The folkloric show venue has 15 steps at the entrance.

    Tour code

    KAT_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Simply Olympia

    A chance to visit the famous Olympia Archaeological site and see where the Olympic ideals were started.

    Simply Olympia

    Your scenic drive traverses inland through the small farming villages that toil the fertile soil of the plains of Elis. Your destination is the sacred precinct of Olympia, lying in a valley watered by the Alfios river. Steeped in fantastic myths and legends, it is the site which gave birth to one of man's most noble ideals.

    In 776 BC the Olympic games started and every four years the Olympic flame is relit in this tranquil holy place and delivered to each new city that hosts the games. As you walk through this serene paradise you cannot help but be impressed by its peaceful atmosphere and beauty of the setting.

    Stroll the deserted sanctuary with its temples, altars and treasuries, all overlooked by masses of trees, said to have been planted by Zeus' son, Hercules, to mark the boundaries of his father's domain. Walk, or if you are up to it, run the original course in the stadium with its marble starting blocks still intact.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The visit to the site involves over 1½ hours of walking with some gravel pathways that are rough in some places.

    Tour code

    KAT_008

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    3 hours

  • The Olympic Spirit

    Capture the true spirit of Olympia, site of the birthplace to the Olympic Games and the Olympic Ideal.

    The Olympic Spirit

    Discover ‘sacred’ Olympia, steeped in ancient myth and legend. The Olympic Games are believed to have originated here in 776 BC. Every four years, the Olympic flame is relit and delivered to the Games’ ‘host’ city. Stroll the deserted sanctuary with its temples, altars and treasuries, all overlooked by masses of trees, said to have been planted by Hercules to mark the boundaries of his father's domain. Walk, or for the more active, run the original course in the stadium with its marble starting blocks still intact.

    Thought to be one of the most important Museums in Greece, the Archaeological Museum of Olympia is host to a collection of priceless treasures unearthed during archaeological excavations. The Museum offers many awe-inspiring exhibits including the remains of the pediments to the Temple of Zeus, which housed one of the seven wonders of the world, the gold and ivory statue of the God. The marble statue of Hermes, thought to date back to 330 BC will also leave you spellbound with its perfection.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is over two and a half hours of walking on this tour over some gravel and rocky pathways and steps. Flash photography is not permitted inside the Museum. To reach the Museum of Olympia, there is a walk of 400 yards on a slight incline, and over a bridge with 30 steps.

    Tour code

    KAT_001

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Kourouta Beach Break

    Visit Kourouta Beach and spend the morning relaxing by the sea.

    Kourouta Beach Break

    A short drive will transfer you to Kourouta Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the area. The sands stretch for over 10 miles, all washed by the beautiful refreshing waters of the Ionian Sea.

    Beach beds and umbrellas are included, to enhance your relaxation at this memorable location. During your stay you will be served a refreshment of a cooling soft drink or a bottle of mineral water.


    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.

    LIABILITY
    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.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    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.

    Luncheon is 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.

    Tour code

    KAT_007

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Olympia & Kourouta Beach

    View one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and have some fun on one of the area's best beaches.

    Olympia & Kourouta Beach

    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.

    LIABILITY
    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.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    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.

    Tour code

    KAT_005

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Vintage Greece - Olives & Wine

    Discover the age-old art of making fine wines and olive oil, before sampling the local produce.

    Vintage Greece - Olives & Wine

    Head inland through some of the small agricultural villages, which farm the fertile soils of the plains of Elis.

    Discover one of Katakolon’s oldest established wineries, Domain Mercouri, which has a rich history in producing both wine and olive oil.

    You will be taken on a tour of the family-run estate with its intriguing mix of old and new equipment, including the wine cellar and the olive presses. The family museum hosts a collection of various old agricultural tools, used on the estate over the years.

    Continuing your journey of the winemaking process, you will head for the nearby vineyards, which border the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea.

    On your return to the main buildings, let your taste buds be tantalised by a tasting of local produce, including the estate’s wine, olive oil and a small selection of traditional snacks, including fresh bread and feta cheese.


    The visit to the winery involves a certain amount of walking, over mainly flat ground, with some steps and gravel. There are 10 steps to negotiate to visit the winery’s museum and a steep slope heading to the cellar. In the winery, no working machinery will be seen.

    Tour code

    KAT_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2½ hours

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