According to the World Heritage website, there is probably no ancient archaeological site anywhere in the world that has more relevance in today’s world than Olympia.
The ancient Greek Olympics were held every four years during the full moon of midsummer. When it was time for the games, the rulers sent out messengers all over Greece and to the Greek colonies around the Black Sea and the Mediterranean declaring a truce throughout the Greek world for a month. No matter who you were having a war with, you had to stop fighting and let your enemy’s athletes and performers go through your city in safety to be able to get to the Olympic Games.
Departing from Athens and after a short stop at the Corinth Canal we arrive at Ancient Olympia. You are going to visit the archaeological site with the Temple of Zeus (where the gold and ivory statue of the god was placed – one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world-, the Temple of Hera (where the lighting of the Olympic Flame takes place every four years), the original ancient Olympic Stadium and many more monuments. After the archaeological site we will visit the Museum, one of the most important museums in Greece. Among the many exquisite exhibits you will see the famous marble statue of Hermes of Praxiteles and the Nike (Victory) of Paionios.
After the conclusion of our tour we will have lunch in the town after which we will start our return trip back to Athens.