Archaeological Site of Olympia

Archaeological Site of Olympia

Archaeological Site of Olympia
4.5
Historic SitesAncient RuinsPoints of Interest & LandmarksReligious Sites
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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  • Kerri C
    Dubbo, Australia76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lifetime memories
    Wow what an incredible experience! Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games. 700BC. The day tour exploring and learning the history, artefacts and characters of Ancient Rome will stay with me a lifetime. Sharing because it could be someone’s bucket list activity 😊 The games were originally done for Zeus, religious reasons and for preparing the Greek warriors for battle, which saved them against the Persian’s in the Persian war. The spirit of the games ensured both mind and body were challenged and all Greek citizens came together as one. The games started with running and wrestling and were done naked for a few reasons. To display the physique, to prove you were male and not female ( back story: a woman disguised herself as her son’s trainer as no women were allowed into the stadium and her body was revealed as she ran to embrace her victorious son). Zeus wanted all men to come and compete without any discrimination for status. Another reason being naked meant no weapons could be hidden in person. In fact, all differences were put aside during the event and fighting was banned. The museum was excellent with a large amount of artefacts. The detail and complexity of the craftsmanship left me speechless. 12 euro for non concession well worth it 😊
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 15, 2023
  • G W
    Toronto, Canada614 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing ruins
    A site not to be missed . Suggest after buying your ticket turn left and go to the museum first. This will help you understand the site and make your visit of the ruins that much better. We enjoyed the site and did not need a guide.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2023
  • fredp
    Rednal, United Kingdom132 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular. Do not miss.
    Spectacular site covering far more in area than I ever expected. Take a good guide because although there are numerous sign boards around the site they only tell the bare minimum. Make sure that you have a run on the original Olympic running track. The museum contains numerous statues in remarkable condition and is really the highlight of the visit. Good shoes and a sunhat needed as very uneven walking and very little shade. That said do not miss this site if you are in the area.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 24, 2023
  • dese2
    Auburn, New York3,251 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed
    We felt so lucky to visit this significant spot and take in the ruins of such a renowned location. We visited as part of a cruise tour group so had a guide who was able to discuss the various areas of the location and talk about the history and use of the various buildings. Some reconstruction is ongoing, you can purchase a book to give you some overlays to show the original buildings. There are free public toilets and we saw a horse drawn carriages in some parts of the grounds but not directly in the area where there were ruins. There is very little seating, but we were told it is ok to sit on the stones that are about. There is a store where you can purchase souvenirs and some food items. We did not get to enjoy the museum.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 25, 2023
  • LSQRD1
    Kent, Ohio821 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting and lovely park-like setting
    While going around Greece, I wasn't thinking I would be so impressed by the Olympia site. However, it was really very interesting and the ruins are in a relatively lush, park like setting (without the many steps found at most other locations we visited). The museum at the site was also quite good. I very much enjoyed my stroll through the ruins
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 4, 2024
  • Susan R
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Major archaeological site , must see
    Must seen site, important archaeological and historical site, fascinating if you love history. Tge musuem is outstanding. All signage is a little variable, before you arrive check you can find the free car parks and the entrance from there! Read up a little as the outside site information is variable. The musuem presentation and signs are very good.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2024
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traveller1996
Harare, Zimbabwe7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The Olympic Games are still in our lives with the lighting of the flame and the torch relay. A visit to the Ancient Olympia site is a visit that must be included in everybody's itinerary. Especially for guys that were involved in sports when they were young. This visit is a pilgrimage to the roots of the Games.
The museums at Olympia are also very impressive.
It is difficult to visit Olympia on the Intercity bus but a 3-day classical tour that starts from Athens is organized regularly and you may also find private 1-day tours from Athens to Olympia.
I suggest that you do your homework about the history of Olympia before you visit the site.
Written September 8, 2020
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wendymagz
Matamata, New Zealand1,490 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Olympia – the birthplace of the Olympic Games which took place every four years for at least 1,000 years. The Olympic flame is still lit here, in front of the Temple of Hera (6th century BC) for the modern games. Very little remains today of the magnificent ancient temples and facilities but what’s there is very interesting and it’s a nice stroll among the trees and ruins. Among the ruins, at the beginning of your walk, you will encounter Pheidas’ workshop where the huge statue of Zeus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was made. This ruin was identified when tools and moulds were discovered. The most important building in the complex was the huge 5th century BC Temple of Zeus. One column of the temple has been restored and re-erected and helps put into perspective the size of the structure. This famous area is another must see if you are visiting Greece. Wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking and, of course, bring your camera.
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Written April 2, 2020
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Art A
Fogelsville, PA123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
While on vacation in Greece, we spent 2 days in Olympia, and a morning at the Archeological site and museum. We had a local guide (which is highly recommended) who gave us a great overview of the history of the site and a room by room review of the major pieces and the stories behind them in the museum first. Then we toured the historic site, which made a lot more sense, since we understood all the different portions of the site (ie, Stadium, Olympic event locations, Zeus temple, treasuries, etc.). You can spend plenty of time there but with a guide it was alot more efficient.

With or without a guide, it is definitely worth the visit!
Written September 22, 2021
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janet f
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Visited on a very warm day arrived at 10 am lots of tour buses but it’s a large site 7-8 acres ,well laid out . On recommendation took a private guide probably not worth it as she charged per hour not 60 euro so ended up 90 which was steep so make sure you get a definite price and time . You don’t need them in museum part as it’s all explained . There were good guidebooks for sale at the entrance which would have given as much info . But as it was hot she did take us to the main spots quickly . Entry price 14 euro includes museum so don’t loose your ticket ! Museum was very good , air con and this is where tour groups did get in the way a bit . Lots of eateries and shops inside the site although you can access the museum separately . I recommend read up before you go and download a map of the area . As mentioned it’s open 8- 8 pm so you can go later although it heats up in the afternoon .
Written July 5, 2023
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Margaret K
San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Visiting Olympia has been on my list of "places to go" for quite a long time and has now been ticked off as done and thoroughly enjoyed. I wasn't sure what I would find there as many people say that there's nothing there to see! They must be blind then, as there was SO MUCH to see and we only skimmed the surface! Our tour guide was excellent but I can't remember her name, unfortunately. She gave us the history of the place and took us to all the different areas, where we could imagine what it was like back when it was in full use. In addition to the archeological complex, there is also an excellent air-conditioned museum to cool off in after a very tiring and hot few hours. Cool clothing, plenty of water, and a hat or sunshade are vital if you are visiting Olympia during the summer. SO worth the visit!
Written June 22, 2022
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Elinor B
London, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
I’m not hugely into athletics or watching sport so I accompanied my husband mostly! But it was amazing. The tunnel the athletes go through to enter the track was so full on f atmosphere. There was much more to see than i expected too.
Definitely well worth the visit, even for the un-sporty!
Written October 28, 2020
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psutools
London, UK75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Much better than expected!! So many impressive different sites all together. We added the “Olympia back in time” VR headset tour which really improved the experience. You could stand in front of each ruin and see what it looked like in ancient time, including athletes running around.
Written October 2, 2021
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stella
Paris, France48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Visiting this sacred place gives strong feelings and emotions. Don' t go in the middle if the day during summer if you cannot take high temperatures, the local climate is too heavy and hot. Although it is such an important sight many employees are really rude and unwilling to help you as if it is a boring chore to do so. It gives very bad impression overall since a lot of us did thousands of klms to get there and it leaves an offending impression.
Written July 31, 2020
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Babu2773
Chicago, IL857 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
If you are touring on your own, and can fit it into your schedule, visit the site after 5 p.m. when the tour buses disappear and the place is virtually empty. The site is open until 8 p.m. in summer, so do yourself a favor and come when it is beginning to cool off. We took about two hours to visit all the sites on the little map that is provided. I recommend you follow the map so you aren't backtracking to see things you missed. You'll see signs that match the map markings to let you know you are heading in the right direction. Wear sturdy shoes as the ground is uneven. Make sure you see the museum on the grounds. Do the museum during the early morning and take a break before returning to the site. In that way, you might miss most of the tour buses.
Written June 24, 2022
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robertOU812
Cleveland, OH707 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
I am not sure how this could not be a five-star for ANYONE. There is so much history here it is ridiculous. I decided to go to the site two days, and it was worth it. I spend three nights in Olympia so I had 2.5 days there and it was perfect but I like to take my time and enjoy things. Your result may vary but if you are in the Peloponnese I recommend going here if you are a history buff. There are beautiful touristy seaside towns in the Peloponnese, and you can't go wrong at about 10 or more of them to visit so keep that in mind.
Written October 17, 2021
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