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Ancient Olympia
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Great guide on a 4 day tour. Olympia was unforgettable.. Got to see where our Olympic torch starts out, and learned all about this huge site.. Just awww inspiring, even though ruins.. A must see

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Reviewed February 9, 2013

Have to wonder why the taxi and tour companies get higher reviews than the site itself?? Also noticed the negative reviews posted here are mostly about tour companies, not the site itself.

We had a fabulous day at Olympia. We expected to spend a couple of hours here and ended up spending the entire day. We took our time wandering through the site, staying away from the tourist hordes and had a good guidebook to help us identify what we were looking at, which made the ruins much more interesting.

Wandering around by ourselves, we really got a feel for the place and could just imaging all the athletes practicing for the games. Highlights: 1) the area where the wrestlers practiced, with the smooth pillars so they wouldn't hurt themselves and the bathtubs where they washed off the oil after practice 2) the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, especially walking amongst the toppled pillars, which were destroyed by an earthquake, imagining what it would have been like to see the 30-foot statue of Apollo 3) "running a race" in the stadium - standing on the start line and running across the finish line, sitting on the judge's seats 4) standing at the spot where the Olympic torch is lit (We were there a few weeks before the summer Olympics in London, so it was cool to know that someone had/would be lighting the torch right there and carrying it all the way to London. We live in Calgary, which had the 1988 winter Olympics, so it was also amazing to think of the flame coming all the way from there to our city.) 5) the round Temple of Phillipeion is visually stunning 6) the stone monuments recording "cheaters" who failed to live up to the standards of the Olympic games ... hmmm, things haven't changed much in a couple thousand years!

The museum is excellent, as well.

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Entering the little town of Ancient Olympia, even before reaching the archeological site, you will feel you set foot in a sacred area. Filled with anticipation, the closer you will get to the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the more excited you will feel. Where can one start from?
The Kronion Hill with its coniferous and olive trees will welcome you. Once you enter the site you will get lost in a maze of paths revealing to you remnants of temples and baths, the Palaestra, the Gymnasium, the Altis, the sanctuary of Zeus, the Leonidaion, the Heroon, the workshop of Pheidias and other invaluable monuments.
All these lead you to a humble gate which is the entrance of the Stadium. While there you can't help but traveling back to time, imagining the contestants, the spectators, the kings and the priests. You will feel the urge to start running, just to feel you are part of all this.
Already feeling overwhelmed you will visit the museum with some of the best ancient Greek exhibits in the world. Among them the pediments and the metopes of the temple of Zeus, the Nike of Paionios, and Hermes of Praxitelis, the most beautiful statue your eyes will have seen.
If you visit in August, at full moon night the site is open. Grab the chance and roam it; the magic I cannot possibly describe! You will have the most mystical experience in your life!

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Visited this ancient site on 4th January 2013, we arrived at the port on Norweigen Jade, the day was fascinating, everything we thought it would be and more, really interested to visit site of first Olympic Games.
We booked through Katakalon Express and they were excellent value for money, Steve our guide is English and was very informative, pick up was easy, they were exactly where they said they would be and we were returned to the ship in plenty of time, it was so good we booked to go to Athens with them the next day!

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Amazing to stand in the stadium and think of all the past warriors having competed here, viewing where the Olympic Torch is lit and wandering through the maze of rocks and artifacts which once formed amazing temples, bath houses etc. don't forget your camera as your photos will be amazing although it is difficult to capture the atmosphere.

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