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The altar of oaths in the bouleuterion, where competitors swore not to commit foul play.

The stone start and finish lines of the sprint track, which still survive in the stadium.

The spot where the Olympic flame is still lit, where the Temple of Hera once stood.

A cruise to Katakolon is a gateway to ancient Olympia, which is a spectacular destination on your cruise to the Greek Islands or Croatia. These amazing ancient ruins will blow you away, as you stand where the Olympic Games were first held in 776 BC and where the Olympic flame is still lit for the modern Games.

During your Katakolon holiday, walk where chariot drivers, discus throwers, runners and long-jumpers once flexed their pecs and where Plato and Aristotle once cheered them on. Walk through the athletic training areas, stadium and temples of the gods Hera and Zeus and discover their extraordinary story in the nearby museums.

A holiday in Katakolon, means you can hang out at the beaches, shops and bars or visit the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, with its ancient alarm clock and portable calculator. The town’s Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments also contains the oldest known song.

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The best of Katakolon - things to see and do

Be blown away by the magnificent ruins of ancient Olympia, chill in a Greek taverna or relax on a lovely beach. Katakolon is the gateway to ancient Greek treasures but has up-to-date attractions too.

Visit Olympia’s fascinating museums

  • 120 ratings

Find out about fascinating ancient Olympia in the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, with its sculptures and statues that once adorned the site, and the Museum of the History of the Ancient Olympic Games, where you can picture the original competitions.

Ancient music and technology at Katakolon

  • 230 ratings

Technology and music buffs will love Katakolon’s museums, dedicated to ancient Greek musical instruments and inventions. With ancient versions of puppets, automated gates, a telegraph, keyboards and alarm clock, there are some extraordinary surprises.

Explore Greek wine

  • 230 ratings

Tour the Mercouri Winery, near Pyrgos, which has been producing wine for 150 years and through four generations of the same family. Explore the vineyards and olive groves and then treat yourself to some super tempting tastings.

What ships can I choose for my Katakolon cruise?

    Our ships travel around the world so there are times when they won’t be present in this location. so it’s worth checking back.

    Make the most of your holiday to Katakolon with our amazing shore excursions

    With expert local guides, easy 24-hour cancellations, plus guaranteed first off ship and return-to-ship if your tour is delayed, our tailor-made shore excursions allow you to experience each incredible destination in a whole new way. Join our tours to discover how the Olympic Games were organized in ancient Greece and see amazing artefacts from the site. Luxuriate on an idyllic Greek beach or enjoy Ancient Olympia plus mouth-watering local wines. To book the best Katakolon Cruise, see our most popular shore excursions below.

    Ancient Olympia and archaeological museum with free time

    Gain insight into Greek antiquity on a guided excursion of Ancient Olympia, site of the first Olympic Games in 776 BC. Visit a rich collection of excavated artifacts at the Archaeological Museum, then enjoy some free time and shopping in modern Olympia.

    Kouroutas beach transfer

    Enjoy free time under the glorious Peloponnesian sun. Luxuriate on Kouroutas Beach, watch the world go by in a welcoming taverna or daydream on a cosy sunbed.

    Olympia & Mercouri winery

    From Katakolon explore the site of the first Olympic Games, visiting temples and shrines honoring ancient gods and discovering treasures of world archaeology. Shop in modern-day Olympia before visiting Mercouri Winery to enjoy a wine tasting and snack.

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    If our tours are delayed, the ship will wait for you!

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