Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
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Approximately 4 Hours
Meals not included
Archaeological Site of Olympia
Set out on this excursion that is ideal both for photography enthusiasts and for those who just want to bring home the best possible vacation snaps. A local photographer will mentor you, offering practical hints on framing the best shots of the fascinating architectural features you will see today.
More than 2,000 years ago, Olympia was the birthplace of the sporting tradition that we now know as the Olympic Games. Millennia later, this tradition has found its renaissance in the modern version, but the very first games were held right here.
As you explore Olympia today, capturing the magical setting with your camera, you can almost hear the roar of the spectators, cheering on the athletes as they took their marks on the marble starting blocks. Photograph the ruins of temples, treasuries, porticoes and statues, and the Temple of Zeus with its now-lost forty-foot-tall statue of the god. All of these structures were an integral part of the city's glorious heyday. As you view the ruins, you'll find yourself mentally filling in the gaps with your imagination and your guide's explanation.
The sanctuary of Olympia is like a park -- beautifully photogenic -- much as it was when it was crowded with athletes, orators, merchants and philosophers. Take time to appreciate the extraordinary events and accomplishments that put Olympia on the map.
A brief visit to the modern village includes a refreshment stop at a local café .
Please note: Wear comfortable non-skid walking shoes. Bring your camera or device; anything from a top-end camera to a cell phone or tablet is perfectly acceptable. Shade is limited; to avoid sunburn, wear light, long clothing suitable for use as a cover-up. Bring a hat and sunglasses; wear biodegradable sunscreen. Bring bottled water.