About Shore Excursions

Shore Excursion Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I purchase shore excursions on this website?

A: Yes, most Seabourn shore excursions can be purchased in advance online once you have booked your cruise and know your itinerary. To purchase a shore excursion online, click the Find Shore Excursions link above.

Q: Do I have to buy the shore excursions online?

A: No. Purchasing a shore excursion online provides immediate confirmation. You can also contact us by phone to purchase tours from our Destination Specialists by calling 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187. You can also purchase excursions after boarding your ship. Space is limited, so book early for the best selection.

Q: Can I purchase tours for both myself and my companion?

A: Yes, you can purchase tours online for all guests on the booking.

Q: How do I know which tours are right for me?

A: Excursion descriptions are marked with various symbols to indicate the amount and difficulty of walking, as well as occasional special interest content. In addition, specific information about restrictions or suggested cautions is included in the tour descriptions. Once you are on board, the Tour Manager can help you assess the suitability of a specific tour in a personal consultation.

Q: What if I need to cancel my excursion?

A: We understand plans change. However, last minute cancellations can result in costs to us or to our third party service providers. Cancellations of shore excursions, spa services or gift orders made more than three days prior to embarkation will be fully refunded; cancellations made onboard or within the three day window prior to embarkation may be subject a cancellation fee. Cancellation fees for certain shore excursions may be up to one hundred percent (100%) of the shore excursion price, depending on the shore excursion. For onboard cancellations of shore excursions, therefore, please speak with the Shore Excursion department onboard for the actual cancellation fee amount. Cancellations of spa services within twenty-four hours of the appointment are subject to a fifty percent (50%) cancellation fee. All cancellations made onboard will be refunded in the form of onboard credit, regardless of whether the purchase was made by a guest or a third party.

Q: What if I want to do two tours in the same day?

A: In many ports, it is possible to do two tours in the same day. However we recommend that you confirm with a destination specialist at 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187 at the time you are booking your excursion. If there is a time conflict, you will be able to select the tour you prefer.

Q: What if I want to do something that’s not offered on a tour?

A: In most ports Seabourn's staff, both ashore and on board, are capable of arranging a wide range of individualized activities. You can make your custom request by calling us at 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187 and speaking with one of our Destination Specialists to arrange your experience before you sail. Our hours of operation are 6am-5pm Monday-Friday and Saturday and Sunday 8am-3:30pm (Pacific Standard Time).

Q: What if a tour is cancelled?

A: If Seabourn cancels a tour due to safety, security of other conditions beyond our control a full refund will credited to your onboard account.

Q: Is it customary to extend gratuities to local tour guides?

A: Yes. Seabourn tour prices do not include gratuities for guides, drivers and other tour operator staff.

Birthplace of the Olympic Games: A UNESCO Partner Tour

Approximately 4½ hours
Considerable Walking  Tour Manager's Choice 

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Archaeological Site of Olympia was inscribed in 1989. Evocatively situated at the foot of the Kronion Hill, the Altis was an immensely important sanctuary from the 10th century BCE until the 4th century AD. The ruins of the Temples of Hera and Zeus recall what was one of the largest concentrations of masterpieces in the ancient Mediterranean, and the site of the Pan-Hellenic Games for centuries.

The Olympic ideal -- striking the perfect balance of the physical strength with a keen mind -- came to be known as the 'golden mean'. It set the standard for excellence at the athletic competition among nations held every four years in the ancient Sanctuary of Zeus.

Olympia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a peaceful place today, shaded by plane trees, poplars, oaks and pines. The athletes and spectators are long gone and the temples are now ghosts of their glorious past, but the Olympic tradition lives on. The Olympic flame is still kindled at this ancient site every four years and the Olympic torch begins its journey here as runners carry it in a relay to the site of the current Olympic Games.

A 40-minute drive from the pier takes you through rolling hills and olive groves to the archaeological site and museum. Your knowledgeable guide brings ancient Olympia to life for you. See where the athletes practiced and prepared for their events and where the races were run. Athletic contests ended here in AD 393; the temples were destroyed and the great Sanctuary of Zeus was lost to time and pillage.

At the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Olympia, marvel at the remains of the pediments of the Temple of Zeus located in the museum's central hall. Other worthy exhibits include the Hermes, an original work by Praxiteles, and a helmet inscribed with the name of Miltiades, the commander of the Greek Army that defeated the Persians in the battle of Marathon. Following this fascinating tour of Olympia, one of the most unspoiled sites in Greece, you will stop briefly in the nearby village before returning to the pier.

Please note: The escorted walk through the Olympia excavations is approximately 1½ hours; wear comfortable walking shoes. Expect dense crowding at the site. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience. Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen.


Learn more: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/517