• Olympian mysteries

    Olympian mysteries

  • Olympian Entrance

    Olympian Entrance

  • Museum of Olympia

    Museum of Olympia

  • Olympia Ancient Ruins

    Olympia Ancient Ruins

A trip to Ancient Olympia and the Isthmus of Corinth

The Ancient Greeks were known for their love of arts, nature, and of course sports! This tour takes you to the famous site where the first Olympic Games were held in the 8th Century BC.

Interesting fact:

The Olympic flame of the modern-day Olympic Games is lit by reflection of sunlight in a parabolic mirror in front of the Temple of Hera and then transported by a torch to the place where the games are held!

On your way you to Ancient Olympia you will stop at the Isthmus of Corinth, since 1893 the Corinth Canal has run through the 6.3 km wide isthmus(narrow bridge), effectively making the Peloponnese an island. Today, two road bridges, two railway bridges and two submersible bridges at both ends of the canal connect the mainland side of the isthmus with the Peloponnese side.

This tour will start at your hotel in Athens. Your drive to Corinth is approximately 1 hour. Here you will see:

 
 

Isthmus of Corinth

The Isthmus of Corinth

Is the narrow land bridge which connects the Peloponnese peninsula with the rest of the mainland of Greece, near the city of Corinth. The word "isthmus" comes from the Ancient Greek word for "neck" and refers to the narrowness of the land. The Isthmus was known in the ancient world as the landmark separating Peloponnese from mainland of Greece.

The Corinth Canal separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. The first attempt to build a canal was carried out by the tyrant Periander in the 7th century BC. Across the Isthmus, merchandise was transported from one sea to the other and ships were dragged along a road (diolkos) still partly visible.

Ancient Olympia

Olympia

The site where the Olympic Games were born in classical times in honor of Zeus. The temple of Zeus was built during the 5th century BC. It was admired for its size and for the gigantic ivory and gold statue of Zeus-one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

The Archeological Museum of Olympia

Presents the long history of the temple of Zeus. Some of the best known exhibits: The Hermes of Praxiteles, the Nike of Paionios, the unique marble sculptures and metopes of the temple of Zeus and many many more.