Hotel Hercules

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

Tsoureka 2, Olympia, 270 65, Greece
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Katakolon to Olympia by Train

by purrfect16

Hi All! I'm also doing a cruise, and unfortunately, we're only in Katakolon from noon - 7. In researching, I found a train that runs to Olympia.
Has anyone taken this? Since the last train leaves Olympia at 3:42pm, we'll only have 2 hours there. Is this enough time?

Re: Katakolon to Olympia by Train

by Ouzone

If you use the train you won't have enough time. There is a Museum in Olympia as well as the Archeological site itself. If the ship is a bit late it may not be of use at all.

To get enough time you would need a taxi (approx 60 € return) or no doubt the cruise company would do an excursion.

Re: Katakolon to Olympia by Train

by StefanosS

Correct. I want also to add that both the arch. site and the museum are closing at 19.30 (summer season) or 17.00 (winter season), so check with the date of your visit. Although both are open "everyday", double check about October 28 and March 25 (National Holidays) and the days around Christmas, New Year and Orthodox Easter.

Re: Katakolon to Olympia by Train

by purrfect16

It sounds like doing the shore excursion through the cruise is our best bet. Thanks for the info!

Re: Katakolon to Olympia by Train

by megenity

We are doing a cruise also. Did you find opportunities when you disembarked the ship? Or did you take a ship excursion? Also what did you find when you arrived at Navplion for touring opportunities?
Thanks ........ Carol

Travel Tips for Olympia

Olympia town

by rafscab

Just walking by the streets of Olympia is a wonderful experience. I had listened so much about Olympia and its history that I imagined a city. Well, Olympia is just a small town, no more than 15 blocks lenght in middle of beautiful hills.

Take a time to walk by the main street, enjoy the shops, talking with people. I found the people very gentle, more friendly than in Athens or the islands. You can breath peace there.

Historical Olympia

by Kuznetsov_Sergey

The site of the ancient sanctuary, long forgotten under landslips and flood siltation, was identified in 1766. The exact site was re-discovered by the English antiquarian Richard Chandler.

The first excavation of the sanctuary at Olympia was not carried out until 1829, by the French "Expedition Scientifique de Moree". The expedition spent six weeks. Abel Blouet and Dubois undertook the first excavations there. The site was divided into squares and excavations were undertaken in straight lines: archaeology was becoming rationalized, and it was in this way that the location of the temple of Zeus was determined. The simple chase after treasure was beginning to be abandoned. The French team partially excavated the Temple of Zeus, taking several fragments of the pediments to the Musée du Louvre.

Systematic excavation began in 1875, under the direction the German Archaeological Institute, and has continued, with some interruptions, to the present time.

The first major excavation of Olympia began in 1875, funded by the German government after negotiation of exclusive access by Ernst Curtius. The central part of the sanctuary was excavated including the Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera, Metroon, Bouleuterion, Philipeion, Echo Stoa, Treasuries and Palaestra. Important finds included sculptures from the Temple of Zeus, the Nike of Paeonius, the Hermes of Praxiteles and many bronzes. In total 14,000 objects were recorded. The finds were displayed in a museum on the site.

In 1900-1950 excavation was continued in a more limited way by Dörpfeld between 1908 and 1929 but a new systematic excavation was begun in 1936 on the occasion of the Summer Olympics in Berlin under Emil Kunze and Hans Schleif. Their excavation focus was on the area to the south of the stadium, the South stoa, bath complex and gymnasion.

Pheidias' workshop, the Leonidaion and the north wall of the stadium were excavated in the end of the XXth.

Hlemoutsi castle


At the western end of the Kyllini peninsula, between Loutra Killinis and Hlemoutsi stands on top of the Helonatas hill a huge Kastro (fortress). It is a Frank fortress that was built by a crusader, Geoffroy II de Villehardouin from 1220 o 1224 under the name of Château de Clermont. The Hlemoutsi fort is considered as the best kept of the many Frank catles built in the Peloponese.

We did not visit but we should have. From its terraces, the view on Zante (Zakinthos) is stunning.

Orthodox Church

by Kuznetsov_Sergey

First sight I saw when woke up and looked out of my hotel window was this beautiful Church standing at the main square of Modern Olympia. I walked around it before breakfast and enjoyed wonderful palms and roses in a park.

You may watch my high resolution photos of Olympia on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 38' 45.79" N 21º 37' 30.50" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Olympia Orthodox Church and Olympia Orthodox Church and a rose.

Column on Temple of Zeus in Ancient Olympia

by mallyak

Doric peripheral temple with 6 columns in front and 13 columns along the side, the Temple of Zeus measuries 64.12m x 27.66m. It was designed by Libon, an architect from Eleia, and built between 470 and 456 BCE using spoils from the 472 BCE war between Eleia and Pisa (which had resulted in Pisa's destruction). The Temple of Zeus was further built on a raised platform, giving it a commanding presence for the entire city.


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Address: Tsoureka 2, Olympia, 270 65, Greece