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Spending two nights in Olympia you can have the complete tour of Delphi as it is described in Delphi Full Day Tour, explore Olympia the birth place of the Olympic Games and also visit the monumental Temple of  Epicourios Apollo in Bassae that lays hidden in the mountains.

Itinerary   
Day 1
We depart from Athens in the morning via the national highway and pass by the towns of Thebes, Levadia and Arachova. Arriving in the Oracle of Delphi we’ll visit Castalia Spring, the main archaeological site (the Temple of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Theatre, the Stadium, etc.) and the Museum with the famous statue of Antinoos and the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dating back to 475 B.C.

ArachovaOracle of DelphiOracle of Delphi

Temple of Apollo - DelphiTholos - DelphiTreasury of Athenians Delphi

Our lunch in a traditional Greek restaurant in the picturesque town of Delphi, after our visit to the sites, will be the perfect way to recharge our batteries and enjoy the local cuisine! After finishing our lunch, we will head back to the archaeological site where we will make a stop to see the ruins of the Temple of Athena Pronea and the Tholos.

Gymnasium - DelphiSfynx - DelphiTholos - Delphi

After the conclusion of our Delphi Tour we’ll depart for Olympia following a scenic coastal drive way along the Corinthian Golf.  Passing through some picturesque towns and villages (Galaxidi, Erateini, Nafpaktos) we’ll eventually cross the bridge of “Rio-Antirio” (the longest cable bridge in the world) to get to Peloponesse.

GalaxidiBridge of Rio-AntirioNafpaktos

Finally we’ll arrive in Olympia where we’ll have diner and spend the night. 

Day 2
After breakfast we are going to visit the archaeological site with the Temple of Zeus where the gold and ivory statue of the god was situated.   One of the seven wonders of the ancient world the gold and ivory statue of Zeus was the work of the famous sculptor Fedias.  We will also see the Temple of Hera, where the lighting of the Olympic Flame takes place every four years, the original ancient Olympic Stadium and many more monuments.  After the archaeological site we will visit the Museum.

Ancient Stadium (Olympia)Entrance of the Olympic StadiumTemple of Zeus (Olympia)

The Archaeological Museum of Olympia is one of the most important museums in Greece. The museum's permanent exhibition contains finds from the sacred precinct of the Altis and the rest archaeological site dating from the prehistoric era. Among the many precious exhibits you we will also see the famous marble statues of Hermes of Praxiteles and the Nike (Victory) of Paionios.

Nike of Paionios (Olympia)Statues from the Temple of Zeus (Olympia)Helmet of Miltiades (Olympia)

After concluding our tour of Olympia we can explore the surrounding areas and have lunch in one of the villages there.  Afterwards we’ll return to Olympia to spend the night.

Day 3 
After breakfast we’ll depart from Olympia to visit the Temple of Epikouros Apollon in Bassae.

The Temple of Epikourios Apollo, one of the most important and imposing ancient Temples, stands in the bare and rocky landscape of Bassae 1.100 m. above the sea level.  Attributed to Iktinos, one of  the master architects of the Parthenon in Athens, the temple dates back to 420-400 BC.

Excavations have revealed that this surviving temple was the third to have been erected on the site.  The remains of the two previous temples date back 600 and 500 BC.  It is very interesting that some of the architectural elements of these two previous temples can still be seen today.

Temple of Epikourios Apollo (Bassae)Temple of Epikourios Apollo (Bassae)Temple of Epikourios Apollo (Bassae)

Our enjoyable visit to Bassae will finish with lunch in one of the nearby villages (Andritsena or Karytena) and afterwards we will begin crossing the mountains of Arcadia to start our return trip to Athens.

AndritsenaArkadiaKarytena

All our private tours are flexible.  It is always up to you to change the itinerary according to your wishes.

Admission fees, hotel and food are not included in the price of the tour.

Brief history of Olympia: CLICK HERE

Admission tickets to the sites:  
Delphi:    12 Euros (included the museum)
Olympia: 12 Euros (included the museum)
Bassae:    6 Euros

Free admission for:
Children under 18
Students from E.U.

Reduced admission for:
Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65
Students from countries outside the E.U.


Free admission days:
  6 March  In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
  5 June   International Environment Day 
18 April   International Monuments Day 
18 May   International Museums Day 
27 September   International Tourism Day
*  The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
*  Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
*  National Holidays
*  The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and  
    September (when the first Sunday is a holiday, then the second is the  
    free admission day).
 
 Holidays

1 January:   closed

6 January:   08:30 - 15:00

Shrove Monday:  08:30 - 15:00

25 March:  closed

Greek Orhodox Good Friday:  12:00 - 15:00

Greek Orhodox Good Saturday:  08:30 - 15:00

Greek Orhodox Easter Sunday:  closed

Greek Orhodox Easter Monday:  08:30 - 15:00

May 1:  closed

Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 - 15:00

15 August:  08:30 - 15:00

28 October:   08:30 - 15:00

25 December:  closed

26 December:  closed

 

 
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