Katakolon (for Olympia) Cruises, Greece
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Experience the famous site of Olympia, one of the most important sanctuaries of antiquity, dedicated to the father of the Olympian Zeus and birth-place of the Olympic Games! The sanctuary of Olympia spreads around the green wooded feet of the Kronion Hill, where the rivers Alpheios and Cladeos meet. Here you will walk with your guide and learn interesting facts about Ancient Greece and the Games. Thereafter you will proceed on foot to the Archaeological Museum, which is one of the most important of its kind in Greece and hosts an impressive collection of artefacts. The new museum was constructed in 1975, and eventually opened in 1982, re-exhibiting its treasures. Following some time here you will join your coach for a drive back to your ship.
Sunscreen, sunglasses and your swimsuit are all you’ll need for this one because the whole trip revolves around the beach. We’ll pick you up from the port of Katakolon and drive for about 30 minutes until we reach the Blue Flag Kourouta beach. You’ll have three hours to spend on this beautiful stretch of golden sands. Take a dip in the turquoise seas or just lie back and take it easy before we pick you up and take you back to the ship.
This high-spirited trip will take you to the Mercouri Winery, near Pyrgos. This place has been producing wine for 150 years and the secrets of the grape have been handed down through 4 generations of the same family. This experience begins with a walk around the estate. The vineyards and olive groves radiate out for 45 acres. Peacocks strut through the gardens and ivy climbs the stone walls of the main buildings. Once you’ve seen the cellars and the vines, you’ll head into the old engine room to taste some of the winery’s produce for yourself. Fifteen different grape varieties are used to produce a portfolio of 13 different reds, whites and roses. You’ll get to swig a couple of them. To bring out the flavour in the wine, you’ll be able to tuck into a selection of Greek meze, too. Drinks are paired with canapés of local cheese, olive oil and oregano, and bowls of plump olives.