Cruises to Katakolon

Katakolon is a small holiday port town in Ilia, in the western part of Greece. Find the perfect cruise to Katakolon, Greece with MSC Cruises

Katakolon: The ‘gateway to Olympia’

Katakolon is a small holiday port town in Ilia, in the western part of Greece. Katakolon is known as the ‘gateway to Olympia’ as it lies just East of the ancient city of Olympic, which was the birthplace of the Olympic games.

Katakolon really is a destination for everyone and all guests will come away with greater understanding of the ancient Hellenic civilisations.

After leaving your luxury MSC cruise ship, join us on an excursion package to Olympia and tour round the amazing stadium (capacity 40,000 spectators!) and the famous temples of the Greek gods Zeus, Hera and Apollo. It was only in the 19th century that European archaeologists first began excavating Olympia and a tour to this ancient destination is not to be missed, as it is exceptionally well preserved.

Enjoy the great deals on the extraordinary Olympia archaeological museum, which is the most important in Greece. Here you can view exhibits of pottery, bronzes, Roman sculptures, artefacts from the Olympic Games and terracotta sculptures dating from 480 BC.

At MSC we like to cater for everyone on board our ships, so our outings in and around Katakolon also leave plenty of room for shopping and relaxation, too; you can choose to simply relax at the nearby private Kourouta beach club and enjoy the age-old pastime of sun lounging!

MSC guests may also join us at a typical restaurant in Katakolon and take in a traditional Greek show of folkloric song and dance, providing lasting memories of your Greek vacation.

Cruises to Katakolon - Greece - Mediterranean

Directions


The pier is right in Katakolon, with the town’s main street a 5-minute walk away. Olympia is around 30 km far away.

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 KAT01 - OLYMPIA AND SHOPPING (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Cultural  Shopping  Best seller  From the port of Katakolon your coach first heads inland through the Greek countryside to Olympia, the archaeological site of the ancient Olympic Games. The area was excavated by a team of German experts in the 19th century, in the course of which many important artefacts were unearthed. According to legend Olympia was built by Zeus, the king of the Greek gods. The tour includes a chance to view the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the gymnasium, the hippodrome and the stadium, which was constructed with a maximum capacity of 40,000 spectators. You will also have some free time to do a spot of shopping before the tour ends with your return to the port and your ship.Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $69.00 Adults $48.00 Children

   


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 KAT01WI - OLYMPIA AND SHOPPING (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Cultural  Shopping  Best seller  From the port of Katakolon your coach first heads inland through the Greek countryside to Olympia, the archaeological site of the ancient Olympic Games. The area was excavated by a team of German experts in the 19th century, in the course of which many important artefacts were unearthed. According to legend Olympia was built by Zeus, the king of the Greek gods. The tour includes a chance to view the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the gymnasium, the hippodrome and the stadium, which was constructed with a maximum capacity of 40,000 spectators. You will also have some free time to do a spot of shopping before the tour ends with your return to the port and your ship.
Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $69.00 Adults $48.00 Children

   


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 KAT03 - TRANSFER TO THE BEACH (approx. 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  No guide available  Recommended for families  Spend a few hours in pure relaxation mode and take advantage of this tour to Kouroúta beach, which forms part of the Amaliada municipality and is situated an approx. 30-minute coach ride from the port of Katakolon. The beach is an ideal spot to take in the beautiful views, enjoy the Greek sun, swim, lounge on the sand or go for a gentle walk. Do take some sunscreen, a hat and a bottle of water, although amenities can also be found at the beach. Your tour ends with your return to Katakolon and your ship. Please note: the tour operates from June until the end of September. Sun loungers and parasols are available free of charge for guests ordering food or drink.

Price per person $30.00 Adults $21.00 Children

   


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 KAT04 - OLYMPIA & MUSEUM (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Cultural  Best seller  Spend a few hours off the ship and follow the trail of ancient Olympians on this fascinating tour to the archaeological remains of Olympia, only a short coach drive from Katakolon. Ancient Olympia is the town that gave rise to and hosted the Olympic Games in classical times and is still the place where the Olympic torch is lit for our modern-day Summer Olympics, which were reinstated in 1896. Although Ancient Olympia was already re-discovered in 1766, excavation work only began in 1829 and responsibility for the site then passed to the “German Archaeological Institute at Athens” in 1870. Your trip around this UNESCO World Heritage Site will give you a chance to see the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the gymnasium, the hippodrome and the stadium, which was designed to hold up to 40,000 spectators. The tour also includes a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, which was opened in 1982 and is home to an astounding collection of artefacts found in the course of excavation work. Among the museum’s most notable exhibits are particularly fine collections of beautifully detailed sculptures and bronzes as well as numerous terracotta artefacts and mosaics. The complex also includes a book and souvenir shop, which you may also like to visit. Your Olympic tour comes to a close with a scenic return drive to the port and your ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. It is not available for calls falling on a Monday morning.

Price per person $79.00 Adults $55.00 Children

   


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 KAT04WI - OLYMPIA & MUSEUM (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Cultural  Best seller  Spend a few hours off the ship and follow the trail of ancient Olympians on this fascinating tour to the archaeological remains of Olympia, only a short coach drive from Katakolon. Ancient Olympia is the town that gave rise to and hosted the Olympic Games in classical times and is still the place where the Olympic torch is lit for our modern-day Summer Olympics, which were reinstated in 1896. Although Ancient Olympia was already re-discovered in 1766, excavation work only began in 1829 and responsibility for the site then passed to the “German Archaeological Institute at Athens” in 1870. Your trip around this UNESCO World Heritage Site will give you a chance to see the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the gymnasium, the hippodrome and the stadium, which was designed to hold up to 40,000 spectators. The tour also includes a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, which was opened in 1982 and is home to an astounding collection of artefacts found in the course of excavation work. Among the museum’s most notable exhibits are particularly fine collections of beautifully detailed sculptures and bronzes as well as numerous terracotta artefacts and mosaics. The complex also includes a book and souvenir shop, which you may also like to visit. Your Olympic tour comes to a close with a scenic return drive to the port and your ship. Please note: this excursion is not available on 17 March 2014 (MSC Fantasia). This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $78.00 Adults $55.00 Children

   


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 KAT05 - A TASTE OF THE ANCIENT GREECE (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  Snack included  Cultural  Best seller  Designed to give you a taste of ancient Greece, this tour takes you inland from the port of Katakolon to the site of ancient Olympia, which was excavated by a team of German archaeologists in the 19th century, yielding a wealth of historical artefacts. Greek mythology has it that Olympia was built by Zeus, the king of the Greek gods. Your tour around the archaeological site will take you past the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the gymnasium, the hippodrome and the stadium, which held up to 40,000 spectators – quite a crowd even by modern-day standards. To round off your “Olympic” experience, you will also have a snack and watch a typical Greek folklore show in a pleasant restaurant in Olympia. The tour ends with your return to the port of Katakolon and your ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $89.00 Adults $62.00 Children

   


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 KAT05WI - A TASTE OF THE ANCIENT GREECE (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  Snack included  Cultural  Best seller  Designed to give you a taste of ancient Greece, this tour takes you inland from the port of Katakolon to the site of ancient Olympia, which was excavated by a team of German archaeologists in the 19th century, yielding a wealth of historical artefacts. Greek mythology has it that Olympia was built by Zeus, the king of the Greek gods. Your tour around the archaeological site will take you past the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the gymnasium, the hippodrome and the stadium, which held up to 40,000 spectators – quite a crowd even by modern-day standards. To round off your “Olympic” experience, you will also have a snack and watch a typical Greek folklore show in a pleasant restaurant in Olympia. The tour ends with your return to the port of Katakolon and your ship.Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $88.00 Adults $62.00 Children

   


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 KAT11 - “MAGNA GRECIA” ESTATE & OLYMPIA (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  Snack included  Cultural  Best seller  The ancient town of Olympia was the site of the very first Olympic Games and this tour gives you an opportunity to discover the archaeological remains of this iconic place. Excavated by a team of German archaeologists in the 19th century, the site offers a unique look at the way these ancient Grecians lived. In line with Greek mythology, the city was constructed by the king of the Greek gods, Zeus. Look forward to seeing the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the gymnasium, the hippodrome and the stadium, designed to hold up to 40,000 spectators. Next up are the beautiful vineyards of “Magna Grecia”. A welcoming cocktail will be served on your arrival, after which you will be shown how homemade wine and olive oil are produced. A light Greek snack will also be served at the estate before you return to the ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $88.00 Adults $62.00 Children

   


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 KAT11WI - “MAGNA GRECIA” ESTATE & OLYMPIA (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  Snack included  Cultural  Best seller  The ancient town of Olympia was the site of the very first Olympic Games and this tour gives you an opportunity to discover the archaeological remains of this iconic place. Excavated by a team of German archaeologists in the 19th century, the site offers a unique look at the way these ancient Grecians lived. In line with Greek mythology, the city was constructed by the king of the Greek gods, Zeus. Look forward to seeing the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the gymnasium, the hippodrome and the stadium, designed to hold up to 40,000 spectators. Next up are the beautiful vineyards of “Magna Grecia”. A welcoming cocktail will be served on your arrival, after which you will be shown how homemade wine and olive oil are produced. A light Greek snack will also be served at the estate before you return to the ship.Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $87.00 Adults $61.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.