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Day trip to Olympia
|Paul F |
Just back from kalamaki 1st Sept
|Helen M |
Hi we are first timers to Zante and really want to go on this trip, any idea how much it costs, there will be 3 of us me, hubby and my son???
|Neil H |
We went on the Olympia trip ,which we booked through thompsons,the guide Johanna was fantastic,If you decide to go on this trip do not eat in the resturaunt ( AMBROSIA) that the tour rep takes you to, instead go to the main street where there are much better looking resturants who serve meals that are more than likely edible and hot!!
|Neil A |
I am going to Zante on the 21st of September. Can anyone tell me if on this trip, do you get to visit the statue of Zeus????
|Laura N |
We both enjoyed this trip as it was great to see the birth plpace of the Olympics. The ancient site was really interesting and the modern town of Olympia was a lovely little place with some pretty good shops n tavernas. What I would say is that it wasnt as good as the 2 day trip to Athens. This was fantastic and although we were on the coach for quite a while, it didnt feel like it because our guide, Vera, was fantastic and there was always something to look at out of the window. If you were gonna do just one of these trips, I would recommend Athens.
|Stuart M |
We said before we came back to greece that the one thing we both wanted to do was to visit olympia.The trip was nothing but a money making trip for the guide Gina, if we wanted to buy jewellery we would've stayed at our resort and spent the trip money on something else instead. The day went as followed left hotel 6.45am to meet coach to go to the habour, left habour 8.00am arrived Greece around 10.45am 30mins to Olympia, 1 hour at ruins (really nice there, wish we had spent more time here),couldnt hear what the guide was saying so it would be better to just go around on your own looking and reading the information boards, 40mins in museum again it is best to leave the guide and do your own thing, Met up with Gina 1.30pm followed her to centre of town (one main street) and there we had 2.30 hours to do as we wanted, as there was only gift shops and cafes and they all sell the same stuff so it was just find somewhere to have a drink and wait to be picked back up to go back to the hotel. I was so dissappointed that i have complained to my holiday company because it was a complete waste of money. Yes we saw the ruins and museum which are both superb but why take us shopping. You should get the choice to either stay in the ruins and museum or go shopping and i believe everyone would take the first choice not the shopping!!!! If you want value for money do the zakfari trip on zante best thing to do for enjoyment and value for money. The olympia trip is not value for money until they change the format and get rid of the shopping and spend more time at the place you went on the trip for
|Natalie P |
WE BOOKED THIS BUT WAS TOLD IT WAS FULLY BOOKED I HAVE WORKED IN ZANTE FOR TWO YEARS AND THIS WAS THE ONLY TIME I HAD CHANCE TO GO.WAS GUTTED, I HAVE A FRIEND THAT LIVES IN OLYMPIA VILLAGE AND WOULD HAVE LIKED TO GO AND SEE THEM WHILE THERE, IF ANYONE AS ANY PICTURES OF THE DAY OUT COULD YOU PLEASE POP THEM ON HEAR SO I CAN SEE WAT I MISSED OUT ON. CHEERS
|Greg B |
What a humbling trip
To stand in the birthplace of the Olympic games, surrounded by all that history and thats not to mention the fact that its the site of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
I admit its a long day but its so worth it, even the restauant we were brought to was delicous not the happiest of staff but I didn't care as long as they fed me and made sure my Mythos was cold
|Deanna B |
we went on monday 27th june, the trip was nothing but a money making trip for the guide Gina, nice enough lady but it seemed that any of the shops you visited all you had to do was mention her name and you would been given discount. The day went as followed left hotel 6.55am got to boat, left habour 8.30am arrived Greece around 11am 30mins to Olympia, 1 hour at ruins (really nice there, wish we had spent more time here), 40mins in museum, Met up with Gina 1.30pm followed her to center of town (one main street) and there we had 2.30 hours to do as we wanted, as there was only gift shops and cafes and it was so hot all you could really do was spend money . Forgot to mention that on the boat going out there they told us it was going to be 9 euros each to visit Ruins and Museum. Left Olymipa 4pm back to boat for the 2.30 hour trip back, this was the best part of day as me and my partner sat on life jacket boxes and had legs over side of boat, and we were graced by a pair of Dolphins for a short time. We got back to hotel 7.30pm long day.
|Sophie D |
We did the Olympia trip on 18 June 2005.
We booked the trip via our Direct Greece rep. As per previous comments we were very annoyed when, having paid 40 euros each to go on a trip which, on the sheet provided by the rep, said "visit the ancient site of Olympia and its Museum", we were told on the coach just before we got there that we had to pay another 9 euros each to actually get into the site and museum. The guide on the coach asked who knew about the charge, and only half of the people on the trip said that their rep had told them that there was an extra charge.
The taverna recommended by the guide when you leave the site is overpriced and has only a small selection on the menu, so we ate elsewhere.
We got too much free time in the village itself: all the shops are the same.
On the way back, they were very disorganised with the coaches. We were told to get on a coach full of old Greek women, who said "no, no" and shook their heads at us, but the driver insisted it was the right one, so we put our heads down and snook to the back of the coach. We had a long tour all the way round the harbour as we dropped the old people off, then we pulled into a garage where the driver filled up with petrol and washed the windscreen.
All in all, the site of Olympia is "worth seeing but not worth going to see", and the trip is definitely not worth 49 euros per person, and if we had been told about the extra 9 euro charge before we booked the trip, we probably would not have gone.
|Geraldine G |
Cavo Grosso is the worst travel agent on the island. Do not book
any thing with them. They may seduce you with attractive prices but
their organisation is terrible and Harry at Tsilivi is just interested
in parting you from your money. We ended having our trip cancelled by
the receptionist at the nearest hotel,because the bus was full.
|Les K |
Gwyneth, we totally agree with your comment, we visited on 23rd. On our return to Zante, we learnt that we could have gone back into the Museum even after visiting the Restaurant (of which we felt had poor selection on the menu, we ended up going to a snack bar in the town). We only got 10 mins Freetime in the Museum, we really needed more, even so, we DID learn a lot. We found the shops to be rather on the expensive side & would rather have had more time in the Ancient Site. After all, it was SUPPOSED to be a Cultural NOT Shopping Trip !! Anyone reading this, we sincerely hope it prepares you better for when you go.
|Gwyneth E |
Very good trip, early start but well worth it, we could have done with more time at Olympia and less down in the village as we're not into buying souvenirs.
|Bri C |
Did this trip with my wife last May, booked through Tsilivi Travel--Zakynthos Holidays [email@example.com].
|Elaine E |
We went to olympia on the day trip through sunsets. It was an early pick up although they were late. When we got to the boat, the covered deck was already full and we had to sit up on the top, which is covered with a tarpaulin cover. It was absolutly freezing and the ferry journey was an extra 15 minutes long due to bad weather conditions. The trip itself was quite interesting but it was a long day and at some points quite boring. One point after we had paid a small fortune to our holiday rep, we got on the bus only to be told that we still had to pay another 15 euros to get into the site. The rep had not mentioned this to us at any point and also we could not find any mention of it in any of the brouchures. Although it is not a lot of money, I still feel we should have been told as the trip cost 80euros in the first place.
|Carl B |
Booked the trip via Laganas travel agent (much cheaper than hotel rep.). An early coach pickup (about 7am) necessary to take us to the Zakynthos Harbour (make sure which coach company is taking you) but good ferry trip (about 1 hour) from Zakynthos to Kilini on mainland Greece, followed by 60km coach to Olympia. Excellent archaeological site with a lot of remains to see, followed by tour inside nearby modern museum. Very good guide, lasted about 2 hours. Not so suitable for youngsters unless they're keen on history. Walk/run on the original 2300 year old Olympic track!!
|Donna S |
This is one of the longest day trips you set out for about 7.30 8.00 oclock time and the ferry over takes over an hour, the trip was good the guide was making what could of been an interesting day boring droning on and on.
|Georgina D |
"There is nothing to see, only ruins"????????!!!!!!!!!!!
|Clive E |
this trip is to the birth place of the olympics. we booked this with our rep and cost 40 euros only 5 more than the travel shops and you get your money back if the trip is cancelled. we got picked up at tsilivi at 6.50 (but it didnt come till 7.10) and got back at 6.30 pm. the worst parts about the trip is the travelling on the boat to the mainland which takes 1 hour and a half and then the bus journey to olympia which take an hour and ten mins. if it wasn't for the guide this trip wouldn't be good, he walks and talks you around the ruins and you get half an hour free time at the end to look around. after this you get about 2 hours to look around the shops and have something to eat. in our opinion this was too long. we did enjoy this trip it was very interesting and informative. we would recommend.
|Jim M |
THERE IS NOTHING TO SEE. ONLY RUINS. YOU NEED A WILD IMAGINATION AND A GOOD STORY TELLER GUIDE. IT WAS NICE TRIP THOUGH, TO AN ANCIENT HISTORICAL SITE.
|Elizabeth M |
A fasinating trip - really enjoyed it.
|Lee M |
WELL WORTH THE MONEY REALLY INTERESTING AND EDUCATIONAL. I WENT BECAUSE MY GIRLFRIEND WANTED TO BUT CAME AWAY ENJOYING IT AS MUCH AS SHE DID
|Zara F |
During my stay in Zante, I went on this trip with my family. This is the trip of a lifetime and I would definately recommend it to anyone. The archaological site was very interesting even though you're only looking at ancient ruins. Not alot of people can say they've been to a place like Olympia so it's definately worth going to if you get the chance.
|Jon M |
we booked this trip through peter in argasi, and had marvelous time crossing the ionion sea takes an hour and 15 mins then a bus trip of about another hour to the Olympic site. you visit the "Olympic site" the first one of all time!!! then on to the museum. Each has an small additional charge about 2euros (kids under 18 go free) and if you pay for both the museum and the site at the same time you get a slight discount. The on site guide was fantastic, with loads and loads of info. All in all the trip was brilliant....... if the guide says NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY in the museum, please do as he/she asks, High intensity flash light will damage the statues in the long term, so respect what you are looking at. Just turn the flash off on your camera there is enough room lighting for the pictures to still come out clear enough.... or just sneak one.... very interesting day
|Stephen V |
Very impressed by the ancient Olympia site itself, but the town leaves a lot to be desired. Our site guide Nicki was excellent, and made the visit round the ancient ruins and sights all the more enjoyable.
|Emma L |
We booked this tour through Dionisos Tours at Tsilivi costing 25 euros (plus another 9 euros for entry to site and museum). The trip itself was organsied by TEZ Tours and we found our coach guide, Kostas, to be very good. Once there an Archaeological guide takes you around museum and site, again our guide was very good and she spoke excellent English and managed to help create some of the atmosphere.
|Lucy P |
Absolutely brilliant day, lovely site, really interestin and we had a brilliant guide who was very knowledgeable and funny! Only problem was it tipped it down whilst we were there and we got soaked!!! All part of the experience though! Would hvae liked to spend a little more time there rather than in the olympia village which was so unlike any part of greece i have ever known it was unreal! Really worth doin if you can but shop around for prices we paid 29 euros which was very reasonable.
|Joanne G |
We have just returned from Zakynthos and during our stay we went on the day trip to Olympia. It's a very long day with pick up from Alykanas at 6.20am and drop off around 8.30pm, but it is well worth the loss of sleep. The ferry crossing is OK and the coach is comfortable. The archaelogical site (what most people know as Olympia) is really lovely. The weather was really hot and you are out in the open all the time, so take water with you. People also recommend a hat and lots of suncream, but it wasn't that bad. The guide we had was excellent. She was really interesting and is obviously passionate about the site. Her English was excellent and she even knew slang phrases. My only complaint is that if you want to go to the shops as well and have the guided tour, you have very little time to wander around the site on your own. We were then taken to the shops,which are mainly jewellers and leather shops. We also stopped in an attempt to go to a castle, but unfortunately they had shut early as it was the end of the season. However, Olympia is well worth a visit. We booked through our Kosmar rep (using Eurozante) cost 40 Euros
|Margaret B |
I went to Olympia last October and booked my trip with Spring Tours. It was a lovely day. Not too warm and we stopped for lunch overlooking the most beautiful valley near the Olympia site. (I forget the place exactly, sorry) Petros and Takis were truly brilliant guides and looked after everyone to make sure they were o.k. and back on the coach and ferry on time. I was presented with an olive branch and crown of laurel which I wore all day and for the journey home. See my photo as I wait to board the ferry! Taken by Takis. Our driver Vasillis was brilliant, he was the same driver for the Athens trip last October also. The guides who explained all the history of Olympia and the museum were very enthusiastic and easy to understand. Remember to always take your camera, hat and your own drinks and snacks because you will get hot and thirsty and hungry on all of these one day trips. If you miss a great photo opportunity then you will kick yourself later. I must do this trip again in September because the olympic games will be held in Greece next year and I am sure that we will be seeing some of these areas on T.V. An unforgettable day for many reasons.
|Andy H |
If you do this trip, don't do it with Thomas Cook!
I really enjoyed the day trip to Olympia. It was totally amazing especially if you love history and the archeologists are there working as you walk round. However, it was very hot. If you do this trip make sure you take a bottle of water and a hat - you'll need them!!
|Sam S |
I did this trip with Dionis tours booked in Tsilivi for 29 euros. And can safely say it was the highlight of my stay on Zante.
|Graham C |
As all our other trips we booked this through Ken at Tsilivi Travel, saving €30 on the reps prices. On top of the cost of the trip you also have to pay €6 entry fee into Olympia (NOTE: the Olympia Museum is NOT open at all in 2003), instead you can go to the Olympic Museum in Olympia at a cost of €2, this is an interesting museum charting the history of the modern olympics. Children under 16yrs are free to both of the attractions. We had a very good guide in Olympia who explained everything to the finest detail, the Olympia site tour takes about 1 hour, take plenty of water it was 35degC in May 2003. If you are into history, you will enjoy this trip.
|June Y |
Could have been viewed as a pile of rocks, but the significance of the 1st ever olympics and the tour guides informative but (maybe a bit long speech) helped to fill in the gaps, we had a great day although didn't like the shopping bit after in Olympia itself.
|Tel . |
We booked this through our rep and it was a very good day. For lunch they took us to a taverna and to be honest we don't like eating in places that cater for massive groups. If you're prepared to break away and take a walk up the main road there are a couple of nice places to eat up there. Sorry I can't remember their names.
|Shirley C |
This was a fantastic day.Marios the guide was unfortunate..he didn't draw breath and thought he was in an university lecture hall, he also had rather strange views on women and olive oil! If you want the Greek perspective he's your man, a lot more went on here than he will let on...i.e the Romans!What did the Romans give us...or them?
|Fran H |
Again, we booked this trip through Tsilivi travel, and a marvelous time was had by all of my family. The travelling is an hour and 15 mins ferry crossing then a bus trip of about another hour to the Olympic site. Sadly we arrived in the pouring rain, but the "on site" guide delt with the weather conditions in a manner second to none. The day consisits of a museum trip and then a visit to the "Olympic site". Each has an small additional charge (kids under 18 go free) and if you pay for both the museum and the site at the same time you get a slight discount. After the museum finished, thankfully the rain stopped and we managed to do the outsite visit in the dry. The on site guide was fantastic, with loads and loads of info. All in all the trip was brilliant....... but please please, if the guide says NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY in the museum, please do as he asks, High intensity flash light will damage the statues in the long term, so respect what you are looking at. Just turn the flash off on your camera there is enough room lighting for the pictures to still come out clear enough.... if you want to see what I have taken with no flash, email me at Peter@the-glorious-game.fsnet.co.uk
|Irvin H |
Our tour rep to Olympia did not tell us that extra money was to be paid out. When we booked the day trip we were led to believe that was the only cost to visit the Sanctuary. Otherwise, it was a good trip. A bit longer with the guide could have helped to appreciate the site. Noisy school kids put us off.
|Laura S |
We didn't think much of this trip, the tour guide we had, spoke like she had done her speech so many times she did;nt have to be enthusiastic,there was nothing over 6ft high, it was very hot with limited shade. Withoout the paper guide you had no idea what anything used to be. The museum was the bast part.
|Phil, C |
We booked through Smile tours in Kalamaki. The ferry crossing was good if a little crowded, and the coach trip wasn't too long. The guide at Olympia, Marios was very passionate and knowledegable about his subject if a little hard to follow at times. Great trip if you are into Greek mythology and the history of the Olympic Games. Watch out for the restaurant they take you to - not the best value. There are plenty of others on the main road, two minutes away. Also beware of the heat - 100 degrees plus!
|Ross E |
The Olympiad remains were amazing, and what Marios didn't know wasn't worth knowing. The only down side was that we had to rush around the ruins and the museum and then had loads of time wandering around the small number of shops and cafes in Olympia town; obviously the coach guide was on commission there.
|Jon & Kay |
Booked through Tsilivi Travel. The whole thing was Briliant, Our Guide Marios was very good and can tell a tale or two!!! Very hot but lots of shade. Culture etc is amazing. Not enough time to see everything at a leisurely pace. Well worth the Visit.
|Jim W |
Booked the trip through Tsilivi Travel at a cost of 28 Euros per person, half the price charged by Libra. A brilliant day out, the site guide Marios was informative and an excellent communicator. The trip is advertised to finish at 21.30 hours, but we returned to our apartments at 19.00 hrs, so the day is not too long.
We made the mistake of booking via our rep and it cost us 2 times what it would have if we'd booked through one of the tour operators in town.
|Lorna R |
Really interesting day. Would have liked a bit longer on the archaelogical site and less time in the museum. We booked through Pelargos Tours in Laganas, the guide Marios was very good.
|Karen M |
Excellent day out - Booked the trip through Dionysis cost 9000drc. You definitely need to take some bottled water with you as it gets very hot, it is a full day out, caught the coach at 7.00am got back at 8.30pm. Our guide was Tim he was really nice a good laugh.
|Phil Z |
We paid 9000 per adult and 4500 per child, with Pelargos (but extra 2000 per adult for site entry (kids free)). Organisation was good. A long day but a good trip for adults, less so for the kids who got bored looking round the Olympia site. The museum was better - at least its air-con'd. The coach stops at the most expensive restaurant in town: we went into the town where there are plenty more. The shops are interesting, mostly very expensive but some bargains to be found. The crusader castle at Kilini looked worth a visit, but the coaches just do a 5 minute stop for photos.
|Gavin W |
made a mistake on the previous message it was 11,000dr not Â£11 but still fantastic value
|Gavin W |
We went to Olympia with Dionysis tour company and found them to be the best in Tsilivi. Having used many companies last year for day trips these are the ones we would travel with again. The trip to Olympia was great, the guide for the bus and ferry was Tim a great New Zealander (and if you ever read this Tim we did get all 6 coins-the lady with the coin you didn't have in Aug). The guide at Olympia was so full of knowledge and made the day equally enjoyable. The shops were as every other resort and the restaurant they used was average, but you could eat in the town if you wanted. All in all a very good day and worth going on for Â£11!!!
|Ken B |
It is a full day trip. From your resort to the ferry (departs at 8am). One and a half hours on the ferry. 50 mins on the bus and then three hours at the museum and site. Followed by an hour for lunch and shopping time. Theoretically you return on the 5pm ferry, but do not expect it to depart on time. The site can become crowded and it will be hot, but this is an experience not to be missed. Expect to pay Â£15-20 on the street and anything up to double that from your Rep.
|Leanne S |
It took about 3 hours to get to olympia from our starting point at kalamaki but 1.5 hours was on the ferry to the main land so it wasn't too bad and well worth it. the tour guide marios was fantastic making the whole place come to life. we spent about 3 hours at the site and 2 hour for lunch and shopping in the town olympia. take plenty of water as it is a whole day and it is hot and don't go the the place the support for lunch as it is a rip off. a great day out and the next time the olympic flame is lit you can say you've been there and experienced some of the magic for yourself.
|Karen C |
HOW MUCH TIME IS SPENT SITE-SEEING DURING THE DAY ? OR WHETHER MOST OF THE DAY IS SPENT TRAVELLING (BOAT,COACH) ? THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE
|Marc B |
Thomsons u r Great... Excellent day out with a great guide called David Conquest who made the day worthwile. Our guide at Olympia was called Angalos who was fantastic and so enthralling, the day at the site and museum was worth the meeting at 6.50am. Reccomend it to all, see your rep, good day for Â£26.00
|Helen T |
This was a good day out - even though it was an early start (by holiday standards 7.20 pick up was a bit hard to take!). Book local and it's half the price. We went with Dionisos and their tour guide around Olympia was superb - they use him all the time (used to be Mayor - has carried the Olympic torch). Kids got a bit of a kick out of it as well. Stop at Olympia village was expensive-if you don't want to spend twice as much on food as the resorts go into the village and get a snack rather than the taverna they support (I think it was called Mirabelle or something).
Excellent trip if you are interested in ancient history. Site of one of the seven wonders of the world. Best to take your own bottled water. We booked with Dionysis Tours - cost about Â£20 and we had two guides - one on coach and one round Olympia. Both were excellent.
Justin - Anything from Â£15 - Â£25 depending on who you book with (ie off street or via rep). Make sure you get a guided tour of the site and museum whoever you book with.
|Samie J |
the trip was a really good day out the tour lady was very interesting. you learn loads about the history. the boat trip over was good, it made a really good day trip id do it again
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