594 Katakolon (Olympia) Cruise Reviews

Worst port on the Med or on earth...nothing to see. Two short street for junks and that's it.
Worst port on the Med or on earth...nothing to see. Two short street for junks and that's it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We took the train to Olympia (about 40mins) and walked the ruins. There is also a museum there. If you're a history buff, this is awesome, for me, just OK. We then had a great lunch back at the port, stuffed squid, moussaka and ... Read More
We took the train to Olympia (about 40mins) and walked the ruins. There is also a museum there. If you're a history buff, this is awesome, for me, just OK. We then had a great lunch back at the port, stuffed squid, moussaka and cold beer--life is good! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
It was very nice there. The main attraction is the ruins. It was nice to see one time but I wouldn't have to go back. We did have some really nice food and a great view in Katakolo.
It was very nice there. The main attraction is the ruins. It was nice to see one time but I wouldn't have to go back. We did have some really nice food and a great view in Katakolo. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We had a great guide thru George Letsios...wwwtakikatakolon.gr. Gus showed us the Olympic site, an old winery, and a great restaraunt wit wonderful food. Cost 200e for a full day for 4 of us. We are older women and felt totally ... Read More
We had a great guide thru George Letsios...wwwtakikatakolon.gr. Gus showed us the Olympic site, an old winery, and a great restaraunt wit wonderful food. Cost 200e for a full day for 4 of us. We are older women and felt totally comfortable and safe! Highly recommend! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
In Katakolon you will be well served by visiting the old grounds of Olympia, where the first Olympics took place. Its a beautiful serene place. Right across the port on the street you will see signs for Buses to Olympia. The price is ... Read More
In Katakolon you will be well served by visiting the old grounds of Olympia, where the first Olympics took place. Its a beautiful serene place. Right across the port on the street you will see signs for Buses to Olympia. The price is 10euros round trip. The little town is clean and quiet, and here is the BLUE LIGHT special of the day, you will find the best prices in souvenirs in ample, un-crowded, friendly shops. And guess what, they are smart in Olympia, they know you might have missed a thing or two in the last two towns, so you will find everything Santorini and Mykonos in these shops. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I was able to take a bus to the Olympia site, for 10 euros round trip, which was much cheaper than booking an excursion from the cruise. There wasn't much to see at the archeological site, just some ruins. The bus ride to the site ... Read More
I was able to take a bus to the Olympia site, for 10 euros round trip, which was much cheaper than booking an excursion from the cruise. There wasn't much to see at the archeological site, just some ruins. The bus ride to the site wasn't nice at all, all you see is garbage and people on the streets begging for money. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Olympia is not a big deal, unless you have never been to ruins before. Katakolon is okay to wander through.
Olympia is not a big deal, unless you have never been to ruins before. Katakolon is okay to wander through. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We went with Katakalon Express to Olympia for a small group tour of the site and museum. Great tour and had lunch in an olive grove at Hotel Europa. this is a must see!
We went with Katakalon Express to Olympia for a small group tour of the site and museum. Great tour and had lunch in an olive grove at Hotel Europa. this is a must see! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Stayed in port -not much to see but relaxing. Lots of cafes and a few gift shops but not much else. The beach we found was poor. Trips offered from queueside were significantly cheaper than boats.
Stayed in port -not much to see but relaxing. Lots of cafes and a few gift shops but not much else. The beach we found was poor. Trips offered from queueside were significantly cheaper than boats. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
The village is within easy walking distance. To be honest it main reason for being is the cruise dock at the edge of the village to allow excursions to the ancient ruins at Olympia. There are however to fantastic small museums that are ... Read More
The village is within easy walking distance. To be honest it main reason for being is the cruise dock at the edge of the village to allow excursions to the ancient ruins at Olympia. There are however to fantastic small museums that are only a couple of Euros for adults and children are free. Entry is for both museums. The Museum of Ancient Greek Inventions - with hands on interactive exhibits and a wonderful young lady to talk about them and show you how they worked. Additionally, there are multi-lingual instructions and then multi-lingual boards for the more delicate models that would not take a bit of rough handling. The second museum is the same but Ancient Greek Musical Instruments. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Lunch at the Greek Tavern with Greek dancing and Greek Culture. There was plenty of dancing and group participation if you wanted to join in. It was an amazing day.
Lunch at the Greek Tavern with Greek dancing and Greek Culture. There was plenty of dancing and group participation if you wanted to join in. It was an amazing day. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We booked a private tour (as e did everywhere as with 3 people it is cheaper than the cruise buses, and more comfortable and convenient (the cruise excursions often leave early in morning not like a holiday at all). and we visited the ... Read More
We booked a private tour (as e did everywhere as with 3 people it is cheaper than the cruise buses, and more comfortable and convenient (the cruise excursions often leave early in morning not like a holiday at all). and we visited the Olympics original site. It is very large area so not good for those not keen on walking. It is also a pleasant site. The Museum nearby is good except the café which overcharges and treats disabled folk badly (but them most Adriatic countries have little provisions). Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We just got off the boat, walked through town and found the Marina Restaurant. Free wifi and sunbed, just buy your drinks. A nice day in the sun off the ship
We just got off the boat, walked through town and found the Marina Restaurant. Free wifi and sunbed, just buy your drinks. A nice day in the sun off the ship Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This is actually a street in the middle of nowhere with lots of shops that MSC seem to have a deal with..there is an excursion to Olympia if you wish, but there are tours which are cheaper from this "street"..there was a train ... Read More
This is actually a street in the middle of nowhere with lots of shops that MSC seem to have a deal with..there is an excursion to Olympia if you wish, but there are tours which are cheaper from this "street"..there was a train once..but the train company went bankrupt..so the station sits there a sorry reflection of its former self Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
May 4 – Katakolon, GreeceWe awoke to breakfast being delivered in our suite just after the sun came up. As the fog burned off, we watched as the Nieuw Amsterdam docked in the port of Katakolon, Greece. This town is a small fishing ... Read More
May 4 – Katakolon, GreeceWe awoke to breakfast being delivered in our suite just after the sun came up. As the fog burned off, we watched as the Nieuw Amsterdam docked in the port of Katakolon, Greece. This town is a small fishing village that serves as the hopping off port for Olympia – the site of the ancient Olympic Games. Though several tours were offered through the ship, we opted to head to Olympia on our own. We bought a round-trip train ticket from Katakolon to Olympia for €10 each and arrived in Olympia 40 minutes later. Olympia itself is a cute, clean Greek town with a number of sidewalk cafes, restaurants, and shops. We walked through the town in the middle of a light drizzle to the entrance of the Olympia archaeological site where entrance was €6 apiece. Here, we viewed the excavated ruins of the ancient Olympic Games. The highlight of this site was the original Olympic Stadium where my girlfriend and I ran a lap on the original 440 meter “track” which more resembles a couple dirt football fields back to back.We were done viewing the ruins after about an hour. Unfortunately, we still had about two and a half hours before our scheduled train was to leave. So, we did the only logical thing – we hopped a bus that we thought may go in the right direction.The driver spoke pretty much no English, but the only thing he could say was “Pyrgos.” We knew Pyrgos was a city a little more than halfway between Olympia and Katakolon, so we hopped the bus to see how that would work out – the price was right, at about €1.20 each. About 35 minutes later, we disembarked at the bus station in Pyrgos – a large, somewhat dirty town about 10 kilometers from Katakolon. There was another bus to Katakolon an hour later, but we opted for a taxi, who thought he was Sabastian Vettel. This guy was flying down the road at over 140kph, and had us in Katakolon in no time. This was a great adventure to get us back to the ship, and was much more fun than the standard bus tour shore excursion offered by Holland America.Upon arrival back into Katakolon, we found a nice restaurant called “Arhipelagos Fish Tavern” (this is directly from their business card, which may or may not have had a typo) right on the harbor where we enjoyed a lunch of gyros, fried cheese, greek salad, and a few beers (as well as free wifi). This made for a great early afternoon before we headed back to the ship. We enjoyed champagne and beer in our private hot tub on the balcony as the ship set sail from Katakolon — not a bad way to spend an afternoon! Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Didn't take the tour to Olympia had been there before, but if you are into ruins, museums the tours are cheaper when you get off the boat, again just walking to the lovely seaside resort, about 10 euro for a tour.
Didn't take the tour to Olympia had been there before, but if you are into ruins, museums the tours are cheaper when you get off the boat, again just walking to the lovely seaside resort, about 10 euro for a tour. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
We rented a car with Sixt who was so kind to keep the cruiser's rate even we will not show up by 09.00 hrs. I said we are on vacation and if I am 09.05 hrs at their office others refused to keep the special cruisers' rate. We ... Read More
We rented a car with Sixt who was so kind to keep the cruiser's rate even we will not show up by 09.00 hrs. I said we are on vacation and if I am 09.05 hrs at their office others refused to keep the special cruisers' rate. We went to Olympia. But honestly spoken: somehow boring and disappointing. The winery Mercouri was not very special although their winew were awarded. Best was the home-made-lunch with some cruisers from our roll-call with Taverna Jimmy's off the main-road where also the locals are going for their lunch. Best Greek Farmer's Salad, best Moussaka, best Taramas ever. We had for little money a lot of great food experiences. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Best to just go for a walk along it's colourful and interesting dockside, visiting the shops all staffed by exponents of the ever-friendly and warm Greek panache and style.Reasonably priced gifts, coffee shops etc.
Best to just go for a walk along it's colourful and interesting dockside, visiting the shops all staffed by exponents of the ever-friendly and warm Greek panache and style.Reasonably priced gifts, coffee shops etc. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013

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