601 Katakolon (Olympia) Cruise Reviews

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
Seeing the site of the Olympian spectacle was well worth the time we spent here. The train ride alone was interesting so I really recommend taking the time to do this excursion on your own. To see Olive trees in every yard nearby the ... Read More
Seeing the site of the Olympian spectacle was well worth the time we spent here. The train ride alone was interesting so I really recommend taking the time to do this excursion on your own. To see Olive trees in every yard nearby the orange trees was great, for this farmer from New England. The trip through the small villages and farming properties was a nice relaxing trek and was worth the 10 euro ticket. Be sure to count the number of ships in the port to judge whether the train will be the best choice. The number of ships in port right at the time will tell you how many times the train will make the run from Olympia to the port. We did think that the time in port was excessively rushed; this is what we thought for most of the ports. Nevertheless, you really must make this stop. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Only in the port a short time so took the tender and walked around the Main Street. There were 4 ships in that day so plenty of people adding to the atmosphere. Some interesting shops and lovely waterside restaurants to while away the ... Read More
Only in the port a short time so took the tender and walked around the Main Street. There were 4 ships in that day so plenty of people adding to the atmosphere. Some interesting shops and lovely waterside restaurants to while away the time. The duty free shop on the way back to the tenders was one of the cheapest we found. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Katakolon is a pleasant little village which is a base for taking excursions to the historic site of Olympia.On the day we called at this port, there were 3 other cruise ships there, meaning that we had to anchor offshore and the ... Read More
Katakolon is a pleasant little village which is a base for taking excursions to the historic site of Olympia.On the day we called at this port, there were 3 other cruise ships there, meaning that we had to anchor offshore and the ship's lifeboats were used to tender passengers to and from the port.Being only a small village, the main street was extremely crowded, although we were able to stroll around and look in the many different souvenir shops. There are also plenty of tavernas on the waterfront where you can have something to eat or drink. A train service runs from the far end of the village to Olympia, for those wishing to make their own way there rather than joining excursions. The train apparently takes about 40 minutes and is not expensive. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Katakolon is the port to ancient Olympia, a must-see as the birthplace of the Olympic Games, more than seven centuries before Jesus was born. Katakolon itself is a surprisingly picturesque little port, where you can have a meal or a drink ... Read More
Katakolon is the port to ancient Olympia, a must-see as the birthplace of the Olympic Games, more than seven centuries before Jesus was born. Katakolon itself is a surprisingly picturesque little port, where you can have a meal or a drink just two or three feet from the sea - at low prices. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Did not bother with Olympia, though my husband went on his own. I took the little local toy train to the winery (Mercouri, nice wine tasting, but not much to see) and to the beach, a very charming ride.
Did not bother with Olympia, though my husband went on his own. I took the little local toy train to the winery (Mercouri, nice wine tasting, but not much to see) and to the beach, a very charming ride. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
We werent really interested in seeing the Olympic park since we knew we would be seeing alot of stadeums etc. We walked from the pier - only afew moments to a great shopping area (hmm a theme here !) .. but if you need to replace a ... Read More
We werent really interested in seeing the Olympic park since we knew we would be seeing alot of stadeums etc. We walked from the pier - only afew moments to a great shopping area (hmm a theme here !) .. but if you need to replace a suitcase - this is the place to do it .. and they did "haggle". I bought some nice jewelry at good prices .. and then we went to the beach just on the left side of the port - there are brollies, loungers, etc .. alot of people from the ship found their way there - water was beautiful! Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
An okay port if you want to take a stroll. Lots of little shops for some souvenirs. We took a little train which went took us up to a small hotel where there was a bar and a small cove for bathing. The water here was crystal clear and I ... Read More
An okay port if you want to take a stroll. Lots of little shops for some souvenirs. We took a little train which went took us up to a small hotel where there was a bar and a small cove for bathing. The water here was crystal clear and I wish we had taken our swimming costumes.We did debate booking an excursion here to go to Olympia. There was a coach at the port offering return travel to Olympia for 10 euro. It seemed a very nice coach and the guides were respectfully dressed so it seemed genuine enough. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
Very nice place to visit. Again we only used the shuttle service of MSC (20) and we visited the archeological site by ourselves, a must do, a really nice place to visit.
Very nice place to visit. Again we only used the shuttle service of MSC (20) and we visited the archeological site by ourselves, a must do, a really nice place to visit. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Olympia was great to visit and is amazing how well kept the ruins are! We took a local bus to Olympia, enjoyed the sights, then came back to the port 2 hours later. From there we rented an ATV and went to explore. Enjoyed some of the local ... Read More
Olympia was great to visit and is amazing how well kept the ruins are! We took a local bus to Olympia, enjoyed the sights, then came back to the port 2 hours later. From there we rented an ATV and went to explore. Enjoyed some of the local fare and chatted with some of the local store owners. This was probably one of the most laid back ports and the people were genuinely friendly. They weren't pushy and always trying to sell something, so it gave us a chance to truly talk and learn more about the culture. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
easy walking distance from pretty lsmall mediterranean port.If interted by Olympia, just ten minutes from the staion and then a mn train ride very comfortable and for Eur 10 return trip
easy walking distance from pretty lsmall mediterranean port.If interted by Olympia, just ten minutes from the staion and then a mn train ride very comfortable and for Eur 10 return trip Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Not much here but shops and cages I would recommend staying on board if you have not booked an excursion.
Not much here but shops and cages I would recommend staying on board if you have not booked an excursion. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Small Greek island! not much to do but a must see. we walked the street and did some shopping. Decided not to do the trip to Olimpia ( not my kind of thing ) so we had a great lunch on the waterfront whilst enjoying the immaculate view ... Read More
Small Greek island! not much to do but a must see. we walked the street and did some shopping. Decided not to do the trip to Olimpia ( not my kind of thing ) so we had a great lunch on the waterfront whilst enjoying the immaculate view with some local Greek beers and Greek salads! Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
We were probably too tired to make plans by this point. We took our time getting off the ship and only wandered through the streets of Katakolon. We bought a few gifts for family and visited with shop owners. We ate lunch at the larger ... Read More
We were probably too tired to make plans by this point. We took our time getting off the ship and only wandered through the streets of Katakolon. We bought a few gifts for family and visited with shop owners. We ate lunch at the larger restaurant at the end of the street that overlooked the water. Great gyros, mouth watering tomatoes! Service was less than ideal. They just kinda threw the food at us, but they were very busy. If you catch it right, the musicians serenaded you. Our friends took a taxi to the beach and enjoyed their day as well. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
We decided to rent a car, I drove & the guy from the rental car place said all the tour buses are going to the Olympic Village and said just follow them so that is what we did. The Olympic Village was really cool, I didn't think I ... Read More
We decided to rent a car, I drove & the guy from the rental car place said all the tour buses are going to the Olympic Village and said just follow them so that is what we did. The Olympic Village was really cool, I didn't think I would like it but it was nice and the museum was nice too. They have a cafe and restrooms so you can take a break from the heat. After that we had lunch in Olympia and shopped there. We drove back to Katakolon and shopped a little more then dropped the car off at 4:10 just in time to get back on the ship. The car rental was $45 euros plus they ask you to put $10 euros of gas in the car they give you car on an empty tank there is a gas station right down the street. There is also a train that will take you to the Olympic Village for $9 euros and our dining buddies took a Happy Train that was $6 euros to the beach and somewhere else. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
We were going to take an excursion to the Olympic site but a lovely Irish couple told us for 10 euro you can take a bus just outside the port and they'll have you back before the ship leaves. However, we ended up taking the train (6 ... Read More
We were going to take an excursion to the Olympic site but a lovely Irish couple told us for 10 euro you can take a bus just outside the port and they'll have you back before the ship leaves. However, we ended up taking the train (6 minutes walk from the port but it's a very small station so ask someone where it is).The Olympic site was a bit disappointing as it's a bunch of fallen rocks and a lot of imagination but there isn't much else to do in Katakolon. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013

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