122 Katakolon (Olympia) Cruise Reviews

A very nice place for a stroll . Small village but easy walk from ship. Unless you leave the town you would probably only want to allow 2 hours to see what the town has to offer. Did find some interesting shops. The beach was small ... Read More
A very nice place for a stroll . Small village but easy walk from ship. Unless you leave the town you would probably only want to allow 2 hours to see what the town has to offer. Did find some interesting shops. The beach was small quite crowded but did notice a wheel chair accessible ramp and system to get into the sea. Nice touch. Nice town enjoyed the walk. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Small fishing town with unimpressive beaches. They did have pretty shells but lots of sea grass along and in the water (looked like shredded paper). The shops were full of the same souvenirs as in Athens (Athens was cheaper) and the ... Read More
Small fishing town with unimpressive beaches. They did have pretty shells but lots of sea grass along and in the water (looked like shredded paper). The shops were full of the same souvenirs as in Athens (Athens was cheaper) and the restaurants along the water were pleasant. No need to have this port stop, would prefer to spend time on another Greek island. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Every time we get to this port of call we say we must take a tour but don't as it is usually very hot. So we still haven't seen Olympia but we will one day. Meanwhile the town is improving and the shop keepers were very relaxed ... Read More
Every time we get to this port of call we say we must take a tour but don't as it is usually very hot. So we still haven't seen Olympia but we will one day. Meanwhile the town is improving and the shop keepers were very relaxed while still being welcoming. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Same as other ports shuttle and a walk around the town - quite a nice place what we saw of it
Same as other ports shuttle and a walk around the town - quite a nice place what we saw of it Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Not really a lot to see if you do not bother to go to Olympia. We wlaked around in the small village, then took the tourist train, which is really big fun. First stop is at the Mercouri winery. Zacharula was a greast host there and we ... Read More
Not really a lot to see if you do not bother to go to Olympia. We wlaked around in the small village, then took the tourist train, which is really big fun. First stop is at the Mercouri winery. Zacharula was a greast host there and we tasted and bought some great wine. Next stop is a t a little beach, relaxing place. You can get off the train and take any of the next one, passing by every 30 minutes. Very relaxing way to spend the day Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Olympia is interesting but is not much more than piles or ruins. What is standing is mostly reconstructed.
Olympia is interesting but is not much more than piles or ruins. What is standing is mostly reconstructed. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Katakalon is a small town close to Olympia with some nice shops and tavernas which is fine for a few hours ashore. Olympia can be a little disappointing as there are only a few relics etc. but a fine museum if you enjoy that sort of day ... Read More
Katakalon is a small town close to Olympia with some nice shops and tavernas which is fine for a few hours ashore. Olympia can be a little disappointing as there are only a few relics etc. but a fine museum if you enjoy that sort of day out. Read Less
Sail Date September 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
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
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
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
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
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
Pre-booked with Katakolon Express. Weather was not great but we had just enough time to see most of the ruins in Olympia; we'd perhaps have liked to see the museum but time didn't allow.
Pre-booked with Katakolon Express. Weather was not great but we had just enough time to see most of the ruins in Olympia; we'd perhaps have liked to see the museum but time didn't allow. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
This is a simple port with no customs or immigration checkpoints. We decided to go on our own to the olympic site as that was the primary tourist attraction here. There is a direct train tot he Olympic site but most people advised ... Read More
This is a simple port with no customs or immigration checkpoints. We decided to go on our own to the olympic site as that was the primary tourist attraction here. There is a direct train tot he Olympic site but most people advised against taking it as there were so many strikes going on. We walked over to a bus operator and took a bus to the site. The Olympic village and the adjoining museum were really wonderful. Our bus driver left earlier than what he told us and so we had to wait for another bus to be arranged which still got us back to the ship well ahead of time. There are two parking lots in the Olympic village, one of them close to the museum and make sure to ask the driver as to the pick up point. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Katakolon is a town that exists for cruises. We did not spend any time in the town, we instead took an excursion to Olympia. I'm not one for ruins, but my boyfriend is into Greek mythology so he wanted to see them. After the ruins, ... Read More
Katakolon is a town that exists for cruises. We did not spend any time in the town, we instead took an excursion to Olympia. I'm not one for ruins, but my boyfriend is into Greek mythology so he wanted to see them. After the ruins, which were predictably a bunch of rocks, the tour stopped in "downtown Olympia" for shopping. The Costa excursion description promised a shot of ouzo, but the guide just sent us off on our own to shop. The people of Olympia seem to be in dire straits at the moment, and each shop was basically an extremely expensive gift shop for Greece. The "recommended shop with very fair prices" that the tour guide took us to sold the same items as the other stores, but for about 3x as much money. The same pottery that we purchased for 15 Euro was being sold for 50 Euro at the recommended shop. Bottles of olive oil going for upwards of 60 Euro for no apparent reason. Interesting. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
As a port, it is nothing much: a small village, some fairly good souvenir shops, an AVIS office. The reason the ships stop here is Olympia. We rented a car (37 Euros for the day) and drove to Chlemoutsi Castle. It is still being restored ... Read More
As a port, it is nothing much: a small village, some fairly good souvenir shops, an AVIS office. The reason the ships stop here is Olympia. We rented a car (37 Euros for the day) and drove to Chlemoutsi Castle. It is still being restored but well worth seeing. 13 Euros fuel and 3 Euro entrance fee pp: if you have seen Olympia already or want something different, a good alternative. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Famous ruins of Olimpia nearby A real train ride to Olimpia or a motorised fun Road-train ride around the area Lots of Olive trees and a typical tourist port
Famous ruins of Olimpia nearby A real train ride to Olimpia or a motorised fun Road-train ride around the area Lots of Olive trees and a typical tourist port Read Less
Sail Date November 2012

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