122 Katakolon (Olympia) Cruise Reviews

When we got off the ship we hired a taxi for a return trip to Olympia. There was a taxi stand where you enquired about the cost etc. For the round trip for 4 adults it cost us 80 EUROS. The driver was a maniac and drove extremely fast and ... Read More
When we got off the ship we hired a taxi for a return trip to Olympia. There was a taxi stand where you enquired about the cost etc. For the round trip for 4 adults it cost us 80 EUROS. The driver was a maniac and drove extremely fast and certainly got the message to slow down after we all screamed a couple of times. The ruins themselves were OK but we were glad we had not booked a tour through the ship. The port itself was very clean and had numerous souvenir shops. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Dont get chance to look in the shops due to being harassed by the staff standing outside. Shops were lovely but did not even stop to look
Dont get chance to look in the shops due to being harassed by the staff standing outside. Shops were lovely but did not even stop to look Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
We didn't do any excursions here as it was mainly trips to the Olympia site and we didn't fancy looking at ruins, as it was the town isn't miles away from the port but its only 1 high street with shops and restaurants and it ... Read More
We didn't do any excursions here as it was mainly trips to the Olympia site and we didn't fancy looking at ruins, as it was the town isn't miles away from the port but its only 1 high street with shops and restaurants and it doesn't take long to walk up and down. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
Sleepy little village with lots of empty storefronts. More Chinese souvenirs but found a lovely shop selling textiles. Bad experience at the first jewellery shop in port, purchased earrings sold as Bulgari only to check the markings and ... Read More
Sleepy little village with lots of empty storefronts. More Chinese souvenirs but found a lovely shop selling textiles. Bad experience at the first jewellery shop in port, purchased earrings sold as Bulgari only to check the markings and find that they were fake, merchant refused to accept return -within the hour! My friend purchased necklace that broke on the 8th day. Limited number of restaurants, mostly cafes with snacks. One restaurant offered seafood priced by the kilo starting at 40 EUR. I skipped that and had excellent spanokopita and ouzo for about 15 EUR. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Not a lot there. Looks almost like many of the ports in Mexico. shops, restaurants etc. Just change the merchandise design. We took a tour to Olympia which was fascinating. I think we've seen everything we need to see there ... Read More
Not a lot there. Looks almost like many of the ports in Mexico. shops, restaurants etc. Just change the merchandise design. We took a tour to Olympia which was fascinating. I think we've seen everything we need to see there and probably won't return or if we do on another cruise, won't spend too much time on expensive tours. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Sleepy little village to walk around. Shopping and a few restaurants/cafes (wifi) You can chose to go to Olympia which we heard was nice tour. We chose to make it a quiet day after spending a week in Athens and Santorini.
Sleepy little village to walk around. Shopping and a few restaurants/cafes (wifi) You can chose to go to Olympia which we heard was nice tour. We chose to make it a quiet day after spending a week in Athens and Santorini. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
The only thing here is the Olympic original site ruins. They can be seen by booking a taxi at the wharf. 100 Euros for 4 people - about a quarter of the ship excursions. The ruins are well marked and you can take a self-guided tour. The ... Read More
The only thing here is the Olympic original site ruins. They can be seen by booking a taxi at the wharf. 100 Euros for 4 people - about a quarter of the ship excursions. The ruins are well marked and you can take a self-guided tour. The shopping is your last chance to buy something from Greece. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
Our first port was actually Bari, Italy which isn't listed. So Port 2 was Katakolon where we visited Olympia, which was interesting. Then spent some time in Katakolon shopping. Good pastries.
Our first port was actually Bari, Italy which isn't listed. So Port 2 was Katakolon where we visited Olympia, which was interesting. Then spent some time in Katakolon shopping. Good pastries. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
1st port Savona, Italy. We couldn't find a hire car here or a private guide so did the ship's tour to Monaco. Interesting, but very expensive for family. 2. Katakolon- arrived at 1pm to rain. Hired a car for easy drive to ... Read More
1st port Savona, Italy. We couldn't find a hire car here or a private guide so did the ship's tour to Monaco. Interesting, but very expensive for family. 2. Katakolon- arrived at 1pm to rain. Hired a car for easy drive to Olympia. I'd recommend this as it was much cheaper for a family. Apart from Olympia, nothing to do in Katakolon. Also in winter month's one should do the museum first if the ship arrives in the afternoon as it closes at 3. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
The population of the ship far exceeded the population of Katakolon. It’s just a really small port town, who’s claim to fame is its proximity to Olympia. Much like St. Paul’s best feature is its proximity to Minneapolis. We meet up ... Read More
The population of the ship far exceeded the population of Katakolon. It’s just a really small port town, who’s claim to fame is its proximity to Olympia. Much like St. Paul’s best feature is its proximity to Minneapolis. We meet up with three friends we made on the ship and head to the only car rental place in town. I shrewdly negotiate with the proprietor to get a new Opel hatchback for 40 Euro. The five of us squeeze in. It’s a small town, so I decide that now is the time for me to experience driving in Europe and I take the wheel. A 1.3 liter engine powers the little red car as I steer it the wrong way down a one-way street, through a crowd of pedestrians. Good start. Driving in Greece is actually pretty easy. The lines on the highway are more of a suggestion, as opposed to the rule. Slower traffic will hug the shoulder and allow you to pass them in the same lane while oncoming traffic is present. Probably not legal, but courteous. Olympia is a whole lot of ruins. That’s about it, really. The Statue of Zeus, another one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is at Olympia. Or rather, it was at Olympia. Like the Colossus of Rhodes, it’s no longer standing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
We took an organised trip to Olympia. Our guide at Olympia did not control her group very well. Although her knowledge and enthusiasm for her subject was good, her slow command of English restricted her ability to communicate this. ... Read More
We took an organised trip to Olympia. Our guide at Olympia did not control her group very well. Although her knowledge and enthusiasm for her subject was good, her slow command of English restricted her ability to communicate this. Andreas, the excellent English-speaking representative from the ship was on the tour and duly noted this. Nevertheless, it's a "must see" site. A hour in Katakolon at the end of the trip was also enjoyable Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
6th day Katakolon - this again is a pretty little harbour you can wonder around the shops and unlike Mykonos there are prices displayed which were really reasonable (1 euro for an ouzo). You can take the local train which comes directly ... Read More
6th day Katakolon - this again is a pretty little harbour you can wonder around the shops and unlike Mykonos there are prices displayed which were really reasonable (1 euro for an ouzo). You can take the local train which comes directly from the port to Olympia - again they don't tell you about this on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
Enjoyed wandering ashore.  Easy place to get around.  Having visited here before chose not to go on excursion to Olympia - but this is definitely worth seeing.  Lots of lovely cafes alongside the port area and very nice shops
Enjoyed wandering ashore.  Easy place to get around.  Having visited here before chose not to go on excursion to Olympia - but this is definitely worth seeing.  Lots of lovely cafes alongside the port area and very nice shops Read Less
Sail Date June 2009
You disembark at this port to get to Olympia, where the original ancient Olympics were held. If you just want to see the town then don't bother with booking an excursion. If you are hoping to visit Olympia then you have the choice of ... Read More
You disembark at this port to get to Olympia, where the original ancient Olympics were held. If you just want to see the town then don't bother with booking an excursion. If you are hoping to visit Olympia then you have the choice of a ship excursion or a self-taxi ride. We decided against the ship's excursion and took a private taxi. Make sure you are amongst the first to get ashore.....do this by getting to the disembarkation point early. There were several taxis waiting just outside the port gate and the charge seemed to be the same for all......around 100 euros for the taxi. If we had found another couple to share the taxi with us we would have halved our costs! Still, the ride to Olympia was fine with the driver pointing out points of interest along the way. If you have an interest in sport, the Olympics, ancient ruins then you won't be disappointed. You can download information from the Internet which takes you on a tour of the site, or you can pay up for a tour guide at the entrance to the site. As the son of an Olympian I was fascinated by the ruins & enjoyed the trip. But do wear comfortable shoes as there is a fair bit of walking. Also if in summer make sure you take drinking water with you, and if later in the year an umbrella or any other protection from possible rain. The taxi was waited for us for around 2 to 2.5 hours & then took us back to Katakolon. The town itself is small with one main street lined with tourist shops selling soaps, jewellery, rugs, trinkets & the general run of souvenirs. There is a post office where you can buy stamps & send your mail. Interestingly the prices at the road end nearer the port are more expensive & at you continue up it to its end the prices get lower! There are several cafes & restaurants where you can stop off for a meal / drink. Choose one on the road that faces the water as you will then have nice views of your ship & the fishing boats. There is a small shop in the port area which has a selection of souvenirs, wines, etc. We found some excellent virgin olive oil at a very good price here. If you do purchase any liquids [wine, spirits, etc] or foods do put them in a carry bag etc otherwise there is a fair chance the security staff will retain them until the end of the cruise! Read Less
Sail Date November 2008

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