593 Katakolon (Olympia) Cruise Reviews

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
Olympia and the Flavours of ancient Greece - Took the tour to Olympia and wasn't disappointed. amazing ruins and the guide was exceptional with the amount of information. Our tour also included local music and dance along with ... Read More
Olympia and the Flavours of ancient Greece - Took the tour to Olympia and wasn't disappointed. amazing ruins and the guide was exceptional with the amount of information. Our tour also included local music and dance along with drinks. Ouzo in large bottles for those wanting to try. Young Japanese girl in our group thought it was water she soon learnt different. Katakolon is only a smal town and for those not taking a tour there is not much there, plenty of little shops selling knick knacks. Read Less
Sail Date January 2009
Katakolon was our last port of call for the trip. We booked a ship tour because I wanted to see the acclaimed archeology museum in Olympia. We booked for Olympia, archeology museum and a winery tour/tasting. However, the tour was terribly ... Read More
Katakolon was our last port of call for the trip. We booked a ship tour because I wanted to see the acclaimed archeology museum in Olympia. We booked for Olympia, archeology museum and a winery tour/tasting. However, the tour was terribly rushed most of the way through it. We probably should have called into port earlier to allow for these tours. The guide was okay, but frustrated by the rush. We ended on a high note at the winery and some delicious wine. Sang and danced back to the ship on our bus which was great fun. I should note that the Archeology museum was a fairly good one but smaller than I expected it to be. But, I probably did not get to appreciate it as it should have been due to the rush.   Read Less
Sail Date May 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
This was our third visit to Ketchikan. We walked around town on our own took pictures and shopped.
This was our third visit to Ketchikan. We walked around town on our own took pictures and shopped. Read Less
Sail Date August 2009
We visited the ancient city of Olympia whilst we were docked at Katakolon. As it was quite a way out, we did an organised tour with the cruise ship which was very interesting and informative. Unfortunately organised tours don't ... Read More
We visited the ancient city of Olympia whilst we were docked at Katakolon. As it was quite a way out, we did an organised tour with the cruise ship which was very interesting and informative. Unfortunately organised tours don't leave you a lot of time to explore by yourself - but at least you get some good information from experienced guides. It was fantastic to actually stand on the original Olympic track and view the stadium etc and see where the flame is lit in our current era. Read Less
Sail Date August 2009
From this port we were transferred to Olympia and the site of the original olympics. I was not impressed but my husband was. A long walk to see a lot of broken rocks. We next went to Izmir and Ephesus: Well worth the walk around this ... Read More
From this port we were transferred to Olympia and the site of the original olympics. I was not impressed but my husband was. A long walk to see a lot of broken rocks. We next went to Izmir and Ephesus: Well worth the walk around this better restored site. Home to John the Beloved and the final home and resting place of the Virgin Mary. Last stop was Istanbul. An amazing city covered with beautiful Mosques. A must see for any traveler is the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sofia, and the Topkapi Palace. We had a price tour of Ephesus and Istanbul with the professionals at City of Sultan Tours. They are the best...site unseen and very reasonably priced. Read Less
Sail Date September 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
arrive at 8am, Spent the morning in the very small town of Katakolon, train station nearby to Olympia. decided to take the excursion to Olympia, we arrived on the same day as the torch lighting ceremony which was headed to the Vancouver ... Read More
arrive at 8am, Spent the morning in the very small town of Katakolon, train station nearby to Olympia. decided to take the excursion to Olympia, we arrived on the same day as the torch lighting ceremony which was headed to the Vancouver Olympics, but buses not allowed into town for security so we could only see the torch passing by. 45 minute bus ride to Olympia. An excellent museum at the start the excursion, then to the site of the first Olympics, although all in ruin, a very satisfying experience, the first running track survived to this day. best part of excursion was the tour guide, very informative and very funny. finished tour in town for some quick shopping, but due to security delay, we get back to port around departure time. 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
Port was expedient. We loved the Mediterranean - so every port was beautiful. The shore excursion visit to Olympia was fantastic. We felt such Olympians ourselves. Highly recommend this visit.
Port was expedient. We loved the Mediterranean - so every port was beautiful. The shore excursion visit to Olympia was fantastic. We felt such Olympians ourselves. Highly recommend this visit. Read Less
Sail Date November 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
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
There is not much to see at the port. If you are interested, Olympia can be done in a two-three hour round trip. You can rent a taxi from the port (approx 80 Euros) - bargain hard. Else, you can rent a car as well.
There is not much to see at the port. If you are interested, Olympia can be done in a two-three hour round trip. You can rent a taxi from the port (approx 80 Euros) - bargain hard. Else, you can rent a car as well. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
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
First port of call. Getting into our groups & buses went fine. We went to Olympia & the museum. The guide was very nice & effective, but he did talk alot. We ended up going around the place by ourselves to ensure we saw ... Read More
First port of call. Getting into our groups & buses went fine. We went to Olympia & the museum. The guide was very nice & effective, but he did talk alot. We ended up going around the place by ourselves to ensure we saw everything, those who stay with the guide couldn't have seen all the ruins we saw, but they would have probably learnt more. It is very pretty there with the flowers in March. The Museum was good. Clean, well presented, nothing very exciting. The little Tourist village of Olympia is very nice. Don't do the Olympia & Shopping (assuming they went shopping in this village). Do the Museum & leave the Museum early to have a walk through the town. We had a good half hour to look around. The Harbour smells, not sure what it was, but its like alot of sea ports, funny smells. Wasn't bad enough for anyone to be upset over it though. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
The little port town of Katakolon is very pretty, but the must-see here is Olympia. If you wouldn't feel comfortable renting a car, book a ship's tour, but don't pass up the chance to see Olympia. The ruins are tremendous ... Read More
The little port town of Katakolon is very pretty, but the must-see here is Olympia. If you wouldn't feel comfortable renting a car, book a ship's tour, but don't pass up the chance to see Olympia. The ruins are tremendous and beautiful, and the town has lovely shops and cafes. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
one horse town! if you don't go to Olympia ( we didn't) its pleasant just to walk along the one road of shops , have a drink overlooking the sparkling sea and then back to ship for lunch!
one horse town! if you don't go to Olympia ( we didn't) its pleasant just to walk along the one road of shops , have a drink overlooking the sparkling sea and then back to ship for lunch! Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
Katakalon/Olympus: we shared a cab with another couple and got to the sites before the cruise buses did so we had a few minutes without any hassle and our cab driver waited for us until we were done then drove us back and then we paid! ... Read More
Katakalon/Olympus: we shared a cab with another couple and got to the sites before the cruise buses did so we had a few minutes without any hassle and our cab driver waited for us until we were done then drove us back and then we paid! That was so much cheaper than the MSC Excursion(50Euro RT per cab) When we got back into town(Katakolon) there were many stores right before the dock that we could do our shopping. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
Nothing much in town.4 rating is for olympia.Marvellous history and sightseeing.Arrange a local taxi trip.Much less expensive.MSC excursions are a joke.Outrageous prices and filled with tourist traps,where i suspect it's kickback time ... Read More
Nothing much in town.4 rating is for olympia.Marvellous history and sightseeing.Arrange a local taxi trip.Much less expensive.MSC excursions are a joke.Outrageous prices and filled with tourist traps,where i suspect it's kickback time for tour guides. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010

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