594 Katakolon (Olympia) Cruise Reviews

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 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
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
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 didn't get to see much of Katakolon itself, but there didn't seem a lot to see. Seemed like three quite pretty streets running parallel to each other. We had a coffee there after our organised trip to Olympia, and before ... Read More
We didn't get to see much of Katakolon itself, but there didn't seem a lot to see. Seemed like three quite pretty streets running parallel to each other. We had a coffee there after our organised trip to Olympia, and before getting back onto the ship. We went to Olympia with the company 'Katakolon Express'. It was a private tour that I arranged after seeing reports on Cruise Critic and Trip Advisor. It was a minibus, and there were 15 of us, all from the Jade. It was reasonably priced. We had a good guide, and we started off visiting the Museum before going onto the site itself. It's certainly advisable to have a guide at Olympia because otherwise you don't really understand much about what you're seeing unless you are willing to read everything you can on the various notices around. Inside the museum are many sculptures from the original buildings at Olympia, which are no longer standing. The Olympic stadium itself may be a bit of a let-down if you are expecting to see a proper stadium, or ruins of such. There is hardly anything left there, and you just see the size of the field, as it would have been. You can stand at the spot where the starting line would have been, and people like to have a run up and down there. There are lots of fallen pillars around the Olympia site, but hardly any buildings left standing. Afterwards were were taken to the Palace Hotel (might not have remembered the name right) at Olympia for lunch. It was pleasant sitting in quiet hotel gardens eating outside. Then on to the village of Olympia where we were shown a jewellers shop which presumably our guide had links with. They did have good prices of gold and silver items of good quality, if you were willing to haggle there. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
The tour guides almost left us there. We couldn't find our bus.
The tour guides almost left us there. We couldn't find our bus. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Did our own and saved 400% over ships excursions and had a great time with locals.
Did our own and saved 400% over ships excursions and had a great time with locals. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Worst port I have been to, nothing to see, but ships come because they want to sell Olympia excursion.
Worst port I have been to, nothing to see, but ships come because they want to sell Olympia excursion. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Most disappointing of all tours that we've booked on shore. The old Olympic village itself is impressive enough bit the track is not worth going to see there is nothing to see. If you want to see a track that was built around the same ... Read More
Most disappointing of all tours that we've booked on shore. The old Olympic village itself is impressive enough bit the track is not worth going to see there is nothing to see. If you want to see a track that was built around the same time, Rhodes island has exactly the same track except it is in perfect Knicks with seating and fencing. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
no bus or any provision. just dumped in a small tourist town so my disabled mother had to walk for 40 minutes to reach the local cafe total disgrace this cruise line should have its license removed for the way they treat the elderly
no bus or any provision. just dumped in a small tourist town so my disabled mother had to walk for 40 minutes to reach the local cafe total disgrace this cruise line should have its license removed for the way they treat the elderly Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Absolutely the worst port I have ever visited. Smelly, dirty, trash everywhere. They were dredging the port while we were there, stong petroleum odor. Beach appeared to be oil-soaked, cars driving on the beach. We nicknamed the port ... Read More
Absolutely the worst port I have ever visited. Smelly, dirty, trash everywhere. They were dredging the port while we were there, stong petroleum odor. Beach appeared to be oil-soaked, cars driving on the beach. We nicknamed the port "Cat's Colon" for a reason. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
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
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
Katakolon/Olympia: When you get off the ship, there is an info kiosk. They provide you with train times, but the number of trains going to and from Olympia are limited. As soon as you pass the info kiosk, there is a CHEAP 10€ ... Read More
Katakolon/Olympia: When you get off the ship, there is an info kiosk. They provide you with train times, but the number of trains going to and from Olympia are limited. As soon as you pass the info kiosk, there is a CHEAP 10€ roundtrip bus! The company drives you to Olympia, drops you off right at the entrance, gives you two hours to sightsee and brings you right back to port. We left Katakolon around 10:30am, arrived in Olympia at noon. The Greeks were on strike 8 Mar, so we hiked the perimeter and even had time to look through the shops. Olympia is slightly larger than Katakolon and has a better selection of souvenirs. We left Olympia around 2pm and were back to Katakolon port around 3:30pm. We grabbed a bite and headed back to the ship. I noticed the businesses were really hurting and hardly anyone sat down for food or drink at the local restaurants. I would recommend enjoying the local flare and the peace and quiet as Athens is the polar opposite!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Sadly they replaced Rhodes with this place. Unless you want to pay a lot to see the original "Olympic field" then tacky shopping is all you have in this little place.
Sadly they replaced Rhodes with this place. Unless you want to pay a lot to see the original "Olympic field" then tacky shopping is all you have in this little place. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
It was raining and we just stayed on board ship as hundreds of passengers fought the wind and their inside-out umbrellas. There is little to nothing to do in Katakolon itself--you have to go about 25 miles (?) to Olympia for your shore ... Read More
It was raining and we just stayed on board ship as hundreds of passengers fought the wind and their inside-out umbrellas. There is little to nothing to do in Katakolon itself--you have to go about 25 miles (?) to Olympia for your shore excursion. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012

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