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