Day 8 Katakolon, Greece - Monday, May 16, 2005, 7:00 am -
** Krane choice **
Description Visit the site of ancient Olympia, 25 miles from Katákolon. With the impressive Temple of Zeus with its forty-foot statue of the god, and the original Olympic stadium, this town was a hive of activity in centuries past. Visit the stadium site and the temple ruins, then you will take the short walk to the newly renovated museum. The exhibits here are findings from the excavations at the site. The most prized exhibit is a 4th century Parian marble statue of Hermes of Praxitelis, a masterpiece of classical sculpture from the Temple of Hera. Other exhibits are a sculptured head of Hera and the pediments and metopes from the Temple of Zeus. Notes Bring sunscreen and a hat as shade is limited. Expect dense crowding and congestion at the site.
Description The small fishing village of Katákolon is your gateway to the mystical site of ancient Olympia, 25 miles to the east. The sanctuary of Olympia has the appearance of a park, and as you step back 2,000 years into the past, imagine the area crowded with athletes, orators, merchants and philosophers surrounding the Temple of Zeus with its forty-foot statue of the god. It's easy to imagine the roar of the spectators as the athletes took their marks on the marble starting blocks, and to picture the temples, treasuries, porticoes and statues as they were. Stop briefly in Olympia village before returning to Katákolon port. Notes Bring sunscreen and a hat as shade is limited. Expect dense crowding and congestion at the site.
Description After a 30-minute drive through picturesque villages and unspoiled scenery, you will arrive at the Mercouri Estate, known not only for its wines of supreme quality but also for its magnificent location. This is the area where the Refosco grape was first planted after being imported from Italy. In 1930, the Mercouris built a modern winery and distillery, updated again in 1990 with the latest technology. You are invited to experience the beauty and charm of the vineyards, to see the old and new winery, and also to have a taste of the locally produced wine.