Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
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Approximately 5½ Hours
Step back 2,000 years into the past at the sanctuary of Olympia, just 25 miles east of Katakolon.
The birthplace of the Olympic Games, Olympia is the perfect place to see the marble starting blocks that remain in place today, and to picture the temples, treasuries, porticoes, and statues of ancient Greece. The scene was dominated by the Temple of Zeus, with its 40-foot statue of the god, the ruins of which you will see today.
A panoramic drive brings you to the fourth-generation, family-owned and -operated Magna Grecia Farm. Focusing on small-scale farming, the family prides itself in maintaining great agricultural traditions. Magna Grecia Farm sprawls across the heart the agricultural region of Olympia. You'll visit the olive grove, learn the history of the olive tree, and taste the peppery olives produced on the property. You'll see the vineyards and encounter farm animals, as well.
The delicious flavors of Greek cuisine are found in a variety of mezes (tapas-style dishes) along with local wine. Savor Mediterranean treats served with crusty bread and virgin olive oil, broichetto with olive oil, oregano, basil, tomato, feta, and black kalamata olives, fava beans, grilled traditional sausages, tzatziki, feta and dessert. Mineral water is provided with lunch, and you'll have a chance to try ouzo -- the local liqueur that tastes like licorice.
Flirt with Greek culture as you watch a short demonstration of Syrtaki -- a folkdance with short and fast rhythms. Try a few steps yourself -- it's often performed in a line or circle formation with hands on your neighbors' shoulders.