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May 17, 2019 - Visit to Olympia from Katakolon, Greece

Thursday 16th May 2019 Day 20 Day at sea Today is our last full day at sea on this cruise. We are heading across the Mediterranean Sea towards the west. In the middle of the day we passed Crete. After breakfast, we went to a lecture about the disembarkation process followed by an extensive talk about Venice. After lunch, a cocktail followed by by our final Italian lesson at which we received a certificate each for our attendance. We enjoyed a very exciting and energetic dance show followed by dinner with our companions, then to bed. Today...

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Apr 30, 2017 - Katakolon

Kotakolon is a tiny seaport village blessed with a harbor big enough to hold three cruise ships. We came here today so most of our fellow passengers could visit Olympia, the site of the first Olympic games. Been there, done that so we booked an all day taxi that had great reviews on Trip Advisor. As usual Trip Advisor did not disappoint. We spent a wonderful day with one of the angriest, bummed out people we’ve ever met. The deteriorating Greek economy hasn’t been in our news lately, because we’ve been too worried about our own economy...

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Sep 14, 2016 - Katakolon

Day 3: We arrive in Katakolon relatively late 10AM. today our excursion is to the ancient site of Olympia where we learned about the original Olympic games. The site was discovered in the late 1800s which then sparked the inception of the modern games as we know them today. The site remains the starting point every 2 years (think summer and winter games) for the Olympic flame. The streets are lined with flags from all the nations that participate in the games. Other than that, the small town of Olympia has only 500 permanent residents. The...

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Apr 15, 2016 - Katakolon & Olympia

Katakolon is a much smaller town than Heraklion. It reminded me of some of the small towns I've visited in the Greek Islands. Our day's excursion is about 30 minutes from the port to visit the site of the original Olympic Games. The site is very park-like; as in you are walking in a large park with trees and grassy fields, but that happens to have a bunch of old Greek stone ruins scattered about. The Competition Fields are a large expanse of grass with slight rises along both sides; I guess where the spectators could better view the action...

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Apr 8, 2015 - Katakolon, Greece

I think of all the beautiful places we have visited on this cruise, Greece was the most fun. We chose the Family Tour – A Typical Feast On A Family Farm. Our friends, Robin and James, also went on the tour with us. This made it more fun too. :-) The tour took us to a wonderful family farm in Greece where they showed us all the animals and olive trees. They showed how the olives are harvested and so much more. Afterwards, we all went inside for a fabulous Greek lunch, it was delicious. After lunch the Greek dancers showed us all how to dance...

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Jul 5, 2013 - Another sea day

Day 16 Any: We awoke to a beautiful day at sea! Ronnie and Alan, being the two morning persons that they are, were able to secure seven lounge chairs by the main pool area. After a small breakfast we sunbathed under the warm Mediterranean sun and sipped on red and white wine pitchers of sangria and chilled prosecco (personally delivered by the Borbolla's butler). Early afternoon came and the group dispersed. The Matas and Sirvas families were going to have a hamburger by the pool and the Borbolla's and Necuze's opted for the air-conditioned...

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Jul 4, 2013 - Katakolon, Olympia and beach

Day 15 Juju: Olympia: Greek Name- Katakolon Our expectations for today were quite low considering none of us had ever heard of Olympia, Greece. Go figure, it was home to the Olympic Games for over 300 years. Our day started off slow. The kids were not excited for this port. A group decision was made early to not do any HOT sightseeing but to hit the beach our favorite concierge recommended. Everyone was game until someone in our group announced that the Temple of Zeus located in Katakolon was one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. How...

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Dec 7, 2011 - Katakolon

We walked the seaport and visited cafes and shops. We also got a little wet from a couple small showers. The port was full of lots of people. We also tried the Greek food. I had to get a gyro, however, they also put french fries in it. Lane had chicken and pork on a stick.

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Oct 14, 2010 - Day 14 Katakolon, Greece

This is like a Carribbean port. No tall buildings, small town feeling. Went on a farm tour. The bus drove for about 1/2 hour into the countryside. A really neat farm where they grow olives, grapes and citrus. Also other things such as walnuts,quince,and pomogranates.First we had ouzo or wine and a bun and we walked around looking at all the plants growing and the farmer told us about the manufacture of olive oil. Then they gave us a meal with brucheta, bean salad, cream cheese on bread, olives and all the wine we could drink. They...

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Aug 23, 2010 - Katakolon, Greece

Our second Greek port was Katakolon. There isn’t much in the town itself but it is the gateway to ancient Olympia. The site of the original Olympics is huge. Unfortunately it was also very hot and crowded. Our guide was very knowledgeable but got frustrated by the way people kept wandering off. After we were all rounded up we drove to a local hotel. There we were treated to snacks, folk dancing and most importantly, Ouzo!

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Aug 16, 2010 - Back in Greece but for the last time

August 16 - Monday. - This is the ship's first stop and our last time in Greece. Sad. We are sitting in a portside cafe looking back toward the ship . This cafe has free internet! On the ship it is 19 Euros an hour for internet and it takes a while to write and download pictures and everything. Had a wonderful dinner last night. They have given us a table all by ourselves and we are really glad. Also, and this is really exciting for Rick, they have a gluten free menu on the ship. They bring him fresh baked rolls, gluten free pastas, and...

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Sep 18, 2009 - Katakolon

Katakolon is a beautiful little seaside village overlooking the Ionian Sea. It is the gateway to Olympia, where the ancient Greeks used to flock every four years for more than a thousand years to celebrate the sacred games dedicated to Zeus. Another example of many shops in the marketlike theme, lovely to walk along the stone streets and browse. We wandered down to the 'beach' which was a little inlet with the shore about 20mx10m covered in rocks with beach umbrellas and deck chairs which you could hire to lay on. The water looked very...

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