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This fantastic holiday will take place in Greece, a country with a wealth of history, culture, and natural beauty. You will enjoy a hands-on experience with the cookery classes organized by Susanna, where you will learn how to prepare traditional Greek recipes made by local families for generations. Natural, local ingredients are part of your cooking lessons, as they are special elements that contain a unique flavor. Also, you cannot visit Greece without walking around its historic spots and natural scenarios so, when you are not cooking, you will be exploring the enchanting Greek landscapes.
During your holiday, you will spend four nights at Hotel Pelops, Run by the Spiliopoulos. Hotel Pelops is Olympia’s top option, with 18 comfortable rooms. All the rooms feature complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi, mini-fridge, direct dial telephone, television with seven satellite channels, self-controlled room air-conditioning, orthopedic mattresses and pillows, hair dryer, and shaver outlet. Free public parking is possible right in front of the hotel. Guests of the hotel are allowed to use the swimming pool of Hotel Europa, its size is 20 meters long by 8 meters wide and the deepest point measures almost 4 meters. Surrounded by magnificent flowers and plants, it offers the ideal spot to relax and enjoy the famous Greek sun. A bar next to the swimming pool is open between 15:00 and 23:00.
Ancient Olympia is situated close to the western shores of the Peloponnese and it is the focal point for all international Olympic events. From here, the Olympic Flame is lit and sent on its trip to each Olympiad venue around the world. Also, Ancient Olympia has been declared the International Centre of Athletism. The archaeological sites and museums, such as the New Archaeological Museum, the Old Museum, and the History of the Olympic Games Museum, have undergone renovations, offering all visitors modern and up-to-date facilities to enhance their visit to Olympia, considered to be one of the most important sanctuaries of antiquity.
Olympia was dedicated to the father of the gods, Olympian Zeus and it is the birthplace of the Olympic Games and the site where they were held every four years in archaic times. The area has been populated uninterruptedly since 3000 B.C. and, in the late Mycenaean period, it became a religious center. The river Alfios, and one of its branch rivers, Kladeos, that run near the village, have given the area a great natural beauty and helped it prosper throughout the eons.
Some of the most important monuments are: the temple of Zeus, the temple of Hera, the Philippeion, and the Vouleftirion. In addition to the temples, are the remains of all the sports structures for the Olympic Games, like the Palestra and the Gymnasium. Ancient Olympia also hosts one of the most important archaeological museums in Greece.
The closest airport is Araxos Airport (GPA).
To travel by bus, you need to get to Kifissou street 100, also called Stathmos Kifissou, where the bus terminals are. There, you can catch a ride to anywhere in mainland Greece. You need to ask for a ticket to Pyrgos. The bus travels the route via Patras. Getting to Olympia by public transport is common for backpackers, as it is very cheap, but it is recommended to avoid this means of transport if you have children, lots of luggage, or lose your temper easily. Usually your ticket will get you all the way to Pyrgos. You then need to get off the bus and purchase a ticket for the remainder of the trip, which is about 20 kilometers, and which also means you will have to wait for approximately 20 minutes to an hour for the next bus.