|Sunday, July 24. Olympia, Greece. No visit to Greece is complete without seeing ancient Olympia, birthplace of the modern Olympic games. From Delphi, it's about a three hour drive south to the Peloponnese island of Greece. We decided to stay at our first youth hostel (24 Euro/double). The site is a short walk across a bridge from the modern village of Olympia. The first official quadrennial Olympic Games, held in honor of Zeus, occurred in 776 BC. The modern Olympic Games began in 1896, and except during World War I and II, have been held every four years since. The Olympic torch is lit here and carried by runners to the city where the games are held. After touring the site, we drove to south and spent the night in Kardamyli, a small hamlet on the southwest coast of the Peloponnese.