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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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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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Mediterranean Cruise

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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May 26, 2009 - Day 9 (nicole and mom)

Hey It's Nicole again! Today we were in Katakolon, Greece. We decided to take it easy today and just stay in town and shop and relax. The city itself was very cute. Gini and I wonder around shopping for about an hour before we decided to stop for lunch. We found a place right on the water. We could see the fish swimming around in the crystal clear water. It was beautiful! Then we went back to the ship to spend the rest of the day relaxing by the pool. All in all today was a great day! Hello All, Wow, its hard to believe that we have been on...

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Nov 2, 2008 - Katakolon - Greece

Hi all Woke up coming into Katakolon where the first olympics were held and many more until they started moving around the world. Lovely little town with only 3 streets by the sea. Anna refused to get off the ship and spent most of the day in " Camp Carnival" which was the amazing kids programme onboard. Pete and I met some great people on the ship and spent the day with 2 other couples from Canada. We just wandered about this lovely little greek town and did a bit of shopping and coffee etc. That night we left again and had 30 hours at sea...

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Oct 13, 2007 - Katakolon

Weather warm & pleasant. During the night we came through the Aegean Sea rounding the Peloponnese Peninsular arriving in Katakolon at 8am. Took the tour 'The Olympic Spirit'. Bus tour to Olympia to the ruins & then the Archaelogical Museum (impressive). Browsed through Olympia then back to Katakolon for lunch on the boat and then into the shops. Met Chris (school teacher from Akld), for a drink at the bar, the top/back of the ship as we sailed away. Dinner with my American friends and then off to the show.

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