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Have a hands-on archaeological experience guided by a real archaeologist and make your own spectacular discoveries in ancient Olympia. Combine this activity with a tour at the site of Zeus, learn about the ancient Olympic Games and see everything from a different perspective.

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1.5 hour
Group Type

Tour Highlights

Have you dreamed of the adventures of Indiana Jones or Lara Croft? Are you more of a Howard Carter or an Arthur Evans archaeologist-type? Here is the chance to show your archaeology skills in situ at the site of ancient Olympia! Learn the basic concepts of Archaeology and apply your skills by grabbing your brush and trowel to excavate your own, fascinating, precious findings. A hands-on educational experience right next to the site of ancient Olympia, this activity is deliberately organised in a way to make you realise history in the most tangible way. The perfect family experience before or after your visit to the site of Zeus and the Olympic Games, this activity will put a spell on everyone regardless of their age and background!

Have a hands-on archaeological experience.

An archaeologist as your instructor.

Dig up your own excavation

Learn about Archaeology at ancient Olympia.

What you can expect?

Can you see anything?” asked Lord Carnarvon. “Yes, wonderful things!” replied Howard Carter with his eye pushed against the ancient wall to look inside the burial chamber of King Tut through a tiny peephole. Now, try to think of the feeling when Heinrich Schliemann laid eyes on the golden mask of Agamemnon, when Charles Champoiseau heard his workers saying “Sir, we found a woman”. If you can relate to this thrill of discovery then let your inner archaeologist unleashed at the grounds of Ancient Olympia.

Start early in the morning, like a proper archaeologist, and get to the site where you and your team will apply your skills in situ. Let your trench leader guide you through the dos and don’ts of your day, and have a hands-on experience of archaeology at the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Your co-archaeologist will introduce you to the basics of the Science of Archaeology, familiarise you with the founding principles of excavating and guide you through your day of discovery and wonder. Dig through the layers of history, and with your brush and trowel, uncover mosaics of heroes and gods, artefacts buried for thousands of years, or ruins of long-gone buildings.

This mock excavation, held at a fully-organised space under the supervision of real archaeologists and properly trained staff, is the best way to commence your day excursion at the Panhellenic site of Olympia. Ideal for families and friends, this activity is suitable for everyone, regardless of their age and cultural background. All you need to have with you is the thrill of discovery, the appetite for knowledge, patience and of course, lots of imagination. After having experienced the reality of an archaeologist, it is time for you to visit the site of Olympia, one of the most important sites of the ancient world that shaped and continues to do so, the development of Western civilisation. It is certain that now everything will make absolute sense to you.


  • Transfers from/to the site of Olympia 
  • A hands-on archaeological experience. Excavate your own finds!
  • Training by an archaeologist 
  • All taxes and VAT


  • Food/drinks 

Know before you go:

  • This experience can be combined with our amazing Ancient Olympia Private Guided Tour. Kindly send us a quick inquiry with your travel dates.


What is the language of the workshop?

The spoken language is English.



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