Has anyone seen or used any audio guides for Olympia? Tour guide vs self directed time at site? Pros / cons
For a few years, there used to be several free downloadable audio guide websites ... but as of last year, they all have disappeared. If you google "Olympia Audio GUides" you'll find all the formerly available ones are gone. The Official Olympia site offers guides but ONLY for teacher-led school groups. So... no easy answers.
The best actual website aside from the Official Greeke one that I found& use: http://ancient-greece.org/archaeology/olympia.html you could print out the 1st 7 pp of this, & get color thumbnail pix of key elements -- AND there's a very good map you can "cllick to enlarge" and print (this is map Ithink u get at entry. However, the text beside the map carries this important caveat:
"These very informative signs provides the first orientation point at the entrance of the Olympia archaeological site. Signs and information is sparse once you enter the sanctuary however. One would be hard pressed to understand the maze of scattered ruins without prior knowledge or a guide." I myself relied on prior knowledge (but then, I'm a Greece buff, have taken numerous courses in history & archeology & have a shelf of books on same). The museum itself is well signaged, but the site is not. And -- whereas at some ancient sites, licensed guides hang about the entrance, and collect a group of 8-12 assorted visitors at €10-15 apiece, i did not see that at Olympia -- probably because it's a site mainly visited by organized tour groups briinging their own licensed guides.