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Marathon - A Race Back to History

SURROUNDINGS

HALF DAY

Duration 4 Hours

MARATHON

Visit the site of the battle of Marathon where the Athenians defeated the Persians and where the Marathon race originated

FROM €200

€200 luxury sedan up to 4 pax
€240 Mercedes Mini Van or similar up to 7 pax
UPON REQUEST Mercedes Mini Bus up to 17 pax

Our tour begins with a drive through the northern suburbs of Athens and at about a 40 km distance, we make our first stop in the town of Marathon.  The Tumulus, which is the burial mound of the 192 brave Athenian heroes who gave their lives during the battle of Marathon in 490 BC and where the heavily outnumbered Athenian army defeated the mighty Persians.  The Tomb of the 192 Athenians was erected near the battlefield reminding all of us of the sacrifice of those patriots for a free country.  The outcome of the battle was important not only for Greece but for the rest of Europe.

Next, we visit the site where the marathon race originated.   A legend states that a Greek runner, Pheidippides, was sent from the city of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians were defeated by the Athenians but after announcing his message “nenikekamen (meaning “we have won”) he collapsed and died of exhaustion.  In the first Olympic Games in modern Athens in 1896, a Greek runner named Spyros Louis won the Marathon race honoring Pheidippides and the victory of the Athenians.  To this day, the Marathon runners follow the same route.

Our tour continues to the Marathon Archaeological Museum.  Built in 1975 and fully renovated in 1994, the museum houses five thematic exhibition rooms. Its collections come directly from excavations in the surrounding area and include items from the Neolithic period to the late Roman era, the most famous being from the Tomb of the Athenians and the prehistoric burial grounds.

We conclude our tour with a stop at Lake Marathon, a reservoir surrounded by natural beauty.  Before we begin our return trip to Athens, we suggest a coffee break or lunch at a traditional tavern by the sea.

Did you know? Nike, the Greek goddess of Victory, was a fit young woman with a blade and large wings.  She was a very fast runner, swift flyer and able charioteer.  Most people don’t realize that Nike was a goddess first, and a sports brand second!

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Special Instructions

We recommend comfortable clothing and walking shoes, preferably flat-soled.   For protection from the heat and sun, we strongly suggest you wear a hat, sun glasses and sunscreen.

Restrictions

Please note that due to strict Greek laws and regulations, your Tour Driver is not licensed to accompany you inside the sites.  Your Tour Driver will provide commentary and basic information only inside the vehicle and only when it is deemed safe to do so while driving.  Please refrain from any distracting behavior as your safety during the tour is our top priority.

Your Driver will drop you off as close to the sites as legally possible and in accordance to Traffic laws.

If you wish to have a personal licensed Tour Guide, you may hire one at extra cost.  Please include your request on the booking form.

Tips

What is included in this private tour

  • Pick-up service from your hotel in or near the center of Athens OR your cruise terminal.
  • Transport by air-conditioned luxury vehicle.
  • An English-speaking professional driver with a good knowledge of history and culture of Greece.
  • All taxes, road toll fees, fuel charges and parking.

What is not included in this private tour

  • All Meals & Beverages.
  • Admission Fees for the Archaeological sites and museums.*
  • Licensed official tour guide (optional)
  • Gratuities (optional)

*Admission Fee €6 (minors under 18 years of age entrance is free)

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Marathon - A Race Back to History

€200 luxury sedan up to 4 pax, €240 Mercedes Mini Van up to 7 pax, UPON REQUEST Mercedes Mini Bus up to 17 pax

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