Marathon is one of the oldest cities in the world as its recorded history spans around 2,500 years. Marathon; home of the world’s oldest marathon run consisting of the classic run, largest, and most renowned marathons in the world! 26,2 miles. The modern marathon was inspired by the legend of an ancient Greek messenger Phidippides who raced from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens, a distance of approx 42 kilometers or 26,2 miles, with the news of an important Greek victory over an invading army of Persians in 490 B.C. After Phidippides (he is the central figure in the story that inspired a modern sporting event, the Marathon run) made his announcement, collapsed, and died been exhausted from the battle and the run back to Athens.
Highlights of The legend of Thrilling Marathon, 5-h half-day private tour
- 5-hour private guided tour in Athens & Marathon by luxurious vehicle
- English-speaking tour driver-guide
- Visit the two places that marked the world’s history
- Visit the Marathon battlefield and memorials
- See the start point of the classic Marathon
Start: Pick up from your hotel in Athens, address in Athens, or cruise ship pier at Piraeus port. Pass by several areas on the way to the Acropolis depending on where you’ll start!
- Duration: 10 Minutes average
Pass By: Head on towards the Melina’s Mercury statue, the famous Herodou Attikou street that leads you to the Acropolis museum and the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrians Arch or else the Athens Gate, The Zappeion Megaron is a part of the national heritage of Greek civilization and it is a donation from Zappas to the state!
- Duration: 15 Minutes
Stop At Panathenaic Stadium
We will stop for pictures at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. The Panathenaic (Kalimarmaro) Stadium is one of the main historic attractions of Athens and the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble. A stadium was built on the site of a simple racecourse by the Athenian statesman Lykourgos (Lycurgus) c. 330 BC, primarily for the Panathenaic Games. The stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympic games in 1896. It was used once again as an Olympic venue in 2004. Today is the finishing point for the annual Athens Classic Marathon and it is the last venue in Greece from where the Olympic flame handover ceremony to the host nation takes place. Take some pictures and we’ll continue to our net stop.
- Duration: 15 Minutes
- Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By: The statue of Truman (the USA president), the Runner statue made all of it of glass, the Megaron the music hall and conversion center of Athens, a tour through Kolonaki the high end of Athens center.
- Duration: 15 Minutes
Stop at Mount Lycabettus
Mount Lycabettus, also known as Lycabettus, Lykabettos or Lykavittos, is a Cretaceous limestone hill in Athens, Greece at 277 meters (909 feet) above sea level, a bit less than twice as high as the Acropolis. . Pine trees cover its base, and at its two peaks are the 19th century Chapel of St. George, a theatre, a cafeteria, and a restaurant. The tallest of Athens’ seven hills rises abruptly out of the middle of the city and like the Acropolis, which it towers above, it is visible from almost everywhere. There is no way you can miss Mount Lycabettus. It almost begs to be climbed and sooner or later, if you have a spare afternoon in Athens and you are even moderately fit, you are going to be tempted to have a go. The main reason people climb Lycabettus is to enjoy the astonishing 360° views from Athens’ highest and most central point.
- Duration: 10 Minutes
Pass By: After Lycabettus will drive again through Kolonaki and the historical site of the city passing by the suburbs of Athens, Cholargos, Ag. Paraskevi, Gerakas, Palini, Mati, Nea Makri.
- Duration: 50 Minutes
The battle of Marathon
The battle of Marathon was a pivotal moment in the history of Greece. The Battle of Marathon (Greek: Μάχη τοῡ Μαραθῶνος, Machē tou Marathōnos) during the Greco-Persian Wars took place in 490 BC and was the culmination of the first attempt by the Achaemenid Empire of Persia, under King Darius I, to subjugate Greece. On these grounds, the outnumbered Athenians defeated the first invasion by the Persian army led by King Darius in 490 BCE and set the stage for a century of splendor and Greek innovation in politics, philosophy, art, theater, and culture. Marathon, the place where every year the Marathon run starts. It is a long-distance foot race with an official distance of 42,195 kilometers (26 miles 385 yards) that is usually run as a road race. The event is named after the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens. The historical accuracy of this legend is in doubt, contradicted by accounts given by Herodotus, in particular. The marathon was one of the original modern Olympic events in 1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921. More than 800 marathons are contested throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes. Larger marathons can have tens of thousands of participants.
Stop at Marathon:
1. The Middle-Helladic Tumuli are protected in a large building outside the Marathon Museum. 2. The Tumulus of the Athenians shelters the bodies of some two-hundred Athenians who fell in the battle of Marathon. 3. The trophy of Marathon. This replica of the original trophy is located a little to the north of the Athenian Tumulus. It was erected by the Athenians to commemorate their win in the battle of Marathon. 4. The three-dimensional plan of the Marathon is found in the vicinity of the Tumulus of the Athenians. It conveys a good general idea of the topography and marks the important archaeological spots in the area. 5. The Marathon Run Museum. The permanent exhibition of the “Olympic Marathon” presents for the first time in public the history of the Olympic Marathons from 1896 to 2000. Over 4000 exhibits that record the history of the Marathon race from 1896 until today. A unique historical sporting collection that could not be found elsewhere than in the birthplace of the Marathon road race. 6. Archaeological Museum of Marathon. The museum mainly houses findings originating from the Battle of Marathon and from the Egyptian temple built nearby.
The start point of the 42 km race-course is the Marathon Start Venue in the city of Marathónas, and its finishing point the Panathenaic Stadium; over 25 thousand Greek and foreign runners, retracing the steps of Pheidippides himself, will follow the classic marathon route invoking the memory of a great victory that determined Greek and world destiny alike. A victory that has come to represent over the centuries a powerful symbol of uneven battle; the thirst for freedom against despotism; justice against injustice; civilization and democracy against barbarianism; the battle of spiritual values against materialism. Greeks have a sacred duty to fulfill: to safeguard the values and ideals that were born in the Marathon battlefield -ideals that humanity needs now more than ever- and to spread the message of hope all over the world.
- Duration: 90 Minutes
- Admission Ticket: Not Included
Pass By: After the end of our visit, we’ll take the same way back to Athens.
- Duration: 50 Minutes
DEPARTURE | RETURN
- Transfer offerd; Travelers pickup/drop off is offered.
- Pick up from; We will pick you up from any hotel or apartment in Athens center and Piraeus cruise port at the cruise ship pier!
- Info needed When booking make sure to include the address of your accommodation, or the name of the cruise line and the cruise ship!
- Pick up time; We propose to pick you up at 8 am in order to avoid traffic and crowed at the Acropolis.
- Drop off; We will drop you off at the same place we have picked you up or at any hotel in Athens center or cruise ship pier!
INCLUDED | EXCLUDED
What is Included
- Professional driver with good knowledge of history and culture in Greece
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle appropriate for the size of your group
- Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple day tours only)
- Flexible pick up time on request (proposed 08:00AM)
- Free Pick-up from and return to your hotel
- Free Pick-up & drop off from Piraeus cruise port
- Athens Airport transfers or pickup locations outside Athens: arranged on request with surcharge
- First class transport: By Mercedes E-Class or similar; Mercedes minivan or Mercedes minibus according to the size of your party. All new models come with full leather and A/C.
- Road tolls and local taxes
- Our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athina, Greece.
- Official licensed tour guide for guiding in archeological sites. Available on request with surcharge
- The private tour is 100% exclusive for your party
What is Excluded
- Entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museum
- Wine tasting fee (wine tours)
- Athens Airport transfer: arranged on request with a surcharge
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and beverage
- Your private chauffeur/guide will discuss a program best suited to your interest and mobile abilities. Option for a professional tour guide with a state license at an extra cost.
- Private tour - Shore Excursion
- Activity level: Moderate
- Departures: Daily
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Persons with Disabilities
- Due to uneven surfaces, certain sites are not recommended for persons with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Such sites are the Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Mycenae, Delphi and Meteora.
- In all cases, we recommend comfortable flat-solid walking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen.
- For guests who are full-time wheelchair users a ramp vehicle will be needed. Guests may remain in their wheelchair or scooter for the duration of the excursion. Wheelchair or scooter dimensions are required in order to confirm the correct vehicle!
- Wheelchair or small scooter folding type only. (Please note that disabled passengers must be able to board the vehicle independently or with the assistance of those in their party.)
Opening hours & Admission fees
- Opening Hours: Summer April 1st to October 31st from 08:00 AM to 07:30 PM
- Winter: November 1st to March 31st from 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
- Free admission fees: Children under 18 & Students from E.U.
- Reduced admission fees: Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65 & Students from countries outside the E.U.
Free admission days
- March 6: In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
- June 5: Environment international day
- April 18 : International monuments day
- May 18: International museums day
- September 27: International tourism day
- The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
- National Holidays
- Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
- The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September
- NOTE: If the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the free admission day
Holidays in Greece
- January 1: closed
- January 6: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- Shrove Monday: 08:30AM - 03:00 PM
- March 25: closed
- Good Friday: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
- Holy Saturday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- Easter Sunday: closed
- Easter Monday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- May 1: closed
- Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- 15 August 15: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- October 28: 08:30 AM- 03:00 PM
- December 25 & 26: closed
- Sedans; Within 24 hrs of travel 100% fee will apply. Outside of 24 hrs a €2 per person cancellation charge will apply.
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