THE MARATHON LEGACY – Marathon & Ramnous Day Tour

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Witness the area where the epic battle between Greeks and Persians took place
  • Learn about the history of the original Marathon
  • Visit the stunning Temple of Nemesis and the city-fortress of Ramnous
  • Relax in the countryside sipping Greek coffee by Marathon Lake
  • Taste great Greek local wines at Kokotos estate and authentic Greek food in a local tavern

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Getting into the Northern and Eastern part of Attica region you will witness a surprisingly rural setting. A countryside with groves, vineyards and other cultivations, woods, lakes, the Euboean Sea and of course plenty of historic ancient sites. Some of them you will be able to explore with our “The Marathon Legacy” day tour.

We will pick-you-up at 9 am at your place in Athens and drive to the Marathon Lake, some 40 km North of the Greek capital. By the impressive dam, and set amidst lush pine greenery, nests a cozy cafe-restaurant. We will take our first brief (20’/30′) stop here, enjoy a Greek coffee or juice, admire the scenery and take wonderful panoramic pics.

We will then hit the road again and drive (25 mins.) all the way to Ramnous ancient site. Ramnous is a well preserved and natural area with a multitude of ancient settlements, fortifications, temples, and theaters. We will explore its main area overlooking the Euboean Sea and dating back to the 6th century BC. The main monuments that we will view are the ruins of the Temple of Nemesis, the avenging Goddess, the fortified city-Acropolis and grave monuments scattered along the main road.Before leaving the site you will be offered a light snack and refreshment.

The next stop will be in historic Marathon, 20 mins. ride from Ramnous, and maybe the only Greek city as or even more famous than Athens, worldwide. There we will visit the Memorial Tomb of the Athenian Hoplites and the Archaeological Museum. And of course learn all the story revolving around the epic battles against the Persian invaders and the Marathon battle – the quintessential struggle for liberty, independence and democracy –, and a major landmark in the history of Western Civilization. We will, of course, run in the footsteps of the first marathon runner, Miltiades, the untamed messenger that conveyed the famous “Nenikikamen” to the Athenians.

Leaving Marathon we will head to Kokotos Estate, a 7-hectare vineyard, and winery where you will get the chance to taste some of the best wines of the region. International grape varieties such as Cabernet, Chardonnay, but also the local star, Savvatiano, and the Santorini grape Assyrtiko produce excellent wines exotic enough to claim your attention. After a brief wine tour and the wine tasting, we will then sit in a local tavern to try some authentic and delicious Greek food.

Watch here a video of History Channel narrating the epic battle.

INCLUDED

  • Private transfer with hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • A tour guide for the whole tour
  • Admission to Ramnous and Marathon sites and museum
  • Refreshment and snack
  • Stop for coffee at Marathon Lake
  • Wine tour and wine tasting at Kokotos estate
  • A meal in a local traditional tavern
  • General liability insurance
  • All applicable taxes and VAT

NOTES

A comfortable outfit and sports shoes are recommended for this tour. Our tour leaders speak many different languages. Extra health and accident personal insurance available upon request. Ancient sites and museums are occasionally undergoing renovation and other works. The visit to some parts of the sites mentioned in this tour may, therefore, be precluded.

Single individuals are welcome to book the tour as well. If by the date of the tour the minimum participation requirement is not met, a new date will be suggested or the client is free to cancel with a full refund of the paid amount applying. If more people sign in for this tour on the specific date, a partial refund may apply if the corresponding rate for the shared group tour is lower than the paid amount at the time of booking.

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