The Marathon Legacy

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8 hours
Availability : Mar - Nov
Min Age : 3
Max People : 12

The Marathon Legacy

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  • 8 hours
  • 2-12 People
  • Min Age : 3+
  • Year-round
  • Your place of stay
  • Advance booking 24 hrs.
WHAT TO EXPECT

Getting into the Northern and Eastern parts of the Attica region you will witness a surprisingly rural setting. A countryside with groves, vineyards and other cultivations, woods, lakes, the Euboean Sea and plenty of ancient historic sites. 

We will pick you up at 9 am at your place in Athens and drive to Marathon Lake, some 40 km North of the Greek capital. By the impressive dam, set amidst lush pine greenery, nests a cosy 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 the Ramnous ancient site. Ramnous is a well-preserved and natural area with a multitude of ancient settlements, fortifications, temples, and theatres. 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. 

The next stop will be in Marathon, 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, Pheidipiddes, the untamed messenger that conveyed the famous “Nenikikamen” to the Athenians. 

Leaving Marathon we will head to a local tavern for a delicious hearty meal, before returning home.

TOUR DETAILS

Highlights

  • Witness and step 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 food in a local tavern

Price Includes

  • Private transfer with hotel pick-up and drop-off. Car vehicle up to 3 pax, van and mini bus from 4 pax. and up
  • A tour guide for the whole tour
  • Admission to Ramnous and Marathon sites and museum
  • Refreshment and snack
  • Stop for coffee at Marathon Lake
  • A meal in a local traditional tavern
  • General liability insurance
  • All applicable taxes and VAT

Price Excludes

  • Tips
  • Souvenirs
  • Any personal expenses
NOTES

A comfortable outfit and sports shoes are recommended for this tour as you will walk a gravel rocky path for about a mile. Our tour leaders speak many different languages. 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.

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