Athens to Marathon Historical Battleground & Monuments of Athens Tour

The Dawn of Democracy and Athenian Superiority. Countdown to the Persian wars.

Available departures

  • Our tours take place all year long, in all weather, rain or shine.
  • The tours do not take place on the following public Holidays: 25 , 26 December, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, May 1st and March 25, the Greek Independence Day.
  • Kindly be advised that all services are subject to availability, your request shall be secured only following receipt of a confirmation email from us and clearance of your deposit.
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Athens & Surrounding Areas

Human settlements are recorded as early as the 5th millennium BC. Traces of settlements on the Acropolis hill are taking us back to the Bronze Age (3000-1100 BC); those inhabitants were not of Greek origin but bore the mythic name Pelasgi. It was not until the early 2nd millennium BC that the first Greek tribes, Find out more about our tours in the area

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In Brief

Follow in the footsteps of the Olympian Gods and Pericles' in a pilgrimage to the 5th century BC, known as the "Golden age of Athens" and also visit  the battleground of Marathon, where in September 490 BC the Athenian General Miltiadis showed how Strategy can annihilate the numerical superiority of the opponent!

A stroll along the ruins - following the steps of the Olympian Gods as well as these of glorious Generals, Great philosophers, brilliant architects and inspired sculptors or just common people- will take you on an unforgettable time-travel, from the present times to the Golden century of Pericles, the longest-lasting democratic leader during the Golden Age, 2.500 years ago. If there is a landmark that you shouldn’t miss out, this is the Acropolis of Athens, the undisputed symbol of the emergence of Western civilization.   The battle of Marathon, which was waged in 490 BC, is one of the most famous military engagements and earliest recorded battles in history, fought between the mighty Persian Empire and the city-state of Athens. In that battle, the heavily outnumbered hoplite warriors of the Athenian army supported only by Plataea - a nearby small town with 1.000 hoplites -, defeated the mighty Persian Empire lead by king Darrius, during his first - out of the three - attempts to invade Greece. The battle was a defining moment for the young Athenian democracy, showing what can be achieved with unity and self-belief; indeed, the battle effectively marks the beginning of a "golden age" for Athens, a landmark that has changed the history of mankind, considering the  rise of classic Hellenism in the next two thousand years, This was also applicable to Greece as a whole; "their victory endowed the Greeks with a faith in their destiny that was to endure for three centuries, during which western culture was born".

Road Map

  • After meeting you in the designated point we will leave Athens and drive through the northern suburbs of the city, towards Marathon! This historic city, is a word, a city, an idea, a unique history. It is a symbol of democracy, a flame that disseminates the values of the athletic ideal to every corner of the world. Upon arrival, you will be able to see and visit the town, the tumulus and the museum. The tour includes:
  • The plain of Marathon and the battlefield
  • The tumulus (burial mound) which shelters the bodies of the 192 Athenian warriors that fell in the battle. According to Herodotus’ records, 6,400 Persian bodies were counted on the battlefield and the Plataeans lost 11
  • Afterwards, we will visit the Archaeological Museum of Marathon which is featuring important findings from various historical periods. It is located next to the Middle Helladic cemetery of Vrana and houses artifacts from the prehistoric age to the Roman period.
  • At the end of our tour of Marathon, the timing will be perfect for lunch and a first-hand culinary experience of the Mediterranean cuisine.
  • After lunch, your tour continues with a visit to the Sacred Rock of Athens, the Acropolis Hill and its amazing architectural masterpieces.

Highlights

  • The Tumulus of Marathon
  • The Archaeological Museum of Marathon
  • The Acropolis Hill where you will be able to see:
    • Propylaea, which is the monumental entrance to the sacred hill
    • The Parthenon, which was dedicated to the ancient Greek Goddess Athena (constructed between 447-432 B.C.)
    • The Ionic temple of the Apteros Nike (Wingless Victory), one of the many monuments dedicated to Goddess Athena
    • Erechtheion with its elegant Caryatids, a temple which was dedicated to Athena Polias
    • Areopagus or The Court of Cassation (Mars Hill)
    • Herodian Theater (erected in 161 AD during the Roman era)
    • The ruins of the Greek Theater of Dionysus Eleuthereus on the south side of the Acropolis
  • The Temple of Olympian Zeus (which was one of the largest ancient Corinthian- style temples in Greece) and Hadrian’s Arch.
  • The Panathenaic Stadium (erected in 338 BC as part of the public works carried out in the city of Athens by the orator Lykourgos, renovated in 1896 for the first modern Olympic games)
  • Lycabettus Hill (The highest hill in Athens, standing at 270 m. above sea level, offering a magnificent panoramic view of the city and the Acropolis hill)
  • The formerRoyal Palace, now housing the Greek Parliament
  • The Monument of The Unknown Soldier & The Change of The Guards in front of the Parliament
  • The “Neoclassical Trilogy” [The Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Library, the First University of Athens]

Useful info

Our tour packages don’t include a professional licensed tour guide, in order to be more affordable to our clients. However your driver will provide substantial & enough information for all the locations that you'll visit, within the car or outside the sites.

Notice that  you could choose from the below choices.

a/ You can have your driver - tour Leader  to accompany you. ( No additional cost)

b/ We can provide upon request a Professional tour guide.

c/ For tours that are taking place outside Athens we can always book a local tour guide in each place of visit , upon your request.

Whatever your choice might be, kindly send your request and we will inform you of the additional cost if that exists!

In case you'd like to be picked up by us at Athens International Airport "El Venizelos", we offer you transportation in significantly better price.

Our representative will welcome  you at the Arrival Hall, holding a sign with your name written on it ,will  help you with your luggage and escort you to the car.

duration Itinerary [total duration approx. 8½ hours] Suggested start time: Morning/Afternoon
vehicle

Car Type: For your chauffeured transportation, we provide fully air-conditioned vehicles that meet all technical and security standards. Depending on the number of participants, you can choose:

a/ Sedan- type vehicle, new Octavia 7 or Mercedes, capacity 1 to 4 pax (depending on availability)

b/ Mini Van, capacity 4 to 8 pax (depending on availability)

c/ SUV- type vehicle, capacity 1 to 5 pax (depending on availability)

Notes: 1) Child safety seats available upon request 2) Luggage restrictions may apply

walking-pace Activity level: Easy - Moderate
equipment Dress Code: As your visit involves a fair bit of walking, mainly uphill, and marble stones can be quite slippery, it is advisable to wear comfortable, rubber-soled shoes. During the summer months, a hat and light colored garments will also be required for this tour.
group Max Group Size: 12-14 persons

 

Did you know?

Marathon's name (Μαραθών) comes from the herb fennel called  marathos (μάραθος) in Greek, so Marathon literally means "a land full of fennels". The Greek word for fennel is first attested in Mycenaean Linear B on tablets MY Ge 602, MY Ge 606 + fr., MY Ge 605 +670. According to the famous British philosopher John Stuart Mill "the Battle of Marathon, even as an event in British history, is more important than the Battle of Hastings". The battle of Marathon is one of the most famous military engagements and earliest recorded battles in history, with opponents being the mighty Persian Empire and the city-state of Athens. Marathon is the only city in the world that has given its name to an Olympic sport.

Tour price

230 € (Prices applies per vehicle not per person)



  • Mercedes/Octavia 7 A/C Sedan Yellow Taxi
  • Up to 4 people
  • From Athens Center
  • For a Minivan service up to 8 persons please ask us for a quote.

Inclusions - Exclusions

inxclusions

  1. Transfer to/from the sites.
  2. Hotel pick up (for downtown Athens).
  3. Car fuel
  4. Tolls
  5. Car parking
  6. All taxes
     

exclusions

  1. Gratuities (optional)
  2. Food or drinks
  3. Licensed guide
  4. Admissions