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Athens and Marathon Private Full Day Tour

The full-day tour in Athens and Marathon starts from your hotel in Athens or your cruise ship at the port of Piraeus.

Change of the guards in Syntagma Square
The tour begins with a visit to the heart of the city, the Constitution Square, where you can see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the House of the Parliament and the adjacent Royal Gardens, known today as the National Gardens.

The tour will also take you to the Panathenaic Stadium where you can see the site of the modern Olympic Games in 1896.

Then the tour will drive you towards the Temple of Zeus and the Arch of Emperor Hadrian, with a direction to the Panepistimiou Street, where you will see the impressive National Library, National Academy and University of Athens.

Temple of Parthenon in the Acropolis of Athens
The best is yet to come: a visit to the imposing Holy Rock of Athens, the Acropolis with the crowning monument of the Parthenon.

In Acropolis you will understand why the Classical Athens is considered the cradle of the Western Civilization. The highlights of the Acropolis are the Erectheion with the Caryatids, the Propylaea and of course, the temple of the Parthenon, the exemplary monument of 5th century BC.

A look to the Ancient and Roman Agora will complete the tour in Athens, and then you will have a chance to taste some mouthwatering Greek flavors during lunch.

Panathenaic Stadium of Athens
After lunch, your private tour will head towards Marathon, the original site of the homonym race. The original race was calculated from Marathon to the Panathenaic Stadium (42,195km), and takes place all over the world today.

The history of the site of Marathon is also associated with the race itself, since the latter is dedicated to the Greek soldier Pheidippides, who ran the actual distance to announce the Athenians that the battle of Marathon against the Persians was victorious.

The statue of Miltiades in Marathon
The Battle of Marathon was a battle that took place in 490 BC between Greeks and Persians on the plain of Marathon in Attica. It ended with victory of the Greeks and marked the end of the first attempt of the Persian empire (under Darius I) to subdue the cities of mainland Greece. The victory at Marathon was not perceived as a local Athenian victory, but as a victory won by Athens for Greece.

The tomb dedicated to the fallen of the battle of Marathon is located just a couple of kilometers away from the actual battlefield.

After the visit to the Marathon site, you will return to Athens and you will visit the hill of Lycabettus, which is the higher hill in Athens, to capture some last images of the city of Athens in your heart.

 

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