Join us for a full day tour seeing Athens – And The Marathon and enjoy a private tour to the main monuments in Athens.
Acropolis and the Parthenon – Plaka – Ancient Agora – Ancient Roman Agora – Temple of Hephaestus – Temple of Zeus – Hadrian’s Arch – Greek Parliament – Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – Panathenian Stadium, and spend the afternoon visiting the Marathon, the Site were the Athenians fought the Persians, the Museum, the Tomb were the Athenians were buried, and the starting point of the original Marathon race.
Michael’s Greek Tours offers you the chance to experience Athens giving you a total flexibility in your options and choices. You can explore and discover the cradle of Civilization, one of the most historically important places in the world that combines both modern and classical sights.
A visit to Athens is not complete if you haven’t visited the Acropolis and the Parthenon that has been ornamenting and overlooking the city for more than 2500 years. The symbol of culture, architecture and science is the absolute must see. Drive along the historical paths that bring you to Plaka, the Ancient Agora, Thiseio, the Temple of Hephaestus, the temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch.
See the changing of the guards in front of the Parliament House at Constitution square the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier.
The center of Athens is full of historical landmarks; Taxi tours will also take you to the Kallimarmaron, also known as Panathenian Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896.
After lunch, Michael’s Greek Tours will drive you to Marathon, where the Athenians fought the Persians in a very decisive battle, and every year the whole world joins the Greek runners to run the Marathon race to commemorate the Athenian victory over the Persians. The official distance of the race is 42,195 kilometers (26 miles 385 yards). 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. The Battle of Marathon 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.
This tour will end with Michael’s Greek Tours taking you back to your Hotel or Ship thus ending another of our tours, a day you will never forget.