Visit Marathon starting from Piraeus cruise port to admire the spirit of the Phidipides and the original Maratho run. Experience a visit to important sites outside the beaten path of most popular tours in Athens.
Itinerary of the private tour to Marathon
Athens, Agia Paraskevi, Gerakas, Pallini, Rafina, Nea Makri, Marathon, Athens
Highlights of the tour to Marathon
- 4-hour private shore excursion to Marathon, combining modern and classical sites
- Marathon, the actual starting point of the famous race, and the battlefield of the 490BC battle of Marathon
- English speaking professional tour driver with pickup and drop off at Piraeus cruise terminal
Description of the Marathon half day private shore excursion
We will pick you up from you cruise ship pier and take you to a fascinating shore trip to history. The tour will drive you through the interesting Northern suburbs of Athens, towards Marathon. After an hour drive you will reach the place where the actual Marathon race started. It is the most famous foot race of 42,195 kilometers (26 miles).
The event took its name from this region, and is associated with the battle of Marathon in 490BC between the Athenians and the Persians.
When the Athenians won this hard battle, a messenger named Pheidippides ran the distance from Marathon to Athens to announce the victory. When he reached Athens and informed the Athenians that the Persians lost, he passed away from exhaustion. Commemorating this event the Marathon race takes place every year all over the world.
At Marathon you will see the tomb of the fallen Athenians, the museum of the marathon race and the ancient site, and the actual starting point.
We will end this private shore excursion of Athens driving back to Athens from the same route, and dropping you off at Piraeus cruise port.