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Fighting for Athens: the Battle of Marathon

Fighting for Athens: the Battle of Marathon

A tour to the historical Marathon battle area

A visit to the archaeological site, the Tymvos burial mound in an olive grove with a plaque that commemorates the great victory and the Marathon Museum and if the weather permits it, a swim at the sandy beach of Shinias where the Persian fleet landed, is one of the things you must do when you visit Athens.

Marathon is still one of Attica’s loveliest and well known spots. Everyone has heard the story of the Persian army defeat at Marathon at the hands of the Athenians. Imagine marching several thousand miles only to be wiped out 27 miles from the city you came to conquer by an army a fraction of your size. There is not much to see of the battlefield really. Main source of information about the battle in Marathon is the historian Herodotus. According to him, the Persian fleet landed 100,000 troops on Shinias in the year 490 B.C. Against this huge army the Athenians brought 10,000 soldiers and with the help of 1,000 Plataian soldiers, thanks to an ingenious strategic plan of the Greek army commander, Miltiades, they were victorious. They formed the Greek letter (Pi) with weak centre and strong sides, and when the battle started, the central section retreated and the sides closed in and squeezed the panicked Persian soldiers. Thousands of Persians were killed or drowned in the swamp nearby, (where the rowing venue of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is), while the Athenians had 192 soldiers dead, all burried in the tymvos area. It is E.N.Gardiners’ observation that, ” the victory of the Greeks over the Persians…was the victory of a handful of trained athletes over the hordes of flabby barbarians.”

Legend wants an Athenian soldier named, Philippides, to run from the battlefield all the way into Athens in order to bring the good news. He ran all the way from Marathon to the Athenian Agora. He collapsed and died immediately after he delivered his one word message; Nenikikamen (We have won). In memory of this great victory, the Marathon run was performed in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and since then, it is the last event of the Olympic Games. Here is the starting point of the authentic distance. If you think that you are fit enough, you are free to try your physical condition on this classical Marathon run 42,195m.

Today’s amazing thing about Marathon is the marble dam, the only dam in the world made out of marble, that holds the water that supplies Athens.

 

HALF DAY TOUR TO MARATHON

Upon request, we organise half day tours (+/- 5 hrs) from Athens to Marathon driving along the Athenian North suburbs. At Marathon we visit the “tymvos” burial mound, the museum and end the tour at the sandy beach of Shinias for a swim.

 

Athens city morning sightseeing

Morning sightseeing tour including Acropolis and the New Acropolis museum.

The tour price includes:

Transportation by modern air-conditioned coach.
Pick up / drop off service from the hotels mentioned in the list shown in the footer.
The lecture of the knowledgeable Professional Guide all along the tour,
The entrance fees to the Acropolis hill and the New Acropolis museum.

ACROPOLIS

Acropolis

Acropolis

ACROPOLIS
It is the symbol of Athens, the sacred rock, the connection between ancient and contemporary civilizations. The monuments that stand today on the Sacred Rock are dated from the prehistoric period up to the ancient times. There is not even one person (Greek or foreign visitor) that does not want to pay due honour to this sacred rock and see its beauty and glory. A visit to the sacred rock of the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum is a must and an unforgettable experience.

On the top of the list of all Athens attractions, the greatest and finest sanctuary, dedicated to goddess Athena, the city’s patron, dominates the center of the modern city from the rocky hill known as the Acropolis. The Acropolis of the 5th c.BC is the most accurate reflection of the splendor, power and wealth of Athens at its greatest peak, “the golden age of Perikles”. A plan to undertake large-scale conservation and restoration on the Acropolis, is still in progress.

On the 3.5-hour morning sightseeing tour, drive through one of the oldest cities of the world and see the best of modern Athens.

Take a coach tour of the city’s top sites, and with the expert guide, discover and hear his lecture about some of Greece’s greatest treasures

Highlights

Highlights

The 3.5-hour sightseeing tour of Athens combines modern Athens with the city’s ancient sites. See top attractions such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Constitution Square and the all marble Panathenaic Stadium, see the Temple of Olympian Zeus and learn about the glory of ancient Athens. Finally, climb to the top of the Acropolis hill and see the world-famous Pantheon temple, the Parthenon, listening to its incredible features from the expert guide.

Itinerary


Itinerary:

07:30am The pickup service bus starts from central hotels and bring everybody to the terminal. From here, near Syntagma square area, your tour of Athens begins at about 08:45am. As the bus passes in front of top Athens’ attractions, the professional tour guide talks about the historical importance of this glorious city. You pass by the Greek Parliament building with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (this was the first palace of Greek King Otto in 1834), the all marble Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 were held followed by driving on Panepistimiou Avenue and the so called trilogy of Athens: The old University, the National Library and the Academy, 3 beautiful neoclassical buildings, built by the Bavarian architects that Otto’s father, king Ludwig of Bavaria, (1825-1848), brought with him to Greece. See the gigantic temple of Olympian Zeus — completed in the 2nd c, AD, and Emperor Hadrian’s Arch, before you arrive at the masterpiece that everybody admires: the Acropolis witrh its monuments. Stroll up to the site that served as the citadel, and walk around the buildings as you hear about its glorious days during the 5th c. BC. Explore the Acropolis on foot, see the glorious Parthenon and the other highlights, such as, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechteion with the karyatides.
 Take advantage of the free time and explore the rest of the site independently. Continue your tour with a visit to the New Acropolis museum, one of the world’s best museums. Your ticket lets you stay as long as you wish inside the museum, even after the guided tour has finished. After the end of the guided tour you are allowed to stay and explore the museum independently. Walk around the spectacular Parthenon Hall with the incredible sculptures. See its incredible friezes, and other archaeological exhibits. Wander around in the galleries. There are more than 4,000 ancient objects to view and admire.

Read more about Parthenon in: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenon