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This is a day tour to the most interesting and beautiful sites around Athens. (Marathon, Vravrona, Cape Sounio)

We start the tour heading north of Athens passing some of Athens’s most beautiful and expensive suburbs (Kifisia, Ekali, Drosia).  We will make a short stop at the dam of Marathon’s Lake, the main water source for the city of Athens.  Then we’ll approach the plain of Marathon where the historical battle between the Athenians and the Persians took place in 490 B.C.  Here we’ll visit first the starting point of the Olympic Marathon race, an event which started with the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896. The race was inspired by the fabled run of an Athenian  soldier named Pheidippides who took the message of the great victory from the Battlefield of Marathon to Athens.

MarathonMarathon damPheidippides

Then we’ll visit the “Tymvos”, the tomb which was raised in the burial ground in honour of the Athenian soldiers who fell in the battle against the Persians.
As an ultimate honor and recognition of their bravery the dead of the Marathon Battle were the only ones ever to be buried where they died instead of in the main cemetery of Athens in Kerameikos.  On the tomb of the Athenians this epigram composed by the ancient poet Simonides wrote:

“Ελλήνων προμαχούντες Αθηναίοι Μαραθώνι
χρυσοφόρων Μήδων εστόρεσαν δύναμιν”

Hellenon promahountes Athinaei Marathoni
chrisoforon Medon  estoresan dinamin,

translation
The Athenians, as defenders of the Hellenes, in Marathon
destroyed the might of the golden-dressed Medes

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We’ll complete our tour in the plain of Marathon with a visit to the Museum of Marathon.  After our visit we will drive South through several towns and summer resorts and we’ll stop again at the temple of Artemis in Vravrona, sometimes called "The Parthenon of the Bear Maidens".

Skipped by most visitors - and most tour operators - solely because it is a bit out of the way this temple is rarely crowded and stands by a delightful Museum filled with images of the children who once studied at the temple of Artemis called "little bears" or arktoi.

Temple of Artemis - VravronaTemple of Artemis - VravronaTemple of Artemis - Vravrona

The out-of-the-way location has protected the natural environment of this temple.  The view from its grounds is uninterrupted by anything modern, even the museum is discreetly hidden behind a small hill.

Time for lunch and there is no better place to have one than in the furthest southern peak of Attica “Cape Sounio” in front of the deep blue water of the Aegean Sea.   Here we’ll visit the temple of Poseidon the most visited site outside Athens built in 440 B.C. by Pericles.  Returning back to Athens via the scenic coastal road will be the most picturesque part of the whole tour.

Temple of Poseidon at cape SounionTemple of Poseidon at cape SounionTemple of Poseidon at cape Sounion

Duration approximately 8 hours

All our private tours are flexible.  It is always up to you to change the itinerary according to your wishes. 

Admission fees and lunch are not included in the price of the tour


Sites’ Opening Hours
Summer                                                
From  April 1st to October 31st
08:00-19:30
 
Winter
From November 1st to March 31st 
08:30-15:00


Holidays

1 January:   closed

6 January:   08:30 - 15:00

Shrove Monday:  08:30 - 15:00

25 March:  closed

Greek Orhodox Good Friday:  12:00 - 15:00

Greek Orhodox Good Saturday:  08:30 - 15:00

Greek Orhodox Easter Sunday:  closed

Greek Orhodox Easter Monday:  08:30 - 15:00

May 1:  closed

Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 - 15:00

15 August:  08:30 - 15:00

28 October:   08:30 - 15:00

25 December:  closed

26 December:  closed

 
Free admission days
6 March  In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
5 June   International Day for the Environment 
18 April   International Monuments Day 
18 May   International Museums Day 
27 September   International Tourism Day

*  The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
*  Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
*  National Holidays
*  The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and  
    September (when the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the  
    free admission day).

 

Admission to the sites

Marathon: 6 Euros

Vravrona:  6 Euros

Sounio:     8 Euros

 

Free admission for: 
Children under 18
Students from E.U.

 

Reduced admission for:
Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65
Students from countries outside the E.U.

 
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