Visit the Marathon Tomb and learn about the Battle of Marathon on this private, half-day guided tour from Athens. Hear the story of the legendary soldier who died after running from Marathon to Athens and see Lake Marathon and its dam made of pure marble.
What to Expect
Start your day with a pick-up from your centrally located Athens hotel. Alternatively, meet your private driver and guide at a pre-arranged central Athens meeting point and then enjoy the scenic 1-hour journey to Marathon. As you relax in your air-conditioned car, chat with your guide about the tour and ask any questions you may have about the region. The beauty of having a private guide is that any commentary is tailored to your interests.
Your first stop is the Marathon Tomb. Also known as the Tomb of the Athenians, the burial mound is situated on the Athens-Marathon road, roughly 2.5 miles (4 km) before the town of Marathon, and is the final resting place of 192 soldiers who died in the Battle of Marathon. Hear from your guide about this bloody battle that took place in 490 BC during the first Persian invasion of Greece, and learn how those who fell were cremated and buried in this tomb as a reminder of their sacrifice and bravery.
Then, continue on to the site where the marathon race originated. Listen as your guide shares the fascinating legend of the soldier who ran 26 miles from Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated before he collapsed and died.
Next, return to your private car and enjoy a short drive to Lake Marathon, a reservoir surrounded by verdant natural beauty. Here, perhaps refresh with a drink and a snack at the cafe (not included in the tour) and stroll leisurely toward Marathon Dam. Entirely paneled in pristine white marble, it is the world’s only marble dam.
After your exploration, return to Athens in your private vehicle. As you travel, listen to your guide share insights into the fascinating worlds of both modern and Ancient Greece. Your tour concludes at the original start point in the afternoon.
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Private guide
- Professional driver
- Transport by private vehicle
- Entrance fees
What's Not Included
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
Know Before You Go
•Children must be accompanied by an Adult
•Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
•Comfortable walking shoes are recommended