The most famous battle has changed the world. The most recognized run on earth. The tour that is recognized by most athletes.
Highlights of Marathon half day private tour
- Visit the Panathenean Stadium (“Kalimarmaro”, site of the first modern Olympic games in 1896)
- Marathon city
- The Marathon Museum
- On the water Artemida
Itinerary of our the Marathon spirit half day Marathon, Artemida private tour :
Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s arch, the Panathenean Stadium (“Kalimarmaro”, site of the first modern Olympic games in 1896), Hadrian’s library, Athens shopping center, the ex royal garden, Papagou, Holargos, Ag. Paraskevi, Palini, Rafina, Nea Makri, Marathon, Marathon Museum, Artemida.
Visits: The Panathenean Stadium (“Kalimarmaro”, site of the first modern Olympic games in 1896), Marathon, Marathon Museum, Artemida.
Description of the Marathon spirit half day Marathon, Artemida private tour
Together with your Athens taxi tours driver, you will travel to Marathon, the starting point of the annual Marathon race . Visit the archaeological museum , see the tomb of the Thesprotians and the tomb of the Athenian warriors of Marathon, who died defending their country , family and homes.
The Marathon race is a long-distance foot race with an official distance of 42,195 kilometers (26 miles 385 yards) that is usually run as a road race.
The event is named after the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, the messenger who delivered the news of Athenian victory in 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 race was one of the original modern Olympic events in 1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921. More than 800 races inspired by the Marathon race are organized throughout the world
each year, with the vast majority of competitors being amateur athletes. Larger marathons can have tens of thousands of participants. The Battle of Marathon (Greek: Μάχη τοῡ Μαραθῶνος, Machē tou Marathōnos) 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.
After Marathon we’ll travel with Athens taxi tours to Artemida famous for its Temple of Artemis (the Greek goddess of the Hunt, equivalent to the Roman Dianna) in Vravrona from the 6th century BC, the new museum with artifacts from the area and its beach stretching over most of the east coast. Vravrona is also well known for its quality hotels, bars, restaurants and local taverns.
Vravrona or Brauron (modern Vraona), in east Attica, one of the twelve ancient Attic townships united according to ancient tradition by Theseus into a single Athenian state. It was well known from ancient times for the worship of Artemis, who had an important temple there and in whose honor a festival, Braurōnia, was held annually. This was celebrated with particular splendor every fourth year.
The goddess Artemis was a very powerful great leader and protector.
In antiquity, Artemis was one of the most widely venerated Greek goddesses, despite the fact that in Athens the goddess Athena was more honored than Artemis. Artemis’ statue found in Ephesos depicts the goddess with her legs and body enclosed within a tapering pillar-like term from which her feet extended. On ephesian coins she rests either arm on a staff formed and entwined with serpents or a stack of our oboroi, the eternal serpent with its tail in its mouth. Artemis was the goddess of the Hunt and wilderness/nature. She was also a goddess of childbirth, and the protector of young maidens up to the age of marriage. Her twin brother Apollon was the protector of male children. Together the two gods were also bringers of sudden death and disease. Artemis targeted women and girls, and Apollon men and boys. In ancient art Artemis was usually depicted as a girl dressed in a short knee-length chiton and equipped with a hunting bow and quiver of arrows. When Zeus asked Artemis what presents she wanted for her third birthday she responded without hesitation that she wanted six things to be allowed to live without having to be distracted by love and marriage, a bow and arrow just like her brother’s, a hunting costume and freedom from having to dress up like a lady,the job of bringing light into the world, sixty young nymphs to be her companions and to help care for her hunting dogs, and all the mountains on the earth to live on.
In conclusion Artemis could be both destructive and kind, she was one of the major Greek goddesses, and she is known as a fierce hunter as well as a protector.
You can customize this private tour at any time, either on the way together with your private chauffeur or in advance by contacting our Athens Taxi Tours team.
We will end this Athens private tour driving back to Athens from the same route.