Athens Surounding

Trip to Marathon & Ramnous

Marathon is More Than a Race

8 hours

The Marathon area is of great historical significance, as it was the site of the famous battle of the same name that took place in 490 BC. Ten thousand Athenians and a thousand Plataeans pushed the Persians to the sea, where they boarded their ships and retreated. The Greeks owed their victory over the Persian army to military genius Miltiades. Immediately after the battle was won, a soldier named Pheidippides was sent to Athens with the news. He ran all the way to Athens and managed to say, “We have won,” before he collapsed and died. That was the first marathon, and it is this same route that today’s marathon runners follow.

The archaeological site of Rhamnus lies near Marathon and findings at the site indicate the area was inhabited during the Neolithic age. Its name derives from the word “rhamnus,” a shrub variety (buckthorn) found throughout the area.




Our tour starts from Athens through the northern suburbs of the city to the famous fields of Marathon. The 9m-high tomb was erected at the site of the battle in memory of the 192 Athenians who had lost their lives fighting; there were originally 10 columns on top of the burial mound to represent the 10 tribes of Attica. The tomb was discovered in early 1884 by Heinrich Schliemann.

  • 08:00 Our tour starts from Athens
  • 09:00 Arrival and visit Marathon Tumulus

You continue to visit the Marathon Museum featuring important findings from various historical periods. It is located next to the Middle Helladic cemetery of Vrana and houses artefacts from the prehistoric age through the Roman period. The artefacts from the Neolithic period discovered in the Cave of Pan at Oinoi, the funerary stelae and the votive inscriptions from the sanctuaries of Marathon are especially noteworthy. The most notable finding is the “Marathon Youth (Ephebe), an impressively intact statue found by fishermen in 1925. It is bronze, 1.24 m tall, and thought to be of the Praxiteles school.

  • 09:30 We continue to visit Marathon Archeological Museum

We then head to the village of Marathon to see the Athens Classic Marathon starting point and visit the Marathon Race Museum that hosts over than 3,100 exhibits recording the history of the Marathon race from 1896 to today. Among the exhibits, you can see cups, medals and numerous relics of the legendary Marathon road race athlete Stelios Kyriakides, the winner of the Boston Marathon in 1946.

  • 10:30 We continue to Marathon Race Museum
  • 12:00 Break for lunch

After a break for lunch, we head to Rhamnous. In ancient times, Rhamnus was known for its port and its castle. There are remains of two temples at the site: the Great Temple dedicated to Nemesis, the goddess of divine retribution, which is considered the most important sanctuary of this specific goddess in all of ancient Greece; and the Small Temple dedicated to Themis, the goddess of justice.

Both temples were built in the 5th century BC. There are also remains of the ancient theatre, the fortress and several grave sites. Besides the archeological sights, visitors are rewarded with the marvelous views toward Evoikos Bay and the surrounding lush green landscape.

  • 13:30 We head to visit Rhamnous
  • 15:00 Departure back to Athens
  • 16:00 Arrival in Athens

Alternative Tour Options:
There are so many other things to see in this area. Keep in mind that your driver is at your disposal, so if you would like to adjust the proposed itinerary at all, just let him know!


Yellow Taxi Mercedes E Class Sedan
  • 4
    or 3 + guide
  • 2
  • 3
Colors yellow
€ 260
Mini Van Mercedes van VITO
  • 7
    or 6 + guide
  • 4
  • 6
Colors black/white
€ 330
Van Mercedes Sprinter 315
  • 8
    or 7 + guide
  • 4
  • 8
Colors black, white, blue, silver
€ 400
Van Mercedes Sprinter 315 (m12)
  • 12
    or 11 + guide
  • 4
  • 8
Colors black, white, blue, silver
€ 430
Total additional fee for local licensed tour guide
If you would like to request a licenced tour guide for your trip please let us know in the contact form.
€ 200

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  • Walking difficulty (Rhamnous): Moderate, the distance between the entrance and the site is about 1 km on a rising and falling rocky path.

Did you Know?

Has anyone wearing Nike shoes or clothing ever wondered where the name came from? The name “marathon” and the distance used today of 42.195 kilometres go back to the legend of Pheidippides. He was said to have collapsed dead after running the approx. 40 kilometer stretch from Marathon to Athens to proclaim his message “Nike, Nike!” (victory, victory)

The marathon was not an event of the ancient Olympic games. The marathon is a modern event that was first introduced in the Modern Olympic Games of 1896 in Athens