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Marathon & Ramnous Full Day Tour

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  • The reference list of what you will see and experience during the Marathon and Ramnous Full Day tour includes but is not limited to:

    • Archaeological Site of Ramnous
    • Temple of Nemesis at Ramnous
    • 9m-high tomb at Marathon
    • Marathon Race Museum
    • Archaeological Museum of Marathon
  • Meet your chauffeur in the lobby of your accomodation for your Marathon and Ramnous full day tour.

    You will be taken first to Ramnous where you will discover this ancient Greek city where everyday life is interdependent with the Gods, right on the Athenian coastline about 35miles (55 km) northeast from Athens

    This charming Greek fortified town takes its peculiar name from the local prickly bush called ramnos that grows in abundancy around the area and has risen to become the city’s trademark.

    Besides its natural beauty due to its exceptional position the relatively small town has also served as the most important sanctuary of Nemesis in ancient Greece.

    The extent of the city’s connection to the goddess Nemesis is depicted on the renowned temple of Nemesis that is located here.

    According to Greek narrations, Nemesis was the mother of Helen of Troy whose beauty was second only to Aphrodite’s and the goddess of divine retribution.

    She was considered to be a goddess that could decide whether to grant happiness or misfortune to the mortals.She was also the Goddess that punished the mortals and taught them the lesson of how to remain humble in front of the Gods and avoid the so called “hybris” by believing that their destiny was a matter they could control.

    Another interesting aspect of this city was its intriguing and strategic position in connection to the city of Athens. During the tour you will get the chance to learn more about the role that this small town played not only during the Peloponnesian wars but most importantly during the renowned battle of Marathon.

    Today’s visitors will have the opportunity to follow the path that leads from the temple of Nemesis to the fortified settlement of Rhamnous and enjoy the breathtaking views of the ancient town.
    Many house foundations still offer a good overview of the everyday life in ancient Greece in general.
    Unfortunately only three marble seats survived of the barely discernible theatre of Ramnous but they serve imperiously as a reminder of the cultural flowering of this majestic place of Attica.

    Leave Ramnous behind you and continue to visit Marathon.

    Marathon is known in the history for its renowed battle beteween the invading Persians and the defending Greeks in 490 B.C.

    The legend has it that immediately after the battle, one of the soldiers named Phidipedes left from the Marathon heading to Athens. He ran all the way from Marathon to Athens for 42,195 km or 26miles without any stop and he bust into the assembly only to announce the good news, that we have won “nenikikamen” and then collapse due to exhaustion and died.

    This historical reference was the inspiration of the modern marathon as a sports event as we know it today.

    Today’s visitor will see the 9m-high tomb that has been erected at the site of the battle in memory of the 192 Athenians who offered their lives. 10 columns on the top of this memorial represent the 10 tribes of which Attica was originally consisted of. The tomb was discovered in 1880’s by the amateaus archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann.

    If time and mood permits it worth the spent time visiting the Marathon Race Museum to introduce yourself to the history of the sportsmanship and the Archaeological Museum of Marathon, that included a variety of important exhibits of the area of the Marathon with the most notable finding is the “Marathon Youth “.

    Your chauffeur will take you back to your accomodation after the tour.

  • Entrance fees to the Marathon Tumulus and to the Marathon Museum are 4 Euro pp.
    Entrance fees to Rhamnous are 4 euro pp

    Free admission for:

    Journalists
    Persons under 18 (with current identification to prove age)
    University students from Greece and the E.U
    Free admission for all on the following dates:

    6 March
    5 June
    18 April
    18 May (International Museums Day)
    The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)

  • SUMMER PERIOD: 1 April – 31 October
    WINTER PERIOD: 1 November – 31 March
    Opening hours for the archaeological area of Marathon Tumulus:
    Winter Period: 08:00-15:00
    Summer Period: 08:00-20:00
    Opening hours for the archaeological area of Marathon Museum:
    Winter period: 08:00-15:00
    Summer period: 08:00-20:00
    For Rhamnous
    Winter- Summer
    Daily 8.00-15.00, except Monday.

    All sites and museums are closed or have reduced opening hours, on the following holidays:

    • 1 January: closed
    • 6 January: closed
    • Shrove Monday: 08.30-15.00
    • 25 March: closed
    • Good Friday: until 12:00 closed
    • Holy Saturday: 08.30-15.00
    • Easter Sunday : closed
    • Easter Monday: 08.30-15.00
    • 1 May: 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

  • There are a few things that are useful for you to know before participating in one of our tours.
    Comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are recommended for most locations. Sun glasses, a hat and sun screen are also suggested since the Mediterranean sun is extremely hot during the summer months.
    Photography is permitted in almost every site throughout the tours and if it is prohibited you will be informed beforehand.
    Local currency (euros) might be needed in order to pay at the spot small entrance fees and small expenses.
    In case one of our guests has some special needs, is under certain medication or has a limited walking endurance you can let us know during the organization of your customized tour and we will make sure that small breaks are incorporated into your itinerary. Also it is suggested that you bring with you a small bottle of water or something small to eat in case you need to during the tour. Furthermore if an individual has advanced accessibility needs you can let us know and allow us to customize the tour to fit your needs.

Description

This tour takes you to two important Sites Ramnous and Marathon.

Together during our tour we will discover Ramnous and explore the interconnection between the mortals and the Gods that seemed to coexist in this magical city.
Later we will continue to meet the birthplace of the Marathon Race and the field of the historic Battle of Marathon in 490B.C.

Duration approx. 8hrs

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