You 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 modernOlympics in Athens in 1896. The race was inspired by the fabled run of an Athenian soldier namedPheidippides who took the message of the great victory from the Battlefield of Marathon to Athens.
Its time to visit the “Tymvos”, the tomb which was raised in the burial ground in honour of theAthenian 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.
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 thetemple 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.
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.
PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW AS WELL AS OUR TERMS OF SERVICEBEFORE BOOKING YOUR TOUR:
►All prices include all taxes, fuel, insurance, and parking fees.
► The total price for the tour is per group size. Individuals may split the cost of the tour among themselves as they wish.
►This tour does NOT include entrance fees to any archeological site and museum,meals, hotel accommodations, gratuities, or other client personal expenses. Driver’s hotel expenses are not included in the price but If our company book the hotels we use frequently you can avoid this cost. If you wish to book your own hotels then you need to pay a room for the driver.
► For your safety inside the vehicle, drivers provide commentaryonly when it is deemed safe to do so while driving. When your driver must concentrate during difficult driving conditions, please refrain from any distracting behavior as your safety during the tour is our top priority.
► Greece has strict laws and regulations in place to protect licensed tour guides, this it makes it unlawful for Tour Drivers to offer commentary about sites outside the vehicle. In order for us to comply with Greek laws, Tour Drivers may not tour our guests near or inside monuments or museums. Your Tour Driver will provide commentary and basic information only inside the vehicle. Only licensed Tour Guides may accompany or guide you at the sites you visit. If you wish to have a personal licensed tour guide please include this on your request.
► Your Driver will drop you off as close to the sites as legally possible and in accordance to the local Municipality and Traffic laws of Greece.
►Once you fill out our booking form and provide your credit card information, you are legally bound to a contract with us.
► Our service is solely confirmed when the potential customer has received an email confirming services along with the details of the tour. If the confirmation email is not received than please conclude that the service has not been confirmed. We suggest you contact us immediately for further clarification.
► Modes of Payment: Payment for the tour will be made in Euro funds at the end of your journey. You may also pre-pay in advance via PayPal (Paypal fees extra) or by credit card (3% extra charge). Just inform us via email if you would like to prepay.
Important Note: Only cash payments are accepted for licensed tour guide services.
► Pre-payment via PayPal: Paying in advance by PayPal is easy: just provide us with your email address associated with your PayPal account. Please print your payment voucher and present it to your driver at the time of service to confirm pre-payment.
Please, note that there will be no charge if you cancel your reservation by e-mail within at least 5 days before date of requested service. If is not done in these terms, our company reserves the right to debit the "no show fee" on your credit card which is the total amount of requested services.
► Cancellations are accepted only via E-Mail so your cancellation is on record. We do not accept cancellations by phone, text message, or 3rd parties.
► If you have contacted us earlier asking for specific dates but have not confirmed those dates, it does not mean that these specific dates have been reserved for you and therefore may no longer be available. We will do our best to satisfy any need of a last minute request but obviously based on what we have available
*Note: The itineray may vary according to local conditions.
**Special Notes: All rates are in Euro funds. Our quotes include all taxes, vehicle and English speaking driver, highway tolls, car fuel, and parking and exclude lunch, entrance tickets and guides in sites unless stated otherwise on this page. Payments are to be made in cash (Dollars or Euros) at the end of the services or prepayment by paypal (4% extra) and credit card (3% extra).
***Important Note: The driver will wait maximum 30 minutes after the indicated pick up time for your group, please be on time otherwise you will be charged for "Non Show" fee and miss the tour.
Please note that on this tour, your driver is not licensed to accompany you inside the sites. If you want a licensed guide to tour the sites with you, you can hire one at extra cost.
Suggested starting time for this tour between 7:30am-8:30am.