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A Day In The Life Of An Ancient Runner: Trip to Marathon and Delphi

    Learn all about the epic battle of the Marathon and the origins of the most famous race in the world. You will also get the chance to race (for fun) in the original stadium of the great Pythian Games in Delphi, one of the four Panhellenic Games in Ancient Greece! Discover what it took to be a victor and the glory bestowed on them in the place where it all began.

    You will start your day trip early in the morning. Your expert, family-friendly guide and our professional driver will pick you up from your hotel in Athens.

    First stop: The Marathon Run Museum

    Everyone has heard of the marathon sporting event and now it’s your chance to visit the birthplace of this famous test of endurance. The museum’s exhibition, which is located just a few hundred meters away from the battleground of the Marathon, presents the history of the Olympic Marathons from 1896 to 2000. You can examine texts and photographs about the history of the Olympic Marathons, International Marathons, the Women’s Marathon, and more, as well as many exhibits from great Greek and foreign Marathon winners.

    You will also enjoy a short movie in English, which presents the birth of the Marathon race, connecting the past with the present.

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    Second stop: The Marathon Tomb

    You will also visit the Marathon Tomb, where the fallen Greek soldiers of the Battle of the Marathon were buried. Your expert guide will explain to you how the Ancient Greeks were able to defeat the superior forces of the Persian Empire and do a representation of the battle.

    Short snack stop on our way to Delphi: try the famous traditional Greek Pie

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    Third stop: Delphi Archaeological Site, Stadium, and Museum (1:00 PM – 3:30 PM)

    The sanctuary of Delphi (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is the place where the oracle of Apollo spoke. This sacred site was thought to be the ‘navel of the world’ not only for the ancient Greeks but also for others around the Mediterranean. Blending in harmoniously with the superb landscape and charged with sacred meaning, Delphi was indeed the religious center and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. It was also home to the Pythian Games, one of the four Panhellenic Games in Ancient Greece.

    Immerse yourself in the incredible history of this unique location and travel back in time. Cool off at the Castalia Spring and retrace the Holy Route to the Temple of Apollo to consult the oracle of Pythia. Then, head north to visit the ancient theater and imagine the music of ancient concerts ringing through the air. Climb to the highest spot in the ancient Stadium and envision the wonderful athletic contests that took place back then before taking your place at the starting line and running along the original track of the Pythian Games. Victory is yours for the taking!

    In the superb Delphi Archeological Museum, you can admire unique treasures like the world-famous bronze Charioteer, the Naxian Sphinx, the Statue of Antinous, and other masterpieces of classical Greek art. Many of the exhibits show the importance of sports back in that time, such as a small statue of a man celebrating his well-earned victory. 

    Late Lunch: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

    Enjoy a traditional lunch in Delphi, breathing in the unique aura and energy of the ‘center of the ancient world’. After your meal, it is time to hop in the car and start your return trip to Athens.

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