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A Day In The Life Of An Ancient Runner: Trip to the Panathenaic Stadium and Marathon

    Discover the long history of the Panathenaic Stadium in the heart of Athens and learn all about the Marathon and the origins of the most famous race in the world. You will have the chance to run in the original stadium of the first modern Olympic Games (for fun) and learn what it means to be a winner and the glory that is enjoyed in the place where it all began.

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

    First stop: The Panathenaic Stadium in Athens

    The Panathenaic Stadium is unique for many reasons. First of all, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble! The first modern Olympic Games were held here in 1896, as well as 4 out of 9 sports competitions. Also, the Classic Marathon race, which starts every year in Marathon, ends in the Panathenaic Stadium.

    Second 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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    Third 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.

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    After your visit to the Marathon Tomb, you will return to Athens.

    Families should know

    • You will be accompanied by an excellent family-friendly, state-licensed guide
    • You will enjoy the ride in a private minivan with a professional driver

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    Kids will love

    • Running in the stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held
    • Learning about the ancient battle of the Marathon
    • Exploring the Marathon Run Museum

    Parents will love

    • Visiting the battlefield of Marathon and the tomb of the fallen Greek warriors
    • The unique landscape of Marathon
    • Competing their kids to a running race
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    Best season to visit

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