“Nenikekamen!” were the last words of Pheidippides as he announced the Greek victory running from Marathon to Athens and died from exhaustion thereafter.
Our War and Peace Tour begins from our apartments next to Kallimarmaro Stadium where the Annual Classical Marathon to this day has its finish line. We travel to the site of the Battle of Marathon where we can see the actual tomb or burial site of the 192 Athenian heroes buried with their shields.
Nearby is to the peaceful and quiet site of the Museum of Marathon where we see the Boy of Marathon, the Greek bronze sculpture found in the Aegean Sea at the bay of Marathon in 1925 and the ancient necropolis.
The day trip continues to the ancient city of Rhamnous or Rhamnus located by the sea overlooking the Strait of Euboia. Rhamnous was the fort guarding the narrow passages of Euboia that led to the main source of Athenian wealth, the gold mines of Lavrio, and into which grain was imported for Athens during the Peloponnesian War. There we see the Sanctuary of Nemesis, goddess of divine retribution. This temple is the most important one dedicated to her in ancient Greece.
Back to modern day life, it’s the leisurous part of the day where we often go for a swim in clear blue waters depending on the time of year and/or lunch by the sea or at Marathon Lake and Dam.
Cape Sounion is a promontory located 69 kilometers (43 mi) south-southeast of Athens, at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula in Greece.
Cape Sounion is noted as the site of ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The ruins bear the deeply engraved name of English Romantic poet Lord Byron (1788–1824).
Next to the Acropolis in Athens Delphi is by far the most popular archaeological site in Greece.
Located 180 km. Northwest from Athens on the South slope of the mountain Parnassos, Delphi was believed to be the centre of the earth and was the most important religious centre of ancient Greece. Indeed it was and still is one of the most beautiful and mystical sites in the world.
The ancient Greeks chose this unique spot for their most sacred and famous Oracle, dedicated to Apollo, which influenced the fate of states and individuals for about 1000 years.
Athens, the capital of Greece after its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1834 is one of the most visited places in Greece. It is called “violet-crowned”, because just before sunset Mount Hymettus glows with a particularly soft purple-shaded light which is reflected on the vast sprawling city below.
Athens is a city of great cultural interest as well as a bustling, modern city. The harmonious and perfectly balanced combination between the old and the new make Athens unique. According to the legend the Phoenician Kekrops founded the city on the rock of the Acropolis.
Athens’s patronage was disputed by two mighty Olympian Gods, Poseidon and Athena. The council of the gods decided to settle the dispute with a duel: Poseidon against his niece Athena. The winner would be the one to offer to the city the most useful gift. The mighty Sea God struck the rock with his trident and a fountain of semi salted water sprang from the earth. Cleverly the Goddess of Wisdom produced an olive tree, symbol of peace and prosperity. It was an easy win for goddess Athena and her name was given to the city.
Athens is a city full of remarkable monuments and great historical places such as the Acropolis, Parthenon, Agora, Temple of Zeus, the first Olympic stadium and many more.
This tour will give you the opportunity to observe the striking contrasts of ancient and modern that make Athens such a fascinating city.