Marathon & Thermopylae Battlefields Full Day Private Tour - Athens

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM All flight times are approximate and subject to change due to weather conditions and weight restrictions.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick Up Time: 08.00 am
    We suggest that the tour starts at 8:00 am.
    If for any reason this is not convenient for you we will adjust the time according to your need.. read more
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Marathon & Thermopylae Full Day Private Tour - Duration 9 Hours
Top Visits
Marathon Tomb
Marathon Lake
Archaeological Museum of Marathon
Battlefield of Thermopylae
Spring of Thermopylae
Leonidas Monument
Historical Information Center Thermopylon

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One of our favorite tours, this one is dedicated to those who fell in the name of freedom. This special tour was designed to accommodatethose interested in ancient Greek battles, those who want to discover two major battlefields of the Persian wars, the plane of Marathon and Thermopolyae. Heading out fromAthens to the sacred plain of Marathon driving through Attica Highway and Marathon Avenue. This is the course of the original Marathon Race, as you will see by the signs that count each kilometer. Later we will reach the Tumulus of the Athenians; the site portrays courage, bravery and finally the victory of the Athenians against the Persians in 480BCE. Moving on we will also see the Marathon Battlefield, its Archeological Museum and a prehistoric cemetery that produces proof of the first civilized presence in this location. Driving by the present city of Marathon our last stop in this area we will be Marathon Lake, on the slopes of Mt Penteli. It is an artificial lake operating as the main water reservoir for Athens. Besides the magnificent view, you see the Marathon Dam, a miracle of engineering, unique due to the fact that its the only one in the world made entirely of Pentelic marble ( king of all marbles, used for the Parthenon, on Acropolis Hill). Moreover, at the bottom you will see an excellent modern model of the treasury of the Athenians which was located in the sanctuary of Delphi.

Next, we will be back on board for a drive to Thermopolyae. It was here that 10 years after the Battle of Marathon, King Leonidas and his 300 brave Spartans heroically faced the Persian army. In thehistorical centre, an enjoyable a 3D movie will be shown. As if traveling through time you will feel the presence of heroes who stood their ground for their freedom against a foreign conqueror. To conclude you will visit the statue of Leonidas standing exactly opposite Kolonos Hill where the persistent Spartans left their last breath. A place too sacred for words. Heading back to Athens we will stop at the coastal town of Kammena Vourla, where we will enjoy a relaxing, traditional Greek lunch by the sea. And to terminate the tour we will drive back to Athens safe and sound.


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Bottled water

Driver/guide (The drivers are not a licensed to accompany you on your walk to the top of the Acropolis or inside any other site or museum. If you require a licensed guide to tour the sites with you, you need to hire one additionally. If you have any questions you can contact us on the phone number provided by Viator)

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Private tour

Transport by private vehicle


Entrance Fees

Airport Pick Up and drop-off (Additional cost)

Licensed Tour guide on request (Additional cost)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

The drivers are not a licensed to accompany you on your walk to the top of the Acropolis or inside any other site or museum. If you require a licensed guide to tour the sites with you, you need to hire one additionally. If you have any questions you can contact us on the phone number provided by Viator.

The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 04-Nov-2019

    The tour was good but not much to see, just areas where battles took place. Guide was good but would recommend the group tour vice private tour.

  • 22-Oct-2019

    What a wonderful day! Our driver Mike was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, patient, and professional. As a Michigan State University Spartan I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Thermopylae and experiencing the actual ground the Spartans died defending. Mike suggested s wonderful seaside restaurant for lunch which capped off a perfect day.

  • 05-Aug-2019

    We wanted to see Thermopylae because our teenage grandson watched 300 Spartans and is interested in military battles. It was a long ride from Athens and not much there except the site and a short film. However, we were not expecting much from Marathon and surprisingly we really enjoyed this part of the tour. The museum is special and the grounds reveal burial mounds and great architectural digs. Friendly and informative docent. Our driver was excellent.

  • 18-Sep-2018

    So this was my first trip to the beautiful country of Greece and it was fantastic. Beautiful Countryside views and historical landmarks. The tour provided by Olive Sea Travels was amazing. Our tour guide, Dem, was very knowledgeable and courteous. Having seen the Marathon and Thermopylae sights, where the heroic Spartans made their last stand, where the Athenians defeated the Persians at Marathon Bay, and just being in that area was amazing. I highly recommend this tour to everyone because it is a very beautiful experience, but it would be a much more fantastic experience if you brush up on the history as well. 5 STARS

  • 29-Mar-2018

    Great tour! Especially Thermopylae even though the landscape has significantly changed in 2500 years.
    After reviewing some history and using some imagination, this is a worthwhile addition. The visitor center offers a helpful 3D movie to help underatand the high points of the site/battle. Kids can enjoy it too. Marathon was also interesting, but even less to see.
    Best to combine these on part of a multiday tour to cut down on commute time from Athens