Battle of Marathon
bike where ancients fought
Marathon town’s most famous event was the Battle of Marathon when Athenians defeated the invading Persians in 490 BC. Pedal to the sacred burial ground of the ancient Greek soldiers.
Quick quiz! If your hotel is in the center of Athens and the tour starts in the town of Marathon, how far is that? Any sports enthusiast knows the answer — 42 kilometers (26.2 miles), the distance of a runner’s marathon. When the Europeans resurrected the Olympics in 1896, they were inspired to recreate the route of Phidippides’ historic run from the Marathon battle scene to Athens to announce Nike, Nike (the Greek word for victory). This is how the marathon became a competition.
The Battle of Marathon tour does not follow Phidippides’ route. Instead, there’s a vehicle transfer to Marathon where you pedal to five points of interest, ending at a serene nature reserve in Schinias wetlands.
|Dates|| choose your date
|Duration||3 hours or 8 hours with add-on
||Acropolis or Lycabetus – see Extras
|Arrival City||Athens or PiraeusThis triggers the tooltip
|Arrival transfer||yes, from Piraeus – see Extras
|Tour Start Point||Acropolis pedestrian walkway
|Tour End Point||Acropolis pedestrian walkway
| Minimum Age
| Minimum Pax
||10 per group
|Total Mileage|| 11 km, 6.80 miles
||55 meters, 180 feet|
Day 1: Arhanes On arrival, a CycleGreece agent meets you at the port or airport and transfers you to lovely Arhanes, a one-time Minoan village whose contemporary residents continue many of the same traditions, from growing grapes for wine to cultivating acclaimed olive oil. If morning arrival, afternoon cycle to Museum of Nikos Katzantakis, author of Zorba the Greek. 41.60 km, 25.80 miles or 24.55 km, 15 miles
Day 2: Arhanes Bike to the famed Minoan palace city of Knossos, the Ancient Minoa was the first civilization on European soil. By all accounts it was a peaceful empire. Recommend a taxi to Herakelion Archaeological Museum to avoid intense urban traffic. 25km, 15 miles roundtrip
Day 3: Zaros The ride from Arhanes 1245 feet (380 meters) ascends to the cheerful mountain village of Zaros 1394 feet high (425 meters). Zaros is known for its bottled mineral water, fresh trout and the E4 (European) hiking route. Optional afternoon hike in the Rouvas Gorge. 55.52 km, 34.50 miles
Day 4: Rethymno Back country roads, lots of climbing, breathtaking scenery characterizes today’s ride. The day’s final destination is Crete’s best kept secret, Rethymno. Make sure to visit the Fortezza, the grand Venetian-era fort overlooking the city. 77.20km, 48.00 miles
Day 5: Rethymno A bike ride into the low portions of the Psiloritis Mountains. Visit Melidoni Cave and learn its poignant history. Lunch on the seacoast at Panormos. Stroll Rethymno’s car-free alley-like streets or along its fourteen kilometer sandy beach. 67.70 km, 42 miles
Day 6: Hania The ride to Hania first passes the Minoan cemetery at Armeni with its fascinating tombs of unknown origin. Halfway en route is the gorgeous sea at Giorgiopoli. Last stretch is the climb over Malaxa village at 1500 feet high. 78.00 km, 48.50 miles
Day 7: Hania Ascend the enchanting Therissos Gorge up to 1860 feet. On the way back stop at a winery for lunch, or visit a botanical park created by two brothers in their burned out olive field. Enjoy Hania’s beautiful harbor with Venetian architecture. Take time for shopping in Hania – handmade knives or gold jewelry. 51.00 km, 31.60 miles
Day 7: Departure If departing Crete, vehicle transfer to airport or port. Leave your bikes and gear at the hotel.
- Participants are required to sign our Waiver.
- Participants are required to agree to the Booking Agreement
- All costs are in euros. Click here for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com
- Costs are based on Double occupancy
Cost per person
|Cost for 1 Rider||1300 euros / per person|
|Cost for 2 Riders||1400 euros / per person|
|Cost for 3 Riders||1200 euros / per person|
|Cost for 4+ Riders||800 euros / per person|
Self-guided clients carry their own gear, like pump, tubes, patch kit, etc.
|Road Service||Spare tube||1 per person|
|Accommodations||5||Rear rack||on request|
|Breakfast||daily||Patch kit||1 per group|
|Luggage transfers||4||Tire Irons||1 per group|
|Bike-rider transfers||2||Multi-tool||1 per group|
|Bike||road or hybrid||Hand pump||1 per group|
|Pedals||regular or cages||GPS device||1 per group|
|Water bottles||2 per person||Cue sheets||per person|
|Handlebar pouch||1 per person||Maps||1 per couple|
|Odometer||1 per person||Trip Folder||1 per couple|
|Helmet||1 per person||Mobile phone||1 per group|
|Lock||1 per person||CycleGreece jersey||1 per person|
Please Contact us if you want one of these serveces added on your tour. Optional services may alter the basic root of a tour or expand the total lenght! These
- Pre-tour logistics (hotels, destinations, transport, etc)
- Post-tour logistics
- Licensed guide at Knossos or Malia
- Traditional Crete Cooking Class
- Olive Oil Tasting Session
- Wine Tasting Session
- Samaria Gorge Hike
- Imbros Gorge Hike
As Greece’s largest island with an extended network of rural roads, Crete offers cyclists exquisite routes through mountain villages that eventually descend to the sea. A must-see are the ancient Minoan palace cities of Knossos and Malia, or unheralded ruins, such as the mysterious Armeni cemetery near Rethymno.
Crete has its own delicious cuisine, its own dialect, its own traditional music. It’s practically its own country!