Battle of Marathon
bike where ancients fought

view from Areopagos

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
Maximum Pax
10 per group
Total Mileage  11 km, 6.80 miles
Highest Elevation
 55 meters, 180 feet
Rating Easy



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.
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  • All costs are in euros.   Click here for daily exchange rates:
  • 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

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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
  • Exclusions
  • Panniers
  • Airfare to Greece
  • Transport to/from Crete
  • Meals except breakfast
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Optional Services.

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!



Here you can see a basic route of your trip.


Crete Greek: Κρήτη transliteration: Krētē modern transliteration Kriti Turkish: Girit is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea at 8 336 km2 3 219 sq mi. Crete is one of the 13 peripheries of Greece and covers the same area as the Greek region of Crete from before the 1987 administrative reform.[1] It forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece; while it retains its own local cultural traits such as its own music and dialect Cretans identify themselves as Greeks. Heraklion is the largest city and capital of Crete. Crete was the center of the Minoan civilization circa 2700–1420 BCE the first advanced civilization in Greece and Europe.

Tour Highlights

  • Peek inside the prison cell where the philosopher Socrates was held
  • Get your photograph taken standing next to the Presidential Guards
  • Visit the Pnyx, the birthplace of democracy
  • Bike up the street where the British poet Lord Byron lived
  • Light a candle, make a wish, in an archaic Byzantine church

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