Approximately 42 kilometres northeast of Athens lies an internationally renowned historical town, Marathon. In 490 BC at the Battle of Marathon “our Greek ancestors were victorious in stopping the first Persian invasion which aimed to conquer the cradle of European civilization, Athens”.
You may visit Marathon on a day trip from Athens Day Trips for an experience that is at once historical and aesthetic. Once in Marathon, you will visit the Tomb of the Fallen of the Battle of Marathon and the battlefield itself, the museum showcasing battlefield remnants and other historical items, the Neolithic cemetery, with remains of early settlers and together we’ll discover the area’s natural beauty on a visit to the Lake of Marathon. The visit to Marathon is an exceptionally fascinating excursion lasting 5-6 hours.
A thoroughly enjoyable coastal trip 70km from central Athens will take us to Cape Sounion. This is an especially interesting excursion option included on our day trips itinerary. Travelling parallel to the Athens Riviera we’ll become acquainted with modern-day Athens and its wonderful southern suburbs, visiting Lake Vouliagmeni, a geological phenomenon situated in an incredibly beautiful location, we’ll travel through the coastal towns leading to Cape Sounion.
We’ll discover the mythological and historical identity of the Cape by visiting the temple of Poseidon, built in 5 BC by the ancient Athenians, and of course we’ll admire the infinite blue of the Aegean sea. This is a 5-6 hour tour and usually takes place in the afternoon; because the Cape’s unique location lends itself to a magical sunset that provides a truly emotional experience.
A short journey from Athens, the historical island of Salamis is an incredibly beautiful destination that has so much to offer. Just 10 minutes away by boat from the Port of Perama, this island in close proximity to Athens is the ideal day trip. Salamis island is internationally renowned for the historical naval battle which took place in 480 BC during which the Greeks were victorious against the Persians, their victory preserving the continuity of European civilization, indeed Salamis island is steeped in history.
On this tour we’ll visit the area where the naval battle took place, the town’s archaeological museum hosting incredible artefacts, the arts museum, the wonderful beaches where we’ll take time to bathe, the island’s two monasteries and of course we’ll also sample the island’s culinary delicacies. On this excursion, despite being so close to Athens, the visitor will discover Greece from a different perspective, we heartily recommend this experience.