Herodotus Greek Persian Battles Tour
Marathon, Thermopylae, Thebes, Plataea, Salamis (up to 12 hours)
Departure & Return / for Greek Persian Battle Fields Private Tour: Traveler pickup/ drop off is offered to your hotel/ apartment in Athens center or Piraeus Port, at the arranged time of your tour departure or your tour return. Please do not hesitate to request another pick up / drop off location.
Starting Time: We suggest that the tour starts at 7.30 am or earlier in summer time. If for any reason this is not convenient, you can adjust the time according to your needs.
Group type: Private. This is private tour/ activity. Only your group will participate. Your tour/ driver provides informative commentary & historical details as you travel.
Customizable: Yes. Guaranteed to skip the long lines.
Class of service: Attica Travel A 'class service offers non - smoking driver and vehicle, with a high level of cleanliness. The vehicle is exclusive to your team.
Tips: This is a tour strictly to see the battlefields, museums and the scenery (drive via mountains), there are few ancient ruins to see.
What makes this tour unique?:
We read / learn Herodotus Greek Persian Wars and visit the Historical Battle fields as travelers, not as tourists. We get as excited as you to travel, to enjoy the history & scenery.
If you want to see most of Herodotus History Greek Persian Wars, then combine all battle fields in a full day tour.
The tour starts with convenient pickup and takes you to Marathon fields, Tomb, & museum. Continue via Marathon lake to Thermopylae. Visit battle fields, Leonidas Memorial, Kolonos hill, Hot springs & Museum. Next to Thebes, visit a Unique Museum. Nearby visit Plataea Acropolis, Battle fields & Kargathia Spring. Drive via Mount Kithaeron, pass by Elefsina port to Perama. See the narrow sea passage between mainland and Salamis island.
BATTLE FIELDS TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
MARATHON BATTLE 490 BC
Visit Marathon battle fields and read the amazing history that is captured by the location and the burial mound, fill the area with a unique meaning. This 10m-high burial mound, sits 1km west of Marathon beach.
These battle fields become, one of the most popular coastal resorts in Attica located 40 km north east of Athens. Marathon bay or Schinias has a great reputation for its crystalline waters and the comfortable facilities. 5 km from Marathon bay, this excellent museum displays local discoveries from various periods, including Neolithic pottery from the Cave of Pan and finds from the Tomb of the Athenians.
THERMOPYLAE BATTLE 480 BC
Thermopylae is world-famous for the battle that took place there between the Greek forces (notably the Spartans) and the invading Persian forces, commemorated by Simonides in the famous epitaph, "Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, That here obedient to their laws we lie. This passage from north to south along the east coast of Greek peninsula requires use of the pass and for this reason Thermopylae has been the site of several battles.
The Hot Gates is "the place of hot springs" and in Greek mythology it is the cavernous entrances to Hades.
THEBES, PLATAEA BATTLE
Drive via Thebes and visit the Archaeological Museum. One of the most important museums of Greece since some of its collections are rare or unique. The exhibits originate from excavations all around Boeotia and cover a long chronological period spanning from the Palaeolithic to the Post Byzantine periods.
We visit the battle fields in Plataea and we travel back in time 479 BC. We see Gargathia spring, which was the place of the beginning of this Battle.
PERAMA / SALAMIS BATTLE
Drive via Mount Cithaeron, on the old Athens-Thebes National Road, to Elefsina and then to Perama. Is a port city and part of Athens urban area and Piraeus regional unit. It lies on the southwest edge of the Aegaleo mountains, on the Saronic Gulf coast.
The name Perama comes from the Greek word "perasma" which means "passage".
And Here is the narrow pass between Attica and Salamis island.
Themistocles - Herodotus:
WE HAVE LAND AND HOMELAND WHEN WE HAVE SHIPS AT THE SEA
Air-conditioned vehicles, with high level of cleanliness (Sedan/ Minivan/ Minibus)
Wi-Fi on board
Private Transportation & includes: (Fuels, Toll Roads, Parking Fees)
Professional English speaking experienced Tour driver (with history knowledge) throughout the day