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2024

Athens Marathon

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    The Athens Authentic Marathon started the running bug for us all! Every runner needs to run the route of the original Marathon; the run of the soldier Pheidippides, who in 490 BC ran from Marathon to Athens to bring news of the victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon. The course finishes in the legendary stadium where the first Olympic games of the modern era in 1896 took place, you now have the chance to run this unique and truly memorable marathon route.

     

    Run the route of the original Marathon

    Explore the history and culture of this historical country

    Following the ‘Original Course’ from the ancient city of Marathon to Athens Olympic Stadium, the marathon offers a historic course that welcomes runners with its various sights along the way, including the Marathon Tomb. After the 26 miles, you will be greeted by thousands of spectators as you cross the finish line in Athens’ breath-taking magnificent Panathinaikos Olympic Stadium.

    The city welcomes you with an array of splendid monuments and historical sights. From the temple of Olympian Zeus to the hilltop of Acropolis, with ancient buildings such as the colonnaded Parthenon temple. Athens is also known as a contemporary city and it’s not uncommon for the nightlife hubs of Kolonaki, Psiri and Gazi to stay busy until dawn.

    Included in your package

    • Official ITP Partner for 2024
    • Marathon entry, 10k and 5k races available to book
    • 3 nights at the Hera, Niche Hotel or Divani Palace Acropolis
    • Bed and breakfast
    • Early race day breakfast
    • Sports Tours USA Staff will collect bibs on your behalf and distribute at the hotel on your arrival
    • Pre race drinks Friday night at your hotel
    • 5k warm up run on Saturday morning
    • Transfers to the marathon start area (Marathonas) from the city centre of Athens
    • Sports Tours bobble hat
    • Post race celebration party
    • Spectator viewing point
    Hotel
    Hera Hotel- Athens
    Hera Hotel- Athens

    Situated within some of Athens's most popular and iconic tourist attractions, such as Hadrian's arch, Acropolis Hill, The Temple of Zeus and the world famous Parthenon, the Hera Hotel Athens offers fabulous 4* accommodation, in a wonderful location for exploring one of the worlds most historically rich cities. The hotel has a rooftop bar and garden, which offers wonderful views of the city, and some rooms have a view of the iconic Acropolis itself. A buffet style breakfast is available from the hotel restaurant. The Hera Hotel is also ideally situated for public transport, at just 200 yards away from Acropoli Metro Station - making it an easy base from which to explore this varied and vibrant city.

    Amenities:

    24 - hours Reception - Concierge Service
    Free Parking Space (Upon Availability)
    Elevator
    Wake up call service
    Laundry and dry cleaning Service
    Internet Corner/Business Centre
    Free Wi-Fi Internet connection all over the hotel
    Tourist & Entertainment info
    Excursions
    Rooms & Facilities for Disabled
    Fully sound proof
    Air conditioned

    Niche Hotel Athens
    Niche Hotel Athens

    Niche Hotel is situated in the perfect central location, in the City Centre District, of Athens. The hotel is convenient for public transport, at just 0.1 miles from Akropolis Metro Station, and is close to some of the main tourist sites of the city; such as The Acropolis Museum (0.1 miles) and the Temple of Zeus the Olympian (0.2 miles). It is 0.7 miles from Odeum of Herodes Atticus and 1.2 miles from Anafiotika. The hotel is just over 20 kilometres away from the nearest airport, and less than a mile from the start of the Athens Authentic Marathon.

    Amenities:

    Paid private parking nearby
    Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
    Free breakfast
    Kids stay free
    Highchairs available
    Airport transportation
    Rooftop terrace
    Baggage storage
    Blackout curtains
    Soundproof rooms
    Air conditioning
    Desk
    Coffee / tea maker
    Cable / satellite TV
    Sofa bed
    Walk-in shower

    3 nights
    N/A
    N/A

    * Please note that the price is based on 2 people sharing a room with double bed or 2 single beds. Single supplement fee for a single occupancy of a room.

    Itinerary

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    November 8

    Arrival day

    Please arrange your own flight to Athens airport. The Hera Hotel, Niche Hotel and Divani Acropolis Hotel are in the centre of Athens and are easily accessible from the airport. You rep will pre collect your race pack from the marathon expo and have it ready to hand to you at the hotel. If you wish to attend the marathon expo yourself separately to look around/shop, you are welcome to do so.

    Your Sports Tours rep will be at the hotel throughout the day to welcome you. Marathon runners can collect their free public transport pass from the airport so this can be used to make your way to the hotel today. Non-runners need to purchase their pass.

    In the evening, join the team for pre race drinks at your hotel,m a perfect opportunity for solo travelers to meet fellow runners before the marathon.

     

    November 9

    10k event

    After breakfast, we are offering a complimentary 5k warm up run, for anybody who would like to join. We will head out within the local area to get you warmed up ready for tomorrow. Should you wish to attend the marathon expo for a look around or shopping, you can head to the TAE KWON DO Indoor Hall & Exhibition Centre of Athens, at the Olympic Faliro Coastal Zone. You can either take a taxi to the marathon expo, or go by public transport. After walking from the hotel to the Chatzechrestou Station, you take the train approx 13 stops (30 minutes) to Phoros. The expo is then a short 10 minutes walk.

    Today is also the official 10k starting at 17.00 with a finish at the Panathenaic Stadium.

    November 10

    Race day - Marathon and 5k

    After tucking into your breakfast, transfer to the marathon start before taking your place on the Athens Marathon start line at 9am for the marathon and at 08.15am for the 5k. You will have to be at the start at least one hour before the race start at the latest. On the day of the race transfer buses will be constantly running from the centre of Athens. The nearest point is about a mile’s walk from our hotel where our staff will escort you. There will also be a spectator viewing point for friends and family to enjoy the race.

    After running this memorable marathon, you have the afternoon to celebrate, explore and wear your medal with pride. In the evening join us for our exclusive after party to celebrate in style, including food and drinks at your hotel.

    November 11

    Departure day

    Make your own way back to Athens Airport. Free time dependent on your flight time. You also have the option to extend your stay in Athens to explore for longer (subject to availability).

    Guaranteed entry +

    $TBC

    Marathon race entry fee +

    $TBC

    10k entry fee +

    $TBC

    5k entry fee +

    $TBC

    Extras Included in your marathon entry +

    Bib Number with incorporated timing chip

    – Technical Race T-shirt by Adidas

    – Bag for clothing management

    – Transportation of the runner to the Marathon Start Area (Marathonas) from the city centre of Athens (refers only to the Marathon Race)

    – Services during the race (feed zones and medical assistance) and after the race (feed zone and medical services)

    – Clothing management during the race

    -Accident Insurance during the race by ERGO

    – Finisher’s Medal (received exclusively by finishers)

    -Participation Certificate with finish time through the website of marathonphotos.live (available after the announcement of the Official Race Results and only if the runner is icluded in them)

    – Live tracking via our Official “Athens Marathon & Half” App

    – Backpack
    • Public Transportation Card
    • Free entrance at the Acropolis Museum
    • Face towel
    • 15% discount at the Athens Marathon e-shop

    Plane +

    Athens International Airport is approximately 35km from the city center and will take you approximately 40 minutes.

    Car +

    All licensed taxis in Athens are equipped with metres. The fare is charged per kilometre and per hour.

    Bus +

    The Athens bus and trolleybus network is very extensive. Most buses and trolleybuses run daily from 5 am to midnight (check the timetable of your route.) Airport Express buses operate on a 24-hour basis.

    Train +

    The fastest means of getting around Athens is the Metro. The Athens Metro system consists of 3 lines and connects to the tram, bus routes and suburban railway.

    The course +

    Following the ‘Original Course’ from the ancient city of Marathon to Athens Olympic Stadium, the Athens Marathon offers a historic course that welcomes runners with its various sights along the way, including the Marathon Tomb. You will start the Athens Marathon with a twelve kilometre flat stretch, giving the perfect time to warm up those legs before taking the slightly more demanding nineteen kilometres with slowly climbing hills. All is made worth while as the climb then allows runners to take on a downhill final 11 kilometres towards the finish. After the 26 miles, you will be greeted with thousands of cheers from spectators as you cross the finish line in the breath-taking Athens’ magnificent Panathinaikos Olympic Stadium.

    Does my luggage get transported to my hotel? +

    If airport transfers are included in your package, we will transfer you and your Luggage to the hotel. If you are on a cycling holiday, we will also transfer your bike.

    Do you cater for children? +

    Children are welcome on our trips with the exception of some Hospitality packages.

    Can Vegetarians, Vegans or special diets be catered for? +

    Any dietary requirements e.g., Vegetarian or Vegan etc needs to be advised to us at booking stage. We will then request the meals with the relevant hotel.

    Can I extend my stay along the way? +

    Stays can be extended beyond our standard packages subject to availability at the relevant hotel.

    How can I pay for my holiday? +

    Packages can be paid for online or over the phone by Credit/debit card or Amex, payments can also be made by Bank transfer.

    Do I need travel insurance? +

    Travel insurance is always advised and is best taken out at the time of making a booking.

    What happens if I have to cancel? Will I lose money? +

    Cancelation charges are applicable in the event you cannot travel. Please refer to the booking conditions page.

    Can I change the date after I’ve booked? +

    Subject to amendment fees and hotel availability dates can be changed after initial booking.

    Will anyone from your team meet me during my stay? +

    Dependent on the trip booked we will have representatives on the package this will be outlined in the individual tour. If we have no representation a 24-hour telephone number will be provided.

    Can I travel on my own? +

    Yes, we cater for solo travellers, we can offer single rooms

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    Is the entry guaranteed? +

    All our entries are Guaranteed there is no ballot, lottery or fundraising required once your entry is paid it is guaranteed.

    Do I need to pay a deposit? +

    A deposit will be required at time of booking to secure your place.

    How do I manage a Sports Tours booking? +

    Once booked online you will be able to view and make payments on your account.

    When will I receive my tickets? +

    Itineraries will be sent on all trips around 14 days prior to departure

    What is included in the price? +

    What is included in the price will be shown under each individual package.

    What is not included in the price? +

    What is not included in the price will be shown under each individual package.

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