Athens Marathon 2024
Make History at The 2024 Athens Marathon
Please note 2024 packages are not yet available, please join our waitlist.
Did you know – the Athens Marathon race is inspired by the Ancient Greek legend of Pheidippides, a messenger who is said to have run from Marathon to Athens to bring news of the Greek victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon? This is your opportunity to run the original marathon route, following in those victorious steps.
Rated by Runners World as one of the 100 best races in the world (handpicked by a panel of athletes and experts in 2022), the Athens Marathon will give you the opportunity to experience the wonder of this city while feeling the buzz of a marathon event.
Run through history with more than 43,000 runners and 80,000 spectators.
Travel Package Information
Thursday 9th November, 2023
Today is an arrival day. Please make your own way to the start hotel located in the city centre. This afternoon, for anyone interested in joining, there will be a relaxed group run to the Panathenaic Stadium to shake out your legs for the big day.
Friday 11th November, 2023
Half-Day City Tour & Expo
After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart for a guided half-day city tour including visits to the Acropolis and the iconic Parthenon. Our English-speaking guide will provide a historic and cultural overview of ancient and modern Greece. The tour will end at the race expo so you can collect your race kits. From here, the afternoon is yours to enjoy Athens in your own way before regrouping this evening for an evening reception and race briefing. (Breakfast & Reception included)
Saturday 12th November, 2023
Pre-race Dinner & Optional Cape Sounion Tour or 10K
Today is a free day for you to enjoy ancient Plaka however you choose. If you have opted to join the optional excursion to Cape Sounion on a half-day tour, you will depart this morning on the windy roads headed for the Temple of Poseidon followed by a three-course lunch at a local restaurant. The tour will take approximately 6 hours and must be booked and prepaid in advance.
If you are running the 10km, your race will take place today in the early afternoon/evening. We will walk you down to the start line from the hotel which is just a short walk away.
An included dinner will be served at the hotel tonight for everyone.
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Sunday 13th November, 2023
After an early breakfast make use of the bus transportation provided by the race organizers to transfer to the race start. We will walk you to the buses to ensure a smooth start. After a momentous day on the marathon course, this evening is free to celebrate your achievement however you choose. A non-hosted celebration dinner at a local restaurant is an option for anyone wishing to venture to the Plaka area this evening (steps involved)!
Packages & Rates
Marathon Tours & Travel Athens Marathon package includes the following:
- Stay at a central Athens hotel for 4 nights, taxes included
- Daily breakfasts, excluding arrival day
- Welcome Cocktail Reception (Friday)
- Half-Day Athens City Tour (Friday)
- Pre-race Dinner (Saturday)
- Guidance and support from Marathon Tours & Travel
- Guaranteed 2023 Athens Marathon Entry
All Logistics Covered
We take care of the logistics for you, so you can focus on the event and your trip. Whether you are running or supporting, we have an expert team to ensure your trip runs smoothly.
Achilleas is recently renovated and is a good standard 3* category with multilingual reception staff available 24 hours a day. American buffet breakfast is served every morning and includes products from the Mediterranean diet with Greek flavours, seasonal fresh fruits, cereals, scrambled eggs, honey, cakes, bread rolls with olives, raisins or multi-grains, croissants, hot and cold beverages among others.
You will find many restaurants, traditional tavernas, archaeological sites, and museums close by including the Acropolis. If you want to venture further away the public transport system is easily accessible within 100 metres. Panathinaikos Stadium is only 20 minutes’ walk away (race finish area) making our hotel the perfect choice for runners and companions!
You can choose to relax in the hotel lounge or in your room. All rooms offer free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a TV with satellite channels, wooden floors, a safe deposit box, a mini fridge, and a bathroom. Smoking rooms are available on request.
Twin = 2 single beds pushed together
Double = 1 double bed
Triple = 2 single beds or 1 double bed with 3rd person accommodated on a sofa bed.Hotel Plaka
Hotel Plaka is situated a little over 5 minutes walk to Syntagma Square, Athens’s most central square, and Ermou shopping street. You will find many restaurants, traditional tavernas, archaeological sites, and museums close by including the Acropolis. If you want to venture further away the public transport system is easily accessible within 100 metres. Panathinaikos Stadium is only 20 minutes’ walk away (race finish area) making our hotel the perfect choice for runners and companions!
Hotel Plaka has a breathtaking view of the Acropolis and Plaka area from the roof terrace. It also has a restaurant and is a good standard 3* category.
American buffet breakfast is served every morning and scrambled and hard-boiled eggs, ham, sausages, cheese, beans, a selection of cereals, yogurt with honey, fresh fruits of the season, fruit salad, compote, croissants, cakes, marmalades, etc. There is also a Greek corner with feta cheese, olives, spinach, cheese pies, etc.
All rooms offer free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a TV with satellite channels, a safe deposit box, a mini fridge, and a bathroom.
Twin = 2 single beds pushed together
Double = 1 double bed
Run The Original Marathon Route in Athens
The course starts in the village of Marathon and becomes hilly for the middle third of the distance, the last third is a gradual downhill before finishing inside the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens.
This is your opportunity to run the original marathon route with more than 43,000 runners and 80,000 spectators. The incredible city of Athens is a mecca of historical importance and the Athens Marathon gives you the opportunity to experience the wonder of the city in a truly unique and memorable way.
Race Start Time: 9:00 AM
Weather: Average temperatures range between 60F to 75F.
Course Time Limit: There is an eight (8) hour time limit.
Number Pickup: Each runner must pick up their own race packet at the Expo. Time has been allotted for this during the half-day city tour.
Eligibility: All runners must be at least 18 years of age on race day.
Awards: Every finisher will receive a medal, finisher certificate, sport-bag and commemorative t-shirt.
Difficulty: Difficult due to the hills. The last 10K is downhill, which is a relief to your legs!
Registration & Booking
To take part in the Marathon 42km, you must be at least 18 years old. To take part in the 10km or 5km you must be at least 12 years old.
How to book
To make your booking, make sure that you select the correct number of rooms and types for all members in your party plus all the required extras. When you book, we will require a deposit to confirm your place.
When you confirm your booking, we will take a deposit payment. Subsequent payments are taken automatically.
The cost of the event entry is non-refundable.
Before you travel, check the ‘Entry Requirements’ section for Greece’s current entry restrictions and requirements.
Guaranteed Athens Marathon Entry
We are pleased to offer you guaranteed entry for the 2023 Athens Marathon 42km, 10km, or 5km. You can buy the entry at an additional cost if you also buy the accommodation package with us.
Starting Times and Bib Numbers
Although we are licensed to sell official entries for the 2023 Athens Marathon 42km, 10km, or 5km, we have no influence over the allocation of starting times and bib numbers.
Closer to the event we will ask for your expected pace and other details to complete the registration process for the Athens Marathon. The race organisers will allocate you a starting time and bib based on the information you provide.
All race rules must be followed.