Monday, January 4, 2010

ATHENS CLASSICAL MARATHON 2010 Oct 28 to Nov 1 or Oct 28 to Nov 4

THE 2500 ANNIVERSARY OF PHEIDIPPIDES RUN IN 490 BC !!


490 B.C. – 2010 2,500 years after the Marathon Battle


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A celebration for the victory of the Greeks against the Persians; a victory of the human need for freedom.
A celebration for the triumph of Pheidippides, the Greek soldier who brought the message of victory;
A celebration for the power of human will. A celebration for the 2.500 years from the birth of Marathon runs
All of you are welcome to experience the once in a lifetime anniversary events

AIMS 18TH WORLD CONGRESS 28, 29, 30 October

ATHENS CLASSIC MARATHON EXPO FESTIVAL 29, 30 October

OPENING CEREMONY & MARATHON FLAME LIGHTING CEREMONY 30 October

ATHENS CLASSIC MARATHON RACE & 5-10ΚΜ ROAD RACES Sunday 31 October

ATHENS the City of History ATHENS the City of Civilization ATHENS the City of Entertainment

ATHENS the City of Olympic Games ATHENS the City of the Original Marathon Course
 

Basic Package Oct 28 to Nov 1 Includes:
4 nights hotel with breakfast close to finish of the marathon
Half- Day City  Tour of  Athens including Acropolis and New Acropolis Museum
- Full Package Marathon Kit including:
• provision of bib number,
• provision of timing chip,
• provision of commemorative medal,
• transport of the runners at the Marathon Start (only for the Marathon Race and Power Walking),
• provision of water, soft drinks and medical services during and after the race,
• Participation Certificate with the final and split times of the runner,
• sport bag with commemorative presents (mouse pad, sippers, pen),
• T-shirt of the race
• free use of the Public Transport Means, including those from and to the Athens Airport, for 3 days before & 2 days after the Race.
All Taxes and Service Fees

Optional Private Airport Transfers
Optional Half Day Tour to Half Day Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon
Optional Course Inspection with Specialist in Strategy and Tactics

After May 1 add $50 per person
Runner (includes marathon entry)
$470 per person 3 star hotel based on double occupancy    Single Occupancy $554
$737 per person 4 star hotel based on double occupancy    Single Occupancy $1066 
$887 per person 5 star hotel based on double occupancy    Single Occupancy $ 1254
 

Nonrunner
$345 per person 3 star hotel based on double occupancy     Single Occupancy $429
$612 per person 4 star hotel based on double occupancy     Single Occupancy $941
$762 per person 5 star hotel based on double occupancy     Single Occupancy $1129


All Hotels are 10 to 15 minutes walking distance to marathon finish
Please Note there is limited availability.


 

Optional Extension Classical Tour  of Greece
Nov 1:
Depart for the Corinth Canal (short photo stop). Drive to Epidaurus and visit the Ancient theater,
World famous for its outstanding acoustics. Proceed to Nauplion (short stop) and through the plain of Argos arrive to Mycenae. Visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. In the afternoon depart for Olympia (with an optional stop for purchase of souvenirs en route), the birthplace of the Olympic Games, where we will arrive through the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia.

Nov 2
In the morning, visit the archaeological site of Olympia with the Temples of Zeus & Hera, the Olympic Flame altar, the Stadium and the archaeological museum. Depart via Patras to Rion, cross the Corinthian Bay by the new bridge to Antirrion. Pass by the city of Nafpaktos and from there on, along the coastal road to Delphi, known in ancient times as the navel of the world. In the afternoon visit the picturesque mountain village of Archova. Overnight in Delphi.

Nov 3
In the morning, visit the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. In the afternoon, depart for Athens.
Overnight Athens

Nov 4
Depart Athens

Cost of Extension
$688 USD per person first class hotels based on double occupancy
$545 USD per person tourist class hotels based on double occupancy


Description of Places Visited

Acropolis of Mycenae

Mycenae 'Rich in Gold', the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon, first sung by Homer in his epics, is the most important and richest palatial centre of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization, while the myths related to its history have inspired poets and writers over many centuries, from the Homeric epics and the great tragedies of the Classical period to contemporary literary and artistic creation. Perseus, son of Zeus and Dana?, daughter of Akrisios, king of Argos and descendant of Danaos, is traditionally considered as its mythical founder.

Pausanias reports that Perseus named the new city Mycenae after the pommel (mykes) of his sword, which fell there, or after the Perseia spring, discovered there under the root of a mushroom (mykes). According to the myth, Perseus's descendants reigned at Mycenae for three generations. After the last of them, Eurystheas, died childless, the Mycenaeans chose Atreus, son of Pelops, father of Agamemnon and Menelaos, as their king.


The Archaeological Site of Epidaurus
The Classical city-state of Epidaurus was located on the Northeast coast of the Peloponnese, adjacent to the modern village Palaia Epidavros. The ancient city began at the southern outskirts of the modern settlement and extended eastwards on a narrow peninsula, called Nisi (island) in Middle Ages, which divided the city port in two parts. The civic and commercial center was located on the peninsula. Additionally, ruins of houses are still visible at its southern part, on the neck connecting the peninsula to mainland, where the city's local theater, dating to the 4th c. BC was also uncovered. The Acropolis (citadel) of the city was located on the summit above this theater. Although the god Asklepios was worshipped as their patron and protector, the Epidaurians had dedicated only a sacred precint to him within the city's limits.

Nafplion - the first capital of Modern Greece
The lovely seaside town of Nafplion (also sometimes called Nauplia or Nafplio) is the capital and administrative center of the prefecture of Argolida, and is an excellent base from which to explore the two nearby World Heritage sites of Epidaurus and Mycenae. It is an area steeped in history and has a long connection with the sea, as it is named after the Argonaut son of Poseidon! It has a lovely harbor front and a well-protected harbor, and it is a frequent port-of-call for cruise ships, whose passengers get a peek at this lovely town, or go on to visit Epidaurus and Mycenae.

The Archaelogical site of Ancient Olympia
Olympia was the site of the ancient Olympic Games, which were celebrated every four years by the Greeks. Olympia was situated in a valley in Elis, in western Pelopónnisos (Peloponnesus), through which runs the Alpheus River. It was not a town, but only a sanctuary with buildings associated with games and the worship of the gods.

Olympia was a national shrine of the Greeks and contained many treasures of Greek art, such as temples, monuments, altars, theaters, statues, and votive offerings of brass and marble. The Altis, or sacred precinct, enclosed a level space about 200 m (about 660 ft) long by nearly 177 m (nearly 580 ft) broad. In this were the chief centers of religious worship, the votive buildings, and buildings associated with the administration of the games.

The archaeological site of Delphi
The famous site of Delphi. Visit of Delphi, the centre of the Ancient world - the “Omphalos” (Navel) of the Earth - whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. We will visit the Treasury of the Athenians and the Temple of Apollo.

Our visit will continue with the museum of Delphi which contains such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias.

At the end of their guided visit the guests can enjoy their late lunch in a restaurant in Delphi and afterwards they will be transferred back to their hotel.



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