Welcome to Marathon
This tiny railroad town has two claims to fame. First, it's the closest town to Big Bend's north entrance, providing a last chance to fill up your car and your stomach before immersing yourself in the park. And it's got the Gage Hotel, a true Texas treasure that's a worthwhile reason to stay awhile – or at least overnight.Just don't show up and say 'Mar-a-THON' like it's a race. If you want to fit in 'round these... Read More
Top experiences in Marathon
Private Tour: Marathon from Athens
Start your day with a pickup from your centrally located Athens hotel. Alternatively, meet your private driver and guide at a pre-arranged central Athens meeting point, and then enjoy the scenic 1-hour journey to Marathon. As you relax in your air-conditioned car, chat with your guide about the tour and ask any questions you may have about the region. The beauty of having a private guide is that any commentary is tailored to your interests.Your first stop is the Marathon Tomb. Also known as the Tomb of the Athenians, the burial mound is situated on the Athens-Marathon road, roughly 2.5 miles (4 km) before the town of Marathon, and is the final resting place of 192 soldiers who died in the Battle of Marathon. Hear from your guide about this bloody battle that took place in 490 BC during the first Persian invasion of Greece, and learn how those who fell were cremated and buried in this tomb as a reminder of their sacrifice and bravery.Then, continue on to the site where the marathon race originated. Listen as your guide shares the fascinating legend of the soldier who ran 26 miles from Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated before he collapsed and died.Next, return to your private car and enjoy a short drive to Lake Marathon, a reservoir surrounded by verdant natural beauty. Here, perhaps refresh with a drink and a snack at the cafe (own expense) and stroll leisurely toward Marathon Dam. Entirely paneled in pristine white marble, it is the world’s only marble dam.After your exploration, return to Athens in your private vehicle. As you travel, listen to your guide share insights into the fascinating worlds of both modern and Ancient Greece. Your tour concludes at the original start point in the afternoon.
Helicopter Tour of Pigeon Key
Board a comfortable helicopter at Marathon Airport and lift off into the sunny skies to begin your aerial tour of Florida’s iconic Pigeon Key. Discover a new perspective on the Seven Mile Bridge as you soar along the eastern side above blue waters. Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Florida Keys as your pilot whisks you through the air. Gaze down on translucent waters and see, with incredible clarity, sting rays, dolphins and sharks swimming about. Swoop down toward the water, where you’ll get up close views of the craggy coral reefs just below the water’s surface.Get your camera ready as the copter closes in on Pigeon Key, a small historic island that spans only 5 acres but is home to eight buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Peek out the window for one last stretch of epic views on the way back to Marathon, where you can continue to explore the beauty of the Keys on your own.Extend your tour!Upgrade to extend your flight to pass over the iconic Sombrero Key Lighthouse.Please note: Due to safety requirements, we cannot accommodate persons weighing more than 300 pounds (136 kg). For a group of three, no more than a total of 550 pounds (249 kg).
Helicopter Flight Over Florida Keys
Choose between a 60-minute see-it-all tour or a 20-minute sunset flight in the Florida Keys from Marathon Airport. You can't go wrong with either option — no matter which you choose, you’ll see the impossibly blue waters of the Florida Keys with a bird’s-eye view. Sunset TourFor a unparalleled romantic experience, the sunset tour will whisk you and your special someone above the waters and allow you to witness Florida’s unique sunset colors as they change over picturesque islands set amid blue waters. Don’t forget to look down, as you may see turtles and dolphins slowly swimming through the sea beneath you. Approximately 20 minutes. See Everything TourKick back and relax on this fantastic overview tour of the Florida Keys by copter. Cruise over the craggy isles and coral reefs that make the Florida Keys famous. Explore paradise by air as you gaze out your window at the sea life swimming beneath you. See the historic Sombrero Key Lighthouse and appreciate the views of the surrounding islands and ocean. Approximately one hour. Please note: Due to safety requirements, we cannot accommodate persons weighing more than 300 pounds (136 kg). For a group of three, no more than a total of 550 pounds (249 kg).
Private Athens Shore Excursion: Athens to Marathon
Meet your private driver-guide at Piraeus Port in Athens, and then sit back and relax in your comfortable, air-conditioned car on the journey to Marathon. As you start your shore excursion, talk with your guide about the region and take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The beauty of having a private guide is that any commentary is tailored to your interests.After around an hour, make your first stop on the Athens-Marathon road, roughly 2.5 miles (4 km) before the town of Marathon. Here, visit Marathon Tomb, a 33-foot (10-meter) high mound where 192 soldiers who died in the Battle of Marathon were buried. Listen as your guide shares the tale of this tragic battle that took place in 490 BC during the first Persian invasion of Greece.Then, discover the origins of the namesake race at the site where it originated. Hear the fascinating legend of the soldier who ran 26 miles to Athens, without stopping, to announce the Persian defeat, only to collapse and die after sharing the news.Continue on to Lake Marathon, a water supply reservoir that is surrounded by lush greenery. Wander toward the pristine Marathon Dam, the only marble dam in the world, and take in the stunning natural vistas, perhaps stopping in the cafe to recharge with a cooling drink or light snack (own expense).When the time comes, hop back inside your private transport and return to Piraeus Port where you tour concludes.Worry-Free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to Piraeus Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.