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Run Athens

Run Athens

7 days, 1 city5
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From $2199 without flightsPayments as low as $121

An aerial view of a large city with a stadium located in the center lit up at night
An aerial view of a large city with a stadium located in the center lit up at night
A shot of many people's legs running in sneakers and athletic gear
A statue of a bust of a man with many stairs in the background
An alleyway between two buildings covered with hanging umbrellas and filled with people sitting at tables
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Why go?

Part sightseeing, part heavy breathing—this escape to Athens combines all the ancient Greek sites and tzatziki-covered cuisine you’re looking for with the ultimate physical challenge: running the Athens Marathon.

Registration for the 5k, 10k or Marathon will be coordinated by EF Ultimate Break. All travelers will be asked to confirm their race selection and entry details after booking but in advance of the trip.

Picture yourself

  • Running across the finish line of the Athens Marathon

  • Channeling ancient gods and goddesses at the Acropolis

  • Savoring the fresh, local ingredients of Greek cuisine

  • Touring the town of Marathon, site of the Battle of Marathon

  • People watching at a traditional taverna

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers (or book 'em yourself)

  • 5 nights in handpicked, city-center accommodations

  • 5 breakfasts

  • 3 dinners

  • Expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 support

  • Registration and race day transportation for 5k, 10k, or marathon

  • Athens food tour

  • Insider tour of Athens with local guide

Map for the Run Athens tour
Full trip itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Overnight flight

    Board your overnight flight to Athens, the cradle of Western Civilization and one of the oldest cities in the world. NBD.

  • Day 2: Arrive in Athens + Welcome Dinner

    Welcome to Athens! 2,500 years ago, it was kind of a happening place, and still is today—with fewer people in togas walking around.

    Today's highlights:

    • Meet an EF representative and fellow travelers as they arrive at the airport.
    • Transfer to your hotel to check in and check out your room.
    • Get acquainted with Athens on a brief walk around the city with your Tour Director.
    • Enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with your group.
  • Day 3: Tour Athens + group dinner

    Today, you’ll get to know the real Athens with a real local guide. Then, top it off with a hearty meal with your group to fuel for your race.

    Today's highlights:

    • Step back in time at the historic Acropolis of Athens with your local guide.
    • See the Propylaea, the Theatre of Dionysus, and a bunch of other structures you’ll need your guide’s help to pronounce.
    • Take in incredible panoramic views of Athens from the citadel’s hilltop vantage point.
    • Carbo-load at an included dinner with your group.
  • Day 4: Tour Marathon + 10k Road Race

    Today you’ll join your group and Tour Director on a trip to Marathon, the site of the Battle of Marathon (490 BCE) and starting line for tomorrow’s race. And if you’re running in the 10k, this afternoon is your moment.

    Today's highlights:

    • Visit the town of Marathon with your Tour Director.
    • Witness the Athens Marathon opening ceremony.
    • Get to the starting line (if you’re running) of the 10k Road Race.

    Free time suggestions

    Ancient Agora of Athens: Visit the ruins that were once the central gathering place for ancient Greeks and do your best Socrates impression.

    National Archaeology Museum: It’s considered one of the greatest museums in the world, housing everything from Greek sculptures to Egyptian Antiquities.

  • Day 5: Athens Marathon and 5k

    If you’re signed up for the 5k or the marathon, today’s your day. You’ve trained hard (right?) and traveled far for this, so hit the pavement and do your best. And if you’ve somehow still got gas in the tank afterwards, get out and do some more exploring.

    Today's highlights:

    • Wake up, hydrate, and get to that starting line.
    • Put one foot in front of the other until you finish the job.
    • Celebrate your accomplishment—with a nap, big plates of food, or both!

    Free time suggestions

    Kolonaki: Combine two favorite traveler pastimes—shopping and people watching—in this chic, trendy neighborhood in central Athens.

    Mount Lycabettus: Hike (or don’t—there’s a cable car) to the highest point in Athens for spectacular views of the city in every direction.

  • Day 6: Athens food tour + Farewell Dinner

    It's been a huge couple of days. You’re probably tired and you’re definitely hungry. Let’s keep it simple on your last full day—a food tour to start and some more food at the Farewell Dinner to wrap it all up.

    Today's highlights:

    • Replenish all those lost calories during a local food tour.
    • Start with some cold cuts and cheese at a delicatessen.
    • Sit down at a taverna for small plates, drinks, and Greek donuts.
    • Finish your tour with a much-needed caffeine boost at a coffee shop.

    Free time suggestions

    Plaka: If you take your neighborhoods like you take your ancient ruins (historic), Plaka is for you. Feel the energy as you stroll the narrow streets.

    Ouzo: Seek out the perfect taverna to sample ouzo, the local anise-flavored aperitif, with some Greek bites on the side.

  • Day 7: Fly home

    Antio, filoi!
    Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?

Reviews


Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Based on 5 authentic traveler reviews
  • Incredible experience!!

      Anonymous, traveled Nov. 2023

    This was a bucket list experience and I am so happy I decided to book this trip!

  • Run Athens

      Keri, traveled Nov. 2023

    You guys - get close. Let me tell you something about this trip. Is a marathon a crazy distance? Yes. But let me tell you that this is one of the best trips I've been on. Panagiotis and the EF team really put their hearts and souls into this trip and it shows. Athens was a wonderful city to spend a week getting to know the culture and the people. Our ... See more

  • 10/10 rewarding trip

      Shkeisha, traveled Nov. 2023

    This was my first solo trip and it was Amazing and rewarding. The tour director was awesome he made sure that we were happy with the itinerary it was very warmhearted.

  • The run, the people, the sights - oh my goddess!

      Mannie, traveled Nov. 2023

    This trip has been amazing! The accommodations were fantastically located. It was within walking distance to some of the best places around. The walking and food tour were delightful, and the sights were just incredible. The atmosphere before the runs was out of this world. I signed up for the marathon (my first one), but being there the day before cheering... See more

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