Athens Marathon

Nights
from 4
Date
November 10, 2024
  • 10k
  • 5k
  • Marathon

If you have questions regarding Marathon Tours & Travel’s Athens Packages please: EMAIL OUR TRIP DESIGNER or CALL 617-242-7845

Marathon Tours & Travel first started offering travel packages to the Authentic Athens Marathon in 1983. For the 2,500th anniversary of Pheidippides’ run from Marathon to Athens, we brought more than 900 runners – the largest group from anywhere in the world. Today, 40 years later, we are still pleased to be an official travel operator for this highly popular race event!

Every runner dreams of following in the footsteps of Pheidippides and now is your chance to join runners from around the world at the 41st Athens Authentic Marathon. In addition to the marathon, a 10K and 5K are also available on race weekend. All of the races finish inside the 1896 the Panathenaic Stadium, built for the first modern Olympic Games. Our package provides hotel accommodations at the perfectly situated Olympic Royal Hotel, a half-day Athens city tour with a stop at the EXPO, an optional half-day tour to the Temple of Poseidon, full breakfast daily, a welcome reception, pre-race dinner and the services of a Marathon Tours & Travel host.

We offer the option to start your time in Greece on the beautiful island of Santorini and finish it with four days of touring ‘Classical Greece’ with visits to Corinth, Theatre of Epidauros, Mycenae for the Tomb of Agamemnon, Olympia, Delphi, and the amazing monasteries of Meteora that provide striking scenery. Come join us for an extraordinary experience in Greece!

Meals Included

Meals Included

Meals according to the Itinerary

Trip Extension

Trip Extension

Pre-race extension to Santorini; post-race Greece Classical Experience

Accommodation

Accommodation

Ideally located Hotel

Entry

Entry

Guaranteed Entry

Excursions

Excursions

Half-day city tour with stop at Expo

A Helping Hand

A Helping Hand

Marathon Tours & Travel Host on-site

Worldwide Events

Worldwide Events

On most runners' bucket list!

Medal Bling

Medal Bling

Race shirt and Finisher Medal

Travel Package Information

  • Itinerary

    • Athens Authentic Marathon Package/4 Nights/November 7 – 11, 2024

      Thursday, November 7
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      Arrive in Athens and transfer on your own to the Royal Olympic Hotel. Check-in is at 3:00PM. If your room is not available upon your arrival, they will hold your bags should you wish to start exploring!  (no meals included)

      Friday, November 8
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      An optional easy paced shake-out run led by your MTT Host is offered prior to breakfast with a few photo stops along the way! Your half-day city tour with our local English-speaking guide begins at 9:00AM with visits to the Acropolis and the iconic Parthenon. Prior to returning to the hotel, we will visit the Athens Authentic Marathon EXPO to collect our bibs. Enjoy the afternoon on your own until we gather for our Welcome Reception at the Royal Olympic Hotel. (breakfast and reception included)

      Saturday, November 9
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      Today you can choose to:

      1. Have a free day to explore Athens (such as the ancient Plaka) on your own.
      2. Join us for the optional half-day tour (6 hours) to Cape Sounion where we will visit the Temple of Poseidon and stop for a three-course lunch at a local fish restaurant. The tour must be booked in advanced. (lunch included).  Please note that we will go along a winding road by the shore. If you easily get car sickness you may want to take non-drowsy medication in advance.

      Tonight we will gather for a grand pre-race dinner at the Royal Olympic.  (Breakfast and dinner included)

      Note to 10K Runners: If you are participating in the 10K, please note that the day tour will return to the hotel around 3:30 PM.  The 10K starts at 5:00 PM (subject to change) and it is requested you be at the starting area by 4:30 PM.  We will walk you from the hotel to the corral area, which is only a few blocks away. Your walk from the finish line at the Stadium back to your hotel is approximately 10-minutes. Please join us after your race for dinner.

      Sunday, November 10
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      MARATHON DAY!  Bus transportation is provided by the race organizers to the start in Marathon. Your MTT hosts will escort you to the buses (approximately a 10-minute walk) and ensure you are on your way to the start! For those running the 5K, the race will start later this morning.  The corral area is only a few blocks away from the Royal Olympic Hotel. Your walk from the finish line at the Stadium back to your hotel is approximately 10-minutes.  The rest of your day and evening are on your own. 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).  (breakfast included)

       

      Monday, November 11
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      Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before checking-out and departing to the airport for your international flight home.  Airport transfers are on your own. (breakfast included)

    • Athens Authentic Marathon and Classical Greek Experience/8 Nights/November 7 – 16, 2024

      Thursday, November 7
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      Arrive in Athens and transfer on your own to the Royal Olympic Hotel. Check-in is at 3:00PM. If your room is not available upon your arrival, they will hold your bags should you wish to start exploring!  (no meals included)

      Friday, November 8
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      An optional easy paced shake-out run led by your MTT Host is offered prior to breakfast with a few photo stops along the way! Your half-day city tour with our local English-speaking guide begins at 9:00AM with visits to the Acropolis and the iconic Parthenon. Prior to returning to the hotel, we will visit the Athens Authentic Marathon EXPO to collect our bibs. Enjoy the afternoon on your own until we gather for our Welcome Reception at the Royal Olympic Hotel. (breakfast and reception included)

      Saturday, November 9
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      Today you can choose to:

      1. Have a free day to explore the ancient Plaka and surrounding area on your own.
      2. Join us for the optional half-day tour (6 hours) to Cape Sounion where we will visit the Temple of Poseidon and stop for a three-course lunch at a local fish restaurant. The tour must be booked in advanced. (lunch included).  Please note that we will go along a winding road by the shore. If you easily get car sickness you may want to take non-drowsy medication in advance.

      Tonight we will gather for a grand pre-race dinner at the Royal Olympic. (breakfast and dinner included)

      10K RUNNERS: The 10K will start in the late afternoon/early evening.  We will walk you from the hotel to the corral area, which is only a few blocks away. Your walk from the finish line at the Stadium back to your hotel is approximately 10-minutes. Please join us after your race for dinner. Note: if you are on the Cape Sounion Tour, expect to return to the hotel around 3:30 PM (depending on traffic).

      Sunday, November 10
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      MARATHON DAY!  Bus transportation is provided by the race organizers to the start in Marathon.  For those running the 5K, the race will start later this morning.  The corral area is only a few blocks away from the Royal Olympic Hotel. Your walk from the finish line at the Stadium back to your hotel is approximately 10-minutes.  The rest of your day and evening are on your own. 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). (breakfast included)

      Monday, November 11
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      Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before checking-out and departing for our Classical Greek Extension. Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal for a short photo stop of this engineering marvel. Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidauros, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the town of Nauplion for lunch and continue on to Mycenae and visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games at the Hotel Arty Grand. (breakfast and dinner included)

      Tuesday, November 12
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      In the morning, we will visit the archaeological site of ancient Olympia with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. We will then drive on through the plains of Eliad and Achaia until we reach the magnificent bridge that crosses the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Through the mountains, we will pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea and finally arrive in Delphi. Overnight at the Hotel Nafsika Palace.(breakfast and dinner included)

      Wednesday, November 13
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      A visit to the Archaeological Site and the Museum at Delphi is on the schedule for today. We will then depart for Kalambaka, a small town stated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks. Overnight at the Hotel Divani Meteora. (breakfast and dinner included)

      Thursday, November 14
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      We will visit Meteora, an area with striking scenery, Monasteries perched on top of huge rocks, which seem to be suspended in mid-air. Here you will see the exquisite specimens of preserved Byzantine art. We will return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, and Thermopylae with a short stop to see a monument dedicated to King Leonida and his 300 Spartans. We should arrive in Athens in the early evening.  Overnight at the Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel. (breakfast included)

      Friday, November 15
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      Today is departure day. Individuals will check out and head back to the airport or beyond. The Sofitel Athens Airport is located 50 meters from the International Airport; those departing today can walk directly to the terminal. (breakfast included)

      Please note the only meals included are listed on the itinerary.

  • Extensions

    • Pre-Race Excursion to Santorini | November 4 – 7, 2024

      Monday, November 4 – Arrive in Athens and walk the short distance to the Sofitel Hotel located directly across the street. Here you will spend your first night to rest and be ready for your early flight to Santorini in the morning! (no meals included)

      Tuesday, November 5 – This morning, following an early breakfast, you will depart for Santorini. The exact details of the flight will be provided once confirmed. Upon arriving in Santorini, you will be transferred to the Rocabella Hotel for your two night stay. The rest of the day and evening are on your own. Optional activities such as an island tour, guided trek to Oia, winery and/or brewery tours will be available to book in advance. (breakfast included)

      Wednesday, November 6 – Enjoy a free day in Santorini. Optional activities will be available to book in advance or simply relax and enjoy the island at your own pace! (breakfast included)

      Thursday, November 7 – Have a relaxing final morning in Santorini. In the late morning, you will be transferred to the Santorini Airport for your short flight back to Athens. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Olympic Royal Hotel.  (breakfast included)

      Notes:

      • A minimum of eight (8) persons required for pre-race package pricing
      • If the group size is 20 persons or more, an MTT Host will be on-site. Otherwise, this is a non-hosted excursion
      • Flight schedule will be shared as soon as flights confirmed
  • Packages & Rates

    • Athens Authentic Marathon and Classical Greek Experience | Eight-Night Package: November 7 – 16, 2024

      Features:

      • Hotel Accommodations in each city as described
      • Hotel Taxes
      • Buffet breakfast daily at your hotel
      • Meals according to the Itinerary
      • Entrance Fee to:
        • Epidaurus Archeological Site & Museum
        • Olympia Site & Museum
        • Mycenae Museum, Archeological & Tomb of Agamemnon
        • Delphi Archeological Site & Museum
        • Two (2) Monasteries in Meteroa
      • Hosted by Marathon Tours & Travel staff
      • Also includes all features listed below in the Four Night Package

      Athens Authentic Marathon Tour | Four-Night Package: November 7 – 11, 2024

      Features:

      • Four night hotel accommodations
      • Buffet breakfast daily
      • Welcome Cocktail Reception on Friday, November 8
      • Athens Half-Day City Tour
      • Pre-race Pasta Dinner on Saturday, November 9
      • All hotel taxes and gratuities
      • All guide tips
      • Hosted by Marathon Tours & Travel staff
      • Race entry fee is additional

      Not Included:

      • Race entry fee
      • Airfare to and from Athens
      • Travel Insurance
      • Meals unless noted above

      Pre-Race Extension to Santorini | Three-Night Package: November 4 – 7, 2024

      Features:

      • Three night hotel accommodations
      • Athens/Santorini roundtrip flight
      • Buffet breakfast daily (except on arrival day)
      • Airport transfers in Santorini
      • Airport transfer from Athens to Royal Olympic Hotel (Nov 7)
      • All hotel taxes

      Not Included:

      • Airfare to and from Athens
      • Travel Insurance
      • Meals unless noted on itinerary
      • Tips and gratuities

      Flights:

      For the Athens Marathon Package you need to arrive and depart from Eleftherios Venizelos Airport in Athens. The Airport Code is ATH.

      Important Travel Notes (per U.S. regulations): 

      Airline ticket names need to match your passport exactly.  All passports need to have a blank page for visa space (if required) as well as a validity date of six months from the date your trip departs. If your passport expires less than six months prior to the departure of this tour (May 2024), you need to renew this passport for valid travel. Click for more information on travel details.

       

      Rates (all prices are per person and in US dollars) – 2024 Rates Coming Soon

      Triple rooms and additional hotel nights are available upon request. 

      Eight​-Night PackageDouble OccupancySingle Occupancy
      Royal Olympic Hotel in Athens – Executive Room$1950 per person$2605
      Royal Olympic Hotel in Athens - Deluxe Room$2075 per person$2820
      Royal Olympic Hotel in Athens – Athenian Panorama$2315 per person$3305
      Four-Night PackageDouble OccupancySingle Occupancy
      Royal Olympic Hotel – Executive Room$725 per person$1155
      Royal Olympic Hotel - Deluxe Room$850 per person$1370
      Royal Olympic Hotel – Athenian Panorama$1090 per person$1855
      Optional Day Tour - SaturdayRate
      Cape Sounion + Temple of Poseidon + Lunch$118 per person
      Santorini ExtensionDouble OccupancySingle Occupancy
      November 4-7, 2024$940 per person$1295
      DistanceRace Entry Fee
      Marathon/42K$110 per person
      10K$95 per person
      5K$85 per person
  • Hotels

    • Santorini
      Rocabella Hotel

      Rocabella Santorini was born out of Santorini’s whitest whites and bluest blues, a peaceful retreat for travelers who seek a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Literally meaning ‘beautiful rock’, our resort is located in the picturesque village of Imerovigli, a slice of heaven where you can enjoy the best sizzling sunset story of your life. The privileged location of the hotel, just far enough away from the bustle of the city, yet strategically positioned within easy reach of the capital, Fira and the dreamlike village of Oia, makes it ideal for every type of traveler. The mesmerizing view of the splendid Santorinean sunsets, the ambient romance and minimal chic design pervade the whole resort and the sun-kissed rooms. Your wanderlust stops here as you immerse yourself in the comforts of this little piece of paradise. Above all, every service provided, be it the freshly cut flowers or the daily maid service, makes guests feel spoilt and pampered.

      Athens
      Royal Olympic Hotel

      Beneath the shadow of Acropolis and just in front of the famous Temple of Zeus lays one of the most luxurious hotels in Athens. This 5-star property is right next to picturesque “Plaka” (the Old Town), the Royal Gardens and the Ancient Stadium. The total renovation that took place in 2015 transformed this Athens hotel and turned the Athenian Panorama Rooms into the finest rooms in town.

      Post-Race Extension

      Olympion Asty (dinner and breakfast included)
      Nafsika Palace (dinner and breakfast included)
      Divani Metoeora (dinner and breakfast included)
      Sofitel Athens Airport (breakfast included)

  • Event Information

    • Race Date:  November 10, 2024

      Race Start Time: 9:00 AM

      Course: The marathon course starts in the small village of Marathon and traces the route used for the first modern Olympics and the 2004 Olympics. It passes the Tomb of Marathon where the Athenians soldiers who lost their lives in this historic battle are buried. The course is very hilly from nine (9) miles until 20 miles. The last 10K is mostly a gradual downhill. It finishes inside the Panathenaic Stadium  built for the first modern Olympics in 1896. The 5K and 10K both start on Amalias Avenue in front of the Zappeion Megaro entrance (walking distance from the hotels) and finish inside the Stadium. You can find the course map here.

      Temperature: Average temperatures range between 60F to 75F.

      Course Time Limit: There is an eight (8) hour time limit.

      Guaranteed Entry Procedure: We offer a discounted guaranteed entry when you book our hotel package.  Your entry fee includes:

      • 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 (water, isotonic drinks, juice and medical services)
      • Clothing management during the race (Bag Check)
      • 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 included in them)
      • Live tracking via our Official App Athens Marathon & App
      • Backpack
      • Public Transportation Card
      • Free entrance at the Acropolis Museum
      • Face towel
      • 15% discount at the marathonshop.gr

      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

    • Rates: Air and land prices may change due to currency fluctuations and fuel surcharges.

      Reservations and Payments: A completed tour application together with a deposit of $400 per person must be received before confirming your reservations. Final payment must be received by September 1, 2024.

      Cancellations: All payments, including your deposit, are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Non-transferrable includes applying your balance to another person, another year or another trip. Should you cancel for any reason, you will forfeit your trip investment. Therefore, travel insurance for every trip is highly recommended. All cancellations must be received in writing.

      Not included in price: All items not specifically listed under tour features. Entry fees are additional. Entry fees are non-refundable.

      Insurance: For your protection, trip cancellation, baggage, health and accident insurance is highly recommended for all participants. However, no representation or description of the insurance made by our staff constitutes a binding assurance or promise about the insurance.

      Travel Insurance for U.S. Residents
      Travel Insurance for Canadian Residents

      Security Policy: Marathon Tours & Travel’s security policy requires that anyone staying in our room block must be registered as part of our package. If a registered client attempts to house a non-registered guest and /or invite them to attend any of our scheduled activities, the registered guest’s tour package will be forfeited and parties may be denied access to future tours. Please note that no exceptions will be made as this policy will be strictly enforced.

      Responsibility: These tours are operated by Marathon Tours, Inc. of Chelsea, MA who acts only as an agent for the passenger to the companies offering such services and assumes no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity caused by any reason whatsoever by any party offering such services. All terms and conditions offered are governed by the laws of Massachusetts. The right is reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure with a refund, less applicable credit card and processing fees, made as full settlement to the passenger. The right is reserved by Marathon Tours, Inc. to deny acceptance of a booking application by any person. Marathon Tours, Inc. may make any changes or alterations in the itinerary as it deems necessary for the proper handling of the tour. The sole responsibility of any airline used is limited to that set out in the passenger contract evidenced by the ticket. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time that the passengers are not on board their aircraft.

  • Testimonials

    • "It was the most amazing, exhilarating and adventurous trip..." - 2023

      It was the most amazing, exhilarating and adventurous trip and I loved every minute of it

      "I am so thankful..." - 2023

      I am so thankful to have been a part of this well organized, fun and exciting adventure. Hats off to Karen and her crew.

      ""The four-night extension was exciting, breathtaking and..." - 2023

      “The four-night extension was exciting, breathtaking and filled with knowledge. The mountains were exquisite and the bus driver and tour guide made the trip a dream of a lifetime.

      "The enthusiasm of the fans on the course could not be beat..." - 2023

      Other than that one 10 mile uphill, it was a phenomenal race. The enthusiasm of the fans on the course could not be beat, and I loved finishing into the Olympic Stadium. Those last 6 miles were as much fun as I remember in a race.

      "our seventh trip with Marathon Tours..." - 2023

      Our seventh trip with Marathon Tours and every one has been exceptional!

      "I was leery as I am a solo travel and first timer with MTT..." - 2023

      I was leery as I am a solo travel and first timer with MTT. The trip exceeded my expectations!! I will certainly be looking for another trip with MTT and will be joining the numerous people who are repeat customers.

      "Our local tour guide, Laura was amazing..." - 2022

      Our local tour guide, Laura was amazing. Her knowledge of history, geography, language, sites to visit were incredible.

      "It was described as a challenging course..." - 2022

      It was described as a challenging course and that was not an understatement (or overstatement). I was impressed by the number of aid stations along the course. I never was worried about there not being enough supplies at any of them.

      "The extension is well worth it..." - 2022

      The extension is well worth it. The hotels were well located and the food was excellent. The breakfast at Sofitel Airport Hotel was amazing, we stayed an extra two nights before our flight back home. The sites were all amazing. Laura was exceptional, her passion for her country’s history was evident and she had our full attention.

      "We would recommend this trip with the extension to our friends..." - 2022

      We would recommend this trip with the extension to our friends. Even though the marathon is hard with not may historic sites on the way, the sites close to the hotel and the extension make this trip worthwhile!

      "I enjoyed the excursions and the marathon, of course!" - 2022

      I had a great experience, I enjoyed the excursions and the marathon, of course! I also loved the run on Friday with Karen and some of the runners from the group. All the runners and companions were great! I made lifetime friends and can’t wait to join another race destination with Marathon Tours & Travel.

      "The original Athens Authentic Marathon has been a dream experience..." - 2022

      The original Athens Authentic Marathon has been a dream experience for several years and you made it happen.

      "Karen is great!" - 2022

      Karen is great! She is very patient and knowledgeable about the Athens trip. The shakeout run was great. The hotel is in excellent location, and walking distance to everything. Thank you Karen for a nice trip. Will be with Marathon Tours & Travel in the future.

      "Karen, Please accept my most sincere appreciation..." - 2021

      Karen, Please accept my most sincere appreciation for your absolute commitment for masterfully addressing our each and every need during our Athens adventure from start to finish! You were always available to make sure every item and/or detail move smoothly. This Athens’ trip moves to the top of the list of trips I’ve taken with MTT followed by Tokyo and Cuba (which you lead also)! I imagine, the trip was enriched by your kind, thoughtful, patient disposition. Many Thanks Unto You!

      "An amazing, unexpected, brilliant trip..." - 2021

      An amazing, unexpected, brilliant trip. Traveling with in the shadow of COVID-19 made everything more challenging, but MT & our guides Karen & Laura made everything so much easier. Would travel with MT again and again.

      "Spectacular experience..." - 2021

      Spectacular experience from start to finish!

      "The Athens Marathon was a great experience..." - 2021

      The Athens Marathon was a great experience, with a tough, uphill course and spectacular finish in the Panathenaic Stadium. Athens is a fascinating, ancient city with so much to see and do. Karen was a fantastic, enthusiastic trip leader who was so helpful with all my questions.

      "A+ overall trip..." - 2019

      A+ overall trip. We had a blast and would recommend it to anyone. This was our first Marathon T&T trip, and we will DEFINITELY be going on another one!

      "This was my 4th trip with Marathon Tours..." - 2019

      This was my 4th trip with Marathon Tours and every time its been a great experience. Anytime I do a race overseas, Marathon Tours makes it an enjoyable experience.

      "I highly recommend my tour group - Marathon Tours and Travel..." - 2019

      I highly recommend my tour group – Marathon Tours and Travel. Many of my fellow participants have traveled with Marathon Tours and Travel to other events, which is the best recommendation. I was impressed with the organization and friendliness of our two guides – Stephanie DiBrita and Nicole – who herded their 50 or so cats into a cohesive whole. Communication, hotels, buses, dinners, time tables were spot on. My fellow tour group members were a varied lot, mostly from United States and Canada, and all committed participants in training and running and racing. One gal marked her 100th marathon and completion of the “Seven Continents Club”. Another couple has run marathons in all 50 states, and is working on running half-marathons in all 50 states. We discovered commonalities and favorites, and certainly will encounter one another at future events. Wonderful times sharing stories.

      "It was so well organized and supported..." - 2019

      This was my 44th marathon and I cannot express how thrilled I am to have had the privilege of being in Athens for this amazing run. It was so well organized and supported… the finish was just epic!

      "Stephanie and Nicole were great trip managers..." - 2019

      Stephanie and Nicole were great trip managers. They didn’t hesitate to answer questions and were extremely knowledgeable about the event, race and Athens. Anytime someone gets an opportunity to do an experience with marathon tours, they will be in good hands if they are their trip managers.

      "Stephanie and Nicole are amazing..." - 2019

      Stephanie and Nicole are amazing providing information and making sure we are having a good time! They are very kind and helpful. They definitely make our tours experience unforgettable! I will take any tour with them !

      "Experiencing a new culture steeped in ancient history..." - 2018

      Experiencing a new culture steeped in ancient history. Interacting with (shock) individuals like myself, hearing their stories, learning from their cultural and race experiences outside of the US. Confident that the Marathon Tours staff was there as a safety net. Thankful that Marathon Tours booked a hotel with a grand breakfast buffet, including race day morning special. Grateful for the Marathon Tours staff for guiding us to the buses for transport to the event start.

      "Stephanie and Anne were delightful..." - 2018

      Stephanie and Anne were delightful. They were always mindful of the special needs of folks in the group and when one gentleman fell, they were right there to make sure he was all right and not needing medical care. They were happy, professional, fun to be around.

      "The whole atmosphere of a destination race..." - 2018

      The whole atmosphere of a destination race, from the accommodations to the race itself, and meeting like-minded friendly people who were all there for the same thing. This atmosphere wouldn’t have been made possible by the great planning and organization that went on behind the scene by the coordinators.

      "Stephanie's first time with Marathon Tours..." - 2017

      Stephanie’s first time with Marathon Tours, she was the perfect host. She was dedicated to ensure everything was smooth and we had a great time. Thank you Stephanie.

      "Thank you..." - 2017

      Thank you. Had a great time and look forward to doing additional tours with you in the future. I have and will continue to recommend your company to my running friends.

      "What did I like best..." - 2017

      What did I like best? The camaraderie of the people on the trip along with history of the local sites and the marathon itself.

      "Spectacular..." - 2017

      Spectacular. You have to include Meteora in any future extensions.

      "Stephanie and Jen were excellent..." - 2017

      Stephanie and Jen were excellent. Your attention to detail made the trip run very smoothly. All aspects of the trip exceeded my expectations. Thank you!

      "I enjoyed doing this destination trip with a travel group!" - 2016

      I enjoyed doing this destination trip with a travel group! It was fun, well-planned, but you still had free time to do your own thing! Two thumbs up for Marathon Tours. Jen and Anne were fantastic.

      "The day trip to Delphi was my absolute favorite..." - 2016

      The day trip to Delphi was my absolute favorite and the highlight of my Greece trip.

      "The marathon itself was an amazing experience..." - 2015

      The marathon itself was an amazing experience. Athens was a great city to visit and the Marathon Tour group was a wonderful group of people – so many new friends. Kudos to Jen and Jane for their great leadership!

      "This is my third trip with Marathons Tours..." - 2015

      This is my third trip with Marathons Tours. The price is similar to booking it independently with many value-added features. Also, one can rest at ease knowing there are tour leaders to help.

      "Epic!" - 2015

      Running the original route and finishing in Olympic Stadium. Epic!

      !It was literally the best experience of my life..." - 2014

      It was literally the best experience of my life. It was my first marathon, my first time to Greece and at the last minute, I had to travel alone. However, everything was so well organized and everyone was so down to earth and supportive, I felt right at home amongst family. My utmost thanks and respect to everyone who made this trip so magical! Kept abreast of what was happening, where we were going and things that were about to take place

      "Thank you Marathon Tours for organizing another great event..." - 2014

      All pre-race emails and questions were answered thoroughly by Jen. Our hosts, Jen and Jane did a great job as our Marathon Tours reps in Greece. They were both very knowledgeable about Greece and we really enjoyed their company on our tours. It was great to meet the other athletes and return home with new friends! Thank you Marathon Tours for organizing another great event.

      "Everything was taken care of!" - 2013

      Everything was taken care of! We didn’t have to worry about a thing. Athens was a perfect experience…so much so, we’re afraid we’ll never have another experience that matches it!

      "The tour guide was very knowledgeable..." - 2012

      The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the length of the tour was perfect. I also really enjoyed the race! It was an amazing feeling to finish in the first Olympic Stadium. I would highly recommend this tour to other friends and family.

Meet the Reps

Karen Hoch

Business Development Officer | Senior Trip Designer

Karen Hoch

Business Development Officer | Senior Trip Designer

With more than twenty years of experience in travel logistics, conference planning, and marketing it has been a dream to blend her passion of running and travel with her career. Karen has completed 30 marathons, including Boston (2011, 2022, 2023), one ultra-marathon, and many half marathons and local races. She earned her Abbott Six Star Finisher Medal in London (April 2023).

Karen is certified as a running coach with Road Runners Club of America, a member of USATF and Marathon Maniacs, is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), earned her MS in Marketing Communications from the University of Kansas and BS in Economics/Finance from Bentley University. In addition to working on Marathon Tours & Travel marketing efforts, Karen manages our programs to Bermuda, Israel, Kenya, the Italy Coast to Coast Relay, Madagascar, Scotland, Athens and supports our U.S. packages to Big Sur and Boston. She is always looking forward to the next adventure!