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From Athens: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Half Day Tour

1. From Athens: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Half Day Tour

Visit the scenic coastal views of Cape Sounion on a private or semi-private tour from Athens with hotel transfers. Travel along south Attica’s shoreline roads to reach the ancient Temple of Poseidon. Get panoramic vistas of the Aegean and explore the ruins of this temple before catching a beautiful sunset. Start your day with pickup at your accommodation in Athens. Enjoy a comfortable 50-minute drive along the coastal roads of Attica in an air-conditioned minivan and admire the idyllic beaches and small villages that pass by. Arrive at Cape Sounion and make your way to the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, dedicated to the Greek god of the sea, and embark on a guided tour of this historic landmark. Learn about the mythology linked to the temple before having time to relax and take in the panoramic views over the Aegean. Continue to one of Cape Sounion's blue flag beaches to admire the sunset or swim in the paradisical Aegean Sea. After the tour, travel in comfort back to your accommodation in Athens.

Athens: Blue Hop-on-Hop-off Bus and Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

2. Athens: Blue Hop-on-Hop-off Bus and Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

Temple of Poseidon and Cape of Sounio sunset tour: You will drive along the south coast to the Athenian Riviera, which will allow you to easily reach the otherwise hard-to-get-to Sounion. Once there, you will be dazzled by the famous landscapes that surround Sounion. In the times of the ancient Greeks, this site was revered as sacred ground dedicated to the gods Poseidon and Athena. You can marvel at the Temple of Poseidon, which perched upon the cliff’s edge 70 meters above the sea. Later, walk the blessed earth of Sounion, one of the places sung about it in Homer’s Odyssey. You can then stand upon the same cliff where it is said King Aegeus threw himself off. The tale is told in Greek mythology that Aegeus told his son Theseus that if he defeated the Minotaur, he should return to Athens with ships bearing white sails. Theseus forgot this request, and when Aegeus saw Theseus’ black sails, he threw himself from the Sounion in despair. While here, you can watch the sunset over this legendary horizon. Athens Hop-on-hop-off blue bus : Explore Athens, the Port of Piraeus and the beaches at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Benefit from easy transportation to key attractions, such as the Panathenaic Stadium and Parthenon at the Acropolis. You can travel on 4 lines for 2 days, including Athens (Orange Line), Piraeus (Blue Line), Glyfada (Yellow Line), and Vouliagmeni (Green Line).

Athens: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Sunset Tour

3. Athens: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Sunset Tour

With a guide, experience the Athens Riviera and uncover the history behind each turn. Witness the sun melt over the Aegean Sea on Cape Sounion and see the Temple of Poseidon. Depart Athens by bus from Halandri Metro station and reach Cape Sounion in time for the mesmerizing sunset. Learn about Sounion’s past and present from your archaeologist guide. Explore the Temple of Poseidon, one of the most important temples in Greece. See the signatures on the temple marble left by famous authors who visited, including the Romantic poet Lord Byron. Watch the sunset over the clear waters of the Aegean Sea.

From Athens: Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Tour

4. From Athens: Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Tour

Head to Cape Sounion to explore the Archaeological Site of Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon on a guided trip from Athens, with hotel transfers and entry fees included. See remnants of an ancient town and learn about the Golden Age of Athens from your guide. Start with a bus ride along the scenic coastal road. Enjoy splendid views of the Saronic Gulf while passing through some of Athen's most beautiful suburbs such as Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza. Arrive at Cape Sounion, a historically significant area of Greece. The steep cliffs offer sweeping panoramic views, and on a clear day, you can see the surrounding islands. Enter the archaeological site and visit the 5th-century BC Temple of Poseidon, dedicated to the God of the Sea in Greek mythology. Made of white marble, the columns still stand today as a reminder of the Athenian Empire. After experiencing the monuments and ruins of ancient Greece, relax on the drive back to Athens.

Athens: Cape Sounio & Poseidon Temple Trip with Audio Guide

5. Athens: Cape Sounio & Poseidon Temple Trip with Audio Guide

Drive along the south coast to the Athenian Riviera. Easily reach the otherwise hard-to-get-to Sounion. You’ll be dazzled by the famous landscape that surrounds the promontory of the Sounion. In the times of the ancient Greeks, this site was revered as sacred ground dedicated to the gods Poseidon and Athena. Marvel at the Temple of Poseidon perched upon the cliff’s edge 70 meters above the sea. Walk the blessed earth of the Sounion, one of the places sung about it in Homer’s Odyssey. Stand upon the same cliff where it is said King Aegeus threw himself off. The tale is told in Greek mythology that Aegeus told his son Theseus that if he defeated the Minotaur, he should return to Athens with ships bearing white sails. Theseus forgot this request, and when Aegeus saw Theseus’ black sails, he threw himself from the Sounion in despair. Watch the sunset over this legendary horizon.

Cape Sounion with Guided Tour in the Temple of Poseidon

6. Cape Sounion with Guided Tour in the Temple of Poseidon

Afternoon Tour Driving along the coastal road past the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza and countless coves, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf. A crowning feature of the tour Cape Sounion is, the Temple of Poseidon, god of the sea. Standing atop sheer cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea, the marble temple has served as a landmark for sailors from ancient times until today. The "Sanctuary of Sounion" is first mentioned in the Odyssey, as the place where Menelaus stopped during his return from Troy to bury his helmsman, Phrontes Onetorides. Construction on the grand Temple of Poseidon began around 500 BC but was never completed; the temple and all the votive offerings were destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC. The Temple of Poseidon that now stands at Sounio was built in 444 BC atop the older temple ruins. After the guided tour of the Temple we return to Athens approximately at 7pm.

From Athens: Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

7. From Athens: Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Athens for the evening on this bus tour to the marvel at the sunset from the Temple of Poseidon which is perched above the sea at at Cape Sounion. Pass by sights like the Hellinikon Olympic complex and Glyfada beach on the drive.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your centrally-located accommodation in Athens. Board a comfortable and airconditioned bus and relax on the scenic drive along the Athens Riviera. Take in splendid views of the Saronic Gulf along the way.  Head through some of the most salubrious neighborhoods of the city, and marvel at the Hellinikon Olympic complex, along with settlements such as Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza. Reach Cape Sounion and visit the 5th century BC Temple of Poseidon. Gaze out over the Aegean Sea from this privileged position and, on a clear day you can see at least 7 Greek islands.  Learn about Cape Sounion's important role in Greek mythology and history. The first recorded mention of it occurs in the Odyssey, and it was the last landing port for ships returning from Poseidon. Hear about Greek God of the Sea at the Poseidon Temple at Cape Sounion as the sun disappears beneath the horizon. Return to your accommodation in Athens at the end of your tour. 

Athens: Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

8. Athens: Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

After traveling for a few kilometers through the South Coast and the Athenian Riviera, you will be bedazzled by the famous landscapes which surround Sounion. Sounion (or Sunium) was an important ancient Greek religious sanctuary dedicated to the gods Poseidon and Athena. Spectacularly located on a promontory in southern Attica, the site is dominated by the temple of Poseidon perched 70 meters above the sea on the cliff edge. Sounion is the setting for several episodes in Greek mythology, and is specifically mentioned as a place of religious significance in Homer’s Odyssey. In some myths, this is also the spot where the Athenian king Aegeus threw himself into the sea in despair upon having sighted the black sail of his son Theseus’ ship returning from Crete after his battle with the Minotaur. If you are keen on visiting the outskirts of Athens, such as Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon, you will be able to do so with a private tour. In a luxury limousine van with a private driver, you will be driven along to the Athens Riviera down to the famous Cape Sounion and back to Athens or Piraeus.

Full-Day Tour of Athens and Cape Sounion

9. Full-Day Tour of Athens and Cape Sounion

Start this tour by visiting the Panathinaikos Stadium, home of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Our scenic drive will continue past by the Prime’s Ministers residence and the Royal Palace guarded by the colorful Evzones guards in traditional uniforms. View the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus, the National Gardens, the beautiful Arch of Hadrian, and the Old Parliament in birthplace of democracy. Look forward to discovering the Acropolis high atop Athens. Experience the history of the Pantheon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena and built in the 5th century B.C.. Next we will visit the Erechtheion. This beautiful temple can be easily recognized by its the Porch of Maidens, gazing over the Greek Capital. Experience breathtaking views from the Acropolis as the city of Athens opens up below you. After a morning full of beauty and history, relax and enjoy a delicious Greek lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will take a scenic drive along the coastal road which offers fantastic views of the Saronic Gulf. Look forward to reaching the Cape of Sounion. A temple was built here in 44B.C.on a hilltop overlooking the sea. It was dedicated to Poseidon, god of the seas. The tour will conclude with a drive back to Athens, completing a full day of history and beauty.

Athens: Cape Sounion Afternoon Tour

10. Athens: Cape Sounion Afternoon Tour

Drive along the coastal road, passing the spectacular beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza to Cape Sounion, the southernmost point of Attica, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. Cape Sounion is a promontory located 69 kilometers south southeast of Athens. According to Greek mythology, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, King of Athens, leapt from the cliff to his death, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. During the 4-hour tour you’ll have splendid views of the Saronic Gulf and the small islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, take some time to walk along the rocky promontory of Sounion, before heading back to Athens.

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We did this tour with 4 people. They arrived in a minibus, seating about 15, at the agreed time and place. It was a great choice, we departed from Athens and reached Capo Sounion with 2 stops as scheduled. Iliana was a great voice guide. He illustrated and told us the Greek mythology to perfection. Everything with simplicity, professionalism and kindness. The tour is obviously suitable for those who understand the English language.

Excellent experience, from the punctual departure, the orientations of our guide, the comfortable seats, excellent driver, and good attention at our entrance, I have been absorbed by watching this sunset in front of the Aegean Sea. This experience makes you feel how wonderful divine creation is, simply SUBLIME.

A very good tour, the sunset and the play of colors afterwards make Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon an experience. The guide was from Sparta and she gave a lot of good explanations and information and looked after the group very well!

Discovery of great beauty, which allows you to leave Athens and discover the coast and another part of the history of the city.

Had lots of fun going to this small site with Theodore and our driver. Both were engaging and entertaining. Highly recommend!