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Athens: Sunset Trip to Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon

1. Athens: Sunset Trip to Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon

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. After, a short stop at the magical Lake Vouliagmeni, a unique natural treasure on the Athenian Riviera.

From Athens: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Sunset Tour

2. From Athens: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Sunset Tour

Visit the scenic coastal views of Cape Sounion on a guided 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.

From Athens: Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

3. 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. 

Cape Sounion with Guided Tour in the Temple of Poseidon

4. 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: Sea Kayak Adventure to Cape Sounion

5. From Athens: Sea Kayak Adventure to Cape Sounion

A unique and dynamic activity, that brings people closer to their natural environment by giving them the chance to explore it, using their body’s strength and senses. Admire stunning views from the seaside along the Athenian Riviera all the way to Cape Sounio and to the famous Temple of Poseidon. En route you will have the chance of having a  light snack on one of the islets. Upon arrival to Cape Sounio, you will visit the famous temple and end the day with a marvelous meal, enjoying unique views and the sunset of the Saronic Gulf. After collection at the hotel, it's time to get ready for some adventure. You'll try on your equipment and after the guide's briefing on paddling and safety, the journey is ready to begin. You will take a stop at the island of Archi, or on one of the beaches of Legrena for a swim and refreshing snack. Having refueled you will continue to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. The tour includes the entrance fee to the Temple of Poseidon and you'll end your day at a Greek tavern for a delicious Greek meal.

From Athens: Cape Sounion Private Day Trip at Sunset

6. From Athens: Cape Sounion Private Day Trip at Sunset

Spend the day driving along the coastline of Greece. Drive from Athens to Cape Sounida, making stops for photos, before arriving at the Temple of Poseidon to watch the sunset. Eat dinner with a breath-taking view and relax with a private car back to your hotel. Begin the tour by driving along the Athenian Riviera, stopping along the way to capture photos on the scenic route. Pass the suburbs of Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza.   Stop at the picturesque peninsula of Vouliagmeni. This is the most expensive piece of land in the whole of Greece. Its mild climate and water temperature make it an all-year-round popular spot. Continue along the dreamy coast, taking in the Aegean, the Saronic Gulf, and its small islands. Be delivered to Cape Sounion in time for the sunset. A perfect place to share precious moments with family, friends, or a significant other.  Visit the Temple of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. It is surrounded by the remains of its fortifications, gateway, and houses. Admire the ruins that remain after over 2000 years. Finish the evening by enjoying dinner by the sea. Below the site are several taverns, ideal for a romantic dinner for honeymooners. After dinner, your driver will return you to your hotel in Athens.

Private Rib Cruise to Poseidon Temple at Sounio Cape

7. Private Rib Cruise to Poseidon Temple at Sounio Cape

The private round-trip tour starts with a pick-up in an air-conditioned minivan from your hotel in Athens to Lagonissi, where you'll board the rib boat. While your captain sails the boat, passing fast the stunning coast line of Attica, sit back and relax or simply soak up the sun. You will head to Arsida and Pothitos, Fleves or Patroklos - small uninhabited islands with remote sandy beaches, where you can swim, snorkel or just relax. At Arsida island you will have the chance to snorkel and swim at its cave. You will see the magnificent sea world of Athens, one of the safest seas in the world without dangerous marine life and strong currents. The crew holds a professional underwater camera and, if you wish you can have your memories recorded and given to you at the end of the tour, free of charge. A scuba dive or a "discover scuba" program can be also arranged if you wish, at an extra cost. Complimentary snacks and fresh fruit are offered on-board. After enjoying the sun and the sea, you'll board the rib and head to Sounio and the Poseidon temple. There you will explore the ruins and admire the stunning views. Sounio is located on the southernmost tip of Attica, the end point of the Athenian Riviera, at a 69km distance from Athens. It is noted as the site of ruins of the ancient temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The ruins bear the deeply engraved name of English romantic poet Lord Byron. After the visit to the temple, you will head back to your hotel in the mini van.

Cape Sounio, Temple of Poseidon private tour from Athens

8. Cape Sounio, Temple of Poseidon private tour from Athens

This private tour drives along the lacy coastal road that begins in the Athenian suburb of Glyfada and winds its way through Vouliagmeni, Saronida and Lagonisi to reach Cape Sounio. It is one of the region of Attica’s most sublime routes. Small beaches tucked away with their sandy shores or rocky stretches, crystal-clear sparkling water and a perfectly blue sky will accompany you along the way and delight the senses, mind and soul of anyone taking this gorgeous route to get to one of Greece’s most idyllic spots, Cape Sounio. From a distance, your gaze will be captivated by the ruins of the temple of Poseidon, a commanding, stunning structure characteristic of classical architecture from the 5th century B.C. This is the spot that the ancient Athenians chose to honor their god Poseidon within a fortress constructed to protect their coastline. It was here that the Sanctuary of Athena was also built for the worship of their city-state's patron goddess. Centuries after its decline, which occurred during the Peloponnesian Wars, a foreigner who loved Greece, a philhellene inspired by the splendor of the land and its history, the English poet Lord Byron was enchanted by this place and praised its virtues. Later, systematic excavations of the ruins would reveal Sounio in all its glory and grant it a second chance to shine.

Athens: Private Cape Sounio and Vouliagmeni Lake Sunset Tour

9. Athens: Private Cape Sounio and Vouliagmeni Lake Sunset Tour

Following collection from your Athens accommodation, pass through some of the city's most scenic suburbs whilst following a coastal road. Your first stop is to Lake Vouliagmeni, a hidden treasure of the Athenian Riviera. Lake Vouliagmeni has a steady temperature all year round, ranging between 18-24 degrees Celsius. Its water is brackish, containing underground sea water mixed with the water of a spring. This makes it an ideal location for swimmers who visit the lake to profit from its mineral-rich water. Following the lake, continue along the coastal road whilst admiring the green and rocky coastline of Attica on your way to Cape Sounion. As you approach the promontory, the columns of the Temple of Poseidon are visible from the road, standing proudly on top of a hill and dominating the surroundings. The temple was erected to honor the ancient Greek God of the Sea, Poseidon. On a lower hill, opposite Cape Sounion, you can discover the ruins of a second ancient temple that was built to honor Goddess Athena. Take your time in admiring the infinite blue of the Aegean Sea, as no land catches your eye except for scattered islands in the open sea. Admire the beautiful sunset colors in the sky from the highest point of the hill, following which you return to Athens following the same route.

Athens, Acropolis Museum, Cape Sounion, Cruise & Delphi

10. Athens, Acropolis Museum, Cape Sounion, Cruise & Delphi

Take this opportunity to combine half-day and full-day tours to take in a wide range of what Athens has to offer. Over this 3-day period you can set your own schedule and choose which days to take the following tours: Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum Morning Tour: Start with a short stop at the Panathinaikos Stadium, the site of first Olympic Games in 1896. See the most important monuments of Athens, making your way to the Acropolis. Continue with a pleasant short walk, passing by Herodion and the Dionysos Theater, to the New Acropolis Museum, where you’ll have a chance to view the exhibits. Cape Sounio Afternoon Tour: Enjoy a wonderful drive along the scenic coastal road and take in stunning views of the Saronic Gulf. You’ll pass through some of Athens most beautiful suburbs on the way to Cape Sounio, where you’ll visit the 5th-century B.C. Temple of Poseidon, at the tip of Attica. Full-Day Delphi Tour: You’ll drive through Thebes, Levadia, and Arachova on the way to Delphi. Famous for its theater, Temple of Apollo, and ancient ruins, Delphi was considered the center of the earth and the universe in the classical Greek world. Pass by Castalia Spring and visit the archaeological site the Temple of Apollo. Explore the holdings of the Museum of Delphi, including the unique bronze Charioteer, the Naxian Sphinx, and the Statue of Antinoos. Full-Day Cruise to Poros, Hydra, and Aegina: Take a break from city sightseeing and relax on a cruise to the islands outside of Athens. Travel to the green island of Poros, see Aegina's temple of Afaea (optional tour), and discover why Hydra is considered one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands.

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What people are saying about Sounion

A highlight of our Athens trip was definitely Cape Sounion & the Temple of Poseidon at sunset. The tour was definitely worth it for us. The day before we were told a new meeting point where we would be picked up by car (as far as I can tell, other tour participants felt the same - could it be organized differently in advance). During the drive, the tour guide kept providing us with a lot of interesting information about the area, which we really liked. The first short stop is at Lake Vouliagmeni (10 minutes) and another stop at the beach (1.5 hours) and at a viewpoint of Cape Sounion. The stop at the beach wouldn't have been absolutely necessary for us, since we basically didn't do the tour for swimming. Poseidon Temple tickets are not included in the tour price. Overall, the tour to Cape Sounion & Poseidon Temple is recommended.

It was an amazing tour. Pickup from Halandri is great to avoid city traffic. Our guide knew a lot and she was super kind and funny as well. Really appreciated that she checked a few times if everyone was present and if everything was alright. Beautiful stop at an ancient theater. The sunset and the temple were so amazing as well. You have enough time to walk around a bit and watch the sun go down. It is quite crowded though so it’s a bit of a search to find a good spot. All in all a very recommended trip!

Our guide Vasil was a very friendly and knowledgeable guy whose personality made this trip an even more amazing experience! The view was fabolous, highly recommended for anyone visiting Athens.

It’s a more than perfect experience: next to the amazing sunset and location the tour guide on the bus is really entertaining and informative. Thank you so much for this!

Guide explained well and detailed, schedule was on point. One of the best sunsets in Greece.