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From Athens: Cape Sounion Private Day Trip at Sunset

1. 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.

Athens: Cape Sounion Afternoon Tour

2. 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.

Private Rib Cruise to Poseidon Temple at Sounio Cape

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

Cape Sounion Half-Day Private Tour from Athens

6. Cape Sounion Half-Day Private Tour from Athens

Escape the hustle and bustle of Athens for the day on a half-day tour to Cape Sounion, and marvel at the shimmering ruins of the Temple of Poseidon on the tip of the Attica peninsula. Travel by air-conditioned minivan, and soak up the scenery of the coastal road through the picturesque Riviera. Get wonderful views of the rugged cliffs and hidden beaches of the Saronic Gulf. Upon arrival at Cape Sounion - the southernmost tip of the Attica promontory, overlooking the Aegean Sea – see the marble columns of the Temple of Poseidon, built by the Ancient Greeks in honor of the God of the Sea. Climb the hill to the temple, where the shining white pillars are framed by spectacular views of the Aegean and coast. Inspect the elegant Doric columns as your guide explains the temple’s long history, and its huge importance as a place of worship and vantage point for the Greeks keen on controlling the shipping lanes to Athens. Imagine the devotees who once prayed and made sacrifices here. Listen to the legends that surround the temple. Your guide will point out the graffiti carved into the temple by the Romantic poet, Lord Byron in the early 1800s. Then, savor the views that stretch across the Aegean; on a clear day you can see as far as the Peloponnese! Purchase some snacks and drinks (own expense) from the nearby café. Then, transfer back to Athens by private minivan for your hotel drop off.

Athens: Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Private Tour

7. Athens: Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Private Tour

What if there was a way to visit Cape Sounio & the Temple of Poseidon away from the big tourist busses and audio guides? Well, you are in luck because this is the private day trip to Cape Sounio & the Temple of Poseidon you are looking for! Meet your local guide in Athens and embark on a journey to Cape Sounio & the Temple of Poseidon where you'll get to discover this unique attraction off the beaten path. Yes, get ready to experience Cape Sounio & the Temple of Poseidon from an authentic perspective with its highlights, the ins and outs, stories, and cultural facts - just for you! And don't forget to check out the beach of South Attica, a must-see while exploring Cape Sounio & the Temple of Poseidon with your local guide. Withlocals The Ultimate Cape Sounio & the Temple of Poseidon Private Day Trip™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local products and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.

Athens: Athenian Riviera Private Tour by Van

8. Athens: Athenian Riviera Private Tour by Van

Discover Athen's coast on a day tour of the Athenian Riviera. Visit the original borders of Athens, stroll through historic neighborhoods, and see precious stones in Lavrio. Meet your driver outside your hotel and begin your Athenian Riviera adventure. As you drive, learn about the fascinating history of ancient Greece from your local guide. Head to Lavrio to explore an ancient Greek town renowned for its precious stones and historic ruins. In Lavrio, visit the ancient mine and learn about the original borders of Athens. Continue to the Temple of Poseidon, sitting atop Cape Sounion Hill. Marvel at the stunning panoramic views from this temple dedicated to the god of the sea by the ancient people of Athens. Next, stroll through quaint coastal neighborhoods and stop at a small tavern or cafe for a bite of lunch. On your drive back, stop at the pristine Vouliagmeni Lake. Cool off your feet in the turquoise waters or relax at the shore before returning to your hotel in Athens.

From Athens: Private Cape Sounion Sunset Tour with Transfer

9. From Athens: Private Cape Sounion Sunset Tour with Transfer

Wander around the land of Attica on a guided tour that will bring you all the way to Cape Sounion from Athens. Visit global heritage monuments and natural landmarks. Walk up the hill to the majestic Temple of Poseidon ruins and take in panoramic views of the ocean below as you watch the sunset. Begin your private journey with a convenient pickup from your Athens accommodation and make your way down the vibrant Athenian Riviera. Take in the striking rocky coastline with plenty of shops, cafes, and clubs, which are popular among locals. Enjoy a leisure stroll through its upscale suburbs. Be transported back to the glory days of ancient Greece as you come across a variety of local landmarks and ruins. Finally, arrive at the hill of Cape Sounion for an up-close look at the imposing Temple of Poseidon. Admire an impressive sunset from this unique location overlooking the ocean.

Athens: Sounio Private Farm Excursion for Families

10. Athens: Sounio Private Farm Excursion for Families

Embark on a full-day trip away from Athens, to a place where the horizon meets the Aegean Sea. Start your private tour with an impressive drive along the coastline toward the Cape Sounio. Along the way, make your first stop at an innovative space, an urban orchard dedicated to learning from nature. Join fun educational activities, perfect for the whole family. Your journey will continue with a visit to the astonishing temple of Poseidon. Once there, you'll have enough time to explore the site and admire the breathtaking sea views. Depending on the hour, you may also get the chance to enjoy the most famous sunset in Attica. Departure times change depending on the time of year. Exact starting time can be decided upon booking.

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What people are saying about Sounion

Our guide George was punctual in picking us up from our hotel. Gave us alot of information and enough time to explore the temple and its surroundings. We enjoyed the cool breeze and sunset views thoroughly. The restaurant he recommended by the sea has great grilled fish. Most important thing is he did not rush us despite we overrun the schedule.

All I can say is wow. Great service we were picked up directly from the hotel and dropped off there again. The mini van was new and clean and the driver was super motivated. Cape Sounion was fantastic a dream and afterwards we had dinner right by the sea . The money was worth it. Thank you very much for this trip and great service.

This was by far our favorite activity we did while visiting Athens, Greece! We snorkeled, swam, ate some delicious food, paddled and relaxed! Our tour guides were the absolute best! Everyone was so accommodating and fun. Beyond thankful for the experience and would highly recommend!

Our guides George and Amaleah were awesome! They made the experience worth it. I highly recommend taking the private tour with them!

Andreas, our diver, was estremely kind and friendly. We got of lot of information from him. We are maximally satisfied.