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Full-Day Tour of Athens and Cape Sounion

1. 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.

From Athens: Fast Transfer to Cape Sounion

2. From Athens: Fast Transfer to Cape Sounion

While in Athens you must visit the ancient temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. If you want to do it on your own and without time limitations, then getting a safe transfer there is recommended. Booking this transfer service, you will enjoy a hassle-free 1-way or 2-way transfer from central meeting points in Athens. Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation in the Athens city center at the designated time, and will drive you to Cape Sounion using the fastest route, depending on the traffic. After 40-60 minutes, you will arrive at Cape Sounion. Once there, you may spend your time however you like, with the option to explore the archaeological site of the Temple of Poseidon, or walk down to the closest beautiful beach to take a refreshing swim. If you book the 1-way option, be sure to arrange for the return trip on your own. Alternatively, you can book the 2-way option which grants you 90 minutes of free time on the site before the driver takes you back to the city center.

Athens: City Highlights Private Tour with Temple of Poseidon

3. Athens: City Highlights Private Tour with Temple of Poseidon

Discover the highlights of Athens on this family-friendly tour as you see sights like the acropolis, the Panathenaic Stadium, Prime Minister’s residence, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Journey through the Greek Riviera on the way to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion. Be picked up from you accommodation in Athens or Pireas in an air-conditioned Mercedes and head to the Acropolis. See the Parthenon that was dedicated to the goddess Athena at Parthenos and the entrance to the sacred area at Propylea. View the columns of the 420 BC temple of Athena and Nike. Stroll pass the Erechtheion with its maidens statues, the Roman theater of Odeon of Herodus Atticus, and an ancient Greek Theatre of Dionysus. Step into Greek mythology as you see the Hill of Ares where the god Ares is said to have had a trial. Visit the Temple of Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium which hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Drive by the Prime Minister’s residence at Maximou Mansion which was the former royal palace. Continue past the House of Parliament and stop at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to watch the changing of the guard. Head up to the highest point of in Athens at Lycabettus Hill to capture pictures of panoramic city views. Get out of the city on a scenic coastal road through the Greek Riviera. Travel through some of Athens’ suburbs and resort areas like Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Lagonisi on your way to the stunning coastal temple of Poseidon at Sounion. Have the option to stop to purchase lunch or have a coffee break on the waterfront. Return to your accommodation in Athens.

Cape Sounio 4-Hour Private Tour from Athens

4. Cape Sounio 4-Hour Private Tour from Athens

Enjoy a private 4 hour excursion to the southernmost point of Athens and visit the 5th-century Temple of Poseidon. On this tour that’s priced for up to 4 persons you’ll pass beautiful suburbs such as Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza, on the Athenian Riviera. The drive will take you along 70 kilometers of coastline. Stop at Vouliagmeni Lake to enjoy the views. The healing properties of the lake water have been known since ancient times, and the lake is the only natural spa in Athens. After an hour’s drive you’ll arrive at Cape Sounio, home to the Temple of Poseidon, which was part of the Acropolis building program. Take in views of the Saronic Gulf at a local café or restaurant. The Temple was dedicated to the god of sea and is associated with many mythological tales. After enjoying an optional meal or refreshments, you’ll return to your Athens hotel or the cruise port.

Cape Sounio, Temple of Poseidon private tour from Athens

5. 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: City and Cape Sounion Private Tour with Transfer

6. Athens: City and Cape Sounion Private Tour with Transfer

We start our tour by visiting the Acropolis where you will see the great monuments that were built during the classical age of Pericles and stands for 2500 years. Then by request, you can visit as well the Acropolis Museum. Continuing our tour we will see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896 and it's the only Stadium in the World that is built entirely of marble. In the past, at the same location, the Athenians were celebrating the Panathinaia, a religious festival honoring the goddess Athena. After we see the changing of the guards at the Parliament building and the tomb of the unknown soldier. Then we head to the Athens trilogy to see 3 neoclassical buildings such as the Academy-University and National Library, as well as the statues of Apollo, Athena, Socrates, and Plato. Then we will drive up to Lycabettus hill to see the panoramic view of the city, 267 meters high from the level of the sea. Passing by the temple of Zeus we will stop to see it and Hadrian's Arch, builded in 1st century AD. Then, we drive to the south suburbs of Athens, passing by the Athenian Riviera, on our way we will stop for breathtaking pictures. In the beautiful area of Anavissos we will stop at a local restaurant for lunch next to the sea, having seafood. After lunch, we reach the Cape Sounion and we visit the temple of Poseidon. Finally we drive back to Athens, on our way we will have a short stop at Vouliagmeni Lake.

Athens and Cape Sounion Private Full-Day Tour

7. Athens and Cape Sounion Private Full-Day Tour

See the highlights of Athens on a full-day private tour and marvel at monuments from Ancient Greece, such as the Parthenon, Erectheion and Temple of Athena Nike. Discover other highlights of the Acropolis complex, such as the gate of Propylaia and the Areios Pagos, where St. Paul preached. Continue to the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Panathenaic Stadium before watching the Changing of the Guards ceremony in front of the Greek Parliament. Get stunning views from Lycabettus Hill, and then journey along the coast to the Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Aegean Sea, and then travel back to Athens via Lake Vouliagmeni.

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.

Athens: Private Sightseeing Tour with Visit to Cape Sounio

9. Athens: Private Sightseeing Tour with Visit to Cape Sounio

After getting picked up from your hotel, head to Panathinaiko Stadium, where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. Later, visit the iconic Temple of Zeus. You will then admire the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Continue through the National Garden, Hadrian’s Arch, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann’s House, Constitution Square, and the Russian Orthodox Church.  Later, continue with a stroll by Herodion and Dionysus Theater, where you will visit the Acropolis Museum. Here, admire several artifacts and sculptures which have been excavated from buildings such as the Temple of Nike and the Erechtheum. Break for lunch in the Plaka area before enjoying a drive along the "Athenian Riviera". Reach the popular site of Cape Sounio in the afternoon, where you will be able to watch the breathtaking sunset over the Aegean Sea. Enjoy a stroll around this expansive complex, visiting sites such as the Temple of Poseidon, where you will learn stories of Greek mythology. Get dropped off back at your hotel in Athens at the end of the day.

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What people are saying about Sounion

I cannot say enough about our amazing and knowledgeable guide, Anastasia. This was a long day and a long tour yet she remained patient and professional and brought the whole tour alive. She kept me interested with her way of imparting her knowledge and her passion and respect for history and antiquity. Thank you

Perfect! Very nice driver who first showed us some highlights in Athens and stopped there to take pictures. Then towards Cape Sounion with an explanation of various locations etc. At Cape Sounion had an explanation about the origin/history. Very worthwhile: all the time and all cooperation

Very good tour. We had a lovely lunch in the cafe too. No any complaints. We enjoyed everything. Our guide Anastasia was brilliant and she was looking after the group with a lot of care. Thank you Key tour!

Our guide was informative and entertaining. He stopped at a few great spots for pictures and allowed us total freedom on how long we stayed at those spots and at Sounio.

The experience was amazing !! The guide was brilliant !! It's worth every penny, especially if you don't have much time to visit the principal spots in Athens.