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Athens: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Sunset Tour

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

From Athens: Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

2. 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 Sounio, Temple of Poseidon private tour from Athens

3. 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.

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What people are saying about Sounion

This is a must do activity when in Athens, and this tour is the best way to do it. The transportation was very well organized, and efficient. The guide even waited a few minutes for me when my taxi was running late and called, and were accommodating to help find bathrooms near the meeting point (there is no bathroom on the bus, so be prepared prior to travel in both directions). Our guide Rula was excellent and very funny, and explained everything we needed to know about what we were seeing around us and what to expect all along the way. The temple itself is stunning but even the drive back to the city was beautiful as it turned to twilight with the Aegean sea to your left and the moon rising. I recommend sitting on the left side of the bus in both directions.

Very convenient, informative trip! Amazing archeologist guide who told us many myths and facts about the temple. Definitely worth it.

Beautiful trip to such a historic site. The guide was knowledgeable and the drive was enjoyable.

Lovely sunset and temple site. Guide was also informative on the coast details on the way up.

Wonderful trip, lots of time to take pictures, amazing sunset!