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Cape Sounion - Seaside Tour

ATHENS SURROUNDINGS

HALF DAY

Duration 4 Hours

CAPE SOUNION

Explore Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. Enjoy the beautiful landscape and panoramic view of the Saronic Gulf and Aegean Sea.

FROM €200

€200 luxury Sedan up to 4 pax
€240 Mercedes Mini Van or similar up to 7 pax
UPON REQUEST Mercedes Mini Bus up to 17 pax

Take a half-day tour of Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon.  This tour is available in the morning hours or afternoon, when you can view a breathtaking sunset!

Begin with a relaxing drive to the south of Attica along a scenic coastal road, the Athens Riviera.   You will enjoy splendid views of some of the most beautiful beaches of Athens, including Glyfada, Varkiza and Vouliagmeni.  Along the way, we recommended a stop at the magnificent natural landscape of Vouliagmeni Lake, famous for its mineral waters and healing properties (located just 25 km from the city center).   As an option, you may take a swim at the natural hot springs, or relax at the sun beds that surround the lake.

We arrive at our final destination, the impressive Cape Sounio, at the southernmost point of the Attica region (about 65 km from Athens), overlooking the amazing Saronic Gulf and the Aegean Sea.  The cliff is crowned by the 6th century BC Temple of Poseidon which is dedicated to the mythological God of the Sea.

The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea.  As with all Greek temples, the Poseidon building was rectangular, with a colonnade on all four sides.  The total number of original Doric columns was 34, and 15 of these columns still stand today.  They were made of locally quarried white marble.

Cape Sounio has been recognized since prehistoric times as a special place of worship, but was also considered a location of strategic military importance.   According to Greek Mythology, Cape Sounio is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea.

The beautiful landscape and panoramic view, where on a clear day you can see some of the Greek islands, makes this an ideal location to complete your excursion by indulging yourself with a savory lunch or drink at a local seaside restaurant or cafe!

Tip: THIS is probably where you will take the best selfie of your entire trip to Athens!  🙂

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PACKAGE DETAILS

Special Instructions

The Temple of Sounion requires uphill walking over dirt surfaces. We recommend comfortable clothing and walking shoes, preferably flat-soled.   For protection from the heat and sun, we strongly suggest you wear a hat, sun glasses and sunscreen.

Restrictions

Please note that due to strict Greek laws and regulations, your Tour Driver is not licensed to accompany you inside the sites.  Your Tour Driver will provide commentary and basic information only inside the vehicle and only when it is deemed safe to do so while driving.  Please refrain from any distracting behavior as your safety during the tour is our top priority.

Your Driver will drop you off as close to the sites as legally possible and in accordance to Traffic laws.

If you wish to have a personal licensed Tour Guide, you may hire one at extra cost.  Please include your request on the booking form.

Tips

What is included in this private tour

  • Pick-up service from your hotel in or near the center of Athens OR your cruise terminal.
  • Transport by air-conditioned luxury vehicle.
  • An English-speaking professional driver with a good knowledge of history and culture of Greece.
  • All taxes, road toll fees, fuel charges and parking.

What is not included in this private tour

  • All Meals & Beverages.
  • Admission Fees for the Archaeological sites and museums.*
  • Licensed official tour guide (optional)
  • Gratuities (optional)

*Admission Fee €8 (minors under 18 years of age entrance is free)

Cape Sounion – Seaside Tour

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Cape Sounion - Seaside Tour

€200 luxury sedan up to 4 pax, €240 Mercedes Mini Van up to 7 pax, UPON REQUEST Mercedes Mini Bus up to 17 pax

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