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  • Athens: Blue Hop-on-Hop-off Bus and Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

    1. Athens: Blue Hop-on-Hop-off Bus and Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

    Temple of Poseidon and Cape of Sounio sunset tour: You will drive along the south coast to the Athenian Riviera, which will allow you to easily reach the otherwise hard-to-get-to Sounion. Once there, you will be dazzled by the famous landscapes that surround Sounion. In the times of the ancient Greeks, this site was revered as sacred ground dedicated to the gods Poseidon and Athena. You can marvel at the Temple of Poseidon, which perched upon the cliff’s edge 70 meters above the sea. Later, walk the blessed earth of Sounion, one of the places sung about it in Homer’s Odyssey. You can then stand upon the same cliff where it is said King Aegeus threw himself off. The tale is told in Greek mythology that Aegeus told his son Theseus that if he defeated the Minotaur, he should return to Athens with ships bearing white sails. Theseus forgot this request, and when Aegeus saw ...

    It was a nice tour. The bus is very comfortable and you learn alot from the audio tour. Be aware it is a sunset tour so you'll arrive with only an hour and a half to do things. This is fine if you only want to have a drink and explore the temple. If you want to explore the beaches and towns you will need more time.

  • Cape Sounion: Sunset Tour from Athens

    2. Cape Sounion: Sunset Tour from Athens

    This 5-hour excursion begins with a pick-up at your accommodation in Athens. Enjoy a comfortable 50-minute drive along coastal roads in an air-conditioned minivan. Take in views of idyllic beaches and small villages along the way. At the ancient Greek temple to Poseidon, the god of the sea, the guide will tell you about its history. Enjoy some time here to relax and take in the views over the Aegean Sea. Cape Sounio is best known for its spectacular sunsets and blue flag beaches. During a stop here, enjoy the opportunity to swim nearby. The tour ends with a drop off at your hotel in Athens.

    I was looking for an afternoon sunset tour to Cepe Sunion that would combine seeing some of the Athens Riviera and some swimming. This one fit the bill. On top of everything we had a wonderful guide, Sotiris, a comfortable Mercedes van, and there were only 5 of us - allowing for safe travel and social distancing. The program was well-chosen, the swimming spot was perfect, so was the timing - we made it to the temple of Zeus in time to see it and then watch the sunset. Everyone was very pleased and said it was the highlight of their experience. Sotiris was a wonderful guide and driver - polite, friendly and attentive. Communication with the host was great - he told me where to be for pickup and explained how to get there. I recommend the tour. Take it, you'll enjoy it.

  • Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Tour: From Athens

    3. Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Tour: From Athens

    The tour begins with a breathtaking drive along the scenic coastal road. During this relaxing ride you’ll enjoy splendid views of the Saronic Gulf while passing through some of Athen's most beautiful suburbs; Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza. Arrive at Cape Sounion, a historic and beautiful area of Greece. The steep cliffs offer a breathtaking, panoramic view, and on a clear day you can look out to some of Greece's beautiful isles. In addition to the views, look forward to visiting the 5th-century B.C. Temple of Poseidon. God of the Sea, Poseidon was second only to Zeus in Greek mythology. Made of white marble, the columns still stand today as a reminder of the Athenian Empire. The trip will conclude with a relaxing drive back to Athens after having experienced the sights and architecture of ancient Greece.

    Great tour, very interesting stories about the history were told by our guide. Very convenient, no need to search how to get there, just buy the tour and all will be taken care off

  • Athens: Sunset Trip to Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon

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

    Depart Athens by bus from Halandri Metro station and reach Cape Sounion in time for the mesmerising sunset. Famously mentioned by Homer in his epic poem, The Odyssey, learn about Sounion’s past and present from your archaeologist guide. Walk around the magnificent Temple of Poseidon, one of the most important temples in Greece. Discover the signatures on the temple marble left by famous authors who visited the Cape of Sounion, including the Romantic poet Lord Byron. Watch the sunset over the clear waters of the Aegean Sea. After this unique experience, discover the Athens Riviera. Stroll along the promenade past waterfront cafes and see where Athenians come to escape the city.

    Wonderful experience! Our guide, Viki, was very nice and gave us lots of explanations and informations about myths! I really remember this activity :)

  • Athens: Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

    5. Athens: Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

    After traveling for a few kilometers through the South Coast and the Athenian Riviera, you will be bedazzled by the famous landscapes which surround Sounion. Sounion (or Sunium) was an important ancient Greek religious sanctuary dedicated to the gods Poseidon and Athena. Spectacularly located on a promontory in southern Attica, the site is dominated by the temple of Poseidon perched 70 meters above the sea on the cliff edge. Sounion is the setting for several episodes in Greek mythology, and is specifically mentioned as a place of religious significance in Homer’s Odyssey. In some myths, this is also the spot where the Athenian king Aegeus threw himself into the sea in despair upon having sighted the black sail of his son Theseus’ ship returning from Crete after his battle with the Minotaur. If you are keen on visiting the outskirts of Athens, such as Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon...

    Our tour guide, Giorgos was really nice and hospitable. He was very informative and full of enthusiasm.

  • From Athens: Sea Kayak Adventure to Cape Sounion

    6. 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...

    Our guide George was excellent and ensured we had a wonderful day! All equipment was safe and clean according to government guidelines. You do not need any Kayaking experience before going on this trip as all is explained by a qualified guide. Dry bags can be provided on previous request and flip flops are fine for the activity. Sunset at Poseidon’s temple: priceless. Dinner was on the beach, almost with our feet in the water!

  • Full Day Tour of Athens, Acropolis & Cape Sounion with Lunch

    7. Full Day Tour of Athens, Acropolis & Cape Sounion with Lunch

    Follow your expert guide to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held. Continue past the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, Athens Academy, the university, the National Library and Constitution Square. At the Acropolis, visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens such as the Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion and the Parthenon. Continue and visit the New Acropolis Museum before enjoying lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, drive along the coastal road past the beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza to the southernmost point of Attica, Cape Sounion, to see the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon. On the way, enjoy a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, have ti...

    Excellent guide, the first half was amazing. The second half was more driving than sightseeing, so although interesting I would not recommend it. The meetup directions were not correct and were almost missed or group.

  • Athens: Cape Sounion Afternoon Tour

    8. 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.

    Quite expensive for 4 hour tour (1 hour bus ride each way) but the guide was very good and knowledgeable.

  • Athens City and Cape Sounio Full Day Private Tour

    9. Athens City and Cape Sounio Full Day Private Tour

    Your first stop is at the Acropolis of Athens. The city’s rich history is documented on every step of the Acropolis of Athens, on every piece of marble gracing the Parthenon. You will have some time to explore the Acropolis Museum. Then, head to the Hellenic Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Take a quick stop for a photo before continuing on to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, a former colossal temple at the center of Athens. You will also stop at the Panathenaic Stadium and then Mount Lycabettus, to take a look at the city from above. You will then set off for the Archaeological Site of Sounion. Visit the Temple of Poseidon at Sounio - an example of classical architecture of the 5th Century B.C. Upon your return to the city of Athens, you will stop at an idyllic place: Vouliagmeni Lake, in the heart of the Athenian Riviera.

    This was the best experience of our whole trip in Athens! George was the best host/driver and very knowledgeable of the area! He even let us stay longer to take time to explore at each stop! He took us to an amazing local tavern for lunch along the way too!! Highly recommend doing this!! It’s well worth every penny!

  • From Athens: Fast Transfer to Cape Sounion

    10. 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 gra...

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I was looking for an afternoon sunset tour to Cepe Sunion that would combine seeing some of the Athens Riviera and some swimming. This one fit the bill. On top of everything we had a wonderful guide, Sotiris, a comfortable Mercedes van, and there were only 5 of us - allowing for safe travel and social distancing. The program was well-chosen, the swimming spot was perfect, so was the timing - we made it to the temple of Zeus in time to see it and then watch the sunset. Everyone was very pleased and said it was the highlight of their experience. Sotiris was a wonderful guide and driver - polite, friendly and attentive. Communication with the host was great - he told me where to be for pickup and explained how to get there. I recommend the tour. Take it, you'll enjoy it.

Perfect! The minivan was neat,our driver excellent and Ted, our guide, friendly and super professional. He explained some interesting things about locals (must see places, nightlife, where to go and what to avoid) and gave us some good information about Sounion and the Temple. He knew a lot about mythology too! Simply perfect.

The great guide Anastasia was missing, telling the mythology, she opened it finished, but it is very intense to be in the enigmatic temple the fall and the sun, something unique, the great driver

We enjoyed our Sunset Trip. Our guide Corey was amazing, she gave us a lot information abut history of Greece, culture, ideas what to see. We had small group and had a great time. Thank you

It was a wonderful evening! Really a great addition to a stay in Athens - highly recommended!