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  2. Attica
  3. Athens
  4. Cape Sounion

Athens: Cape Sounio & Athens Riviera Small Group Sunset Tour

Product ID: 142242
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Don’t let the sea escape you because Athens is all about the sea. You’ll know why once your guides have shown you around the city’s riviera and given all the lowdown on the temple of Poseidon, a beautiful ancient site perched high over the Aegean.
About this activity
Duration 6 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, a stunning 5th century BC structure in a picture-perfect cliff-top setting
  • See the wonder that is Lake Vouliagmeni, a natural spa with year-round warm water
  • Visit the newest star on the city’s architectural and cultural scene, the impressive Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
  • Get a real taste of beach life along the city’s favorite coastline and discover an ancient Temple in a surprising location
  • Enjoy a selection of meze (Greek tapas) and a drink at a seaside tavern
Full description
Athenians love the sea. And on this tour, you’ll understand every bit of why. But even before the tour reaches the seashore, there’s a stop to be made at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, the newest great edifice in the city and home to both the National Library and the National Opera. The Center, an engineering achievement designed by the renowned architect Renzo Piano, is set in an enormous park filled with olive trees and flanked by a 400-meter reflecting pool. Together, the building and the park achieve an aesthetic balance that’s both soothing and invigorating.

From there, you’ll head to Lake Vouliagmeni, where fresh spring water and saltwater mix to create a mineral-rich environment that is home to those funny little doctor fish (Garra rufa) that nibble your toes clean for you. The lake is, in fact, a collapsed cave, and there are underwater tunnels leading so far back under the mountain that they’ve never been fully mapped.

Then it's time for a walk along one of the most scenic seaside settings where you will probably forget you are still in Athens... and you will discover an ancient Temple whose location is a big surprise. You are now ready to head to Cape Sounion, stopping on the way at a seaside tavern for a drink and some tapas with a marvelous view.

By now you will have reached one of the world’s most graceful monuments, the Temple of Poseidon, a 5th-century archaeological site perched on the very top of Cape Sounion. The view here is tremendous, and it’s obvious why this spot of land was chosen as a site where people could worship the god of the sea. Don’t forget to look for Lord Byron’s bit of 19th-century vandalism, the British poet’s name is chiseled into a column here. And while you’re taking that look, spare a thought for old King Aegeus, the man who, in death, gave his name to the whole of the Aegean Sea. It is here that you'll enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in Greece from the site of the temple itself,  this lets you catch the last rays of the sun over the water from the ideal spot where geography and history work together to give you a timeless memory.
Includes
  • Professional English-speaking tour leader
  • Private transfer by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Petrol, tolls, and taxes
  • Tapas and a drink
What’s Not Included
  • Entry fees
  • Any food and drink that you get on your own

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Corner of Mitropoleos 1 & Filelinon 2 Street in front of the shop Cosmote. Mitropoleos & Filelinon conjunction is the main corner across Syntagma Square. You can get to Syntagma Square easily by metro or by Tram and walk towards the lower part of the square.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Student card
Know before you go
• Please let us know your hotel location in Athens and you will be notified by email about the tour details
• This is an extraordinary tour with the need for preplanning so it requires a minimum of 5 participants. In case of cancellation, an alternative date or full refund will be granted
• It is recommended you bring sunglasses, a hat, comfortable clothes and shoes
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Product ID: 142242