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From Athens: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Sunset Tour

1. From Athens: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Sunset Tour

Begins with a pickup 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 of 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 drop-off at your hotel in Athens.

Athens: Sunset Trip to Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon

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

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: Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Tour

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

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.

Athens: Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

4. 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, you will be able to do so with a private tour. In a luxury limousine van with a private driver, you will be driven along to the Athens Riviera down to the famous Cape Sounion and back to Athens or Piraeus.

From Athens: Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

5. From Athens: Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Athens for the evening, and watch the sunset over Cape Sounion on the Attica Peninsula. Drive along the Athens Riviera, enjoying splendid views of the Saronic Gulf along the way. Pass 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. Upon arrival at Cape Sounion, visit the 5th century BC Temple of Poseidon, and get a panoramic view of the Aegean Sea. On a clear day you can see at least 7 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. Learn more about the Greek God of the Sea at the Poseidon Temple at Cape Sounion, where you can watch the sun go down. 

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

6. 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 Theseus’ black sails, he threw himself from the Sounion in despair. While here, you can watch the sunset over this legendary horizon. Athens Hop-on-hop-off blue bus : Explore Athens, the Port of Piraeus and the beaches at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Benefit from easy transportation to key attractions, such as the Panathenaic Stadium and Parthenon at the Acropolis. You can travel on 4 lines for 2 days, including Athens (Orange Line), Piraeus (Blue Line), Glyfada (Yellow Line), and Vouliagmeni (Green Line).

Athens: Cape Sounion Afternoon Tour

7. 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.

Cape Sounion with Guided Tour in the Temple of Poseidon

8. Cape Sounion with Guided Tour in the Temple of Poseidon

Afternoon Tour Driving along the coastal road past the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza and countless coves, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf. A crowning feature of the tour Cape Sounion is, the Temple of Poseidon, god of the sea. Standing atop sheer cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea, the marble temple has served as a landmark for sailors from ancient times until today. The "Sanctuary of Sounion" is first mentioned in the Odyssey, as the place where Menelaus stopped during his return from Troy to bury his helmsman, Phrontes Onetorides. Construction on the grand Temple of Poseidon began around 500 BC but was never completed; the temple and all the votive offerings were destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC. The Temple of Poseidon that now stands at Sounio was built in 444 BC atop the older temple ruins. After the guided tour of the Temple we return to Athens approximately at 7pm.

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

9. 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 time to leisurely walk on the rocky promontory of Sounion.

Athens: Guided Tour of Cape Sounion and Athens Riviera

10. Athens: Guided Tour of Cape Sounion and Athens Riviera

Head to Cape Sounion and ride along the Athens coastal road with stunning views of the Saronic Gulf. Arrive at the Temple of Poseidon and hear mythical tales before watching the panoramic view over the Aegean Sea. Meet with your tour guide and depart immediately for Cape Sounion with your air-conditioned coach. Drive along Attica’s scenic coastal road and pass through some of the most beautiful suburbs of Athens, such as Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza. Discover Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon built in the late 5th century BC. Find yourself immersed by the mythical tales of Theseus, Ariadne, and Minotaur and explore the temple dedicated to the God of the Sea. Enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Aegean Sea before heading back to Athens.

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based on 1,680 reviews

This was an amazing tour! Our guide Theodore 'Teddy' was amazing. He got the group interacting, he was fun cheeky - in a good way, and just made this the absolute best experience we had in Greece. Teddy's knowledge of Greek history was incredible, he knew so much and made it really fun to learn. EVERYTHING...COMES...FROM...GREECE!!! I would highly recommend the tour, the ruin was fantastic at sunset, and the sunset itself was breathtaking. If you are lucky enough to get Teddy as your guide then the whole experience will be 100% better. Also, a shout out to Alex the driver who was also really lovely and professional. His driving was very good and very safe, in a city where driving terrifies me!!!

It was not easy to get there from Athens but worths it. The view was wonderful. The water was such clean and transparent to see the depth of sea. The guide was kind and professional guy who helped us a lot. Food in restaurant was delicious.

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and told us many stories about the history of not only the sites we visited, but also about ancient and modern Greece. Also, he had a great sense of humor. Our group loved this tour.

We had Theo as our guide. He went above and beyond his service for this trip. Gave us some personal recommendations as well. Trip was quite easy to do and had a great time. Highly recommend this tour and company!

Beautiful views, and very informative! Learned a lot and loved all of it