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Athens: Sunset Trip to Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon

1. 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: Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

2. 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. 

From Athens: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Sunset Tour

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

Visit the scenic coastal views of Cape Sounion on a guided tour from Athens with hotel transfers. Travel along south Attica’s shoreline roads to reach the ancient Temple of Poseidon. Get panoramic vistas of the Aegean and explore the ruins of this temple before catching a beautiful sunset. Start your day with pickup at your accommodation in Athens. Enjoy a comfortable 50-minute drive along the coastal roads of Attica in an air-conditioned minivan and admire the idyllic beaches and small villages that pass by. Arrive at Cape Sounion and make your way to the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, dedicated to the Greek god of the sea, and embark on a guided tour of this historic landmark. Learn about the mythology linked to the temple before having time to relax and take in the panoramic views over the Aegean. Continue to one of Cape Sounion's blue flag beaches to admire the sunset or swim in the paradisical Aegean Sea. After the tour, travel in comfort back to your accommodation in Athens.

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

4. 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: 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, 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.

Athens: Cape Sounion Afternoon Tour

6. 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.

From Athens: Cape Sounion Private Day Trip at Sunset

7. From Athens: Cape Sounion Private Day Trip at Sunset

Spend the day driving along the coastline of Greece. Drive from Athens to Cape Sounida, making stops for photos, before arriving at the Temple of Poseidon to watch the sunset. Eat dinner with a breath-taking view and relax with a private car back to your hotel. Begin the tour by driving along the Athenian Riviera, stopping along the way to capture photos on the scenic route. Pass the suburbs of Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza.   Stop at the picturesque peninsula of Vouliagmeni. This is the most expensive piece of land in the whole of Greece. Its mild climate and water temperature make it an all-year-round popular spot. Continue along the dreamy coast, taking in the Aegean, the Saronic Gulf, and its small islands. Be delivered to Cape Sounion in time for the sunset. A perfect place to share precious moments with family, friends, or a significant other.  Visit the Temple of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. It is surrounded by the remains of its fortifications, gateway, and houses. Admire the ruins that remain after over 2000 years. Finish the evening by enjoying dinner by the sea. Below the site are several taverns, ideal for a romantic dinner for honeymooners. After dinner, your driver will return you to your hotel in Athens.

Full-Day Tour of Athens and Cape Sounion

8. Full-Day Tour of Athens and Cape Sounion

Start this tour by visiting the Panathinaikos Stadium, home of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Our scenic drive will continue past by the Prime’s Ministers residence and the Royal Palace guarded by the colorful Evzones guards in traditional uniforms. View the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus, the National Gardens, the beautiful Arch of Hadrian, and the Old Parliament in birthplace of democracy. Look forward to discovering the Acropolis high atop Athens. Experience the history of the Pantheon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena and built in the 5th century B.C.. Next we will visit the Erechtheion. This beautiful temple can be easily recognized by its the Porch of Maidens, gazing over the Greek Capital. Experience breathtaking views from the Acropolis as the city of Athens opens up below you. After a morning full of beauty and history, relax and enjoy a delicious Greek lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will take a scenic drive along the coastal road which offers fantastic views of the Saronic Gulf. Look forward to reaching the Cape of Sounion. A temple was built here in 44B.C.on a hilltop overlooking the sea. It was dedicated to Poseidon, god of the seas. The tour will conclude with a drive back to Athens, completing a full day of history and beauty.

From Athens: Sea Kayak Adventure to Cape Sounion

9. 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 Temple of Poseidon. The tour includes the entrance fee to the Temple of Poseidon and you'll end your day at a Greek tavern for a delicious Greek meal.

Private Rib Cruise to Poseidon Temple at Sounio Cape

10. Private Rib Cruise to Poseidon Temple at Sounio Cape

The private round-trip tour starts with a pick-up in an air-conditioned minivan from your hotel in Athens to Lagonissi, where you'll board the rib boat. While your captain sails the boat, passing fast the stunning coast line of Attica, sit back and relax or simply soak up the sun. You will head to Arsida and Pothitos, Fleves or Patroklos - small uninhabited islands with remote sandy beaches, where you can swim, snorkel or just relax. At Arsida island you will have the chance to snorkel and swim at its cave. You will see the magnificent sea world of Athens, one of the safest seas in the world without dangerous marine life and strong currents. The crew holds a professional underwater camera and, if you wish you can have your memories recorded and given to you at the end of the tour, free of charge. A scuba dive or a "discover scuba" program can be also arranged if you wish, at an extra cost. Complimentary snacks and fresh fruit are offered on-board. After enjoying the sun and the sea, you'll board the rib and head to Sounio and the Poseidon temple. There you will explore the ruins and admire the stunning views. Sounio is located on the southernmost tip of Attica, the end point of the Athenian Riviera, at a 69km distance from Athens. It is noted as the site of ruins of the ancient temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The ruins bear the deeply engraved name of English romantic poet Lord Byron. After the visit to the temple, you will head back to your hotel in the mini van.

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A highlight of our Athens trip was definitely Cape Sounion & the Temple of Poseidon at sunset. The tour was definitely worth it for us. The day before we were told a new meeting point where we would be picked up by car (as far as I can tell, other tour participants felt the same - could it be organized differently in advance). During the drive, the tour guide kept providing us with a lot of interesting information about the area, which we really liked. The first short stop is at Lake Vouliagmeni (10 minutes) and another stop at the beach (1.5 hours) and at a viewpoint of Cape Sounion. The stop at the beach wouldn't have been absolutely necessary for us, since we basically didn't do the tour for swimming. Poseidon Temple tickets are not included in the tour price. Overall, the tour to Cape Sounion & Poseidon Temple is recommended.

It was an amazing tour. Pickup from Halandri is great to avoid city traffic. Our guide knew a lot and she was super kind and funny as well. Really appreciated that she checked a few times if everyone was present and if everything was alright. Beautiful stop at an ancient theater. The sunset and the temple were so amazing as well. You have enough time to walk around a bit and watch the sun go down. It is quite crowded though so it’s a bit of a search to find a good spot. All in all a very recommended trip!

Our guide Vasil was a very friendly and knowledgeable guy whose personality made this trip an even more amazing experience! The view was fabolous, highly recommended for anyone visiting Athens.

It’s a more than perfect experience: next to the amazing sunset and location the tour guide on the bus is really entertaining and informative. Thank you so much for this!

Guide explained well and detailed, schedule was on point. One of the best sunsets in Greece.