Our 8 hours full day private tour to Sounion is a combination of the half-day private tour in Athens, a tour to the Athens Riviera (Athens coastline: Glyfada, Varkiza, Lake Vouliagmeni) and Cape Sounion with the temple of Poseidon. This tour is actually a harmonious blend of history and natural beauty, the elements that make Athens so unique throughout the centuries ... More info ›
Our 8 hours full day private tour to Sounion is a combination of the half-day private tour in Athens, a tour to the Athens Riviera (Athens coastline: Glyfada, Varkiza, Lake Vouliagmeni) and Cape Sounion with the temple of Poseidon. This tour is actually a harmonious blend of history and natural beauty, the elements that make Athens so unique throughout the centuries. Experience the best of Athens and its unique coastline towards Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon with the full day tour by Athens Tours Greece.
Highlights of the Athens and Sounion tour
- All significant monuments and sites in Athens in approx 4 hours
- The coastline of Athens
- The Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion
- English-speaking driver
Itinerary. Before you visit Sounion, you will enjoy a private half-day sightseeing tour in Athens, that will take you to the most important sites in Athens: The tomb of the Unknown Soldier – the Parliament House – the Constitution Square – the Panathenian Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896) – the Presidential Palace (ex Royal Palace) – the Catholic Cathedral – the Academy of Athens – University, National Library and Omonia Square – the Temple of Olympian Zeus – the Adrian’s arch – the Acropolis with the awesome Parthenon – the Propylaea – the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens – the Plaka (old Athens) – the ancient agora, the Roman agora and Lycabettus hill.
The private tour to Athens and Sounion starts with the half day tour to Athens that will take you to the most important sites in the city. You will get to see all monuments and archaeological sites that have made Athens the cradle of civilization and you will enjoy a tasteful lunch.
After your lunch, the private tour to the Athens Riviera and Cape Sounion starts. The tour will drive you along the impressive coastal road of Athens towards the southern suburbs and you will soon be getting to Glyfada and Vouliagmeni, where you will see the lake of Vouliagmeni, an impressive lake that stands hidden from the bypassers, but gathers numerous visitors and bathers each summer.
Later on you will be reaching Varkiza, one of the modern south suburbs of Athens that stands out due to its amazing coffee shops and restaurants, but also due to the amazing views if offers to the Saronic Gulf.
The temple of Poseidon in Sounion
After an hour’s drive you will get to Cape Sounion, with the crowning feature of the Temple of Poseidon that overlooks the Aegean Sea in a dramatic scenery that will definitely take your breath away.
The Temple of Poseidon is of Doric Style and was built in the 5th century BC is one of the most spectacular sites in the world, offering panoramic views not only to the sea, but also to the southern part of Attica and Athens.
According to the myth, King Aegeas of Athens stood there to see whether the ship bringing his son Theseus from Crete would have white or black sails, that would inform him of the potential death of his son. Aegeas saw the mistakenly forgotten black sails of the ship in the sea and dropped himself to the waters that took his name ever since and are called “Aegean Sea”.
The private tour to the Athenian Riviera and Cape Sounion is truly remarkable and you cannot miss it if you want to see something more than downtown Athens. It is highly recommended for cruise passengers visiting Athens from morning till late in the afternoon.