Cape Sounion Half Day Tour

Sunset over Poseidon’s Temple

A wonderful opportunity to leave the capital behind for the afternoon and enjoy a leisurely ride along the coast in our modern air-conditioned bus to visit must-see Cape Sounion.

  • Duration

    4 Hours

  • Location

    Sounio, Athens, Greece

  • Adults

    57.00 €

  • Children

    28.50 €

Price: 57.00 €

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Let’s head out on the Athens Riviera and escape the bustle of the city, as the urban sprawl gives way to an idyllic palm fringed setting. We will head for the southernmost tip of the Attic peninsula, passing through some of the popular trending coastal suburbs, such as the high-end residential and commercial areas of Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, and Glyfada.

Cape Sounion, located about 70 kilometers southeast of Athens, was first mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey when “Holy Sounion, Cape of Athens” echoed from the Spartan ship of King Menelaus, upon its return from Troy. Ancient celebrations of Athenians included a festival where famed leaders sailed to the cape in a sacred boat.

There, sit the ruins of one of the most photographed monuments of Greece and a quintessential legacy of the Golden Age of Athens, the Temple of Poseidon. Perched above the sea, at a height of 60 meters (200 ft), the temple overlooks the Aegean Sea and has offered solace to weary sailors at first glimpse of white marble ever since 444 BC. The temple reflects the reverence Ancient Greeks held for the Olympian Ruler of the Seas, and as you walk the grounds of this celebrated archeological site and peer out at the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea, you cannot help but feel his gaze on you from the depths of the ocean.

Leading figure of the Romantic Movement, the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron, having included Cape Sounion and the Temple in his works, sealed his adoration by carving his name on one of the temple’s remaining Doric columns.

Undoubtedly, the “piece de resistance” of this half day tour is delivered by the setting sun as the last rays of light paint the columns of the temple before giving way to the evening sky. Pair one of the most breath-taking sunsets with a glass of chilled wine before we leave the trident bearing guardian of the seas to his task of watching over voyagers.

Highlights

  • Breathtaking sunset view
  • Guided visit of the Temple of Poseidon
  • Panoramic views of the Aegean sea and its islands
  • Passing by some of the most high-end and exclusive suburbs of Athens
  • A relaxing ride with splendid views of palm beaches away from the city center
  • A glass of chilled wine while we unwind, gazing at the setting sun across the horizon

Inclusions

  • Pick up and Drop off Service from centrally located hotel in Athens
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned bus with free wifi connection
  • Services of Professional licensed guide
  • Entrance fees to the Temple of Poseidon
  • One glass of wine per adult
  • All Taxes

Not included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Other personal expenses

Good to know

  • The departure times vary depending on seasonality and the time that the sun sets as we aim to offer you a breathtaking view.
    So, departure times are the following:
    May: 18.30
    June – July until 20 August: 18.30
    21 August until 15 September: 17:30,
    16 September until 30 September: 17:00

Tips by a local

Get your cameras or camera phones ready for an amazing view of the sunset!
Let’s also not leave our accommodations without sunscreen as it is better to be safe than sorry when you are vacationing in or visiting our warm and sunny country.