Most people think that the beautiful Greek coasts lay only on the Greek Islands, this tour is to prove the exact opposite. The tour begins with a drive along the coastline known as the Athenian Riviera and the southern suburbs. Passing through some of the uptown suburbs of Athens (Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza) and making a first stop at the Vouliagmeni Lake, a mineral – therapeutic – natural lake.
We will continue our drive along with more isolated but charismatic areas with a breathtaking view of the Saronic Gulf bringing us to be the archaeological site of Cape Sounio, the southeastern edge of the Attica peninsula.
Just as you enter the site you will see the outstanding Temple of Poseidon, the ancient Greek god of the sea, surrounded by the remains of the fornication, the gateway porticos, and houses. Close by you will also see the remains of the temple Athena Souniada.
Apart from the unique location and the archaeological interest, Cape Sounio is also known for its breathtaking sunset and view of the Greek Islands. It is considered as one of the most romantic places in Greece. The place Lord Byron wrote about and treasured. Next on the menu, lunch.
We will drive towards a traditional Greek tavern by the water which serves fresh fish straight from the sea. Then you will have the opportunity to swim and sunbathe to one of the great beaches of the coastline. And after that a relaxing drive back to Athens.
Inclusions - Exclusions
Private Tours are personal and flexible just for you and your party.
Professional Drivers with Deep knowledge of history. [Not licensed to accompany you in any site.]
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by private vehicle
Entrance Fees [10€ for over 6 yo for Non EU & 24 yo for EU Citizens]
Licensed Tour guide upon request depending on availability [Additional cost – 300 €]
Airport Pick Up and drop-off (Additional cost)
Food & Drinks
ADMISSION FEES FOR SITES:
Summer Period: 10€ per person
(1 April – 31 October)
Temple of Poseidon: 10€ (08:00am- sunset, about 20:00pm)
Winter Period: 5€ per person
(1 November – 31 March)
Temple of Poseidon: 5€ (09:30am- sunset, about 17:00pm)
Free admission days:
6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
18 April (International Monuments Day)
18 May (International Museums Day)
The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 3rd
1 January: closed
25 March: closed
1 May: closed
Easter Sunday: closed
25 December: closed
26 December: closed
Free admission for:
Escorting teachers during the visits of schools and institutions of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education and of military schools.
Members of Societies and Associations of Friends of Museums and Archaeological Sites throughout Greece with the demonstration of certified membership card
Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS
Persons possessing a free admission card
The employees of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Archaeological Receipts Fund, upon presentation of their service ID card.
The official guests of the Greek government, with the approval of the General Director of Antiquities.
Young people, under the age of 18, after demonstrating the Identity Card or passport to confirm the age.
Reduced admission for:
Greek citizens and citizens of other Member – States of the European Union who are over 65 years old, upon presentation of their ID card or passport for verification of their age and country of origin.
Holders of a solidarity card
Holders of a valid unemployment card.
Large families’ parents of children up to 23 yrs old, or up to 25 yrs old (on military service/studying), or child with disabilities regardless the age, having a certified pass of large families, certification from the Large Family Association or a family status certificate issued by the Municipality
Persons with disabilities (67 % or over) and one escort, upon presentation of the certification of disability issued by the Ministry of Health or a medical certification from a public hospital, where the disability and the percentage of disability are clearly stated.
Single-parent families with minors, upon presentation of a family status certificate issued by the Municipality. In the case of divorced parents, only the parent holding custody of the children
The police officers of the Department of Antiquity Smuggling of the Directorate of Security
Tourist guides upon presentation of their professional ID card.
University students and students at Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent schools from countries outside the EU by showing their student ID.
Sounio (Temple of Poseidon):
The Ancient Greeks certainly knew how to choose a site for a temple. Nowhere is this more evident than at Cape Sounion, 70 km south of Athens, where the Temple of Poseidon stands on a cliff that plunges 65 m down to the sea. Built-in 444 BCE – at the same time as the Parthenon – it is constructed of local marble from Agrilesa, its slender columns, of which 16 remain, are Doric. It is thought that the temple was built by Iktinos, the architect of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens’ Ancient Agora.
It looks gleaming white when viewed from the sea, which gave great comfort to sailors in ancient times: they knew they were nearly home when they saw the first glimpse of white, far off in the distance. The views from the temple are equally impressive: on a clear day, you can see Kea, Kythnos, and Serifos to the southeast, and Aegina and the Peloponnese to the west. The site also contains scant remains of a propylaeum, a fortified tower and, to the northeast, a 6th-century temple to Athena. Visit early in the morning before the tourist buses arrive, or head there for sunset to enact Byron’s lines from Don Juan:
‘Place me on Sunium’s marbled steep
Where nothing save the waves and me
May hear our mutual murmurs sweep.’
Byron was so impressed by Sounion that he carved his name on one of the columns.
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Regarding the Day Tours:
Cancellations up to 24 hours before your service date are 100% refundable.
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