cape sounion & the athens riviera sunset tour

A gorgeous shore and a stunning Greek temple!


5 hours


year-round, upon request


english, french

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Don’t let the sea escape you, because Athens is all about the sea! Tour the celebrated Athens Riviera shoreline all the way to the stunning Temple of Poseidon overlooking the Aegean sea, and end your day with a bang admiring the dramatic sunset over Cape Sounion!

This is a Private Tour

Our private tours can be booked as featured or be customized especially for you.


  • No one should miss the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, a stunning 5th century BC structure in a picture-perfect cliff-top setting
  • See the wonder that is Lake Vouliagmeni, a natural spa with year-round warm water
  • Visit the newest star on the city’s architectural and cultural scene, the impressive Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
  • Get a real taste of beach life along the city’s favorite coastline and discover an ancient Temple in a surprising location

What you can expect

Athenians love the sea. And in this tour you’ll understand every bit of why. But even before the tour reaches the seashore, there’s a stop to be made at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, the newest great edifice in the city and home to both the National Library and the National Opera. The Center, an engineering achievement designed by the renowned architect Renzo Piano, is set in an enormous park filled with olive trees and flanked by a 400-meter reflecting pool. Together, the building and the park achieve an aesthetic balance that’s both soothing and invigorating.

From there, you’ll head to Lake Vouliagmeni, where fresh spring water and saltwater mix to create a mineral-rich environment that is home to those funny little doctor fish (Garra rufa) that nibble your toes clean for you! The lake is, in fact, a collapsed cave, and there are underwater tunnels leading so far back under the mountain that they’ve never been fully mapped.

Then it's time for a walk along one of the most scenic seaside settings where you will probably forget you are still in Athens... and you will discover an ancient Temple whose location is a big surprise. 

You are now ready to head to Cape Sounion, with one of the world’s most graceful monuments, the Temple of Poseidon, a  5th-century archaeological site perched on the very top. The view here is tremendous, and it’s obvious why this spot of land was chosen as a site where people could worship the god of the sea. Don’t forget to look for Lord Byron’s bit of 19th-century vandalism – the British poet’s name is chiseled into a column here.And while you’re taking that look, spare a thought for old King Aegeus, the man who, in death, gave his name to the whole of the Aegean Sea. It is here that you 'll enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in Greece from the site of the temple itself – this lets you catch the last rays of the sun over the water from the ideal spot where geography and history work together to give you a timeless memory.



  • Transfer by private a/c vehicle 
  • Guided visit of Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center
  • Guided visit of Lake Vouliagmeni
  • Walk by the sea & ancient temple exploration
  • Visit of Cape Sounio & Temple of Poseidon

Practical info

5 hours
english, french
year-round, upon request

What's included

  • Professional English speaking tour leader
  • Transfer by a/c vehicle
  • Hotel pick up & drop off 
  • Petrol, tolls and taxes

Not included

  • Entry fees
  • Food or drinks 

"Our group of 18 took a private tour of the Athens coastline, including to Sounio, where we saw the sunset over the Aegean Sea from Poseidon's temple, and Lake Vouliagmeni. Our fantastic tour guide was knowledgeable, informative and polite! He even let us linger for an extra hour or so to fully enjoy the sites. Highly recommend!"


"The tour was cozy, comfortable and well organized. Before the tour, I expected a boring driving to the temple but the highlight stop-overs selected by our local guide made this driving enjoyable. At the temple, we had plenty time to explore and admire the view before the grandeur finale, the sunset at the temple, which has become the most dazzling experience of mine."

Quanxiao – Netherlands

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An Athenian seaside afternoon and the amazing cliff-top temple

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