cape sounion & the athens riviera sunset tour

A gorgeous shore and a stunning Greek temple!

Duration

6 hours

When

Private: Year-round upon request, Shared: Apr-Oct: Mon - Wed - Fri, 3:30 PM

Languages

english

Price

€100per person

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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!

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We offer all our tours as private and are happy to customize them for you!

Highlights

  • 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
  • Enjoy a selection of meze (Greek tapas) and a drink at a seaside tavern

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, stopping on the way at a seaside tavern for a drink and some tapas with a marvelous view.

By now you will have reached one of the world’s most graceful monuments, the Temple of Poseidon, a  5th-century archaeological site perched on the very top of Cape Sounion. 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.

 

Itinerary

  • 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

Duration
6 hours
Languages
english
When
Private: Year-round upon request, Shared: Apr-Oct: Mon - Wed - Fri, 3:30 PM

Prices

  • Adults: 100 €
  • Children (0-17): 80 €

What's included

  • Professional English speaking tour leader
  • Transfer by a/c vehicle
  • Tapas & a drink
  • Hotel pick up & drop off (for private tours only)
  • Petrol, tolls and taxes

Not included

  • Entry fees
  • Transfers from/to your hotel (for small group tours)
  • Food or drinks you get on your own

Notes

  • Minimum numbers apply for shared tours. In the event that these are not met, we will let you know 10 days prior to the tour date. 
  • As we want to respect the local communities and disrupt their way of life as little as possible, we refrain from big groups in our shared tours.
  • For our private tours, we offer a pick up and drop off service. In shared tours, we set a central meeting point, as a pick up service will add at least an hour to the total travel time and cause unnecessary irritation and discomfort to travelers.
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An Athenian seaside afternoon and the amazing cliff-top temple

cape sounion & the athens riviera sunset tour
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Awards & Accolades

Testimonials

"This tour was one of the highlights of our amazing Greek vacation. Highly recommend this tour and would suggest doing it at the beginning of your trip. Amazing!!!"

gblody2010- Winsconsin

"This tour is not only about the food, it also highlights the history and culture of the Athenians, it’s a great way to enjoy Athens and to learn about the country.  We had a lovely time, couldn't have found these locations even through a map without getting lost. Tania was very helpful as our guide and we are thankful."

rajiv517- Sri Lanka

"We were able to get a good sense of the city as well as make some good connections with a variety of shops and eateries that we returned to later on. Diana was an amazingly energetic guide, very engaging and accommodating. Bring comfy shoes and an open mind and you will have an unforgettable day in Athens :)"

Boris S-California