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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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
  • Food or drinks you get on your own
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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

"We learned a lot about Athens life and Greek history while enjoying some delicious drinks. Antonis takes you to places that you would only know about from a local. We can not recommend it enough!!"

Bryan M

"Tour was awesome! Nice and intimate and Nikos was an awesome guide. So much knowledge about the city and street art and food!! Highly recommended :-)"

Colette

"We learned about the area, history of LGBTin Athens, local hot spots, and much more. At the end of the night it was like we were locals and apart of her circle of friends. A MUST in Athens if you are LGBTQI."

Ady S