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Athens: Sunset Trip to Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon

1. Athens: Sunset Trip to Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon

With a guide, experience the Athens Riviera and uncover the history behind each turn. Witness the sun melt over the Aegean Sea on Cape Sounion and see the Temple of Poseidon. Depart Athens by bus from Halandri Metro station and reach Cape Sounion in time for the mesmerizing sunset. Learn about Sounion’s past and present from your archaeologist guide. Explore the Temple of Poseidon, one of the most important temples in Greece. See the signatures on the temple marble left by famous authors who visited, including the Romantic poet Lord Byron. Watch the sunset over the clear waters of the Aegean Sea. After, discover the Athens Riviera. Stroll along the promenade past waterfront cafes and see where Athenians come to escape the city.

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Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Tour: From Athens

2. Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Tour: From Athens

The tour begins with a breathtaking drive along the scenic coastal road. During this relaxing ride you’ll enjoy splendid views of the Saronic Gulf while passing through some of Athen's most beautiful suburbs; Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza. Arrive at Cape Sounion, a historic and beautiful area of Greece. The steep cliffs offer a breathtaking, panoramic view, and on a clear day you can look out to some of Greece's beautiful isles. In addition to the views, look forward to visiting the 5th-century B.C. Temple of Poseidon. God of the Sea, Poseidon was second only to Zeus in Greek mythology. Made of white marble, the columns still stand today as a reminder of the Athenian Empire. The trip will conclude with a relaxing drive back to Athens after having experienced the sights and architecture of ancient Greece.

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Cape Sounion Sunset Tour from Athens

3. Cape Sounion Sunset Tour from Athens

Escape the hustle and bustle of Athens for the evening, and watch the sunset over Cape Sounion on the Attica Peninsula. Drive along the Athens Riviera, enjoying splendid views of the Saronic Gulf along the way. Pass through some of the most salubrious neighborhoods of the city, and marvel at the Hellinikon Olympic complex, along with settlements such as Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza. Upon arrival at Cape Sounion, visit the 5th century BC Temple of Poseidon, and get a panoramic view of the Aegean Sea. On a clear day you can see at least 7 islands. Learn about Cape Sounion's important role in Greek mythology and history. The first recorded mention of it occurs in the Odyssey, and it was the last landing port for ships returning from Poseidon. Learn more about the Greek God of the Sea at the Poseidon Temple at Cape Sounion, where you can watch the sun go down. 

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Athens: Blue Hop-on-Hop-off Bus and Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

4. Athens: Blue Hop-on-Hop-off Bus and Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

Temple of Poseidon and Cape of Sounio sunset tour: You will drive along the south coast to the Athenian Riviera, which will allow you to easily reach the otherwise hard-to-get-to Sounion. Once there, you will be dazzled by the famous landscapes that surround Sounion. In the times of the ancient Greeks, this site was revered as sacred ground dedicated to the gods Poseidon and Athena. You can marvel at the Temple of Poseidon, which perched upon the cliff’s edge 70 meters above the sea. Later, walk the blessed earth of Sounion, one of the places sung about it in Homer’s Odyssey. You can then stand upon the same cliff where it is said King Aegeus threw himself off. The tale is told in Greek mythology that Aegeus told his son Theseus that if he defeated the Minotaur, he should return to Athens with ships bearing white sails. Theseus forgot this request, and when Aegeus saw Theseus’ black sails, he threw himself from the Sounion in despair. While here, you can watch the sunset over this legendary horizon. Athens Hop-on-hop-off blue bus : Explore Athens, the Port of Piraeus and the beaches at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Benefit from easy transportation to key attractions, such as the Panathenaic Stadium and Parthenon at the Acropolis. You can travel on 4 lines for 2 days, including Athens (Orange Line), Piraeus (Blue Line), Glyfada (Yellow Line), and Vouliagmeni (Green Line).

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From Athens: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Sunset Tour

5. From Athens: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Sunset Tour

This 5-hour excursion begins with a pick-up at your accommodation in Athens. Enjoy a comfortable 50-minute drive along coastal roads in an air-conditioned minivan. Take in views of idyllic beaches and small villages along the way. At the ancient Greek temple to Poseidon, the god of the sea, the guide will tell you about its history. Enjoy some time here to relax and take in the views over the Aegean Sea. Cape Sounio is best known for its spectacular sunsets and blue flag beaches. During a stop here, enjoy the opportunity to swim nearby. The tour ends with a drop off at your hotel in Athens.

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Athens: Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

6. Athens: Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

After traveling for a few kilometers through the South Coast and the Athenian Riviera, you will be bedazzled by the famous landscapes which surround Sounion. Sounion (or Sunium) was an important ancient Greek religious sanctuary dedicated to the gods Poseidon and Athena. Spectacularly located on a promontory in southern Attica, the site is dominated by the temple of Poseidon perched 70 meters above the sea on the cliff edge. Sounion is the setting for several episodes in Greek mythology, and is specifically mentioned as a place of religious significance in Homer’s Odyssey. In some myths, this is also the spot where the Athenian king Aegeus threw himself into the sea in despair upon having sighted the black sail of his son Theseus’ ship returning from Crete after his battle with the Minotaur. If you are keen on visiting the outskirts of Athens, such as Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon, you will be able to do so with a private tour. In a luxury limousine van with a private driver, you will be driven along to the Athens Riviera down to the famous Cape Sounion and back to Athens or Piraeus.

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Athens: Cape Sounion Afternoon Tour

7. Athens: Cape Sounion Afternoon Tour

Drive along the coastal road, passing the spectacular beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza to Cape Sounion, the southernmost point of Attica, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. Cape Sounion is a promontory located 69 kilometers south southeast of Athens. According to Greek mythology, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, King of Athens, leapt from the cliff to his death, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. During the 4-hour tour you’ll have splendid views of the Saronic Gulf and the small islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, take some time to walk along the rocky promontory of Sounion, before heading back to Athens.

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From Athens: Fast Transfer to Cape Sounion

8. From Athens: Fast Transfer to Cape Sounion

While in Athens you must visit the ancient temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. If you want to do it on your own and without time limitations, then getting a safe transfer there is recommended. Booking this transfer service, you will enjoy a hassle-free 1-way or 2-way transfer from central meeting points in Athens. Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation in the Athens city center at the designated time, and will drive you to Cape Sounion using the fastest route, depending on the traffic. After 40-60 minutes, you will arrive at Cape Sounion. Once there, you may spend your time however you like, with the option to explore the archaeological site of the Temple of Poseidon, or walk down to the closest beautiful beach to take a refreshing swim. If you book the 1-way option, be sure to arrange for the return trip on your own. Alternatively, you can book the 2-way option which grants you 90 minutes of free time on the site before the driver takes you back to the city center.

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Athens City and Cape Sounio Full Day Private Tour

9. Athens City and Cape Sounio Full Day Private Tour

Your first stop is at the Acropolis of Athens. The city’s rich history is documented on every step of the Acropolis of Athens, on every piece of marble gracing the Parthenon. You will have some time to explore the Acropolis Museum. Then, head to the Hellenic Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Take a quick stop for a photo before continuing on to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, a former colossal temple at the center of Athens. You will also stop at the Panathenaic Stadium and then Mount Lycabettus, to take a look at the city from above. You will then set off for the Archaeological Site of Sounion. Visit the Temple of Poseidon at Sounio - an example of classical architecture of the 5th Century B.C. Upon your return to the city of Athens, you will stop at an idyllic place: Vouliagmeni Lake, in the heart of the Athenian Riviera.

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From Athens: Cape Sounio Private Tour

10. From Athens: Cape Sounio Private Tour

This private tour drives along the lacy coastal road that begins in the Athenian suburb of Glyfada and winds its way through Vouliagmeni, Saronida and Lagonisi to reach Cape Sounio. It is one of the region of Attica’s most sublime routes. Small beaches tucked away with their sandy shores or rocky stretches, crystal-clear sparkling water and a perfectly blue sky will accompany you along the way and delight the senses, mind and soul of anyone taking this gorgeous route to get to one of Greece’s most idyllic spots, Cape Sounio. From a distance, your gaze will be captivated by the ruins of the temple of Poseidon, a commanding, stunning structure characteristic of classical architecture from the 5th century B.C. This is the spot that the ancient Athenians chose to honor their god Poseidon within a fortress constructed to protect their coastline. It was here that the Sanctuary of Athena was also built for the worship of their city-state's patron goddess. Centuries after its decline, which occurred during the Peloponnesian Wars, a foreigner who loved Greece, a philhellene inspired by the splendor of the land and its history, the English poet Lord Byron was enchanted by this place and praised its virtues. Later, systematic excavations of the ruins would reveal Sounio in all its glory and grant it a second chance to shine.

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What people are saying about Cape Sounion

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,622 reviews

The Ammon Express company runs the tour on time, professionally and greatly. The driver is good and especially, the tour guider Gary is really really nice and enthusiastic. Her knowledge as an archaeologist and her energy to convey the Greek myth, Athens history and custom of the Greek locals to travelers is so impressive and great. I will recommend my friends to join this tour if they visit Athens. The price is reasonable.

Our guide Gari was amazing. She was full of stories and information and knew a lot about the site we went to and the surrounding areas. I would recommend this tour anytime for people wanting amazing pictures. The staff are Cape Sounion were kicking people out exactly on 5pm (sunset was 5:05pm) which was annoying, but our tour guide told us more stories at the bottom.

Great experience and our guide was amazing he’s very knowledgeable and knows a lot so don’t hesitate to ask him any history questions about Athens or Greek gods…overall the trip was awesome

Our tour guide, nicknamed 'Lea', an Archaeologist, was brilliant, we very much enjoyed the tour and the myths. Highly recommended!

I swear Sotiris is the best guide ever! Want to know about Athens? Go travel with him! You will be fully satisfied with it!!