POSEIDONS ADVENTURE ATHENS AND SOUNION 8-H TOUR

Poseidons Adventure Athens and Sounion 8-h tour

Duration 8 hours
Private Tour & Shore Excursion
Price from €99

** Price is per person for a group of 3 passengers. Prices vary greatly depending on the number of people and type of vehicle. The final price will be calculated online using our booking engine.

Poseidons Adventure Athens and Sounio 8-h Tour; A combination of history and beauty. A private tour of Athens, the riviera of Athens, and the impressive Cape Sounion with the temple of Poseidon! Embark on an incredible journey through time to the illustrious Golden Age of Greece, indulging in an adventure of unforgettable experiences.

Behold the grandeur of the Acropolis and marvel at the magnificent Parthenon as you explore Athens on a private tour. Fuel up with a delectable traditional Greek lunch before continuing your adventure through picturesque landscapes, majestic mountains, and stunning beaches. Your destination: Cape Sounion, where the majestic Temple of Poseidon stands tall against a breathtaking backdrop of the sparkling sea.

Highlights of the Poseidons Adventure Athens and Sounion 8-h tour

  • Eight-hour guided tour in Athens and Sounion by a luxury vehicle
  • Expert, English-speaking tour driver
  • Visit the famous Poseidon’s temple with its spectacular view of the Aegean sea
  • Visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Mars hill
  • Enjoy a walk in the picturesque neighborhood of Plaka
  • Enjoy the scenic coast to Cape Sounion
ITINERARY DETAILS

DESCRIPTION

Athens, the lively capital of Greece, is recognized as an cosmopolitan hub. Modern Athens plays a crucial role in Greece’s economic, financial, industrial, political, and cultural affairs, earning it the prestigious title of an alpha world city. In the ancient world, Classical Athens reigned as one of the strongest city-states. It was a thriving center for creativity, intellect, and philosophical thought, and served as the home to esteemed institutions like Plato’s Academy,

Aristotle’s Lyceum, and the revered Socrates. Often heralded as the birthplace of democracy and the cradle of Western civilization, Athens left a lasting impact on the cultural and political landscape of Europe during the 4th and 5th centuries BC.

Immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant present of Athens on this exclusive private tour. From iconic classical landmarks to bustling modern streets, you’ll experience the best of both worlds. Marvel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Constitution Square, stop by the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896, and take in the grandeur of the Presidential Palace, government buildings, and stately homes. Get ready to be captivated by the timeless beauty and dynamic energy of this mesmerizing city..

Your private chauffeur in Athens will guide you down Panepistimiou Avenue, passing noteworthy landmarks such as the Catholic Cathedral and the “Neoclassical Trilogy,” made up of the Academy, University, and National Library buildings. You will also explore Omonia Square before heading to the awe-inspiring Temple of Olympian Zeus and the iconic Adrian’s Arch. The highlight of your private tour will be a visit to the Acropolis, where your chauffeur will lead you to marvel at the Mars Hill, the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the exquisite Porch of Maidens at the Erechtheion.

ITINERARY (break-down)

Start:  We will collect you from your accommodation in Athens, address in Athens, or Piraeus port cruise terminal. Along the way to the Acropolis, you will traverse through various areas, depending on your starting point.

  • Duration: 20 Minutes average
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The Athens Acropolis Greece

Stop At The Acropolis

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Greece with a visit to the majestic Acropolis of Athens. As the sun rises over the ancient city, let the Acropolis captivate you with its awe-inspiring beauty. The birthplace of Western civilization, Athens is a city steeped in rich history and culture, and the Acropolis serves as a grand introduction to this iconic destination.

Marvel at the Propylaea, the magnificent gateway that leads you to the sacred site dedicated to Athena, the revered patron goddess of Athens. Crafted with flawless precision by renowned architect Mnesicles and adorned with pristine Pentelic marble, this grand structure was groundbreaking in its time. Let the Acropolis of Athens be your first stop on an unforgettable journey through the wonders of Greece.

As you make your way towards the south-west of the Propylaea, you will come across a fortress guarding the main entrance to the Acropolis. Here stands the magnificent Ionian temple of Apteros Nike, presently undergoing restoration in honor of the goddess Athena Nike. Alongside it stands the ancient temples of Erechtheion, dedicated to both Poseidon and Athina, as well as the iconic Parthenon, the primary temple devoted to the goddess Athena. From the summit of the Acropolis, you will also have the opportunity to marvel at the grand Theater of Dionysus and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

The ancient Theater of Dionysus Eleuthereus, located at the base of the Athenian Acropolis, is renowned as the world’s first theater. Its counterpart, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, is a magnificent Roman theater built on the southwest slope of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Originally constructed in 161 AD and later refurbished in 1950, this stone structure stands as a testament to the enduring artistry and ingenuity of the ancient world.

  • Duration: 85 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket Not Included

Pass By:

As we continue our journey through the historic city of Athens, we will first marvel at the majestic Acropolis. From there, we will make our way to the famed Melina’s Mercury statue and walk along the iconic Herodou Attikou street towards the renowned Acropolis Museum. Along the way, we will also pass by the ancient Temple of Olympian Zeus and the impressive Hadrian’s Arch, also known as the Athens Gate. Be sure not to miss out on the exquisite Zappeion Megaron, a true testament to the rich cultural heritage of Greece, generously gifted to the state by Zappas.

  • Duration: 20 Minutes
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Panathenean Kalimarmaron Stadium In Athens

Stop At Panathenaic Stadium

As we make our way to the Panathenaic Stadium, we’ll pause to capture some pictures. This renowned site holds great significance as it was the birthplace of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Known as the “Kalimarmaro,” this stadium is a standout among Athens’ many historic landmarks, being the only one constructed entirely of marble. Its origins date back to 330 BC when the statesman Lykourgos (Lycurgus) commissioned the construction of a grand stadium for the purpose of hosting the prestigious Panathenaic Games.

The stadium was the impressive location for both the inaugural and final ceremonies of the initial modern Olympic games in 1896. And more than a century later, in 2004, it once again proudly served as an esteemed Olympic setting. Nowadays, it marks the end of the renowned Athens Classic Marathon and serves as the concluding destination for the essential tradition of handing over the Olympic flame to the upcoming host nation of the Games. Snap a few photos and then we’ll continue on to our next destination.

  • Duration: 10 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket Not Included

Pass By: As I strolled through Athens, I was captivated by the breathtaking sights that surrounded me. The exquisite glass-made Runner statue which proudly stood alongside the monumental Truman statue, paying homage to the great American leader. My next stop, the breathtaking Megaron, a spectacular music hall and venue that radiated artistic brilliance. As I continued on my journey, I couldn’t resist taking a tour through Kolonaki, the upscale heart of Athens. Everywhere I turned, I was met with a sense of grandeur and beauty, making my experience in this magnificent city truly unforgettable.

  • Duration: 15 Minutes
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Lycabettus Hill Athens

Stop At Mount Lycabettus,

make sure to stop at Mount Lycabettus, a majestic limestone hill in Athens, Greece with a presence that can be felt from every corner of the city. Alternatively called Lycabettus, Lykabettos, or Lykavittos, this imposing landmark stands at a towering 277 meters (909 feet) above sea level, making it nearly twice as high as the famous Acropolis.

Its lower slopes are clothed with charming pine trees, while its twin peaks boast a charming 19th-century Chapel of St. George, a vibrant theater, a cozy cafeteria, and a delectable restaurant. With its striking ascent right in the heart of the city, Mount Lycabettus is a must-see sight that competes in grandeur with the Acropolis itself.

One simply cannot overlook Mount Lycabettus. Its alluring summit practically beckons to be conquered. If you find yourself with an empty afternoon in Athens and a decent level of fitness, there’s a good chance you’ll feel compelled to take on the climb. The ultimate draw for ascending Lycabettus is undoubtedly the breathtaking 360° panorama from the top, offering the best vantage point in Athens.

  • Duration: 15 Minutes

Pass By: As we embark on our journey through Kolonaki and the rich historical landmarks of Athens, we will pass by prominent sites such as the war museum, the Byzantine museum, and the museum of ancient archaeological Cyclades civilization. Amidst these ancient treasures, we will stop by the national garden, once a royal haven, and the grand Plateia Syntagmatos Syntagma Square. This bustling square, named after the historic Constitution granted by King Otto following a popular and military revolt on 3 September 1843, holds a special place in the heart of Athens.

  • Duration: 20 Minutes
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Athens Parliament Greece

Stop At Hellenic Parliament.

The Hellenic Parliament, also known as Voulí ton Ellínon in Greek, is the esteemed legislative body of Greece housed in the historic Old Royal Palace. From its prominent location overlooking Syntagma Square in Athens, it has remained a symbol of democratic values since its establishment. As the voice of the people, the Parliament is composed of elected Members who represent the diverse interests and viewpoints of the citizens.

And while visiting this magnificent site, don’t miss the chance to pay your respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and witness the revered changing of the guard by the Euzones in front of the ex-royal palace, now the seat of Greek democracy in the heart of Athens..

  • Duration: 15 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket Free

Pass By: Numismatic Museum of Athens, Attica shopping mall, the Catholic cathedral of Athens, The Academy of Athens. The Building constitutes one of three parts in an “architectural trilogy”. It was founded with the Constitutional Decree of March 18th, 1926, as an Academy of Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts, The Kapodistrian University of Athens,  The National Library of Greece was built at the end of the nineteenth century, as the last of the Architectural of Athens, a group of three neoclassical buildings which also includes the Academy and the University.

The magnificent architecture of the building was a creation of Theophil Hansen, who infused the space with an illustrious Council of State, the iconic statue of Kolokotronis (symbolizing the Greek Revolution of 1821 against the Ottomans), and the esteemed National Historical Museum, formerly known as the parliament house of Athens. Surrounding this historic site are the bustling Constitutions Square, the vibrant Ermou Street (known as the central shopping hub of Athens), and the charming Plaka district, boasting scenic neighborhoods and cobblestone pedestrian streets lined with charming cafes, eclectic restaurants, and an array of unique shops.

  • Duration: 20 Minutes

Pass By:

Take a picturesque drive from Athens, winding through the suburbs and following the captivating coastal road of the Saronic Gulf. Admire the stunning views of Athens’ iconic Riviera, passing by luxurious neighborhoods like Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, Anavisos, Fokaia, before reaching the famous Cape Sounion.

  • Duration: 80 Minutes

Stop At Fokaia For Lunch

As we make our way to Fokaia, why not stop and have lunch at a charming Greek restaurant? And if you’re feeling adventurous, we can also dine at a magnificent waterfront restaurant. Please note that lunch is not included.

  • Duration: 70 Minutes

Cape Sounion:

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Magnificent Poseidon’s Adventure Athens and Sounio 1-Day Tour

Experience the beauty and wonder of Cape Sounion on a private tour, meandering along the scenic coastal roads. As you drive, you will be treated to views of stunning beaches such as Vouliagmeni and its sparkling lake, and the picturesque coves that grace the shores of the Saronic Gulf. Upon arrival at Cape Sounion, prepare to be captivated by the majestic Temple of Poseidon, perched atop the Aegean Sea and offering a simply breathtaking panoramic vista that is sure to leave you in awe.

Stop At The Temple of Poseidon

Perched atop a majestic cliff at the edge of the Athens Peninsula, stands a magnificent temple devoted to the mighty God Poseidon. For Ancient sailors, it served as the final glimpse of their city before embarking on their journey, and the joyous first sight upon their return, complete with countless tales and legends. At sunset, this awe-inspiring temple radiates with unparalleled beauty, making it a spectacular conclusion to any tour. The journey from Athens to Cape Sounion is truly a sight to behold, considered by many to be the most enchanting route in all of Greece.

As you journey along the coastal road, you’ll be mesmerized by the shimmering sun reflecting off the crystal-clear waters of the Saronic Gulf. The unmistakable island-like atmosphere, created by the myriad of inviting bars and tavernas, transports you to a blissful escape from the bustling city. The array of seafront hotels serve as a reminder that this is one of the most sought-after areas for tourists in Athens.

But the real showstopper is the breathtaking landscape. Perched atop a vertiginous cliff at the cape’s edge, stands the majestic temple of Poseidon, offering unparalleled views of the cerulean Aegean Sea. It’s not just the picturesque scenery, the crystalline waters, or the exhilarating sensation of swimming in the Aegean Sea, that leaves an indelible mark. It’s the fusion of all these elements, combined with the luxurious hotels and restaurants, as well as charming Greek tavernas serving up delicious seafood and refreshing ouzo

The myth is mesmerizing, woven into the very fabric of this temple and the mighty Aegean Sea that surrounds it. Perched atop a steep slope, Cape Sounio is more than just a cape; it holds the tragic tale of a king whose life was lost due to his son’s folly. This is the remarkable story of King Aegeus and Theseus….!

  • Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket Not Included

Pass By: End of our service.

Retracing our scenic coastal route, we’ll conveniently return you to our original pickup spot!

  • Duration: 80 Minutes
DEPARTURE | RETURN

  • Transfer offerd; Travelers pickup/drop off is offered.
  • Pick up from; We will pick you up from any hotel or apartment in Athens center and Piraeus cruise port at the cruise ship pier!
  • Info needed When booking make sure to include the address of your accommodation, or the name of the cruise line and the cruise ship!
  • Pick up time; We propose to pick you up at 8 am in order to avoid traffic and crowed at the Acropolis.
  • Drop off; We will drop you off at the same place we have picked you up or at any hotel in Athens center or cruise ship pier!

INCLUDED | EXCLUDED

What is Included

  • Professional driver with good knowledge of history and culture in Greece
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle appropriate for the size of your group
  • Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple day tours only)
  • Flexible pick up time on request (proposed 08:00AM)
  • Free Pick-up from and return to your hotel
  • Free Pick-up & drop off from Piraeus cruise port
  • Athens Airport transfers or pickup locations outside Athens: arranged on request with surcharge
  • First class transport: By Mercedes E-Class or similar; Mercedes minivan or Mercedes minibus according to the size of your party. All new models come with full leather and A/C.
  • Road tolls and local taxes
  • Our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athina, Greece.
  • Official licensed tour guide for guiding in archeological sites. Available on request with surcharge
  • The private tour is 100% exclusive for your party

What is Excluded

  • Entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museum
  • Wine tasting fee (wine tours)
  • Athens Airport transfer: arranged on request with a surcharge
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and beverage
  • Your private chauffeur/guide will discuss a program best suited to your interest and mobile abilities. Option for a professional tour guide with a state license at an extra cost.
IMPORTANT NOTES

Tour Type

  • Private tour - Shore Excursion
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Departures: Daily

Restrictions

  • Due to the high complexity and uncertainty of contemporary transportation, as well as unexpected situations, the planned itinerary can change at any moment and our choices may be affected by any social, economic or environmental phenomena!

Guaranteed Departures

  • Best Greece Tours is proud to be the first in the industry to offer Guaranteed Departures . A guaranteed departure means; There is no minimum number of bookings required on a trip to run and that the tour will definitely operate on the day it is scheduled and will not be cancelled. All guaranteed departures will run except in the event of a natural disaster or other similarly disruptive event that is beyond our control. Our current collection of tours can take you to exciting places in Athens and around the world.

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  • A voucher will be emailed to you with our contact numbers and all necessary information for your tour.
  • This is your ticket and proof of purchase. On the day of tour please present a paper voucher in order to redeem your tour/activity.
  • Itinerary (break-down)Due to the high complexity and uncertainty of contemporary transportation, as well as unexpected situations, the planned itinerary can change at any moment and our choices may be affected by any social, economic or environmental phenomena!

Persons with Disabilities

  • Due to uneven surfaces, certain sites are not recommended for persons with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Such sites are the Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Mycenae, Delphi and Meteora.
  • In all cases, we recommend comfortable flat-solid walking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • For guests who are full-time wheelchair users a ramp vehicle will be needed. Guests may remain in their wheelchair or scooter for the duration of the excursion. Wheelchair or scooter dimensions are required in order to confirm the correct vehicle!
  • Wheelchair or small scooter folding type only. (Please note that disabled passengers must be able to board the vehicle independently or with the assistance of those in their party.)

Opening hours & Admission fees

  • Opening Hours: Summer April 1st to October 31st from 08:00 AM to 07:30 PM
  • Winter: November 1st to March 31st from 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
  • Free admission fees: Children under 18 & Students from E.U.
  • Reduced admission fees: Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65 & Students from countries outside the E.U.

Free admission days

  • March 6: In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
  • June 5: Environment international day
  • April 18 : International monuments day
  • May 18: International museums day
  • September 27: International tourism day
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • National Holidays
  • Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
  • The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September
  • NOTE: If the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the free admission day

Holidays in Greece

  • January 1: closed
  • January 6: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Shrove Monday: 08:30AM - 03:00 PM
  • March 25: closed
  • Good Friday: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Holy Saturday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Easter Sunday: closed
  • Easter Monday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • May 1: closed
  • Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • 15 August 15: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • October 28: 08:30 AM- 03:00 PM
  • December 25 & 26: closed
CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Sedans; Within 24 hrs of travel 100% fee will apply. Outside of 24 hrs a €2 per person cancellation charge will apply.
  • Minivan; Within 36 hrs of travel 100% fee will apply. Outside of 36 hrs a €2 per person cancellation charge will apply.
  • Minibus 10-20 seats; Within 96 hrs of travel 100% fee will apply. Outside of 96 hrs a €2 per person cancellation charge will apply.
  • For all vehicles; No show mean, no refund

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