Sounio half day tour begin with a wonderful drive along the coastline which affords a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf. Passing through some of the most beautiful suburbs known as Athens Riviera (glyfada,voula,vouliagmeni,varkiza).
As we continue our drive along the coastline passing through more isolated areas with breathtaking view of the Saronic Gulf and approaching Cape Sounio the southeastern edge of the Attika peninsula.You are going to see Cape Sounio rises like a sheer cliff out of the sea.
The archeological site of Cape Sounio was build in the 5th century B.C and the temple was dedicated to god Poseidon the ancient Greek god of the sea.
Sounio is also known for one of the best panoramic views in the world also for its breathtaking sunset and view of the Greek islands.
The contrast between the white remaining Doric columns and the deep blue of the seais still dazzling as in the days of lord Byron where he wrote about and treasured.
On the back to Athens we can stop at a traditional Greek tavern by the sea and have lunch by the water. This traditional Greek tavern serves fresh fish straight from the sea.
When we finish our lunch is time to drive back to Athens.
- Athenian Riviera
- Passing by Hellinikon Olympic complex
- Cape sounio
- Poseidon Temple
- Lunch (if you like)
Archaeological evidence indicates that Sounion was a sacred area as far back as the Bronze Age, but the temple visible in our day was built in the middle of the 5th century BCE (between 444 and 440 BCE). It was part of the ambitious building project initiated by Perikles, which included other renowned temples such as the Parthenon and the Hephaisteion. Given the similarities of the Temple of Poseidon to the Hephaisteion and the temple of Nemesis in Rhamnous, many historians have concluded that they were designed by the same architect.
An inscription confirms that the temple was dedicated to Poseidon. The temple of Poseidon was a peripheral building of the Doric order, made of marble from nearby Agrileza, with six columns at its ends and thirteen on each long side for a total of 34–of which thirteen survive today.
- SUMMER PERIOD: 1 April – 31 October
- WINTER PERIOD: 1 November – 31 March
TEMPLE OF POSEIDON
Full : €8,00 – Reduced: € 4,00
Winter: 09:30 – Sunset
Summer: 09:00 – Sunset
- 1 January: closed
- 6 January: 08:00 – 15:00
- Shrove Monday: 08:00 – 15:00
- 25 March: closed
- Good Friday: until 12:00 – 17:00
- Holy Saturday: 08:00 – 15:00
- Easter Sunday : closed
- Easter Monday: 08:00 – 20:00
- 1 May: closed
- Holy Spirit Day: 08:00 – 20:00
- 15 August: 08:00 – 20:00
- 28 October: 08:00 – 15:00
- 25 December: closed
- 26 December: closed
- Escorting teachers during the visits of schools and institutions of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education and of military schools.
- Members of Societies and Associations of Friends of Museums and Archaeological Sites throughout Greece with the demonstration of certified membership card.
- Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS
- Persons possessing a free admission card
- The employees of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Archaeological Receipts Fund, upon presentation of their service ID card.
- The official guests of the Greek government, with the approval of the General Director of Antiquities.
- Young people, under the age of 18, after demonstrating the Identity Card or passport to confirm the age.
Free admission days:
- 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
- 18 April (International Monuments Day)
- 18 May (International Museums Day)
- The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
- Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st
- 28 October
Reduced admission for:
- Greek citizens and citizens of other Member – States of the European Union who are over 65 years old, upon presentation of their ID card or passport for verification of their age and country of origin.
- Holders of a solidarity card
- Holders of a valid unemployment card.
- Large families’ parents of children up to 23 yrs old,or up to 25 yrs old (on military service/studying), or child with disabilities regardless the age, having a certified pass of large families, certification from the Large Family Association or a family status certificate issued by the Municipality
- Persons with disabilities (67 % or over) and one escort, upon presentation of the certification of disability issued by the Ministry of Health or a medical certification from a public hospital, where the disability and the percentage of disability are clearly stated.
- Single parent families with minors, upon presentation of a family status certificate issued by the Municipality. In the case of divorsed parents, only the parent holding custody of the children
- The police officers of the Department of Antiquity Smuggling of the Directorate of Security
- Tourist guides upon presentation of their professional ID card.
- University students and students at Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent schools from countries outside the EU by showing their student ID.
All our tours are flexible it’s up to you to make changes according to your wishes
Admission fees and lunch are not included in the price of the tour.
You may receive multiple e-mails until you receive an e-mail starting confirmation your booking will NOT have been confirmed.
Our company fleet consist of non-smoking luxury sedan taxis Mercedes Benz full air conditioned. All vehicles covered by a fully comprehensive insurance policy and licensed by Hellenic Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
All prices are quoted per car / not per person
- local taxes
- Baggage charges
- Entrance fees
- Personal expenses (drink,meals etc.)
- The drivers are not a licensed to accompany you on your walk to the top of the Acropolis or inside any other site or museum.
- If you require a licensed guide to tour the sites with you, you need to hire one additionally.