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Half-Day Sounion Day Trip from Athens with the Temple of Poseidon

Journey to Sounion for sunset with an archaeology expert
From US$1,257 privately
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Tour Details
5 hours
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Temple of Poseidon
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  • Embark on an extraordinary journey to the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, situated just outside Athens
  • Let an expert archaeologist guide you through the ancient mysteries and captivating stories that surround this magnificent site, immersing you in a thrilling exploration of Greece's rich history and mythical tales.
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Tour Description
Cape Sounion, located about an hour and a half outside of the city, offers some of the most stunning sunset views in all of Greece and is one of the more special things to do near Athens. During this visit to the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion at the end of the day we'll join a local archaeologist for an in-depth tour.
During this 5-hour day trip from Athens, we'll venture out to Sounion with an archaeologist to explore the site. Built as a temple to Poseidon—understandably, considering the proximity to the sea—the building and its surroundings have played a key role in Greek mythology and history. This is where King Aegeus leapt to his death, giving the name to the sea that surrounds Greece. It is also a famous pilgrimage site for romantics and philosophers, including the English poet Lord Byron, whose inscription at the site remains today.
Although this trip to Sounion can take place at any time, we normally organize it for the end of the day to coincide with sunset. The round-trip car ride lasts 3 hours (90 minutes each way), and we normally spend 2 hours on site. This can be extended, of course.

NOTE: This tour includes a car service that will pick you up at your accommodation. Please tell us your hotel or apartment address in the 'Additional Details' box while adding the tour to your shopping cart.
Where do we meet the guide and driver for this tour?
Our expert guide and our driver will meet you at your accommodation in Athens.  Please provide your Athens accommodation address in the "Additional Details" box while adding this tour to your shopping cart. At the end of the excursion, our expert guide and driver will drop you off at your accommodation.

Does this excursion require tickets?
You will need tickets to access the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion. These tickets are not included in the cost of the tour because they can only be purchased on-site. Our expert guide will help you purchase the tickets on the day of the tour.

Can we take this tour with our kids? 
Even though this walk is not designed specifically for families (there are no hands-on activities tailored for kids planned in this tour), we do have some family-friendly guides who can lead this tour. We offer two tours in Athens specifically designed for kids: Among the Gods: National Archeological Museum Tour for Kids and Acropolis and Agora Tour for Kids with Skip-the-Line Tickets.

We have our own rental car for the trip, can we get refunded for the car part? 
Clients cannot use their own vehicle and drive our guide for insurance reasons. If you have your own car service (with a driver), we need a copy of the insurance of the car company.

We are not staying in Athens. Can we still take this tour?
This excursion has been designed exclusively for clients staying in Athens. 

Does this tour include any stops for food along the way?
Yes, you will stop for a quick refreshment near the Temple or on the way. This will not replace a meal.
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Demetra was an excellent guide! She was a wealth of information and made history interesting for our children. Highly recommend both Context and Demetra!
Excellent tour. Was terrific to get there early and see the temple Without a crowd. We did not stay for the sunset - we saw the line of tour buses coming in and it was getting very crowded. So maybe don't advertise it as a sunset tour. But Sophia was great and we enjoyed our day