Athens to Cape Sounio, Temple of Poseidon Tour
Divine Beauty… Floating between myth and history
Divine Beauty… Floating between myth and history
Isles of Greece: Place me on Sunium's marbled steep, Where nothing, save the waves and I, May hear our mutual murmurs sweep... Lord Byron
The southern suburbs of Athens invite you on a journey with blue background - because here the summer never ends. Within walking distance from the center of Athens, the urban landscape gives way to a unique resort. The entire south side of Attica is endowed with wonderful sandy beaches, rocky coves and lush nature. Combined with ideal climate, it makes you feel that you are on vacations on a Greek island, but guess what? Without even having to set foot on a ferry!
Join us in a private tour along the serpent coastal avenue – get that summer vacation feeling - reaching our final destination the “Temple of Poseidon” in the southernmost point of Attica peninsula. The temple of Poseidon stands atop Cape Sounio in an elevation of 60m (200ft) above sea level. Beside its columns one has literally a hang-glider’s view of the Saronic Gulf. It was once a place of worship, a sailors’ landmark, a haunt for pirates and a target of pilgrimage for the early modern travelers of the 18th and 19th century and now awaits you to rediscover it. The ruins bear the deeply engraved name of George Gordon Byron commonly known simply as Lord Byron, (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), who was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic Movement, possibly dates from his first visit to Greece, on his Grand Tour of Europe before acquiring his fame. Among Byron's best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, and the short lyric "She Walks in Beauty". The sunset is a total must.
A rather unsightly stretch of the coastal road at Faliro bay has received a facelift, thanks to the renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, which will serve as the new home of both the Greek National Library and the Greek National Opera which will also contribute a 21-hectare park is almost ready and scheduled to open in 2017. The center also hosts various workshops for adults and children, as well as cultural events and it is definitely worth a visit.
Only a breath away from Athens center is the Flisvos Marina where you can witness the countries Maritime evolution by visiting not only a relatively modern Battleship (built in 1910 in the shipyards of Livorno Italy) named George Averof which used to be the flagship of the Hellenic Navy for nearly half a century, but also an exact replica of the Trireme; the battleship of the Ancient Greeks. The innovative weapon witch helped The Greeks defeat the Persian fleet in one of the most crucial naval battles of history; the naval battle of Salamis in September 480 BC. The floating Naval Museum has been for years a vibrant educational community for a “naval” acquaintance with the country’s heritage.
Vouliagmeni Lake, in the heart of the Athenian Riviera, is the hidden treasure of Attica’s nature. Situated on an idyllic landscape, this natural gem is waiting to be discovered. The imposing rock, thermal waters, the labyrinthine underwater tunnels and the lush vegetation create a unique geological phenomenon. The lake’s present form was created after the roof of the cave fell because of erosion caused by the high temperature of the inside running water and also due to an earthquake, probably during the early middle Ages. The cave is located in a limestone area. The lake’s brackish waters which are continuously replenished both by the sea and the underground thermal springs offer a natural and unique thermal spa experience. It is a mineral spa with many healing properties for such ailments as eczema and dermatological diseases, neuralgia, headaches, disfiguring arthritis, chronic gynecological diseases lumbago, sciatica and other problems. The lake’s water composition consists of potassium, natrium, lithium, ammonium, calcium, ferrum, chloride, iodine, and is slightly radioactive. The lake stands at a 40 cm elevation, and its water maintains a constant 24 degrees Celsius temperature all year long.
Our tour packages don’t include a professional licensed tour guide, in order to be more affordable to our clients. However your driver will provide substantial & enough information for all the locations that you'll visit, within the car or outside the sites.
Notice that you could choose from the below choices.
a/ You can have your driver - tour Leader to accompany you. ( No additional cost)
b/ We can provide upon request a Professional tour guide.
c/ For tours that are taking place outside Athens we can always book a local tour guide in each place of visit , upon your request.
Whatever your choice might be, kindly send your request and we will inform you of the additional cost if that exists!
In case you'd like to be picked up by us at Athens International Airport "El Venizelos", we offer you transportation in significantly better price.
Our representative will welcome you at the Arrival Hall, holding a sign with your name written on it ,will help you with your luggage and escort you to the car.
|Itinerary [total duration approx. 5½ hours] Suggested start time: Morning/Afternoon|
For your chauffeured transportation, we provide smoke free, fully air-conditioned vehicles, that meet all technical and security standards. Depending on the number of participants, you can choose:
a/ Sedan- type vehicle, new Octavia 7 or Mercedes, capacity 1 to 4 pax (depending on availability)
b/ Mini Van, capacity 2 to 8 pax (depending on availability)
c/ SUV- type vehicle, capacity 1 to 5 pax (depending on availability)
Notes: 1) Child safety seats available upon request 2) Luggage restrictions may apply
|Activity level: Easy|
|Dress Code: As your visit involves a fair bit of walking, partially in rough terrain, it is advisable to wear comfortable, rubber-soled shoes. During the summer months, a hat, and light color garments will also be required for this tour.|
|Max Group Size: 2-16 persons|
Other than the sheer beauty of Vouliagmeni Lake and the balmy temperature (a steady 20-24C) of the lake’s brackish water – constantly fed both by the sea and by the underground springs- the main attraction here is a fish species that lives in the lake named Garra rufa. This tiny black fish will rush towards your feet as soon as you step into the water and, if you are not squeamish; will start giving you the perfect natural exfoliating treatment by nibbling at your dead skin cells. According to Greek Mythology, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. Lord Byron is regarded as one of the greatest British poets, and remains widely read and influential. He travelled widely across Europe, especially in Italy where he lived for seven years. Later in life, Byron joined the Greek War of Independence fighting the Ottoman Empire, for which many Greeks revere him as a national hero. He died one year later at age 36 from a fever contracted while in Messologi in Greece. Byron spent several months in 1810–11 in Athens, including two documented visits to Sounion. There is, however, no direct evidence that the inscription was made by Byron himself. Byron mentions Sounion in his poem Isles of Greece.