Athens & Sounion tour
Departure from Athens: 8:00 am
Return in Athens: 6:30 pm
Highlights: This tour combines the Athens City Tour & Acropolis Museum tour with the Cape Sounion tour and includes lunch.
From the Acropolis to Omonia Square, you'll see all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens on this comprehensive tour. Offering a perfect overview of the modern city, this guided tour will help you get your bearings if this is your first visit to Athens. Depart for Panathinaikon Stadium, cradle of the first Olympic Games that took place in 1896. Pass by the Prime’s Ministers residence, Ex Royal Palace, (guarded by colorful Evzones) and Zappeion. Proceed passing by the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus. Continue passing by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schlieman’s House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, Old Parliament, Constitution Square, Russian Orthodox Church, and finally Acropolis (visit Propylae, the Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens).
Continue with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodion and Dionysos Theater, in order to visit the Acropolis Museum. Main attractions such as votives, artifacts of every day life, statues from archaic period, Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will impress you.
After a morning full of images continue in a local restaurant under the slopes of Acropolis for lunch.
After lunch depart for a wonderful drive along the scenic coastal road which affords a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf, passing through some of Athens most beautiful suburbs (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza) to cape Sounion. Cape Sounion is only 45 miles (70 kilometers) from Athens, making it the perfect lazy afternoon destination. The Cape's Temple of Poseidon is perched on a rocky hilltop overlooking the sea. The view across the Aegean is magnificent with one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the world, extending all the way to Kea and the Peloponnese on a clear day. The Temple of Poseidon was built in 44 B.C., and many of its original Doric columns are still standing. One of the columns has a graffiti left by none other than Lord Byron in the early 1800s. The precipice is a sheer 197 foot drop to the sea.