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FULL DAY IN ATHENS AND CAPE SOUNIO (POSEIDON) Print E-mail

This tour is a combination of Athens’s most important sites and the most popular half day excursion to the Temple of Poseidon combined with lunch overlooking the Aegean Sea.

We start the tour by visiting the so called “sacred rock”,  The Acropolis. Here you will see the Parthenon that was dedicated to goddess Athena (Parthenos), Propylea, the monumental entrance to the sacred area, the temple of Athena Nike which was dedicated to Athena-Nike (Victory) the Erechtheion with its famous female figures-statues the Caryatides or Maidens dedicated to both goddess Athena and god Poseidon.  The Odeum of Herodus Atticus and the ruins of the first theatre in the whole world the Theatre of  Dionysus and finally the Areopagus (Mars Hill).

AcropolisAreopagus and AcropolisOdeon-of-Herodes-Atticus

ParthenonPropilea-Temple of NikeTemple of athena Nike

We will proceed to the Temple of Olympian Zeus (visit) and then to Panathenaic or Kallimarmaro Stadium which hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 (short visit).  We will drive by the Prime Minister’s Residence (Maximou Mansion), the former Royal Palace, today the Presidential Palace and the House of Parliament with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (short stop so as to watch the changing of the guards).   We continue our tour by driving up to the highest point of Athens, the Lycabettus Hill (the best 360 degree panoramic view of Athens).

Evzones Ganging of the GuardsKallimarmaro (First  Olympic Stadium)Temple of Zeus

Leaving Lycabettus Hill we’ll drive out of the city along the scenic coastal road, the so called Greek Riviera, to Cape Sounio (Temple of Poseidon).  On our way we will pass through some of Athens’s most expensive and beautiful suburbs and resorts (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Lagonisi), areas that offer you a variety of choices either for a coffee brake or for  lunch on the waterfront.

Beach on the way to SounioBeach on the way to SounioRestaurant in Vouligmeni

Temple of Poseidon at cape SounionTemple of Poseidon at cape SounionVouligmeni

Duration approximately  8 hours

All our private tours are flexible.  It is always up to you to change the itinerary according to your wishes.

Admission fees and lunch are not included in the price of the tour
Sites’ Opening Hours
Temple of Poseidon:  Open daily from 10 a.m. until sunset except Holidays.

Sites’ Opening Hours
Summer                                                
From  April 1st to October 31st
08:00-19:30
 
Winter
From November 1st to March 31st 
08:30-15:00


Holidays

1 January:   closed

6 January:   08:30 - 15:00

Shrove Monday:  08:30 - 15:00

25 March:  closed

Greek Orhodox Good Friday:  12:00 - 15:00

Greek Orhodox Good Saturday:  08:30 - 15:00

Greek Orhodox Easter Sunday:  closed

Greek Orhodox Easter Monday:  08:30 - 15:00

May 1:  closed

Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 - 15:00

15 August:  08:30 - 15:00

28 October:   08:30 - 15:00

25 December:  closed

26 December:  closed

 
Free admission days
6 March  In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
5 June   International Day for the Environment 
18 April   International Monuments Day 
18 May   International Museums Day 
27 September   International Tourism Day

*  The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
*  Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
*  National Holidays
*  The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and  
    September (when the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the  
    free admission day).

 

Entrance Fees  to the Sites

Acropolis:                 20 Euros

Temple of Zeus:        8 Euros

Cape Sounion (Temple of Poseidon):  8 Euros
 

Free admission for: 
Children under 18
Students from E.U.

 

Reduced admission for:
Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65
Students from countries outside the E.U.

 
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