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Book this Athens Super Saver and save up to 10% compared to booking the trips separately.

Discover the best of Athens and the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion on this full-day Super Saver — a combination of two popular tours for a great discounted price. Start with a guided morning stroll around top Athens attractions such as Syntagma Square, the charming old Plaka district, and more. Then, take a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Acropolis to see its classical showpieces, including the Parthenon. Finish with a scenic afternoon trip to see the Temple of Poseidon, a 5th-century BC temple perched on sea cliffs at Cape Sounion.

Highlights

  • Combine two best-selling Athens tours for a discounted price
  • See top Athens attractions Syntagma Square, Plaka and Lysicrates Monument
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Acropolis with your guide, visiting incredible ruins like the Parthenon and Temple of Athena Nike
  • Travel to Cape Sounion by luxury coach on your afternoon tour, passing the Saronic Gulf’s beaches
  • Visit the Temple of Poseidon and see graffiti left by esteemed English poet Lord Byron

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What You Can Expect

Athens Super Saver: Acropolis Walking Tour plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip

Temple of Poseidon

Acropolis Walking Tour (3 hours): 

Meet your guide near Syntagma Square, and see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Greek Parliament, where the Changing of the Guard ceremony tales place.

Next, stretch your legs around the National Gardens, and admire sights like Zappeion Congress Hall, Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.

Continue through the paved streets of Plaka — the heart of Athens’ Old Town — and then follow the pedestrianized Dionyssiou Areopagitou walkway up to the UNESCO-listed Acropolis.

At the top, enter (own expense) this magnificent complex of sun-baked temples and take a guided tour of its star attractions. Stroll around the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea, the Acropolis’ gateway, as you learn about their history; and marvel at the centerpiece: the Parthenon.

Having explored the main monuments, your tour finishes at the Acropolis. Say goodbye to your guide and enjoy around two hours at leisure before the start of your afternoon trip.


Afternoon Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Trip (4 hours):
In the afternoon, reconvene with your coach and leave Athens behind as you venture south to Cape Sounion. Along the way, admire the picturesque beaches of the Saronic Gulf and hear stories of the Cape, the rocky promontory at the tip of the Attica peninsula, and its famous, ancient Temple of Poseidon.

On arrival, walk up to the temple, built high on cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. Take in the phenomenal sea views and if the weather is clear, cast your eyes over the island of Kea in the distance.


Admire the Doric columns of the 5th century BC temple, and discover the Greek myths that surround the building. Be sure, too, to check out the inscription carved by the English poet Lord Byron on one of the columns in the early 1800s.



Afterward, return to Athens where your tour concludes at your hotel or the closest point to your accommodation.

Customer Reviews

Daniel E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Booking these together was well worth it. Tour guides were very smart and both trips were tours I will never forget!

Mercedes United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This is a must when you go to Athens. Make sure you wear tennis shoes and if in summer a hat. Bring water. The tour guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. There is a lot of walking and plenty of ancient history to absorb.

rasbury1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The Acropolis walking tour was amazing. To be that close to history was phenomenal and our tour guide Pantelis did a wonderful job of educating us about so many of the aspects of that era. We also had some free time to really see the Acropolis and Parthenon.
We then walked back to our meeting place where we had a short lunch break.
After lunch we took a bus to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. It was a beautiful drive along the coast and our new guide Effie did an excellent job of describing the sights along the way. She also gave us the history of the Temple of Poseidon.
There is a lot of walking on uneven ground for both of these tours, so if you can't navigate hills and rough terrain I would not recommend this tour. If you can, then it's a 'must do'.
A couple of expenses to note before you leave your ship or hotel:
Price of the cab ride to and from the meeting place.
Price of admission to the Acropolis
Price of lunch-the tour met at a hotel and they had a varied menu/excellent food

Jean Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Really enjoyed this!
Fun to meet other tourists and also see the sights. Very happy I booked this tour

bknfy.yee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A must when in Athens. The tour gave my wife and myself a real sense of the importance of the Acropolis ruins. Our guide was very knowledgable and gave us a sense of why it came to be. The second part of our tour to the temple of Poseidon gave us an opportunity to see the Greek coastline. The the temple is spectacular. The commanding view was worth seeing by itself.

Liesl G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our tour guide for the acropolis walking tour was outstanding and the tour felt very personalized to us. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and fun.

The tour to Cap Souion and the Temple of Poseidon was amazing. The drive was beautiful and we loved the ruins. There were only a handful of tourists there and it was nice to get to see this place without the throngs of people at places like the acropolis.

Imogen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour

Kim K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide was so knowledgeable and not waiting in lines gave us more time to enjoy the ruins.

beverlyrunka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide Dorina was very good. The walking allowed us the experience of the National Garden and the opportunity to see ruins in the area on the way to the Acropolis. Very enjoyable and I felt satisfied with our choice to walk rather than tour bus.

beverley.bray

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Met in a central location that was easy to get to. The walking tour showed us the highlights of the historical monuments of the city and the guide brought everything to life. Quite a bit of walking involved, and ended up at the Acropolis just around noon, so very warm, but well worth the effort!

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