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  • Location:Athens, Greece
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

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

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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 visit Syntagma metro station to view its small archaeological museum. Explore the displays of ancient artifacts discovered in the area, including tombs, pottery and Roman floor mosaics.

Then, continue to bustling Stadiou Street to see the Old Parliament House — now the setting of Greece’s National Historical Museum. View the handsome building, and learn how it was home to the Greek parliament between 1875 and 1932.

Next, stretch your legs around Syntagma Square, Athens’ central square, and admire its two Byzantine churches: the Sotira of Lycodimos and Kottakis. Head inside one of these beautiful buildings to take in the ornate interior with your guide.

Continue through the paved streets of Plaka — the heart of Athens’ Old Town — and stop at the impressive Lysicrates Monument. Hear the story behind this 4th century BC pedestal, and then follow the pedestrianized Dionyssiou Areopagitou walkway past Mars Hill and the Dionysus Sanctuary 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):
At around 2:45pm, 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 original start point.

Customer Reviews

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!

Jean M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We learned so much about the history of the area - lots of interesting details. Great tour!!

Shannon B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was an excellent tour! We really enjoyed it. It was a long ride but after a day of running around, it was exactly what we needed.

Judith R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

These were both excellent experiences. The guides were superb. We learned and saw a lot in a short period of time. Since we were only in Athens for 2 days, we wanted to make the most of it. We also chose tours because we didn't know what the situation would be like in Greece right before the referendum. We felt very safe and relaxed on the tours. We LOVED these tours and Athens as well, and want to come back. Our prayers are with the people of Greece in this troubled time. Judith

Michael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Both tours were informative. The tour down the western side of the pensuliar to Cape Sounion provided a good insight to the local seascape.

Cmarmato

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour guide. She was able to answer all questions. Beautiful views from the Acropolis. Amazing time at cape sounion to see temple of Poseidon! Athens has a lot to offer!

Hugo M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Amazing! You shall do this one it's worth it. Love Greece

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