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Temple of Poseidon Tours

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Temple of Poseidon
Dramatically situated on the coastal cliffs of Cape Sounion, overlooking the Aegean Sea, the Temple of Poseidon is one of the most evocative sites of ancient Greece and a top visitor attraction. The magnificent monument dates back to 444 BC, but today, all that remains is a series of gleaming white marble columns, standing proudly atop the cape. 

The Basics
Whether taking a sunset cruise around Cape Sounion, driving the scenic coastal road along the Attica peninsula, or enjoying the panoramic views from the cliff tops, there are numerous options for visiting the ancient temple. One of the most popular ways to visit is on a half-day tour from Athens, and many tours also stop at the idyllic beaches along the Attica Riviera, or include a romantic dinner in Vouliagmeni Bay. For the best value, combine a Cape Sounion tour with an Athens city tour, a walking tour of the Athens Acropolis, or a day trip to Mycenae and Epidaurus. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable shoes as the ruins are situated on uneven ground and require some walking.
  • Bring your swimsuit. There is a swimming beach at the foot of the cape.
  • Parts of the temple are accessible to those with limited mobility, and wheelchair accessible tours are available.

How to Get There 
The Temple of Poseidon is located at the southern tip of the Attica peninsula, about 43 miles (70 kilometers) southeast of Athens. Public buses run from Athens to Sounion, but visiting on a group or private tour means you can enjoy the wonderful drive and stop at towns such as Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, or Lagonisi along the way. 

When to Get There
The most popular time to visit the Temple of Poseidon is during summer, but the site can get crowded. Visiting in the early morning is the best way to avoid the crowds and the midday heat, while the most atmospheric time for photos is at sunset. Alternatively, an out-of-season visit, in still balmy May or September, might mean you get the ruins to yourself. 

What to See at the Temple of Poseidon
Thought to have been built by Iktinos, the architect who designed Athens' ancient Agora, the Temple of Poseidon is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Greece. Today, only 16 of the original 34 Doric columns remain, one of which is famously inscribed with the name Lord Byron, who visited the temple in the early 19th century. Additional highlights include the remains of a propylaeum and the Temple of Athena, while the real star of the show is the splendid view, which stretches as far as the Cyclades and Peloponnese islands.
Address: Cape Sounion, Greece
Hours: Open daily from 8am to sunset
Admission: Adult: €8
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Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip from Athens

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Marvel over one of Greece’s most photographed monuments on this half-day tour to the Temple of Poseidon from Athens. Wind your way along the coastal cliffs and beaches on the scenic drive to Cape Sounion, then grab your camera as you spot the magnificent remains of the Temple of Poseidon, perched high on the sea cliffs. You have a chance to get up close to the ancient monument, explore ruins dating back to 444 BC, and soak up the impressive coastal views.
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Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from AthensDay Trips

Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens

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Visit one of Greece’s most picturesque coastal viewpoints on a half-day small-group tour from Athens to Cape Sounion. Travel by minivan along south Attica’s scenic shoreline roads to reach the ancient Temple of Poseidon, built atop a towering sea cliff with fantastic views of the Aegean. Explore the ruins of this temple dedicated to the Greek god of the sea, and opt for an afternoon tour to catch a famously beautiful sunset.
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Cape Sounion & Temple Of Poseidon Private TripBus Tours

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Traveling independently from Athens to Cape Sounion can mean figuring out bus timetables or sorting out a rental car. With this private tour, forget about both and enjoy the freedom of traveling with your own dedicated guide. Stop at the Temple of Poseidon for as long or short as you wish, and enjoy a drink, snack, or meal while soaking up the sunset.
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Head south of Athens to Cape Sounio on a private tour that takes you to the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon, dating back to the 5th century BC and known for its location perched above the sea. On the way, admire the scenery of the coastal road through Vouliagmeni and Lagonisi, winding past beaches and the sparkling water. This tour allows you to skip the hassle of finding your own way to Sounion so you can relax and enjoy a pre-planned activity.
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Full Day Private Tour: Essential Athens Highlights plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon

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Make the most of your time in Greece on this full-day privately chauffeured tour of Athens. Get a true insider's view of this bustling Mediterranean metropolis and learn the history and culture of the city along the way. Explore the city while visiting such sites: Olympic Stadium, the Acropolis, Hadrian's Arch, the Temple of Zeus, and the New Acropolis Museum. Watch the changing of the guard at the parliament and then take a coastal road trip to the dramatic clifftop Temple of Poseidon. This tour is flexible and allows you to go at your own pace.
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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.
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Watch one of the most majestic sunsets in Greece with a half-day twilight tour to Cape Sounion. Travel along the Saronic Gulf and Athens Riviera to the cape, which sits atop a sheer sea cliff and was a sacred site in the ancient world. Tour the Temple of Poseidon, dedicated to the mythological god of the sea, and sip a glass of sparkling Greek wine as the sun dips below the horizon and several islands in the distance.
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Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Half Day Afternoon TourHalf-day Tours

Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Half Day Afternoon Tour

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This half day afternoon excursion is a great option if you want to discover Greece beyond Athens, enjoy stunning views and visit world famous Greek ruins.
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Exclusive to your group, sit back in full leather comfort in one of our new Black Mercedes E-Class or AudiA6 models as your informative tour driver takes you out of the city for an hour of beautiful coastal scenery to one of the ancient world’s most important and impressive sites, the Temple of Poseidon. Learn how the Aegean got its name, its importance in Greek history, and of previous visitors, from Theseus to Lord Byron, during his own Grand Tour. Morning, After lunch or Sunset departure the time you request.
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Treat yourself to a relaxing and enriching 5-hour adventure on a private tour to Cape Sounion from Athens. Begin with a picture-perfect chauffeured drive along the Greek Riviera, then enjoy free time to explore the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon. Watch as the sun sinks into the Aegean Sea, with a glass of sparkling wine in hand, before dinner at a local restaurant.
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Sunset Temple of Poseidon Half Day TripBus Tours

Sunset Temple of Poseidon Half Day Trip

Join our evening tour to Temple Of Poseidon and watch enjoy one of the most majestic sunsets in Greece. Enjoy breathtaking sunset from Cape Sounio and take magnificent photographs! Have a ride with your private air-conditioned luxurious minivan toward the Attica Riviera. Tour the Temple of Poseidon, dedicated to the mythological god of the sea, and see the sun dip below the horizon and several islands in the distance. You will drive along the shore line and have wonderful views over the Saronic Gulf and the cliffs, beaches and villages along the way. After a 90 minutes ride, you will arrive in Cape Sounion and the magnificent ruins of the Temple of Poseidon. Subsequently, have a short walk to the temple, framed by the magnificent views of the endless blue of the Aegean Sea. The driver is not a licensed guide and cannot escort you inside the Temple of Poseidon, if you need a guide please contact us.
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Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-DayDay Trips

Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day

Driving to the southernmost point of Attica, we pass from the coastal route along the Athenian riviera. Our first stop is the Lake of Vouliagmeni with its therapeutic and warm water. Then we continue our drive until we reach Sounio, with its clean beaches and the remarkable temple of Poseidon, the God of the sea.
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Cape Sounio & Temple of Poseidon Sunset TourHalf-day Tours

Cape Sounio & Temple of Poseidon Sunset Tour

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Discover the myths, history, and literary stories surrounding the Temple of Poseidon on a 4-hour group tour from Athens. The scenic journey from the city takes you along the Athens Riviera and the Saronic Gulf. Upon arrival, enjoy free time to take in the exceptional view from the 5th-century BCE temple, plus a glass of Greek wine. Finally, watch a spectacular sunset over Cape Souion before returning to the city.
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Sunset Temple Of Poseidon Private Tour with licensed GuideDay Trips

Sunset Temple Of Poseidon Private Tour with licensed Guide

Enjoy breathtaking sunset views from Temple of Poseidon . An amazing private tour from Athens to Sounio! Have a ride with your private air-conditioned luxurious minivan toward the Attica Riviera. You will drive along the shore line and have wonderful views over the Saronic Gulf and the cliffs, beaches and villages along the way. Above all choose a real tour with a Licensed guide. Beware of the tourist traps with just a car with a driver that does not know the history of the Temple.The TourAfter a 90 minutes ride, you will arrive in Cape Sounion and the magnificent ruins of the Temple of Poseidon. Subsequently, have a short walk to the temple, framed by the magnificent views of the endless blue of the Aegean Sea. Your Licensed English speaking guide will explain the temple’s long history. Meanwhile, find out about the Myths around it and its huge importance as a place of worship and vantage point.
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Cape Sounio Temple Of Poseidon and Swimming Full Day Private TourDay Trips

Cape Sounio Temple Of Poseidon and Swimming Full Day Private Tour

Enjoy a day out, and potentially a sunset, at one of Attica’s most breathtaking coastal spots on this full-day tour of Cape Sounion, the southernmost point in Attica. Most tours to Sounion offer a quick there-and-back experience, focussing solely on the classical Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. Instead, take time to savor the essence of Attica with time for swimming at quaint beach towns on the coast south of Athens.
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Sounio - Temple Of PoseidonHalf-day Tours

Sounio - Temple Of Poseidon

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As voyagers of time we will present you the god Poseidon through the Athenian riviera and the residential areas built all along. We are going to visit the hidden treasure of Atticas nature, the lake Vouliagmeni.Sounio is located in southern Attica. It was the observatory of the Athenians and the place that the Aegean sea took its name from. The biggest highlight is the temple of Poseidon, god of the sea which was built in the southest point of the mainland and this is the place that you should visit so that you will enjoy the best possible sunset from the whole region.
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Temple of Poseidon hours of operation: Open daily from 8am to sunset. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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