Temple of Poseidon Tours

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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.
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Address: Cape Sounion, Greece
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Hours: Open daily from 8am to sunset
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Half-Day, Small-Group Tour to Cape Sounion from Athens

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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Athens Super Saver: Acropolis Walking Tour plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip

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.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Athens Full Day Tour with Lunch

Travel back in time to the thriving empire of ancient Greece on a full-day tour of Athens led by an expert guide. Visit a combination of classic and contemporary sites to gain a holistic picture of the bustling Greek capital; capture photographs of the colossal Panathinaiko Stadium, the venue of the first ever Olympic games; admire the ancient grandeur of the Temple of Olympian Zeus; and browse informative exhibits inside the Acropolis Museum. Gain fascinating insight into the rich legends and myths of ancient Greece during this comprehensive tour.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Tour: Cape Sounion Half-Day Trip from Athens

Savor sensational views of Cape Sounion and the sacred Temple of Poseidon on this private half-day tour from Athens. Set out on a thrilling coastal drive along the picturesque Attica Riviera, then marvel at the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon, perched high on the sea cliffs at the tip of the Cape. Learn how the temple was built back in 44 BC, in honor of the god of the sea; explore the remarkably preserved ruins, including grand marble columns; and gaze out across the Aegean Sea.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Viator Exclusive: Private Tour from Athens to Cape Sounion with Meal at Vouliagmeni

Marvel at the evocative ruins of the Temple of Poseidon, then dine on delicious Greek cuisine on this private half-day tour of Cape Sounion from Athens — a Viator Exclusive that you can’t book anywhere else! Admire views along the Attica Riviera as you travel out to Cape Sounion, then stand in awe before the cliff-top ruins of the Temple of Poseidon, which dates back to 444 BC. Finish your tour with an indulgent 3-course lunch or dinner (depending on option chosen) at the romantic Ithaki restaurant, with stunning views over Vouliagmeni Bay.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Sunset Tour: Cape Sounion Private Half Day Tour from Athens

Witness a sunset worthy of the Greek gods on a private, half-day tour to Cape Sounion. Travel through lush Athenian suburbs and along the Saronic Gulf to this famous lookout point, where seven different islands are visible on a clear day. Admire the seaside Temple of Poseidon and learn about the cape’s importance in Greek mythology and famous works like ‘The Odyssey.’ As the sun dips below the horizon, sip a glass of sparkling wine for a fantastic finish to the day.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Sunset at the Cape Sounion Half Day Tour

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Full Day Private Tour: Essential Athens Highlights plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon

Make the most of your time in Greece with this full-day private guided walking 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 ancient Agora. Watch the changing of the guard at the parliament and then take a ride along the coastal rode. This tour is flexible and allows you to go at your own pace.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
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Private Cruise to Poseidon Temple at Sounio Cape with Snorkeling and Swimming

Make the most of your time in Greece with this private cruise to Poseidon Temple at Sounio Cape. Enjoy the time on the cruise to the temple, about 43 miles (69 kilometers) southeast of Athens. Spend some time at the temple, the second most visited ancient site after the Acropolis in Athens. And then take some time to go swimming in the sea or snorkeling.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Half-Day Private Tour: Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon

Journey to one of the most impressive and picturesque ancient sites in Greece on a private, half-day tour to the Temple of Poseidon. Travel along the Saronic Gulf to Cape Sounion, where the well-preserved temple ruins sit high atop a dramatic sea cliff. Learn about the history of the site and the mythological sea god to whom it was dedicated at the visitor’s center, and take in spectacular coastal views of the gulf and surrounding islands. Enjoy the customized nature of a private tour and personal attention from an English-speaking driver and guide.
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Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip plus Mycenae and Epidaurus Day Trip

Combine two popular day tours into one great-value deal with this Athens Super Saver! On your first tour, spend the morning exploring the highlights of Athens including the UNESCO-listed Acropolis and Parthenon, then pay an afternoon visit to the Temple of Poseidon, perched on the sea cliffs of Cape Sounion. The next day, discover more of Greece’s fascinating history with a full-day tour to the ancient city of Mycenae and Epidaurus, home to the UNESCO-listed Sanctuary of Asklepios.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Small-Group Athens Sea Kayak Tour to the Temple of Poseidon

Leave the bustle of Athens behind for a half-day sea kayak adventure along the Athenian Riviera. Paddle up the scenic coastline of the Saronic Gulf, stopping for a swim and snack among hidden beaches and islets on the way to Cape Sounion. Admire a unique view of the Temple of Poseidon from the water, and then go ashore to explore the ancient archaeological site dedicated to the Greek sea god. Reward your efforts with stunning panoramic views over the cape and a delicious meal at a Greek tavern.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Cape Sounion Private Tour from Athens - Self Guided

Admire the temple and views of Cape Sounion on a private half-day trip from Athens. Traveling by private, air-conditioned vehicle, follow the Attica Riviera coast to the cape, where the ancient Temple of Poseidon stands on cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. Explore the ruins, see the carving by Lord Byron, and absorb the bird’s-eye views independently. Choose a morning or afternoon tour, with Athens hotel pickup and drop-off included, and entrance fees at own expense.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip

Combine two popular tours of Athens and Cape Sounion into one day at a discounted price with this Athens Super Saver. In the morning, board an air-conditioned coach for a sightseeing tour of Athens’ highlights. With an expert guide, stroll around the Parthenon and antiquities on the Acropolis; visit the New Acropolis Museum; see the Panathenaic Stadium and more. Then, take an afternoon trip to Cape Sounion, where the Temple of Poseidon overlooks the Aegean Sea. Admire the glittering temple and stellar views before your return by coach to Athens.
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Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip from Athens

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’ll have chance to get up close to the ancient monument, explore ruins dating back to 44 B.C and soak up the impressive coastal views.
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7-Day Private Grand Tour of Classic Greece

This private tour exclusive of your group journeys to 8 UNESCO world heritage sites, visiting some of the most impressive remains of Ancient, Classical, and Byzantine Greece spanning almost 2000 years in the development of one of the worlds great civilizations.From the Sanctuary of Asclepius & first healing center, to the first regional culture at Mycenae, breathtaking Olympia, and the center of the ancient world at Delphi. Equally impressive is the natural beauty of the accompanying locations as you sit back & relax along the way in full leather comfort in one of our new Black Mercedes E Class, AudiA6 or Mercedes Minivans with WiFi. With minimum 4 star hotels at the end of each day & designed with over 15 years experience in Greece the program is also thoughtfully designed with details of flexibility, travel stops and guest experience. Perfect for couples, families & small groups our tour offers a thoroughly rewarding and memorable experience.
  • Duration: 7 days
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Classical Greece: 3-Day Tour from Athens

Discover Greece’s major classical antiquities on a 3-day tour from Athens by air-conditioned bus. Visit the Peloponnese to see Mycenae, Epidaurus, and Olympia, and after a night in Olympia, cross the Gulf of Corinth for Delphi. After overnight here, tour the world-famous Delphi site, once considered the center of the world, before a visit to Delphi Museum. Two nights’ 3- or 4-star accommodation, daily breakfast and dinner, entrance fees, and air-conditioned transport included.
  • Duration: 3 days
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Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip plus Delphi Day Trip

Sightsee around Athens, Cape Sounion and Delphi on this 2-day Athens Super Saver. Combining three top-selling tours at a discounted price, and designed for those with pre-booked overnight accommodation, the tour spotlights the best of Athens and two of Greece’s classical treasures. On one day, discover top Athens attractions including the Acropolis, and take an afternoon trip to Cape Sounion, home to the stunning Temple of Poseidon. Couple the day up with a full-day trip to the spectacular mountainside temples and stadium at Delphi, one of Greece’s greatest archaeological wonders.
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4-Day Athens Highlights, with Mykonos & Santorini

See the best parts of Athens, including the Acropolis and Parliament, then visit the dreamy islands of Mykonos and Santorini before returning to the mainland. This tour balances landmarks, ancient monuments, and modern history. There’s also lots of downtime to check out the gorgeous beaches. This brief and intense tour is ideal for those who only have a short time in Greece.
  • Duration: 4 days
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2-Day Combo-Saver Private Tour: Essential Athens highlights with Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon plus Delphi

Cover three Athens’ area highlights over two day-long tours, all free from transport worries, on this private Athens trip. On Day 1, explore the Acropolis and Cape Sounion's Temple of Poseidon. On Day 2, head northwest to visit UNESCO-protected Delphi and its museum. Learn about the sites from your driver, and opt to hire guides (additional cost) at each location for historical commentary as you explore. Accommodation is excluded.
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7-Day Greek Islands Sailing Tour

It can be difficult to choose which of Greece’s Saronic and Cyclades islands to visit, so opt to tick off more islands in less time on a 7-day tour. You’ll hit islands including Mykonos and Poros to visit hidden beaches, sample local cuisine, and snorkel in the deep-blue sea. The trip is a perfect introduction for first-time visitors and includes all port and boat fees for a hassle-free experience.
  • Duration: 7 days
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Athens & Sounio Full Day Private Tour

Experience the best of Athens and Sounio on this action-packed private day tour. By traveling in a private vehicle, you’ll be able to access places that would be hard to reach by public transport. It’s the perfect tour for travelers with limited time as you’ll see multiple Athens and Cape Sounio highlights in a day including Acropolis Hill, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Temple of Zeus, and Temple Of Poseidon.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Cape Sounio Temple Of Poseidon Half Day Private Tour

Reaching Cape Sounio on the Athenian Riviera is tricky without hiring a car. On this half-day tour, visit with ease in a private vehicle with a driver. Depart from your hotel and make your way to Cape Sounio, admiring the views of the water on the way. Independently visit the Temple of Poseidon, perched on the cape.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Honeymoon Sunset Temple of Poseidon Half Day Private Tour

Celebrate your love on a private day trip to one of Greece’s most romantic sites, the clifftop Temple of Poseidon perched above the crashing surf of Cape Sounion. Travel in comfort and privacy along the Athenian Riviera, passing through the exclusive suburbs and resort towns of the Saronic Gulf. The well-timed itinerary lets you catch a legendary sunset from the cape and stop for a seaside dinner before returning to your Athens hotel.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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