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From Athens: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Half Day Tour

1. From Athens: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Half Day Tour

Visit the scenic coastal views of Cape Sounion on a private or semi-private tour from Athens with hotel transfers. Travel along south Attica’s shoreline roads to reach the ancient Temple of Poseidon. Get panoramic vistas of the Aegean and explore the ruins of this temple before catching a beautiful sunset. Start your day with pickup at your accommodation in Athens. Enjoy a comfortable 50-minute drive along the coastal roads of Attica in an air-conditioned minivan and admire the idyllic beaches and small villages that pass by. Arrive at Cape Sounion and make your way to the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, dedicated to the Greek god of the sea, and embark on a guided tour of this historic landmark. Learn about the mythology linked to the temple before having time to relax and take in the panoramic views over the Aegean. Continue to one of Cape Sounion's blue flag beaches to admire the sunset or swim in the paradisical Aegean Sea. After the tour, travel in comfort back to your accommodation in Athens.

From Athens: Full-Day Cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra

2. From Athens: Full-Day Cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra

Experience the Greek Islands on a full-day trip from Athens to the scenic islands of Aegina, Poros, and Hydra. Take the trip on a comfortable boat with many amenities and a friendly crew. Depart on the cruise from the old port of Athens in Faliro and go to Hydra where you have some free time to explore the cobblestone alleys and see the unique architecture, and the donkeys that still provide public transportation, and go swimming if you like. Y Take an optional walking tour of the town to see historic landmarks and traditional houses (at an extra fee). Later the cruise continues to Poros island, full of green pine forests and scented lemon groves, where you have more time to walk in the town and shop or eat at a local taverna. Continue to Aegina island, known for its pistachio groves and beautiful beaches. Take an optional bus tour of the Temple of Aphaia and the Monastery of Agios Nektarios in Aegina (for an extra fee). During the cruise, enjoy a full meal from a buffet full of various Greek and Mediterranean delicacies. On the way back to Athens, enjoy extra drinks from the bar and enjoy entertainment and dancing presented live by a group of Greek artists and dancers. The cruise will end in the evening when you disembark the boat. If you book the option with hotel transfer, then you will be transferred back to your hotel area in downtown Athens.

Athens: Acropolis Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

3. Athens: Acropolis Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

Join your small group to enjoy pre-reserved tickets with priority access to the famous Acropolis. Enjoy a more personalized and interactive experience led by an expert local guide. Begin exploring the Acropolis immediately, avoiding the long queues. Journey through history with your local guide, from the ancient Hellenistic and Roman periods, through the Byzantine and Ottoman era into the modern-day. Learn about the most celebrated myths of ancient Athens, its most significant religious festivals, earliest cults, and how several specific events in the city’s history are all connected to this sacred precinct. Enjoy stunning views over Athens from a commanding point of this ancient citadel and see how the city has developed over nearly 3,000 years. Visit the most important buildings visible on the Acropolis today: the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Choose to stay on the hill to explore further at your own pace, or let your guide show you a different route towards the south exit that will present you with views of the Altar of Asclepius and the Theater of Dionysus.

Athens: Greek Cooking Lesson & 3-Course Dinner

4. Athens: Greek Cooking Lesson & 3-Course Dinner

Discover the local culture through gastronomy! You will learn how to cook traditional Greek dishes with the aid of an experienced Cooking instructor and the complicity of a small group. Get to know the wonderful world of Mediterranean cuisine; the herbs, the fresh vegetables, the choice meats that Greeks always use and learn the basics on how to prepare a full Greek Sunday dinner with easy to follow recipes you can use to impress your guests when you get back home. And the best part - at the end of the course, after you have successfully prepared a meal fit for a king under the guidance of your cooking instructor - is enjoying the meal you have helped to prepare with a glass of wine! Menus will vary according to season and available fresh produces in local markets, but they usually consist of 3-4 starters/salads and a main course.

Athens: Gourmet Food Tour

5. Athens: Gourmet Food Tour

Explore Athen's food markets on a 4-hour walking tour. Taste delicious treats and visit local stores selling the "Green Treasures" of Greece, such as olive oil, wines, mushrooms, herbs, and traditionally made pasta and salamis. Start with a traditional Greek breakfast of koulóuria (sesame bread rings) in a century-old café. Continue to a tiny pastry shop to sample loukoumades (Greek donuts) and custard-filled filo squares. Enjoy local pies and cheeses at authentic Greek bakeries and cheese stores. Next, wander through the famous meat and fish markets. Try roasted home-grown coffee and visit specialty shops for their fresh fruit, olives, cheese, ham, and other deli produce. Enjoy local wine, organically produced olive oil and honey, aged aromatized vinegar, and world-famous Greek yogurt produced at family farms. Wander down Evripidou Street, scented by herbs. End your culinary exploration at the deli stores in the historic city center, where your guide will make you complimentary gifts to bring home.

Athens: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Sunset Tour

6. Athens: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Sunset Tour

With a guide, experience the Athens Riviera and uncover the history behind each turn. Witness the sun melt over the Aegean Sea on Cape Sounion and see the Temple of Poseidon. Depart Athens by bus from Halandri Metro station and reach Cape Sounion in time for the mesmerizing sunset. Learn about Sounion’s past and present from your archaeologist guide. Explore the Temple of Poseidon, one of the most important temples in Greece. See the signatures on the temple marble left by famous authors who visited, including the Romantic poet Lord Byron. Watch the sunset over the clear waters of the Aegean Sea.

Athens: Food and Wine Tasting Tour at Night

7. Athens: Food and Wine Tasting Tour at Night

Experience the romance of Athens after dark on a guided food and wine tasting tour. Experience delicious local flavors in areas like Syntagma and Plaka. Join a foodie guide to discover hidden gems and learn the history behind Greek specialties.  Meet your guide and begin your flavor-packed adventure thorugh Athens. Pop into quirky delis and family taverns to try dishes and delicacies that are not well-known internationally, but loved by locals. Enjoy a meal as you take in the atmosphere and meet vendors with artisanal skills. Head to a local wine bar and take an aromatic journey through the wine culture of Greece. Taste wines served with charcuterie and cheeses from across the country. End your experience by savoring some local ice cream.

Athens: Boat Tour to Agistri, Aegina with Moni Swimming Stop

8. Athens: Boat Tour to Agistri, Aegina with Moni Swimming Stop

Discover the Saronic Sea on a wooden sailing boat with this tour from Piraeus. Sip on welcome drinks and snack on pastries on the way to the islands of Agistri and Aegina. Go for a refreshing dip in Moni or Metopi. Savor an authentic Greek lunch paired with traditional wine and beer.   Begin the excursion at Marina Zeas. The first stop of the cruise is the island of Agistri, surrounded by vibrant blue waters and clothed in pine trees. Here you can connect with the lush nature and feel the presence of ancient Greeks and deities while swimming and relaxing on the fine hot sand of the long flax-golden beach between Megalochori and Skala. Adventure lovers can join the optional bike tour between Melalochori and Chalikiada Beach. From there, move onto the island of Moni or Nisis Metopi (depending on the weather). While here, you will be served a delicious traditional Greek lunch, accompanied by traditional wine, beer, soft drinks, and coffee.  After finishing your feast, have the chance to jump off the boat, snorkel, swim around the boat, or swim to the island. This gorgeous and unique island has no inhabitants but is populated with law-protected deer, wild goats, rabbits, and peacocks. Make a final journey toward ards the beautiful island of Aegina. Aegina is famous for its white stone houses, flowery backyards, pistachios, red volcanic landscape, sensational food, the temple of Apollo, and the temple of Aphaia. Here, enjoy the island's crystal-clear water and sandy beaches, while exploring the breathtaking waterfront and traditional Greek cuisine. Sail back to the port of Marina Zeas while enjoying the ambiance of select and chill music, coffee, and drinks. 

Athens: Dinner in the Sky Experience

9. Athens: Dinner in the Sky Experience

Join this activity and enjoy a truly unique culinary experience you will not forget. When you arrive you'll be greeted with a welcome drink. Select either the sunset option or the night time, starlight option. Pull up your chair at a table that seats 22 people before ascending 50 meters into the air to enjoy a 5-course meal while surrounded by beautiful panoramic views. This dinner in the sky experience gives you cityscape views just as the city below begins to light itself up for the evening. Enjoy the city panorama as the table rotates slowly. The illuminated Acropolis is an enchanting spectacle which you will not want to miss. Enjoy delicious Greek wines, recline in your seat and enjoy the beautiful city views from above. After the dinner ends you can take the last photos of the night before heading out for drinks at one of the many bars in the Gazi area.

Athens: Meteora DayTrip Train to Train in English or Spanish

10. Athens: Meteora DayTrip Train to Train in English or Spanish

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora on a half-day tour that is designed for people coming from Athens or Thessaloniki by train. Stay connected in a vehicle with Wi-Fi. Learn about the history, architecture, and spirituality of Meteora's monasteries from your guide. Meet your local guide at the Kalabaka Train Station upon your arrival. Find your guide easily as they will be waiting for you with a sign bearing your name, Then, hop aboard a comfortable vehicle and make a short snack stop before the tour starts. Begin your tour to see Meteora and all six of its active monasteries. Explore on your own inside three of them with this unique opportunity that is exclusive to the local partner. Stop for plenty of photo opportunities and at many secret spots that only locals know. At the end of your tour, relax on your transfer back to the train station before your train departs back to Athens or Thessaloniki.

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What people are saying about Athens

Awesome location with a large industrial working kitchen, with a view of the Acropolis. Marilena was so much fun, down to Earth, knowledgeable and made the entire experience very relaxing. We felt right at home. We learned how to make authentic Greek dishes, which we can now make at home to have a unique memory of our holiday. Our fellow participants were also very lovely and we had a nice time getting to know them as we enjoyed the food we all prepared together.

We did this tour with 4 people. They arrived in a minibus, seating about 15, at the agreed time and place. It was a great choice, we departed from Athens and reached Capo Sounion with 2 stops as scheduled. Iliana was a great voice guide. He illustrated and told us the Greek mythology to perfection. Everything with simplicity, professionalism and kindness. The tour is obviously suitable for those who understand the English language.

We have been on three food tours in the past 2 weeks. Without question, this was the best guide and best food. We cannot recommend this more highly. It is the most enjoyable, most informative and most delicious tour with the warmth and humor of a local. Do not hesitate to book (and love!) this tour!

A very good tour, the sunset and the play of colors afterwards make Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon an experience. The guide was from Sparta and she gave a lot of good explanations and information and looked after the group very well!

Had lots of fun going to this small site with Theodore and our driver. Both were engaging and entertaining. Highly recommend!