Swap Piraeus Port for the wonders of Cape Sounion on this private, half-day guided shore excursion from Athens. Visit Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. Gaze up the temple’s elegant Doric columns and look for Lord Byron’s name carved into the rock.
What to Expect
Start your private shore excursion with a pick-up from Piraeus Port in Athens, and travel southward by air-conditioned minivan along the Attica coast. Your route hugs the shoreline, allowing for sweeping views over the Saronic Gulf, an area typified by rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and unassuming seaside villages.
After roughly 1.5 hours on the road, arrive at Cape Sounion, the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula, overlooking the Aegean Sea. Perched high on a promontory is the Temple of Poseidon, a monument built by the Ancient Greeks in honor of their sea god.
With your guide, climb the hill to the temple, and admire its elegant white pillars framed by a seamless blue backdrop of sea and sky. Get close-up to the elegant Doric columns as your guide explains the temple’s rich history, and learn of the temple’s importance as a place of worship.
As you explore the immediate area on foot, step back in time by imagining the Ancient Greeks who once prayed and made sacrifices here. Also look out for a famous piece of ‘graffiti,’ etched by the poet Lord Byron in the early 19th century. The views from Cape Sounion are dramatic, too. On a clear day, the Peloponnese peninsula is visible, way across the Aegean Sea.
Buy some snacks and drinks (not included) from the nearby cafe. Then, hop back inside your private minivan for your journey back to Piraeus Port in Athens.
- Port pickup and drop-off
- Private driver and guide
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Admission to Cape Sounion
What's Not Included
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
Know Before You Go
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
• At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
• Please wear comfortable shoes