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

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Half Day Small Group Tour to Cape Sounion from Athens
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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 4 to 5 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • Explore the ancient Temple of Poseidon on a tour from Athens
  • Round-trip transfers from your Athens hotel included
  • Admire the views of the Aegean Sea and learn about ancient Greece
  • A small group ensures a personalized experience

What's Included

  • Local taxes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tour escort/host
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees to the Temple of Poseidon (5 euros Nov-March / 10 euros April-October)per person)

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Pickup details

Pick up and drop off is included from hotels and apartments within the range of central Athens area. Your location details are required during the booking process (hotel name or apartment full address) If your hotel/apartment is not accessible by the type of vehicles we use (e.g street narrowness, pedestrian area) we will appoint the closest available meeting point for picking you up. In case that your location details has not been provided 48 hours prior to departure we will assign a centrally located meeting point of our choice for picking you up. You will receive an email from us with the exact pick up location and time 24 hours prior departure. No changes can be made to the pickup plan once it has been allocated and finalized. Please notice that pick up commerce starts 40-50 minutes prior departure. We dont provide pickups from ports/airports besides the Private tour option

What To Expect

Your half-day Greek adventure begins with a convenient hotel or apartment pickup. Then, enjoy a pleasant drive along coastal roads, passing through Athens' picturesque suburbs, including Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza, offering stunning views of the Saronic Gulf.

Pause for postcard-worthy photos at Lake Vouliagmeni, a volcanic lake by the sea. Following a second scenic drive along the coast, relax at Sounio Beach with the opportunity to swim, unwind, and savor refreshments.

The journey culminates at the Temple of Poseidon, where your guide shares insights into the 5th-century BC temple. Opt for a sunset tour for an extra enchanting experience.

After getting your fill of ancient history, return to Athens, concluding the tour with a drop-off at your hotel or apartment.

Every step of the way, you experience seamless logistics, insider knowledge, and the convenience of expert guidance throughout your exploration of Athens' coastal gems.

Athens (Pass By)

Glyfada Beach (Pass By)

Lake Vouliagmeni

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Sounio Beach

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Temple of Poseidon

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Athens (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Don't forget to bring your swimsuit and towel if you like to swim
  • Starting time may vary based on the sunset time of each month
  • Post Covid 19 Policy: Vehicles will be sanitized before every pick up. Hand sanitizing done before departure and after every major stop. Fresh trash bag will be place in every vehicle and waste will be destroyed at the end of the tours.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:How can I let you know where to pick me up?

A:We offer pick ups from most hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.

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Traveler Tips

The countryside is beautiful and when you have a good group on the bus, it can be real fun.
If you’re a small group we would recommend hiring a car instead and saving yourself some money.
There is a 30 min stop at the beach where you can cool off before going to the temple.
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Pandora_L, Feb 2024
Probably my least favorite excursion to date. We only stopped to look at a lake, and at the temple. We didn't hear a lot about the area in route. It was really just driving and a long time at the temple. Disappointing.
Must do
Claire_M, Feb 2024
Great guides Lily and Bill. Bus was very nice with usb ports but no WiFi. Trip down Lily chatted to us enthusiastically about Greek gods and lots of background. At the right level for the group. Poseidon’s temple was fab. Enough time and we got hot chocolate at the cafe too.
Best Guide and Best view
Yiyuan_H, Feb 2024
Our guide is kind humorous and knowledgeable. Forgive me I didn’t remember how to spell her name. She told us a lot of interesting stories about the temple of Poseidon. As the first tri, the tour was more fantastic than I thought. We saw an amazing sunset view beside the temple of Poseidon. I will recommend this trip to all my friends without hesitation.
Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!
Gerlie_H, Feb 2024
I felt like I was back in my Greek mythology class. It was fun. Our tour host Iliana was amazing and great with interaction with the group. She was an amazing storyteller.
The guide, Despina, was...
Ruth_D, Feb 2024
The guide, Despina, was great - very knowledgeable about history, Greek mythology & the archaeological site. Beautiful place to visit. Sunset was epic.
Mystical, Magical, Spiritual site full of nothing but positive energy!!!
Paola_K, Feb 2024
Magnifique!!! My heart was so full after this tour. From our amazing guide, Iliana, to our driver, and Katarina, what an unforgettable experience. Cape Souinion is a Magical place, the entire archeological site is just mind blowing, and on top of it, its majestic Temple dedicated to Poseidon. So well kept, we are such lucky humans to be able to witness such an important and rich part of history. Lake Vouliagmeni was just a Natural spectacle of beauty and to know the deepness of it and how warm its waters are, just knowing of its existence is great. We are planning a trip back to it and enjoy its healing waters!!!
I would really recommend...
Tamara_H, Feb 2024
I would really recommend this. The temple and sunset were beautiful and the guides were very friendly and informative
Perfect evening
Christmas_R, Feb 2024
So worth the hotel pickup and drop off! Some of the bigger bus tours make you go to a meeting point. This one picks you up and drops you off, so after your tour, when you are tired and hungry- you just have to cross the street. Iliana our host and Alex our driver were great. Iliana knew so much about the history of Athens and surrounding Greece. She is friendly and attentive. Her energy was perfect and her English was as well. Alex was a great driver and got us around detours with ease.
Don't miss this tour!
Laurie_O, Feb 2024
This group tour was amazing. Everything from the tour guide to the sites we saw were incredible. We weren't sure what to expect, and were blown away by how knowledgeable the tour guide was and how breathtaking the site was (even on cold, windy, rainy day!) This is a MUST when you are in Greece.
Stunning temple, scenery, and history
David_W, Feb 2024
This is such a beautiful place. The journey there and back was enjoyable too, thanks to Despina guiding brilliantly
Great way to spend a morning
Luigi_S, Feb 2024
Very nice, easy excursion with knowledgeable and fun tour guide Theodoros , don’t miss it! Cape Sounion may be a must at sunset, but in the morning there are no crowds 😊
Gorgeous sunset over Cape Sounion
Jane_C, Jan 2024
Teddy was a fantastic guide. He was enthusiastic, made a point to learn all of our names, and was full of interesting stories about the journey to the Temple of Poseidon and recommendations for places to eat and explore in Athens as well. He seemed to genuinely love his job, which made the experience all the more enjoyable. Watching the sunset at the Temple of Poseidon was beautiful and one of the most memorable parts of our time in Athens. Going for a swim in the sea was also a pleasant stop along the way to Cape Sounion. Overall a lovely afternoon and evening.
A quick adventure out of Athens-see something different
Wendi_V, Jan 2024
Our driver-guide was great. He was very attentive and even engaged my teenager. The drive is beautiful and we made a few stops along the way to see the cities and take pictures. Since it was January, it was cold and rainy but pictures look cool with storm clouds. The temple and fortress are different than the Acropolis so interesting to see.
Perfect sunset
Charnsilp_S, Jan 2024
Nice small group tour with lots of knowledge from our guide leader Debbi daughter of Poseidon and nice ride with driver Billy. Perfect timing for beautiful sunset and back to city not too late at all… highly recommended. Charley
Perfect afternoon trip
Elita_R, Jan 2024
Our tour guide was Lilly (Eliana) who must be an expert In Greek Mythology. She was great! The ride from Athens was about an hour but was filled with useful facts about the Greek Gods and Goddesses. Lilly engaged the group in retelling some of the myths which was fun. The Temple sits right on top of a cliff just perfect for watching the sunset - even when it rains!! Great experience if you want to explore the history and legacy of Ancient Greece.
Great knowledge about Greece
Albert_K, Jan 2024
Nice driver and tourguide, made it very worthwile. Very good add on tour just 70 km from center. Must do!
Nice & Short Ride to the Temple of Poseidon
Alhassain_A, Jan 2024
Nothing much to see in all fairness. It is just a relaxed short trip from the capital to the sight of the Temple of Poseidon. It is located in a nice area, but you could easily make the drive yourself & just snap a couple of photos & head back to Athens. The tour description is a 100% spot on in terms of the destinations, as well as, the duration. Shoutout to the tour guide who was very accommodating.
Sunset at Poseidon Private tour
Francois_N, Jan 2024
If you’re looking to get out of Athens to a beautiful coast with a nice view of a temple, I’d suggest taking this sunset tour of the Temple of Poseidon. They take you on an hour and a half drive towards Sounio! Our tour guide Lily and the driver of the comfortable 16 passenger van was Tony. Excellent information that kept us entertained the whole ride to Poseidon. Highly recommend the private sunset tour as this only allows a max of 16 people, which we only had 6 total in our group! Very personal and a great time!
Sunset Poseidon tour
Neamh_W, Jan 2024
We had a sunset tour to the Poseidon temple with Teddy in November 2023. Teddy was absolutely grand, he went the extra mile like giving us all our own personal Greek nicknames. He made the journey from the centre of Athens out to the cape of Sounion feel very quick with great conversations, stories and questions. He made it really fun. The actual time at the temple was amazing, we got to enjoy the sunset perfectly and it was a really enjoyable experience. I would recommend highly.
Amazing trip!
Alina_M, Jan 2024
I totally enjoyed the morning trip. Such an amazing site and temple. Many people go on a sunset tour, but it is utterly stunning also in the morning! There was hardly anyone on site when we arrived, which was amazing. It was wonderful to be able to climb all the way down to the water. We were only 2, so it was almost like a private tour. Sotiris was very nice and told us so many interesting facts about Greece and this site! Highly recommend!

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