Athens City Tours
Sounio, Temple of Poseidon and Lunch Guided Private Tour2019-05-07T10:54:00+02:00
Temple of Poseidon
A unique Athens Tour at Sounio and Temple of Poseidon with lunch! Enjoy the ride in your 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.
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. 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.
The Ancient Greeks built it in 444 BC in honor of Poseidon the god of the sea. Located in Cape Sounio the Temple stands above the sea at a height of almost 60 metres (200 ft). Most importantly Cape Sounio was a stratigic point in order to control the shipping lanes to Athens.
Xerxes I’s destroyed the original, Archaic-period temple of Poseidon on the site. This was in 480 BC during the invasion of Greece. Meanwhile, Xerxes had everything on the Acropolis of Athens, razed as punishment for the Athenians’ defiance. After Xerxes defeat in the naval Battle of Salamis, the Athenians placed an entire captured enemy trireme (battle ship) at Sounion as a trophy dedicated to Poseidon.
Athenian statesman Pericles who also rebuilt the Parthenon in Athens, built the Temple of Poseidon. The Athinians built it on the ruins of a temple dating from the Archaic period. The design of the peripteros temple is a typical hexastyle. The Temple had a front portico with six Doric columns. Originally it had 38 columns however only 16 are still standing today. The Temple closely resembles the well-preserved Temple of Hephaestus beneath the Acropolis.
You can choose an Evening Private Athens Tour at Sounio and Temple of Poseidon with lunch to watch the sunset. As a result you will be mesmerised by the blues, reds and oranges that engulf the temple. After the end of the tour we will go for lunch at a local tavern and taste traditional sea food!
Drinks you get on your own
- Cancellation at least 72 hours prior to scheduled Programme 100% refund.
- Between 72 and 48 hours prior to booking date: 50% refund, except processing fees (paypal/credit card).
- Cancellation 48 hours prior to booking/no show: No refund
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