Athens Shore Excursions
Sunset Temple Of Poseidon Private Tour2019-05-31T09:49:45+02:00
Enjoy breathtaking sunset views from Temple of Poseidon. An amazing private tour from Athens to Sounio! Have a ride with your private 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 and learn everything about the history of the Temple.
The Temple Of Poseidon Tour
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 history of the Temple
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 strategic 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 Athenians 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 guided Temple of Poseidon private Tour from Athens to watch the sunset. As a result you will be mesmerised by the blues, reds and oranges that engulf the temple.
Food or drinks (own expense)
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
• Explore the ancient Temple of Poseidon on a tour from Athens
• Round-trip transfers from your Athens hotel
• Admire the views of the Aegean Sea and learn about ancient Greece
• Private Tour ensures a personalized experience
• Marvel the best sunset in Athens and one of the best in Greece!