About Athens - Cape Sounion
This is a lovely side trip for anyone staying in Athens. Cape Sounion is one of the most imposing spots in Greece, celebrated in verse by Lord Byron.
Activity code: ATH05
Duration: 1/2 Day (pm)
A romantic and magical visit to Cape Sounion at sunset.
"Place me on Sunium's marbled steep, Where nothing, save the waves and I, May hear our mutual murmurs sweep; There, swan-like, let me sing and die: A land of slaves shall ne'er be mine- Dash down yon cup of Samian wine!"
... wrote Lord Byron in the 19th century, who visited the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion and carved his name on one of the pillars! The temple has an impressive position giving views, on a clear day, to Kea and Kythnos, Aegina and the Peloponnese. What's more, it forms a perfect triangle with the Parthenon in Athens and the Temple of Aphaia on Aegina. On this tour you can enjoy 'Sunium's marbled steep'.
Drive along the coast road past the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza to arrive at Cape Sounion, the most southerly point of the Attica region. It was here that the Athenians chose to erect this white marbled temple dedicated to Poseidon, god of the seas. From here, at certain times of the year, the sunsets are legendary. The temple dates from the 5th century BC and was mentioned by Homer in the Odyssey. After visiting the temple you have time to walk on the rocky promontory of Sounion before heading back to Athens.
Included is a complimentary pick up and drop off service from your Athens hotel.
Rediscover the World is proud to offer its customers excellent tours of the classical and historical sites of Greece. This page is for a group Cultural Tour with qualified English-speaking guide; however if you are looking for a more independent version then we can also offer a completely tailor made itinerary.