Category Archive : Tours in Athens

ORGANIZED from April to October: Departure daily 08.45 – Ret. 19:00

Included


Starting at 08:45, observe the striking contrasts that make Athens a fascinating city. Your guide will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Drive on, passing by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and, Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis, visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found a proper home and admire the wonders of the classical era at the new Acropolis museum.

Continue to a local traditional taverna and enjoy a Greek lunch.

After a tasteful lunch drive along the coastal road to the most Southern point of Attica, the Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. On the way, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, you have time to walk at leisure on the rocky promontory of Sounion and take photos of a beautiful sunset.

Price & discounts

All the travel agents sell the same tours at different prices. Our discounted price, per adult = 80.00 € + applicable entrance fees

APPLICABLE ENTRANCE FEES: Juniors <19 and E.U. students, APRIL – OCTOBER, are free of charge.
Students from other countries and E.U. seniors over 65, APRIL – OCTOBER, pay 20.00 €
Everybody else APRIL – OCTOBER pays 20.00 + 10.00 + 8.00 = 38.00 € extra.
For an adult the total price is 80.00 + 38.00 = 118.00 €

The tour services include:
– transportation on modern air-conditioned buses
– Pick up/drop off from or near your hotel (See the list of hotels at the footer of the website), and
– the services of the professional tour guide.

On the following dates, everybody is allowed to walk in Greek sites and museums, free of charge:
March 6, April 18, May 18, June 5, September 27, Last weekend of September, First Sunday from November 01 – to March 31st, October 28.

Avoid planning visits to Archaeological sites & museums on the following dates. You will find them closed:
December 25 + 26, January 01, March 25, May 01, Greek Easter Day(April or May) & Greek Good Friday sites/museums open at 01:00pm

Special discounts: (One option of 5% discount is applicable).
* Persuade a friend, share a triple room with your friend and save 5%
* Persuade your friends, make a team of 5 or more adults and save 5%
* Take advantage of our PAY IN ADVANCE 5% discount (see in the footer)
* Combine it with the 1 day cruise and pay a special price for the package.
* Click and see the entrance fees that are valid to enter museums and sites
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Daily Service from April to October – Morning Tour

Departure: 09.40 am from Hotel Amalia at Syntagma – Tour ends approximately 13.00 hrs. at the Acropolis

The tour begins in front of the Parliament in Syntagma Square where you will see the Monument of the Unknown Soldier and the change of the famous Guards. A pleasant walk will follow through the National Garden and on to the Zappeion Hall, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian’s Arch. From here you will enter the Plaka area heading to the Acropolis and visit with your guide the Propylaea, the Temple of Nike, and the Parthenon, the monuments that remind us of Glory of Ancient Athens and the Golden Age of Pericles. See also in the surrounding the Athenian Agora, the Observatory, the Hill of Democracy (Pnyx), Mars and Philoppapus Hill, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and the Theater of Dionysus. At the end of the tour, and since you are so close, do not miss the opportunity to visit on your own the New Acropolis Museum.

Price: 35,00 € per person + applicable entrance fees

Applicable entrance fees:
JANUARY – DECEMBER, Juniors under 19 and European Union students are free of charge.
JANUARY – DECEMBER, Other students plus E.U. seniors over 65 pay 15.00 €
NOVEMBER – MARCH, everybody else, pays 15.00 €, while from
APRIL – OCTOBER, everybody else pays 30.00 €

From May to October Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Dep. 15.00 – Ret. 18.30

This tour gives you the opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Your expert guide will take you to see the center of the city, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University and the National Library. On the way to the Acropolis you will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896, you will see the temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian’s Arch. At the Acropolis, you will visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erectheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon.

PRICES: All travel agents, in Greece and worldwide, offer the same tour at different prices. We are sure that our prices for this tour is not matched by any other company. After 60 years organizing tours throughout Greece we have secured the best deals in all aspects of travel. So, why pay more? Our discounted price, per adult, for this tour is: 35.00 € + applicable entrance fees

ENTRANCE FEES: APRIL-OCTOBER: Juniors under 19 and E.U. students are free of charge.
Students from other countries and E.U. seniors over 65, APRIL – OCTOBER, pay 10.00 €
Everybody else APRIL – OCTOBER pays 20.00 € extra.

The tour services include:
– transportation on modern air-conditioned buses
– Pick up/drop off from or near your hotel, and
– the services of the professional tour guide.

In the footer of this website you find the “4 steps to make a booking”. If our offer looks interesting, please send us the booking form.

CLICK here and see ALL THE GUIDED TOURS that start from Athens. Detailed information on each tour is included.

 

Cape Sounion

Words cannot describe a place that calms you down and makes you enjoy the sunset like never before. Sounion Temple is a battery charger.
It’s a place that makes you reminisce about the splendour of Ancient Greece! Walk around the temple, find a spot on a rock, and renew your energy flows.

April-October, the tour departs daily from the heart of Athens at 15:00
November-March the departure is on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 14.30.

PRICE: 33.00 € per adult + applicable entrance fees.

ENTRANCE FEES: E.U. juniors <26 and E.U. students, JANUARY – DECEMBER, walk in free of charge.
Students from other countries and E.U. seniors over 65, JANUARY – DECEMBER, pay 4.00 €
Everybody else, NOVEMBER – MARCH, pays 4.00 €, while, from APRIL – OCTOBER everybody else pays 8.00 € extra.

The tour services include:
– transportation on modern air-conditioned buses
– The applicable entrance fees
– Pick up/drop off from or near your hotel, and
– the services of the professional tour guide.

Description

Enjoy a ride along the Saronic gulf coastline, and watch an amazing sunset at the Temple of Poseidon.
Drive by beautiful sandy beaches, and countless coves, and watch the reflections of the sun on the waters, and the beauty of the scenery!
The crowning feature of the tour is Cape SOUNION, dominated by the spectacular Temple of POSEIDON overlooking the Aegean Sea.
A temple on the sea! with views that magnetize! The vastness of the sea enchants.
Beautiful colours at sunset, and the temple of Poseidon at the top of the hill.

Upon arrival at Cape Sounio, with your licensed guide, you enter the archaeological site for a detailed tour. Inhale views and history. Learn the Greek myth about the ship of King Menelaus who stopped briefly at Sounio on his way back from Troy and the myth of King Aegeas who drowned himself on that spot and since then the Aegean Sea got named after him; It’s the myth of the Cretan Minotaur, the Athenian hero Theseus, and his father Aegeas. Your tour guide will also talk about this area and about the source of wealth and power of ancient Athens, the silver mines of the nearby Lavrio. People built the temple to honour the god of the sea and safeguard the profits from the Lavrio silver mines.

Before building a temple, the ancient Greeks knew about the energetic properties of the land. You admire the beautiful temple, the location, and the setup. Take pictures of the Temple of Poseidon and capture magnificent photos with the sky dyed in deep yellow, orange, and red colors, creating a beautiful canvas!

Walk around the temple, find a spot on a rock, and renew all your body’s energy flows. Look closer at the engravings on the rocks to find famous names such as Lord Byron and many others. Those engravings were made back then when travelling was a privilege of the very few and going places was a long journey so marking the spot was a must.

Leave from Sounion at +/- 17:00 and arrive in Athens at +/- 19:30

 

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Private tour


Cape Sounion and the sunset over the Aegean Sea is a popular excursion from Athens for tourists.
A private trip including a refreshing swim at the beach by the foot of the temple of Poseidon or at one of the beaches of Legrena or Lavrio can be organized. Local tavernas serve fresh fish and seafood.
Depart from Sounion right after the sunset and arrive in Athens at +/- 21.30:
Transportation of 1-4 passengers = 160.00 €. 5-8 passengers the extra cost is 5.00 € per person.
In this private tour arrangement, the price covers transportation only. Entrance fees, dinner, snacks, and drinks are not included.

History


There is a reference to Sounion in Homer’s Odyssey. The poem mentions that as the Greek commanders sailed back from Troy, the helmsman of the ship of King Menelaus of Sparta died while rounding Sounion. Menelaus landed at Sounion to give his companion full funeral honours. Archaeological finds on the site date from as early as 700 BC. Herodotus mentions that in 6th c. BC, the Athenians celebrated a festival at Sounion, which involved Athens’ leaders sailing to the cape in a sacred boat.
Cape Sounion is well known for the Temple of Poseidon, one of the monuments of the Golden Age of Athens. Its remains are surrounded on three sides by the sea. The archaic temple was destroyed in 480 BC by Persian troops. The temple of Poseidon at Sounion was constructed in 444–440 BC by Pericles, who also rebuilt the Parthenon in Athens. It is located 60 m above the seawater. The design of the temple was rectangular, with a colonnade on all four sides. The total number of original columns was 36. Only 15 columns still stand today. The columns are Doric of 6.10 m high. They were made of locally quarried white marble.
On a lower hill about 300 m from the temple of Poseidon, there is the temple of Athena Sounias. It was built in 470 BC, replacing an older building of the 6th c. Its architecture was unusual as it had a colonnade on the southern and eastern, but not on the western or northern sides. A smaller Doric temple next to the temple of Athena is thought to have been dedicated either to the hero Phrontis or to Goddess Artemis. In 413 BC, during the Peloponnesian War against the Spartans, the Athenians fortified the site of Cape Sounion with a wall and towers to prevent it from falling into Spartan hands. The Sounion fortress was soon later seized from the Athenians by a force of rebel slaves from the nearby silver mines of Lavrio. The fortress was maintained well during the Hellenistic period with repairs and additions to the fortress made during the Chremonidean War (266–261 BC).
The architect who built the temple of Poseidon decorated it with sculptures made of Parian marble depicting the labours of Theseus as well as battles of Centaurs and Giants. The remaining sculptures are in the Museum of Lavrio, while the impressive kouroi [male statues] that once stood in the temple yard are on display in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.

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