All day tour: Famous Sites of Athens and Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion

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In this one day tour in Athens, you will have the opportunity to see the Athens landmarks to visit the Famous Acropolis of Athens with the Parthenon and enjoy the afternoon tour to Cape Sounion - with the breathtaking view. So you will discover Athens's Greatest Treasures such as the Parthenon. Explore the most important sites like the Greek Parliament, the Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaro), the National Library, and the ancient Temple of Olympian Zeus. Continue on with the visit Cape Sounion overlooking the Sea. You will possibly view the most beautiful sunset. During our way to Sounion, we will stop at the Lake of Vouliagmeni. Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion was built in 44 B.C., and many of its original Doric columns are still standing. This tour allows you to skip the hassle of finding your own way to Sounion so you can relax and enjoy a pre-planned activity or a delicious meal in a traditional restaurant with splendid sea views. - We will have free time for photos.

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Operated by: Greece Athens Taxi GAT

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Stop At: Panathenaic Stadium

A stadium existed on this site from as early as the 4th century BC, when it was used for the mystical Ceremonies held for the Panathenaic Festival in honor of Athena, patron-goddess of the City of Athens. Roman governor Hadrian had also constructed a stadium at this site, where gladiatorial contests and shows were put on for the Athenian public. The ancient stadium was completely restored - as an exact replica of the ancient original - in the late 19th-century, in order to host the first modern Olympiad in 1896. During the Athens Olympic Games of 2004, this gleaming white Pentelic-marble stadium provided the venue for the archery event as well as for the the culmination of the marathon run: since then, the Athens Marathon has also finished inside the stadium (and this year’s event, to be held on November 12, is no exception). Visitors can walk up to the stadium but are not allowed to enter its grounds. Unless you are completing a marathon...

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Temple of Olympian Zeus

Construction of the temple began in the 6th century BC under the tyrants Hippias and Hipparchos, at the site of the ruins of an earlier temple built by their father, the tyrant Peisistratus. The Temple stood unfinished throughout the ‘Golden Century’ of Athens and was only completed by Roman governor Hadrian, known as the ‘Philhellene’, in 132AD. The Temple was huge by ancient standards, rivaling other colossal famous Temples such as the Heraion in Samos, and featured a large gold and ivory statue of Zeus in its cella. Today, only fifteen of its original 104 columns are still standing. A sixteenth column lies on the ground, where it fell during a storm in the 19th century.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: National Library of Greece

The National Library is the leading custodian and administrator of the Hellenic intellectual reserve. It was founded by Ioannis Kapodistrias in 1829 and its course is parallel to the history of the Greek state. It is reached via an impressive sculpted marble staircase.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The Academy of Athens

The Athens Academy is flanked by imposing statues of Apollo and Athena on either side, while the impressive frescoes at its entrance depict the myth of Prometheus. The Academy of Athens is an intellectual institution with the aim of cultivating and promoting Science, Literature, and the Fine Arts, as well as scientific research and study.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Hellenic Parliament

Overlooking Syntagma Square, it was originally the royal palace of King Otto and Queen Amalia, the first monarchs of Greece. Designed in the neoclassical style by Friedrich von Gartner, the palace was completed in 1843. It was used as the Royal Residence until 1924 and, since 1934, has housed the Greek Parliament. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument in honor of the servicemen who fell in the struggle for Greek Independence, is located in the forecourt of the building. The Tomb is guarded by the Presidential Guard(‘Evzones’) in traditional dress, whose intricately orchestrated changing of the guard at the turn of the hour attracts many visitors, who also take the opportunity to feed the ubiquitous flocks of pigeons.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Acropolis

Set on a site covering 30,000 sq.m., the Acropolis of Athens is a perfect example of how ancient architecture was adapted to a natural site to form what has become a model worldwide and down the ages. It was the ancient city's most important religious center its monuments,(the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaea -the monumental entrance to the Acropolis- and the small temple of Athena Nike) has become an important symbol of ancient Greece’s bequest to Europe and the world. Finally, we will see the Erechtheion with the famous Karyatidis and the Propylaea.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every object found on the Acropolis sacred rock and at its foot, covering a wide period from the Mycenaean period to Roman and Early Christian Athens while at the same time being located on the archaeological site of Makrigianni Byzantine Athens. The museum was founded on June 20th, 2009.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Monastiraki

Lively Monastiraki is known for iconic landmarks including the ruins of Hadrian’s Library, the Ancient Agora and the rebuilt Stoa of Attalos, with a museum exhibiting Athenian artifacts.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Hadrian's Library

Hadrian's Library was created by Roman Emperor Hadrian in AD 132 on the north side of the Acropolis of Athens

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Stoa of Attalos

The Stoa of Attalos was a stoa in the Agora of Athens, Greece. It was built by and named after King Attalos II of Pergamon, who ruled between 159 BC and 138 BC.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Ancient Agora of Athens

The Ancient Agora of Athens is the open space located near and northwest of the Acropolis. In antiquity, it was the administrative, philosophical, educational, social, cultural, and mainly the economic center of the city.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Lake Vouliagmeni

Lake Vouliagmeni is a mineral spa that is reported to have many healing properties for such ailments as dermatological diseases, neuralgia, headaches, disfiguring arthritis, etc. It is about 50cm above sea level and, as a result, constantly overflows. It is full of such minerals as potassium, natrium, lithium, calcium, chloride, and iodine - well known for giving relief to muscle problems. The lake is recognized as a wonder of nature because of its unique appearance and surroundings. Scientific research have shown that millions of years ago, where the lake is now, there was a large cave with aa lot of hot springs. Eventually, the high temperature and moisture of these springs caused the roof to collapse. The lake is surrounded by beach chairs and umbrellas and there is a cafe-bar-restaurant too. It is also excellent for swimming – except for therapy - for pleasure as well. During the summer period, the lake offers hot spring baths, hydrotherapy, and physiotherapy.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Temple of Poseidon

Cape Sounion, best renowned for the temple of Poseidon (the god of the sea in Greek mythology), is a roughly shaped headland leading to the gently-sloping site of the temple, up to 60m high. It is located about 69km southeast of Athens, at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula. Popular for its panoramic view over the Aegean Sea and its sunset as well, the site is easily accessible by car, following the scenic west coast road from Athens which passes through numerous upscale residential districts and resorts, such as Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza. There is also a scheduled bus service to Sounion from Omonia Square. The surrounding region has been included among the 10 National parks of Greece. To the east are the islets of Makronissos (ancient Helena) and Patroclus, and to the south the larger islands of Kea and Kithnos.

Duration: 2 hour
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