Pick up from your Hotel to start our Athens City Tour from the Parliament and the Guards at the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb. We continue to the University of Athens, the Academy, the Library and the Presidential Residence (Ex-King Residence) with the traditional Presidential Guards. We can make a short stop at the Panathinaiko Stadium (where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896) and at the Temple of Zeus. Our next visit will be at one of the most famous sites of the world, the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Later on we will visit the recently awarded New Museum of the Acropolis.
We may have a coffee break or light lunch at the wonderful traditional area of Plaka, a few meters away from Acropolis Museum. Then we will continue driving across the Athenian coastline where almost one hour later we will reach the second most popular sightseeing of Athens, (especially during the afternoon hours when you can enjoy the breathtaking sunset over the Aegean Sea), Cape Sounio and the great Temple of God Poseidon!
Cape Sounio is located 70 km southeastern of Athens, at the southernmost spot of Athens. Sounion is noted as the site of ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the God of the sea in classical Greek mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The ruins bear the deeply engraved name of English Romantic poet Lord Byron (1788–1824).
According to legend, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. The myth says that King Aegeus, anxiously looking out from Cape Sounion, despaired when he saw a black sail on his son Theseus' ship, returning from Crete where he went to kill the Minotaur. Coffee break on the coast and return at your hotel late in the afternoon. (approx. 8-9 hours tour)
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