|DURATION||8 to 9 Hours|
|HIGHLIGHTS||Acropolis of Athens, Parthenon, Erechtheion, Hadrian’s Arch, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathenaic Stadium, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House, Cape Sounion (Temple of Poseidon)|
|INCLUDED||English Speaking Government Licensed Professional Tour Guide
All transportation in Greece by private A/C vehicles
|NOT INCLUDED||Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Any kind of other personal expenses
Any tips to guide and driver
SMALL GROUP (Max 16 pax): ATHENS & CAPE SOUNION FULL DAY ITINERARY
Our Licensed Tour guide will meet you at Piraeus port holding a sign with your name on it at the pre-arranged time. After meeting with your professional guide, start your journey in the birthplace of Western civilization, Athens the capital of Greece.
To avoid long queues we go directly to the Acropolis, the sacred rock of Athens. We will see the Parthenon that was dedicated to the goddess Athena, Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the sacred area, the temple of Athena Nike which was dedicated to Athena-Nike, the Erechtheion with its famous female figures-statues the Caryatids or maidens dedicated both to Athena and Poseidon.
The Acropolis Hill has a view of the Ancient Agora, the Tower of the Winds, Herodes Atticus Odeon, and the Theatre of Dionysus. You will have a chance to see them from Acropolis Hill.
We then drive to the Temple of Olympian Zeus the largest in ancient Greece, taking over 700 years to build and the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896.
We will see the Prime Minister’s Residence (Maximou Mansion), the former Royal Palace, today the Presidential Mansion on our way to the Parliament House. We continue with the highlights of modern Athens stopping by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House to see the highly stylized changing of the Presidential Guard called evzones.
You will enjoy a leisurely drive down the Saronic Gulf coast, passing by the beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza. As you approach Cape Sounion, it rises like a sheer cliff out of the sea. The Temple of Poseidon stands majestically on a jagged spur atop the Cape. Gleaming white when viewed from the sea, it gave great comfort to sailors in ancient times who knew they were nearly home. The view from the temple is equally spectacular. The beauty of the surviving Doric columns has inspired many poets, including Lord Byron who carved his name on one of the columns. Even great poets cannot resist a bit of graffiti!
After your visit to the temple, drive back to the port and end of services.
00 – 06: Free
07 – 12: 50%