The Parthenon
The Temple Of Poseidon
Thermopylae

The Parthenon

Dominating the Athenian skyline, this beautiful, world-renowned monument is dedicated to Goddess Athena, the virgin patron of Athens. Constructed in 438 B.C. by Ictinus, Callicrates and Carpion, under the supervision of Phidias, the Parthenon is the most important surviving monument of the ancient world and stands as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece and the Athenian Democracy.

The Temple Of Poseidon

The Temple of Poseidon, at Sounion, the tip of the Attica peninsula (45 miles southeast of Athens), was built in 440 B.C. However, archaeological findings show the area was a site of worship as far as 700 B.C. Carved into the base of one of the columns of the Temple of Poseidon is the name of the famous romantic poet Lord Byron. It is possible he made the inscription during his first visit to Greece.

Thermopylae

The pass of Thermopylae is the historical site of the battle that took place in 480 B.C. between the Greeks and the Persians. Under the command of King Leonidas of Sparta, the greatly outnumbered Greek army remained in the pass to prevent Xerxes’ vast cavalry and infantry force further invading the land. They held ground for three days before being outflanked via a hidden goat path, which according to legend, was shown to the Persians by a traitor named Ephialtes. However, their feat gave the Greek army enough time to reassemble and successfully combat the Persians in following battles. The epigram on the monuments reads : Oh stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians (Spartans), that we lie here, obedient to their words.
Friday, June 23, 2017

Athens Private Tours

Full day Athens and Sounion tour starts with a visit to the Acropolis where you see the Parthenon, the temple on the top of the sacred rock devoted to Goddess Athena, the Goddess of wisdom, the Propylea, the entrance to the sacred rock, the Temple of Wingless Victory which was devoted to Goddess Athena-Nike, the Erechtheum,  the most sacred and mythical of all the temples of Athens with its famous Caryatides (female featured statues), the 5000-seat Odeon of Herodes Atticus which was carved into the rock and is still used for music festivals, the 13000-seat theatre of Dionysus where the Athenians listened to the immortal works of Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides and Aristophanes.

 

Athens Private Tours

We continue our tour by visiting the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathinaic Stadium (where the Olympic Games were held for the first time in modern Athens in 1896), the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the changing of the guards.

 

 

Athens Private Tours

Then we drive through University Street that connects Constitution (Syntagma) Square with Concord (Omonia) Square-the second most important square in Athens and see the Academy, the University and the National Library followed by a drive up to Lycabettus Hill (highest point of Athens) where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

 

Athens Private ToursWe leave Athens and after a 44-mile scenic drive along the coastal Poseidon Avenue we arrive to Cape Sounion. Most of the visitors agree that the drive to Cape Sounion is quite similar to the French Riviera area. Before reaching our final destination, we drive through the most beautiful suburbs of Athens: Old Phaleron, Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, Lagonissi and Old Fokea.

 

Athens Private ToursA few stops are required so you can have the opportunity to take photos of the sandy beaches, the yacht harbours, and the Vouliagmeni Lake whose water possesses therapeutic qualities.

 

 

Athens Private ToursArriving at our destination, you will visit the Temple of Poseidon built on top of the hill, exactly at the meeting point of the Saronic Sea with the Aegean Sea. The temple was dedicated to God Poseidon, the lord of the Sea and it was there where all the sailors offered a last sacrifice to appease God Poseidon before leaving the safety of the Saronic Golf.

 

We conclude by making a stop at a fish-tavern by the sea to enjoy your lunch or -even better- dinner while watching the sunset. Finally, we drive back to Athens by the same route...

 

 

The duration of the tour is approximately 9-10 hours.

Please take a look at the right of the page for additional tour information.

 

 

Temple of Poseidon Opening Hours

  • Monday to Sunday: 10:00 a.m.
  • Last admission: 7:30 p.m
  • The site is open every day until sunset.

Sites Opening Hours

  • Winter : From November 1 to March 31 08:00 until 15:00
  • Summer : From April 1 to October 31 08:00 until 20:00
  • January 1st : closed
  • January 6th : 08:00 until 15:00
  • Shrove Monday : 08:00 until 15:00
  • March 25th : closed
  • Good Friday : 12:00 until 17:00
  • Holy Saturday : 08:00 until 15:00
  • Easter Sunday : closed
  • Easter Monday : 08:00 until 20:00
  • May 1st : closed
  • Holy Spirit day : 08:00 until 20:00
  • August 15th : 08:00 until 20:00
  • October 28th : 08:00 until 15:00
  • December 25th : closed
  • December 26th : closed

Entrance fee required :
20 Euros for Acropolis
6 Euros for the Temple of Zeus
8 Euros for the Temple of Poseidon

  • Free entrance : For students from E.U (student Identity Card is required).
  • Free entrance : Young people, under the age of 18, after demonstrating the Identity Card or Passport to confirm the age.
  • Reduced entrance fee Greek citizens and citizens of other Member - States of the European Union who are over 65 years old, upon presentation of their ID card or passport for verification of their age and country of origin.
  • Reduced entrance fee University students and students at Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent schools from countries outside the EU by showing their student ID.


Free Entrance Days

  • 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
  • 18 April (International Monuments Day)
  • 18 May (International Museums Day)
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • 28 October
  • Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st

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