Temple Of Poseidon


Dominating the Athenian skyline, this beautiful, world-renowned monument is dedicated to Goddess Athena, the virgin patron of Athens. The destroying consequences of the Persian campaign at 480 BC, lead Athenians to the desire of constructing a memorable temple in 438 B.C. by Ictinus & Callicrates, under the supervision of Phidias, which is considered to be the most important surviving monument of the ancient world. Parthenon which is the most brilliant construction during the Golden Age (5th BC) of Pericles, stands as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece & the Athenian Democracy. Its’ metops & pediments representations depict scenes from the Ancient Greek mythology; Parthenon is regarded to be the most eminent landmark of Greek history & culture.

Temple Of Poseidon

The Temple of Poseidon was dedicated to the god of the sea Poseidon. Located at Cape Sounion, in the southeast tip of the Attica peninsula, 45 miles from Athens approachable via a coastal route that resembles the French Riviera, is considered to be constructed at 440 BC. However, prominent personalities of the history, like Homer & Herodotus, are referred to Sounion as a worship place centuries before. Surrounded by the sea at three sides, the Temple observes the Aegean sea discerned in the horizon, as Aegeas did, looking for his son Thisseus, several centuries before, according to mythology. Landmark of the temple is the inscribed name of the romantic poet Lord Byron in the base of the column.


The pass of Thermopylae is the historical site of the battle that took place in 480 B.C. between the Greeks & the Persians. Under the command of King Leonidas of Sparta, the greatly outnumbered Greek army remained in the pass to prevent Xerxes’ vast cavalry & 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 & successfully combat the Persians in following battles.
The epigram on the monuments reads:
Oh stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians (Spartans), that here we lie, obedient to their words.
Monday, September 28, 2020

“Highlight of our European vacation”

We recently toured Athens and the Peloponnese with Frank from Hellenic Private Tours, and it was everything that was promised and more! Our group included my husband, his retired parents, and my college-age kids; and every one of them adored Frank. It's really a pleasure for me to take this opportunity to offer my strongest possible recommendation. Here is a list of the basics (the kinds of things I'd want to know if I was considering hiring a driver/guide):

  1. It was exactly as advertised - the money Frank asked for at the end of the last day was exactly what he quoted us in the email.
  2. There were no uncomfortable surprises (we've had guides in other countries stop at tourists traps where they were obviously getting a cut).
  3. He was impeccably prompt, clean and professional.
  4. He was fun, enthusiastic and knowledgeable - the van was full of books and we watched excerpts from documentaries en route to the sites.
  5. The van was spacious, clean and modern.
  6. Frank never seemed to consider himself "off-duty" - he was always helping us when we'd get in confusing situations with the menu, or the language, or customs, etc.
  7. His English was just about perfect.
  8. He was extremely flexible and patient with all of our whims or special needs - he made special stops and even added many extra miles to make sure we saw everything we wanted.
  9. He knew the ins and outs of every site - like where to drop off and pick up, the best times to avoid crowds, and suggestions for what to see.
  10. Frank was very careful and thorough. We always felt safe, and when we were in a site, he gave us a cell phone to carry in case of any confusion (we never needed it).
  11. ... and he never got lost!

Frank was a consummate professional who seemed to be on duty for us day and night. There is so much more I could include ... but the bottom line is that we saw everything we wanted to see, we always felt comfortable and secure, and we had a great time! I am happy we selected Frank and Hellenic Private Tours!
I would also highly recommend Michael who is a licensed tour guide recommended by Hellenic Private Tours. He gave us a tour of Athens and was enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

Wendy C.

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ITHACA [1910, 1911]

As you set out for Ithaca
hope that your journey is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laestrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon-don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare sensation
touches your spirit and your body.
Laestrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon-you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
Hope that your journey is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors you’re seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind-
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and learn again from those who know.
Keep Ithaca always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so that you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaca to make you rich.
Ithaca gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her, you would have not set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you’ll have understood by then what these Ithaca’s mean.

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