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Temple of Poseidon
Dramatically situated on the coastal cliffs of Cape Sounion, overlooking the Aegean Sea, the Temple of Poseidon is one of the most evocative sites of ancient Greece and a top visitor attraction. The magnificent monument dates back to 444 BC, but today, all that remains is a series of gleaming white marble columns, standing proudly atop the cape. 

The Basics
Whether taking a sunset cruise around Cape Sounion, driving the scenic coastal road along the Attica peninsula, or enjoying the panoramic views from the cliff tops, there are numerous options for visiting the ancient temple. One of the most popular ways to visit is on a half-day tour from Athens, and many tours also stop at the idyllic beaches along the Attica Riviera, or include a romantic dinner in Vouliagmeni Bay. For the best value, combine a Cape Sounion tour with an Athens city tour, a walking tour of the Athens Acropolis, or a day trip to Mycenae and Epidaurus. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable shoes as the ruins are situated on uneven ground and require some walking.
  • Bring your swimsuit. There is a swimming beach at the foot of the cape.
  • Parts of the temple are accessible to those with limited mobility, and wheelchair accessible tours are available.

How to Get There 
The Temple of Poseidon is located at the southern tip of the Attica peninsula, about 43 miles (70 kilometers) southeast of Athens. Public buses run from Athens to Sounion, but visiting on a group or private tour means you can enjoy the wonderful drive and stop at towns such as Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, or Lagonisi along the way. 

When to Get There
The most popular time to visit the Temple of Poseidon is during summer, but the site can get crowded. Visiting in the early morning is the best way to avoid the crowds and the midday heat, while the most atmospheric time for photos is at sunset. Alternatively, an out-of-season visit, in still balmy May or September, might mean you get the ruins to yourself. 

What to See at the Temple of Poseidon
Thought to have been built by Iktinos, the architect who designed Athens' ancient Agora, the Temple of Poseidon is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Greece. Today, only 16 of the original 34 Doric columns remain, one of which is famously inscribed with the name Lord Byron, who visited the temple in the early 19th century. Additional highlights include the remains of a propylaeum and the Temple of Athena, while the real star of the show is the splendid view, which stretches as far as the Cyclades and Peloponnese islands.
Address: Cape Sounion, Greece
Hours: Open daily from 8am to sunset
Admission: Adult: €8
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Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens

Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens

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Visit one of Greece’s most picturesque coastal viewpoints on a half-day small-group tour from Athens to Cape Sounion. Travel by minivan along south Attica’s scenic shoreline roads to reach the ancient Temple of Poseidon, built atop a towering sea cliff with fantastic views of the Aegean. Explore the ruins of this temple dedicated to the Greek god of the sea, and opt for an afternoon tour to catch a famously beautiful sunset.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$64.71
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Full Day Private Tour: Essential Athens Highlights plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon

Full Day Private Tour: Essential Athens Highlights plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon

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Make the most of your time in Greece on this full-day privately chauffeured tour of Athens. Get a true insider's view of this bustling Mediterranean metropolis and learn the history and culture of the city along the way. Explore the city while visiting such sites: Olympic Stadium, the Acropolis, Hadrian's Arch, the Temple of Zeus, and the New Acropolis Museum. Watch the changing of the guard at the parliament and then take a coastal road trip to the dramatic clifftop Temple of Poseidon. This tour is flexible and allows you to go at your own pace.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$231.29
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Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip from Athens

Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip from Athens

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Marvel over one of Greece’s most photographed monuments on this half-day tour to the Temple of Poseidon from Athens. Wind your way along the coastal cliffs and beaches on the scenic drive to Cape Sounion, then grab your camera as you spot the magnificent remains of the Temple of Poseidon, perched high on the sea cliffs. You have a chance to get up close to the ancient monument, explore ruins dating back to 444 BC, and soak up the impressive coastal views.
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  • 4 hours
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Cape Sounio, Temple of Poseidon and Athenian riviera private tour from Athens

Cape Sounio, Temple of Poseidon and Athenian riviera private tour from Athens

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Head south of Athens to Cape Sounio on a private tour that takes you to the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon, dating back to the 5th century BC and known for its location perched above the sea. On the way, admire the scenery of the coastal road through Vouliagmeni and Lagonisi, winding past beaches and the sparkling water. 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.
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  • 4 hours
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$98.87
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Athens Super Saver: Acropolis Walking Tour plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip

Athens Super Saver: Acropolis Walking Tour plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip

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Discover the best of Athens and the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion on this full-day Super Saver—a combination of two popular tours for a great discounted price. Start with a guided morning stroll around top Athens attractions such as Syntagma Square, the charming old Plaka district, and more. Then, take a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Acropolis to see its classical showpieces, including the Parthenon. Finish with a scenic afternoon trip to see the Temple of Poseidon, a 5th-century BC temple perched on sea cliffs at Cape Sounion.
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  • 9 hours
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Cape Sounion & Temple Of Poseidon Private Trip

Cape Sounion & Temple Of Poseidon Private Trip

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Traveling independently from Athens to Cape Sounion can mean figuring out bus timetables or sorting out a rental car. With this private tour, forget about both and enjoy the freedom of traveling with your own dedicated guide. Stop at the Temple of Poseidon for as long or short as you wish, and enjoy a drink, snack, or meal while soaking up the sunset.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private Cruise to Poseidon Temple at Sounio Cape with Snorkeling and Swimming

Private Cruise to Poseidon Temple at Sounio Cape with Snorkeling and Swimming

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Make the most of your time in Greece with this private cruise to Poseidon Temple at Sounio Cape. Enjoy the time on the cruise to the temple, about 43 miles (69 kilometers) southeast of Athens. Spend some time at the temple, the second most visited ancient site after the Acropolis in Athens. And then take some time to go swimming in the sea or snorkeling.
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  • 7 hours
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Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounion Half Day Luxury Private Tour

Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounion Half Day Luxury Private Tour

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Journey to one of the most impressive and picturesque ancient sites in Greece on a private, half-day tour to the Temple of Poseidon. Travel along the Saronic Gulf to Cape Sounion, where the well-preserved temple ruins sit high atop a dramatic sea cliff. Learn about the history of the site and the mythological sea god to whom it was dedicated at the visitor’s center, and take in spectacular coastal views of the gulf and surrounding islands. Enjoy the customized nature of a private tour and personal attention from an English-speaking driver and guide.
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$185.75
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Private Day Trip to Cape Sounio & Temple of Poseidon

Private Day Trip to Cape Sounio & Temple of Poseidon

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Venture out of the bustling city of Athens and explore Cape Sounio, home to the stunning Temple of Poseidon. This 6-hour private tour is perfect for those interested in Greek history and mythology and see beautiful views of the Aegean Sea. Take a dip in the crystal clear waters, enjoy a delicious Greek breakfast, and catch a beautiful sunset before heading back to Athens.
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  • 6 hours
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$92.28
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Sunset Honeymoon - Temple of Poseidon Half Day Private Tour

Sunset Honeymoon - Temple of Poseidon Half Day Private Tour

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Celebrate your love on a private day trip to one of Greece’s most romantic sites, the clifftop Temple of Poseidon perched above the crashing surf of Cape Sounion. Travel in comfort and privacy along the Athenian Riviera, passing through the exclusive suburbs and resort towns of the Saronic Gulf. The well-timed itinerary lets you catch a legendary sunset from the cape and stop for a seaside dinner before returning to your Athens hotel.
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  • 5 hours
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Small-Group Athens Sea Kayak Tour to the Temple of Poseidon

Small-Group Athens Sea Kayak Tour to the Temple of Poseidon

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Leave the bustle of Athens behind for a half-day sea kayak adventure along the Athenian Riviera. Paddle up the scenic coastline of the Saronic Gulf, stopping for a swim and snack among hidden beaches and islets on the way to Cape Sounion. Admire a unique view of the Temple of Poseidon from the water, and then go ashore to explore the ancient archaeological site dedicated to the Greek sea god. Reward your efforts with stunning panoramic views over the cape and a delicious meal at a Greek tavern.
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  • 6 hours
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$191.75
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Athens Highlights & Sounio Temple of Poseidon Full Day Private Tour

Athens Highlights & Sounio Temple of Poseidon Full Day Private Tour

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Experience the best of Athens and Sounio on this action-packed private day tour. By traveling in a private vehicle, you’ll be able to access places that would be hard to reach by public transport. It’s the perfect tour for travelers with limited time as you’ll see multiple Athens and Cape Sounio highlights in a day including Acropolis Hill, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Temple of Zeus, and Temple Of Poseidon.
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  • 9 hours
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2-Night Athens Experience Including City Tour & Optional Temple of Poseidon Tour

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2-Night Athens Experience Including City Tour & Optional Temple of Poseidon Tour

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Explore Athens, the ancient yet modern Greek capital, on this 2-night, semi-independent tour, which includes 4-star accommodation, daily breakfasts, airport transfers and a city tour. During this experience, you’ll have ample free time to discover beautiful Athens independently, while also enjoying the services of a professional guide on day two. Relax each night at your hotel by Syntagma Square, and opt to include a half-day trip to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon.
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  • 3 days
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Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Half Day Afternoon Tour

Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Half Day Afternoon Tour

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This half day afternoon excursion is a great option if you want to discover Greece beyond Athens, enjoy stunning views and visit world famous Greek ruins.
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  • 4 hours
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2-Day Combo Private Tour: Essential Athens & Temple of Poseidon plus Delphi

2-Day Combo Private Tour: Essential Athens & Temple of Poseidon plus Delphi

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Cover three Athens’ area highlights over two day-long tours, all free from transport worries, on this private Athens trip. On Day 1, explore the Acropolis and Cape Sounion's Temple of Poseidon. On Day 2, head northwest to visit UNESCO-protected Delphi and its museum. Learn about the sites from your driver, and opt to hire guides (additional cost) at each location for historical commentary as you explore. Accommodation is excluded.
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  • 2 days
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Swimming & Sunbathing by Athenian Riviera + Poseidon Temple Tour By Locals

Swimming & Sunbathing by Athenian Riviera + Poseidon Temple Tour By Locals

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During this half-day tour you will have the chance to visit the place where the famous Temple of Poseidon located, drive along the breathtaking "Athens Riviera" area, and enjoy one of the most romantic sunsets you ever have!
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Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip

Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip

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Combine two popular tours of Athens and Cape Sounion into one day at a discounted price with this Athens Super Saver. In the morning, board an air-conditioned coach for a sightseeing tour of Athens’ highlights. With an expert guide, stroll around the Parthenon and antiquities on the Acropolis; visit the New Acropolis Museum; see the Panathenaic Stadium and more. Then, take an afternoon trip to Cape Sounion, where the Temple of Poseidon overlooks the Aegean Sea. Admire the glittering temple and stellar views before your return by coach to Athens.
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  • 1 day
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Athens Full Day Tour with Lunch

Athens Full Day Tour with Lunch

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Travel back in time to the thriving empire of ancient Greece on a full-day tour of Athens led by an expert guide. In the morning, visit a combination of classic and contemporary sites to gain a holistic picture of the bustling Greek capital including the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum. Then, after savoring a delicious lunch, head out to the Saronic Gulf to Cape Sounion where the great Temple of Poseidon is still standing.
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  • 10 hours
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Cape Sounion And Temple Of Poseidon Private Day Trip Seaside Meal Included

Cape Sounion And Temple Of Poseidon Private Day Trip Seaside Meal Included

Visit the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion from Athens, without any worries about car hire or public transportation, with this half-day tour. Make the scenic coastal journey by comfortable air-conditioned luxury car or mini van. Furthermore, learn about the temple’s history from your private driver. Then, enjoy ample time to explore the white-marble temple and absorb the cliff-top views across the Aegean. After this trip to ancient times, taste the delightful Greek dishes in a picturesque tavern. Later on if you wish, stop for a delicious ice cream before you return back. You get to admire stunning Archeological Sites and gaze the Aegean Sea. 100% personalized tour. No prearranged fixed tour. Taste local cuisine and hear stories about the visited sites. Absorb the far-reaching views over the Aegean and take unique photos. English speaking private driver offering tips. Extra Stop For Ice Cream.
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  • 5 hours
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$193.51
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Sunset Temple of Poseidon Half Day Trip

Sunset Temple of Poseidon Half Day Trip

Join our evening tour to Temple Of Poseidon and watch enjoy one of the most majestic sunsets in Greece. Enjoy breathtaking sunset from Cape Sounio and take magnificent photographs! Have a ride with your private air-conditioned luxurious minivan toward the Attica Riviera. Tour the Temple of Poseidon, dedicated to the mythological god of the sea, and see the sun dip below the horizon and several islands in the distance. You will drive along the shore line and have wonderful views over the Saronic Gulf and the cliffs, beaches and villages along the way. After a 90 minutes ride, you will arrive in Cape Sounion and the magnificent ruins of the Temple of Poseidon. Subsequently, have a short walk to the temple, framed by the magnificent views of the endless blue of the Aegean Sea. The driver is not a licensed guide and cannot escort you inside the Temple of Poseidon, if you need a guide please contact us.
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Cape Sounio Afternoon Tour

Cape Sounio Afternoon Tour

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Explore beyond the bustle of Athens with a half-day tour to Cape Sounio. Board a luxurious coach and admire views of the suburbs of Athens and the Saronic Gulf while traveling along the coast road. Visit the Temple of Poseidon and see its original Doric columns. Take in the panoramic sea views from the monument.
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  • 4 hours
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$53.93
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Athens, The Acropolis and Cape Sounion Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Athens, The Acropolis and Cape Sounion Full-Day Tour with Lunch

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Admire ancient treasures side-by-side with modern marvels on this full-day sightseeing tour of Athens and Cape Sounion. Visit the famous Acropolis and Temple of Olympic Zeus, plus contemporary Athenian highlights like Panathinaikon Stadium and Parliament House. Savor traditional Greek flavors with an included lunch, and travel to Cape Sounion in the afternoon for spectacular views of the Saronic Gulf and the ancient Temple of Poseidon perched dramatically atop sea cliffs.
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  • 10 hours
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Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip plus Delphi Day Trip

Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip plus Delphi Day Trip

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Sightsee around Athens, Cape Sounion and Delphi on this 2-day Athens Super Saver. Combining three top-selling tours at a discounted price, and designed for those with pre-booked overnight accommodation, the tour spotlights the best of Athens and two of Greece’s classical treasures. On one day, discover top Athens attractions including the Acropolis, and take an afternoon trip to Cape Sounion, home to the stunning Temple of Poseidon. Couple the day up with a full-day trip to the spectacular mountainside temples and stadium at Delphi, one of Greece’s greatest archaeological wonders.
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  • 2 days
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$229.73
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Private Sunset Tour of Cape Sounion, Temple of Poseidon & Athens Riviera

Private Sunset Tour of Cape Sounion, Temple of Poseidon & Athens Riviera

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The Athens Riviera is an alluring stretch of coastline south of the capital. With this sunset tour, avoid being tied to bus schedules and enjoy the convenience of your own private driver. Stop at the Temple of Poseidon, where you can enter at your expense and watch the sun set. Plus, there will be free time to indulge in the gastronomic delights of the Kavouri Beach area.
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  • 6 hours
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$119.24
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Temple of Poseidon hours of operation: Open daily from 8am to sunset. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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