GMTours has chosen for you a package of sights and monuments that you “need to see” as you
come to Greece. The Athens highlights & Cape Sounion full day tour is one of the best
completed choices that you can have.
Enjoy a full day tour with our informative English speaking driver and learn all about Greece
through our eyes. Your driver will come and pick you up in a comfortable sedan/van/mini
bus from your accommodation early in the morning. Our tour will start with the first and
most important sight, the Acropolis Parthenon.
The temple of Parthenon is listed as an UNESCO world heritage site and is considered as one
of the most important archaeological sites of the world. Follow the steps of ancient Greeks
and enter the acropolis through the propylaea to see the temple of Athena Nike, the
erectheion and also the caryatides and enjoy one of the most amazing views of Athens.
Then we will continue to our next stop, Hadrian’s Arch and Temple of Olympian Zeus. The
temple construction began in the 6th century but it was not completed until the reign of the
roman emperor Hadrian 638 years later. During the Roman period it was renowned as the
largest temple in Greece. A few meters away you will see Hadrian’s Arch. A unique
monument that was built by the Athenians in 131 A.D to honor the roman emperor Hadrian
for the completion of the Temple of Olympian Zeus. We will continue our exploration with
the magical and famous Panatheniac stadium, that is also known as kalimarmaro, where the
first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896.
After that it is time to visit the parliament house. There we will see a view of the constitution
square and the beautiful hotels that surround it. You will have the opportunity to see the
change of the guards and the tomb of the unknown soldier. Next stop will be the Athenian
trilogy(academy of Athens -university-national library). You will take a peek at the
neoclassical Athenian architecture. The complex was completed in 1870. You will walk
around to see the beautiful wall paintings and the statues that surround the buildings in
order to take some pictures. Our last stop, Lycabetous hill and the Athens balcony. Now that
you have seen from close all the important sights, let’s see Athens from above.
Lycabetous hill is the highest point of Athens. A place with the most amazing panoramic
view of Attica. After the tour and from above you will have a great sense of how the
Athenians created the city. What’s next? It’s time to see a different Attica, away from the
noises and the heat of the city center. We ‘ll start our road trip through the Athens Riviera
with final destination, Cape Sounion. One of the most important landmarks in Greece.
We will pass from famous locations like Palaio Faliro, Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza,
Anavyssos, Lagonisi, Palaia Fokaia and last but most important, the majestic Cape Sounio. It
is a 67 kilometers distance with picturesque coastal towns, sand beaches, sea food taverns
and a view of the Aegean sea that will take your breath away. On our way we will stop at
Vouliagmeni Lake to enjoy the magnificent geological phenomenon and to take some
pictures. Vouliagmeni Lake was created after an earthquake that made the roof to collapse
and to reveal a labyrinth of underwater tunnels and natural springs.
Then, we will continue our tour to Cape Sounion. On the way our driver will recommend you
places that you can take some pictures or places where you can take a moment to relax.
After all, you are the master of the trip. When we’ll arrive at cape Sounion you will see one
of the most beautiful and breathtaking panoramic views ever. The unique Temple of
Poseidon is an important monument of the GOLDEN AGE of Athens and holds significant
historical and mythological value for the Athenians. The temple was constructed in 444 -440
BC from the Athenian statesman Pericles. A sacred place that the Athenians worship
Poseidon(God of sea). Also it was a beam of hope for travelers after many days at sea .
There you will have time to walk around and explore the temple and also to have a
coffee/lunch at the local cafe-restaurant or nearby taverns. After tha,t you can relax and
enjoy an afternoon drive back to your accommodation.