Enjoy a wonderful drive along the scenic coastal road which affords a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf, passing through some of Athens' most beautiful suburbs of Glyfada, Kavouri, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, and Lagonissi. Arrive at Cape Sounion where you'll visit the 5th century B.C. Temple of Poseidon, standing some 200 feet above the sea at the edge of a cliff. It is one of the most breathtaking and deeply moving sights in all of Greece. This is the place where the ancient Greeks worshipped their mighty god of the seas, Poseidon. The 15 (of the original 34) columns of the Doric Order that are still standing belong to the temple built here during the Golden Age of Perikles' Athens, over the relics of an older one. The architect is unknown, but it is believed to be the same who built the Theseion in Athens. Following your visit, refreshments will be served at one of the most luxurious resort hotels in Vouliagmeni. Note: There is approximately 1/4 mile of walking on sloping and uneven ground on this tour.
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Customer Reviews for Temple Of Poseidon & Its Scenic Coast
Review 1 for Temple Of Poseidon & Its Scenic Coast
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:August
Date:August 28, 2012
What a boring experience!
I chose this excursion because I wanted to go back to the Cape Sounion which I had visited while at high school and remembered as a lovely place. The drive to the temple took approx. 1 hour and a half and our guide spoke an excellent English and was knowledgeable. We were given 50 minutes at the temple, which is just enough time. What left me unsatisfied with this excursion is that on way back to the port, we stopped for 1 hour at a bar near a beach where we were offered sodas. This means that we spent more time sitting in a bar than at the temple! We wanted to take a quick swim but the guide said it was not possible because there was a charge to access the beach and we would not have had enough time to go in the water and back to the bus on time. On the way back, the whole bus was sleeping, so it must have been boring for each and everyone!
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Review 2 for Temple Of Poseidon & Its Scenic Coast
We were disappointed with this shore excursion. We picked it since we had already been to Athens once and hoped to see some different sites outside the city.
We did do a quick tour of the historical sites in Athens and then had lunch before going down the coast to see the Saronic Gulf and Temple of Poseidon.
Our tour guide was not very good--she ran a very disjointed dialogue. For example, she would be talking about the history of Athens but see a flower and suddenly start to talk about that in mid-sentence. Many in our group finally turned off their mikes so as not to hear her.
We were very disappointed in the lunch option--it was a downtown Marriott served buffet style. Along the coast, we literally passed hundreds of restaurants that could have been a much nicer choice and would have offered a better "feel" than a meeting room in the Marriott. We were also surprised when our guides jumped to the start of the line instead of making sure all the guests had seating (which they did not).
We did enjoy historical sites and felt this helped make up for the other portions--the Temple of Poseidon didn't take long to tour but was very interesting and certainly not as overrun with Tourists. A word of warning--as the other reviewer mentioned, it is a bit of a climb and on an uneven gravel path--we saw two older visitors fall on the climb up the hill.
Cruised in May 2012 (drop down has not been updated to include 2012 option).
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Review 3 for Temple Of Poseidon & Its Scenic Coast
This was a very relaxing ride along the coast, passing by many beaches, affluent neighbourhoods, and great scenery. Once you get to Cape Sounion, however, be prepared for some heavy walking upwards. It is not like the Acropolis with stairs, but with pure stoney earth. There were senior citizens on this tour that found the climb difficult. Parents pushing strollers had to give up and carry their youngsters. The climb is worth it though, it's just not easy turf. The day of my tour, it was quite windy, but sunny, and my bus was the only one there. My biggest piece of advice for this tour is to LEAVE YOUR FLIP FLOPS ON THE SHIP!