Athens Sightseeing Drive, the Acropolis, Cape Sounio, and Lunch
- The Acropolis: High above the city, these sacred sites honoring Athena are priceless treasures from the city's Golden Age; the Parthenon is the crowning gem.
- Temple of Poseidon: Temperamental gods, grieving kings, and man-eating minotaurs roam these clifftop ruins as the sun sinks into the sea.
- Lunch: Generally includes Greek favorites like taramosalata fish roe salad, tzatziki yogurt, garlic dip, smoked salmon, cheese pie, and marinated grilled chicken.
About This Athens Tour
In an era when people call anything from long naps to lengthy beards "epic," this nine-hour journey is the real thing. With real high points: the lofty Acropolis (literally, "high city") and the towering cliffs of Cape Sounio, where the Doric columns of the Temple of Poseidon stand stoic sentinel over the Aegean.
You'll see the landmarks of the city that gave birth to Western civilization, and trace the footsteps of ancient worshippers at the temples of the Acropolis – including the magnificent Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, so flawlessly designed that it still amazes architects.
At the foot of the Acropolis lies the historic Plaka shopping district, where you'll have about 15 minutes to shop before lunch: an epic buffet (sorry, couldn't resist) of Greek specialties at the elegant Metropolitan Hotel.
Then sit back and relax on the drive to Cape Sounio, first mentioned almost 3,000 years ago in the Odyssey, Homer's epic poem. Here, according to myth, King Aegeus hurled himself into the sea that now bears his name. (Your guide will explain why; there's a minotaur involved.) And here, at the Temple of Poseidon (usually depicted with a lengthy beard), the sun gives ancient marble a fiery luster as – to the applause of awed onlookers – it sinks below the horizon.
It's an epic moment.
The Golden Age of Athens (the mid-5th Century B.C.) is also called the Age of Pericles, a brilliant leader and orator. He financed his exorbitant plans for the Acropolis with taxes collected (translation: money extorted) from weaker cities, ostensibly for the protection of the Athens Navy. When they objected, Pericles basically told them to shut up or be crushed. Although he probably said it more eloquently.
Please exit the port terminal building to meet your guide. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
No tripods, professional cameras or large backpacks are allowed inside the Acropolis. However, lockers are available. Please be aware that ongoing restorations work is often carried out at the Acropolis. Depending upon the number of people at the Acropolis, it may be closed for security reasons so delays may occur.
Approximately 2 miles of walking over uneven & cobblestone surfaces, steep inclines and up to 200 steps. Total driving time is approximately 3.5 hours. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Full Day, Family Friendly, Food & Wine
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Seasonal Meal with wine or soft drink, water, coffee.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages. Legal drinking age in Greece is 18 years.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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