Athens Highlights Tour & Cape Sounio
This tour takes us to the most
famous sites of the city, both ancient and modern. Undoubtedly the most
famous landmark of Athens – and the pride of Athenians - is the
Parthenon, atop Acropolis Hill. It is the ancient temple, which was
dedicated to Athena, the goddess Athens is named after. It is visible
from most of central Athens and is surrounded by the city’s charming and
picturesque historical centre.
a little further from immediate surrounds of the Acropolis, we watch
the Changing of the Guard - at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - in
front of the Parliament.
These guards, known as Evzones, are the elite force of the Greek Army and were known for their bravery and honour until World War II. Their uniform was introduced by King Otto of Greece and was inspired by the traditional clothes of the mountain warriors and bandits who formed the resistance to the Ottoman Empire. We will also see the stadium that held the first modern Olympics in 1896,
the Temple of Olympian Zeus -
with a few of its original 104 columns standing, and Hadrian’s Arch, a Roman structure dedicated to Theseus and Hadrian, the founders of Athens.
Travelling along the coast, we head to the southernmost tip of the peninsula of Attica, Cape Sounion,
a getaway close to Athens and famous for its
beaches, fish restaurants and the striking ruins of the Temple of
Poseidon. Set high atop a cliff rising above the Aegean Sea, the temple
forms part of a trio of ancient sites, including the Acropolis, and the
Temple of Aphaea on the Greek island of Aegina. Equal distances from
each other as the crow flies, on a clear day you may be able to see all
the monuments from the others. Sounio is also where Aegeus
tragically fell from the cliffs when he saw the black sails that his son had forgotten to change, therefore believing he had died. The Aegean Sea was thus named after him. It is a beautiful place to watch the sunset, the white marble columns framed by the sky and the lovely blue sea!