Photography Athens and Sounio

Stunning 8-hour photography tour at Athens, Athens Riviera and Sounio

Embark on an unforgettable full-day adventure with our Stunning 8-hour photography tour at Athens, Athens Riviera and Sounio. This 8-hour experience seamlessly combines a captivating private tour of Athens with a scenic journey along the stunning Athens Riviera. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Athens as you explore iconic landmarks such as Glyfada, Varkiza, and Lake Vouliagmeni, before venturing to the breathtaking Cape Sounion, home to the awe-inspiring Temple of Poseidon. Join us on this harmonious blend of ancient history and natural beauty to discover why Athens has captivated travelers for centuries.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – The Parliament House – Constitution Square – The Panathenaic Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896) – The Parliament House (ex-Royal Palace) – The Catholic Cathedral – The Academy of Athens – University, National Library and Omonia Square – The Temple of Olympian Zeus – Adrian’s Arch – The Acropolis with the awesome Parthenon – The Propylaea – The Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens – The Plaka (Old Athens) – and Lycabettus Hill – Athens riviera – Cape Sounion – Temple of Poseidon.

The first 4.5 hours of the tour are dedicated to discovering the highlights of Athens, immersing you in the city’s rich history and vibrant culture. The remaining 3.5 hours will take you on a scenic drive along the Athens Riviera, culminating in a visit to the famous Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon.

  • Iconic Landmarks of Athens: Discover all significant monuments and sites, encapsulating the city’s glorious history.
  • Athens Coastline: Experience the scenic beauty of Athens’ coastline as you journey towards Cape Sounion.
  • Temple of Poseidon: Stand in awe before the majestic ruins of the Temple of Poseidon, a marvel of ancient architecture perched on the cliffs of Sounion.
  • Professional Guidance: Enjoy the company and insights of an English-speaking tour driver, enhancing your experience with historical context and anecdotes.

This private tour promises an unforgettable experience, blending the historic allure of Athens with the natural beauty of Cape Sounion, making it a perfect adventure for history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Marvel at the Magnificence of the Acropolis

acropolis and parthenon

Your tour begins with a visit to the famous Acropolis. Stand in awe before the magnificent Parthenon, an enduring testament to ancient Greek craftsmanship and design.

As you wander through this historic citadel, you’ll encounter other iconic structures that have stood the test of time, such as the grand entrance of the Propylaea, the elegant Temple of Athena Nike, and the enchanting Erechtheion, famous for its Caryatid statues – maidens carved with intricate detail that gracefully support the structure.

Each step through this ancient city reveals the wonder and glory embedded in its most sacred site, offering a glimpse into the rich tapestry of mythology, history and culture that has shaped Athens.

Explore the Iconic Landmarks of Athens

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Change of the guard in Syntagma Square

Admire the city’s most prominent landmarks firsthand during your captivating tour of Athens. Begin by paying your respects at the solemn Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a memorial dedicated to the brave Greek soldiers who lost their lives in war. Next, marvel at the impressive Parliament House, the seat of the Hellenic Parliament and a symbol of Greek democracy.

Continue your journey through history as you encounter the majestic Hadrian’s Arch, a monumental gateway erected in honor of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Just a stone’s throw away, you’ll find yourself standing before the awe-inspiring Temple of Olympian Zeus, one of the largest temples in ancient Greece. Although only a few columns remain, the sheer grandeur of this ancient wonder will leave you breathless.

Throughout your exploration, you’ll be immersed in the rich history that has shaped Athens into the thriving destination it is today, with each landmark revealing another layer of the city’s fascinating past.

Panathenaic Stadium

panathenaic stadium

Continue your exploration with a visit to the Panathenaic Stadium, an awe-inspiring marble structure that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

This iconic venue is steeped in history and serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of the Olympic movement. As you enter the stadium, you’ll be transported back in time, imagining the roar of the crowd and the thrill of competition.

Take a moment to appreciate the grandeur of this historic site and its significance in the annals of Greek and international sporting history.

The Charming Streets of Plaka

street in plaka, athens

Enjoy a scenic drive through Plaka, the enchanting quarter of the city. As you navigate the charming, narrow streets lined with beautifully restored neoclassical buildings, you’ll be transported back in time to the days of old Athens.

The vibrant colors of the houses and the lush, cascading bougainvillea create a picturesque scene that will take your breath away.

During your leisurely drive, take the opportunity to browse through delightful boutiques that showcase the best of Greek artisanship. These quaint shops offer an array of unique handicrafts and souvenirs that will allow you to take a piece of Athens home with you.

Athens’ Architectural Trilogy

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Our journey continues down Panepistimiou Avenue, the prestigious boulevard that houses the Athens Trilogy: the Academy of Athens, the University of Athens, and the National Library.

Each building is a testament to neoclassical elegance, with intricate facades that represent the pinnacle of Greek architecture in the 19th century. Renowned architects designed these landmarks to reflect the intellectual and cultural renaissance of modern Greece.

Visitors are often captivated by the elaborate sculptures and frescoes that adorn these buildings, depicting the Greek gods, muses, and prominent figures from the nation’s rich historical tapestry.

Savor the Flavors of Greek Cuisine

dish of greek cuisine

No trip to Athens is complete without sampling the famous Greek cuisine. Indulge in a delicious lunch at a charming Athenian restaurant or tavern, where you’ll feast on the vibrant colors and delicious flavors of Greece’s most iconic dishes, all prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

From the classic Greek salad with juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers and creamy feta cheese to the succulent souvlaki skewers and comforting moussaka, each bite will transport your taste buds to a world of culinary bliss. Pair your meal with a refreshing glass of Greek wine or a traditional spirit like ouzo and immerse yourself in the warm, inviting atmosphere of authentic Greek hospitality.

Journey Along the Athens Riviera

athens riviera beach of kalamaki

As you leave the bustling city center behind, you’ll find yourself immersed in the luxurious southern suburbs of Glyfada and Vouliagmeni. Known as the “Hellenic Hamptons,” Glyfada boasts a vibrant shopping district, chic cafes and pristine beaches. Take a moment to admire the opulent yachts bobbing in the marina and the stylish locals strolling along the promenade.

As you continue your journey, you’ll discover a hidden gem – the enchanting Lake Vouliagmeni. Nestled in a picturesque bay, this natural wonder is fed by both the sea and underground thermal springs, creating a unique brackish water environment.

Take in the mesmerizing views of the Saronic Gulf as you make your way to the vibrant suburb of Varkiza. This charming coastal town is known for its golden sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and laid-back atmosphere.

Stand in Awe at the Temple of Poseidon

The highlight of your tour awaits you at Cape Sounion, where the magnificent Temple of Poseidon stands atop the cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. As you approach this ancient site, you’ll be struck by the breathtaking scenery that surrounds it. The temple’s Doric columns, bathed in the golden light of the sun, create an awe-inspiring sight that will leave you speechless.

According to myth, King Aegeas was anxiously awaiting the return of his son Theseus from a dangerous mission in Crete. He watched from these very cliffs, hoping to catch a glimpse of the white sails that would signal his son’s triumphant return. Tragically, Theseus forgot to change the black sails to white, leading King Aegeas to believe that his son had perished. Overwhelmed with grief, the king threw himself into the sea, which was later named the Aegean Sea in his honor.

Tour Type

Included in the tour

  • Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle or similar appropriate for the size of your group
  • Your tour will be accompanied by a professional English-speaking driver or escort possessing in-depth knowledge of Greece’s history and culture. They will provide insightful commentary throughout the journey, guiding you until the entrance of archaeological sites and museums. However, please note that drivers are not licensed to accompany you inside these venues.
  • If you desire a licensed state tour guide to escort you within the archaeological sites and museums, providing comprehensive insights and explanations, we can gladly arrange one for an additional cost. These licensed guides are freelance professionals, and their availability is subject to your tour date.
  • When a licensed tour guide or English-speaking tour escort accompanies a group, the professional driver may not necessarily speak English fluently. Their role is focused on providing safe transportation.
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel in Athens. Extra charge for hotels outside Athens.
  • Pick up and drop off at Piraeus Port or Athens Airport.
  • Pick up and drop off at our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athens, Greece.
  • Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple-day tours only)
  • Road tolls and all local taxes

Excluded from the tour

  • Wine tasting fee (for wine tours)
  • Olive oil tasting fee (for olive oil tasting tours)
  • Optional Gratuities
  • Food and beverage
  • Your private chauffeur/guide will discuss a program best suited to your interest and mobile abilities. Option for a professional tour guide with a state license at an extra cost. Read more for the Differences between a Tour Guide and a Tour Driver

Cancellation Policy

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Additional info

  • Dress Code: When visiting religious sites, shoulders and knees must be covered out of respect for the cultural norms.
  • Please review our Terms & Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions
  • Upon booking, an electronic voucher will be emailed to you containing our contact information, tour details, and all necessary instructions. This voucher serves as your ticket and proof of purchase. Please present a printed or digital copy of the voucher on the day of your tour to redeem your activity.
  • City Tax for Hotel Stays: Effective from January 1st, 2018, a City Tax for hotel overnights is applicable and not included in our excursion rates. Clients will need to pay this tax directly at their hotel upon check-out. The amount per room is as follows: 5-star hotel: €4/overnight || 4-star hotel: €3/overnight || 3-star hotel: €1.50/overnight
  • Opening Hours and Entrance Fees for Archaeological Sites and Museums in Greece
  • Entrance Fees for Children from Non-EU Countries: Starting November 1st, 2019, children aged 6 and above from non-European Union (non-EU) countries will be required to pay the full entrance fee for Museums and Archaeological sites. For children from EU countries, the existing rates remain in effect. However, it is crucial to have their passports readily available to prove their nationality.

Persons with Disabilities

  • Due to uneven surfaces, certain sites are not recommended for persons with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Such sites are the Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Mycenae, Delphi and Meteora
  • In all cases, we recommend comfortable flat-solid walking shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
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