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Cape Sounion

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Cape Sounion

The wind-swept cape was an obvious choice for a sanctuary of Poseidon, where the sailors might offer a last sacrifice to propitiate the mighty god of the sea, before leaving the comparative safety of the Saronic Gulf for the perils of the open archipelagos. According to legend, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. The story goes that Aegeus, anxiously looking out from Sounion, despaired when he saw a black sail on his son Theseus's ship, returning from Crete. This led him to believe that his son had been killed in his contest with the dreaded Minotaur, a monster that was half man and half bull. The Minotaur was confined by its owner, King Minos of Crete, in a specially designed labyrinth. Every year, the Athenians were forced to send 7 men and 7 women to Minos as tribute. These youths were placed in the labyrinth to be devoured by the Minotaur. Theseus had volunteered to go with the third tribute and attempt to slay the beast. He had agreed with his father that if he survived the contest, he would hoist a white sail. In fact, Theseus had overcome and slain the Minotaur, but tragically had simply forgotten about the white sail.

This tour includes a private vehicle with driver, and an English-speaking escort

•    Please keep in mind that your English-speaking escort can enter in archeological sites with you but the tour for those will precede the visit. If you want a licensed-authorized guide to tour the sites with you, you can hire one at an extra cost.
•    The price of this tour does not include any food, entrance fees, or gratuities.
•    In SHARED tours the escort must maintain schedule for a fair and successful day for all.
•    Cape Sounion may only be accessed by walking uphill. It is a strenuous walk and you must be in good physical condition. There is a pathway, but there are also steps near the top.
•    Use comfortable shoes and please keep in mind that the weather may be very hot during summer.

The program for a full day excursion in Cape Sounion, which lasts 8 hours, consists of visiting the following points:

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Piraeus Port

1. PIRAEUS PORT                                          Duration of visit: 1 and a half hour

This principal port of Greece, and one of the largest in the Mediterranean, is a city in its own right. It has a population of nearly one million and is only 10 km from Athens. Its strategic importance was established during the Classical era, about 450 B.C. when Themistocles built the famous Long Walls which linked both cities. In Piraeus we will make a city tour by bus and visit the following points:
a. The Archeological Museum; b. The Museum of Greek Navy
Entrance fees: 3€ in Archeological Museum / 2€ in Navy Museum
After driving 1 and a half hour from Piraeus we will reach Sounio.

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Temple of Poseidon

2. CAPE SOUNION-TEMPLE OF POSEIDON                    Duration of visit: 1 hour

At the southernmost tip of Attica, in a geological projection which is surrounded on three sides by the sea, stands the ancient temple of Poseidon built by the Athenians to honor and worship Poseidon, the god almighty sovereign of the sea. The archaic temple was destroyed by the Persians in 480b.c. and rebuilt like numerous other shrines throughout Attica by Pericles. The pure whiteness of the 12 remaining Doric columns is still dazzling.
Entrance fees: 4€
After driving 1 hour from Sounio we will reach Vouliagmeni Lake.

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Vouliagmeni Lake

3. VOULIAGMENI LAKE                                 Duration of visit: 1 and a half hour

The natural beauty of its scenery offers the visitor true moments of relaxation. The Lake is recognized as an important Monument of Nature, because of its marvelous surroundings and its natural location. The Lake’s impressive shape was formed by geological changes. The water of the Lake gushes from its water springs located 50 to 100m underground and its temperature remains stable between 21? C and 27? C. The water of the Lake is brackish and has healing capacities due to its composition of minerals. There you will have the opportunity to swim in the natural nursing springs and have lunch.
Entrance fees: 8€
After driving 40 minutes from Vouliagmeni Lake we will reach Piraeus Port.

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