Piraeus (Athens), Greece
City Tour,Local Sightseeing,All
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Approximately 8½ Hours
Begin your tour with a drive past marinas and resort towns en route to the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, built in the 5th century BC. The temple's location, 180 feet above the sea, affords a magnificent view of the blue Aegean and distant islands. Even today, many cruise ships passing Sounion still pay their respects to Poseidon by lowering the ensign, blasting the ship's whistle, and pouring a libation over the ship's side.
On your way to Athens, you will stop at a leading Greek taverna for lunch.
Then, continue to the natural fortress of the Acropolis, which rises from the city. Its symbolic ruins have survived for 25 centuries and have remained a part of the Greek culture for the entire world to appreciate. Pass Hadrian's Arch, indicating the border between the Greek and the Roman cities in ancient times. You will pass the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which took 700 years to complete, Constitution Square, the Presidential Palace and the all-marble Olympic stadium built in 1896.
This tour involves considerable walking with an uphill climb to the Acropolis. The marble steps are slippery, especially when it rains. Wear comfortable non-skid walking shoes. Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen. Expect dense crowding. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.