You will be met at the port to begin your tour. Take a scenic drive along the Saronic Gulf to Cape Sounion, passing the walls of Themistocles and the summer resort of Varkiza on the way.
At Cape Sounion, visit the 5th-century BCE Temple of Poseidon, an impressive temple commanding the highest point of the headland, 197 feet above the sea. Enjoy magnificent views of the blue Aegean and the distant islands. Many cruise ships passing Cape Sounion today still pay their respects to Poseidon by lowering the ensign or blasting the ship’s horn.
Return to Athens and the heart of the city, Syntagma (Constitution) Square.
At the top of the square stands the Parliament Building, formerly the royal palace, where guards in their traditional costumes keep watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Drive past the Panathenaic Stadium and the National Gardens. Travel along University Street with its impressive neo-classical buildings.
Continue to the Acropolis, or “High City,” a true testament to the Golden Age of Greece, that magical period at the height of Pericles’ influence (461- 429 BCE), when the intellectual and artistic life of Athens flowered. Seeing the ruins of the Parthenon, one of the archetypal images of western culture, is a revelation, yet utterly familiar. The modern path makes a zigzagging ascent through the Beule Gate to legendary attractions such as the Propylaia, Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and the Parthenon.
After your Acropolis tour, you will be transferred to the port to join your cruise ship.