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Explore Sounion National Park by MTB

Spend a day near Athens in the footsteps of the sea god Poseidon

If you are visiting Athens or Attica for a few days and would like to spend some time in the wilderness with a dash of history, this discovery trip by mountain bike is a great choice for you! Not far from Athens is the scenic Sounion National Park. Between the mountains and the sea in the south of Attica, you can discover ancient silver and ore mines and enjoy some spectacular views.

There are no special technical requirements for this mountain bike tour, so anyone can take part even without advanced MTB skills. We transfer you from Athens to the starting point of the tour and from there we bike mostly downhill or over flat terrain.

Our family-friendly MTB ride ends at the famous Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, the southernmost point of mainland Greece. Built in the 5th century BC, the temple is a masterpiece of ancient architecture! Its unique location high up of the cape cliffs with its spectacular view of the glittering Aegean Sea makes it particularly enchanting. After visiting the temple, we bring you back to Athens.


Highlights

  • Mediterranean ecosystem: Explore the Sounion National Park!
  • Eternity in marble: Visit the Temple of Poseidon!
  • Ancient technology: Learn all about the ancient mines!


5 hrs
All year round
Easy
Athens
Athens
Persons: 2-7
Age: 13+

Included Activities

  • Guided MTB tour with certified guide
  • Insider insights into the natural wonders and World Heritage Site

Dates

This tour is available on any day throughout the year with a minimum of two participants. The start time of the tour is arranged with you after booking.


WHAT TO EXPECT
We meet at the Panathenaic Stadium (Kalimarmaro) in the centre of Athens at 9 am from where we take a transfer to the starting point of our bike tour at no extra cost. Upon arrival, you are given your rental bike as well as other necessary equipment, and we do a bike fitting together.

Afterwards, we start our 13 km / 8 mi. long bike tour, which leads downhill and over flat terrain. We ride along forest paths and quiet roads. Mighty Aleppo pines provide us with welcoming shade, and along the way, we pass some very impressive ancient mines.

So far, 260 different minerals have been found in the Sounion National Park, which explains the great interest that the ancient Greeks had in this area. Of course, we make several photo stops so that you can capture the beautiful landscape to treasure as a memory of your holiday in Greece.

The bike tour ends at the legendary Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, which juts out into the water 60 m / 197 ft. above the Aegean Sea. On a clear day, it is possible to see as far as 100 km / 60 mi. away. A truly spectacular place to build a temple. In ancient times, this temple was dedicated to the sea god Poseidon, the patron saint of sailors. Thousands of pilgrims came to appease the fierce god of the seas and ask for a safe voyage.

Entrance to the temple is included in the tour price. We have plenty of time to explore the temple. Afterwards, we transfer you back to Athens.

MTB

On our mountain bike tours, we only use high-quality hardtail MTBs. Standard features include front shocks, disc brakes, and enough gears to master steeper climbs.

When can I do this tour?
This tour is available on any day throughout the year with a minimum of two participants. The start time of the tour is arranged with you after booking.

What are the age requirements for this tour?
This tour is suitable for adults and young people aged 13+ who are in good physical condition.

What language is the tour conducted in?
The tour is conducted exclusively in English.

Are changes to the tour itinerary possible?
In the event of extreme weather conditions, we reserve the right to change the tour itinerary. If we cancel the tour altogether, you can either reschedule for another date free of charge or receive a full refund.

How difficult is this tour?
For this tour basic physical fitness is required, however, no special biking skills are necessary. Our experienced guide is always happy to offer advice on riding techniques during the tour.

Smart heads stay safe - Helmets are compulsory on our cycling tours!
Helmets are compulsory on our bike tours. If possible, please bring your own well-fitting helmet. If you do not have your own helmet with you, we will be happy to provide you with a rental helmet free of charge.

What should I pack for this tour?
We recommend bringing the following items with you for this tour:

– Active wear
– Trainers / sport shoes
– Windbreaker or rain jacket depending on weather conditions
– Sunglasses
– Sun cream

BASIC TOUR PRICE

120 € per person

Children up to 15 years receive a 5% discount on the basic tour price.

INCLUDED SERVICES

  • Rental bike & bike helmet
  • Transfers from/to Athens in comfortable van with safe and free WIFI
  • Guided bike tour through Sounion National Park
  • Mineral water & snacks
  • Local English-speaking certified MTB tour guide
  • Entrance to the Temple of Poseidon

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transfer to the starting point of the tour
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for tour guide and driver

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