444 B.C., Sounion, Greece --- Temple of Poseidon --- Image by © Free Agents Limited/CORBISOn Friday, this private tour (with a professional guide) will take you along the magnificent coast road by coach (1.5 hours) to Cape Sounion, the southernmost tip of the Attic peninsula in Greece. It is noted as the site of ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The ruins bear the deeply engraved name of English Romantic poet Lord Byron.

According to Greek Mythology, 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.

If the weather’s good (and it’s likely to be good), there’s a beach at the foot of the hill, so a nice relaxing beach day can be had.

Cost: €45 plus €6 entry to the Temple of Poseidon.