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Santorini: Akrotiri Prehistoric City Guided Walking Tour

1. Santorini: Akrotiri Prehistoric City Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide, a licensed archaeologist, at the entrance of Akrotiri Prehistoric City. Get assistance in buying the entry ticket and embark together with a group on a guided tour through Akrotiri Prehistoric City.  In the 16th century BC, a volcanic eruption destroyed all life on the island. Most of it collapsed beneath the waves and remained undiscovered until the excavations began in 1967, led by Professor Spyros Marintos. He uncovered the evidence of a city with houses, streets, squares and workshops, all of which had been covered under a thick blanket of pumice for almost 3,500 years.  Marvel at the well-preserved buildings and passageway in the excavated area. See the beautiful pottery, the roads, and squares of a city 3,500 years old. Explore the two and three-story houses, which were once decorated with wall paintings and get an insight into the ancient civilization of Santorini.  After the guided tour you are free to walk around the site at your own pace.

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Archaeological Bus Tour To Akrotiri Excavations & Red Beach

2. Archaeological Bus Tour To Akrotiri Excavations & Red Beach

Start with the breath-taking view at the Prophet Elias Monastery and visit the picturesque monastery. Then head to Megalochori village, an extremely charming traditional settlement, almost abandoned after a major earthquake. Your trip continues to Akrotiri Excavations, one of the most significant archaelogical sites in Greece that includes a vast structure, once inhabited by 200 families. The site was preserved, buried under the volcano’s lava. Then you will have free time at the Red Beach to simply enjoy the colorful formations of the mountain and/or visit Akrotiri Bay for coffee or lunch with Greek traditional mezedes and ouzo (not included in the price). Perivolos, with its black sandy beach, comes next. There you will have enough time to enjoy swimming, explore the area, and taste fresh cooked fishes at the local taverns. The last stop is one of the most popular wineries in Santorini, for a wine tasting experience.

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From Rethymno: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour

3. From Rethymno: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour

Depart from Rethymnon at around 8:30 AM, heading eastwards along the north coast. Pass the city of Heraklion and continue towards the inland of Crete until you reach the tour's highlight – your visit to the Palace of Knossos. This is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world, a cradle of European culture and the center of the Minoan civilization. You will be guided (for about 2 hours) through the fascinating story of the Minoan period and hear about both the Minotaur and Ariadne.  Afterwards the bus brings you to the heart of the capital city of Crete – Heraklion. There you have the chance to visit the archaeological museum, where you can see and learn about the Minoan period while accompanied by your guide. Finally you will have two hours of free time to enjoy the busy and lively city of Heraklion, have Cretan lunch and drink raki. Time will pass before you know it, and at around 6:00 PM the bus will depart on its return journey to Rethymnon.

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Akrotiri: 1.5-Hour Private Guided Tour in Prehistoric City

4. Akrotiri: 1.5-Hour Private Guided Tour in Prehistoric City

Tour through Akrotiri, a settlement on Santorini that was covered in ash in 1500 BC, on a 2-hour guided tour. During your tour, follow your guide through the city to see how it was organized. Hear about the tragic events that buried the city after a volcanic eruption, and learn why this contributed to it being well-preserved. Discover the way people lived 4,000 years ago as you stroll past private houses and public buildings and observe signs of a sophisticated infrastructure. You will also see some of the famous artwork, including pottery, furniture, and frescoes from the time, and find out about the other works stored at a nearby museum.

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Santorini: Akrotiri Prehistoric City Audio Tour

5. Santorini: Akrotiri Prehistoric City Audio Tour

At your own pace, explore one of the most significant archaeological sites in Greece on a self-guided audio tour. Experience the Akrotiri Prehistoric city with an engaging and informative self-guided audio tour designed by experts. Uncover the great insights into the most iconic landmark of Santorini by a downloadable audio guide on your smartphone. Begin your tour from the sheltered site and listen to the fascinating stories about the discovery of Akrotiri. On this engrossing journey, learn about the rise and fall of one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the world. Hear the tales based on an award-winning storytelling concept with an audio tour. Continue to explore the Akrotiri Excavations and unwrap the valuable insights into the history immerse yourself in the surroundings in an entirely innovative way. See the magnificent three-storeyed building Xeste 4, the square of the double horns, and many Akrotiri Sculptures. Explore Akrotiri at your own pace with an engaging and informative audio guide.

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Santorini: Private Group Sightseeing Tour

6. Santorini: Private Group Sightseeing Tour

After being collected from your accommodation you will make your way to the archaeological museum and ancient excavations in Akrotiri. There you will learn about life before and after the Santorini volcano eruption on the island of Thira. Following that you will experience the popular Red Beach, where you'll have enough time for swimming and relaxing, and can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the divine landscape. A few meters below there is the different landscape of Black Beach, where you can swim some more and take photos. Pyrgos is your next stop. Its paved and narrow pathways hidden between many old traditional stone houses give you the sense that you are walking in an ancient town labyrinth. This village is located at the highest point of the island and just a few meters below the Monastery of Prophet Elias, which has been standing since 1711. Next, experience wine tasting in an area where the unique grapes have been voted many times as one of the better varieties from around the world. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the most exquisite and tasteful wine flavors such as Visanto, Nychteri, and Assyrtiko. The traditional settlement of Firostefani is your next tour stop, where you can admire the magnificent views of the breathtaking caldera of Santorini. You'll also have the opportunity to see the famous and frequently photographed “Blue Dome”, the old orthodox church covered by a blue dome. Your final stop is the cosmopolitan village of Oia, which is located on the northern edge of the island. Walking over the paved paths in this pure blue and white village is an extremely unique experience, and is bound to provide you with many photographic opportunities. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be driven back to your hotel in Santorini.

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Santorini: Akrotiri Guided Tour, Motorboat Cruise, & Lunch

7. Santorini: Akrotiri Guided Tour, Motorboat Cruise, & Lunch

You will be picked up by private car or minivan and taken to the archeological site. Akrotiri is a fantastically preserved prehistoric city that remained buried under volcanic material for almost 4000 years! You will have the chance to walk around the preserved buildings and see details such as doors, windows, stairs, and paved streets. You will then be taken to the little port of Vlihada by car or minivan, where the motorboat will be waiting. Together with the experienced captain and crew, you will have the chance to explore the unique volcanic beaches of the island, sail around the caldera and the volcano and have lunch in a traditional taverna in the nearby island of Thirasia, right across Santorini. The tour ends at the port and you will then be taken back to the meeting point.

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Private Group Visit to Akrotiri & 3 Wineries with Tastings

8. Private Group Visit to Akrotiri & 3 Wineries with Tastings

Uncover the fascinating past of Santorini on a 5-hour guided tour. Explore the excavations at Akrotiri, a prehistoric Bronze Age city. During the Minoan volcanic eruption some 3,600 years ago the city was frozen in time by volcanic ash. On this tour that’s priced for a group of up to 4 persons, you will admire the elaborate drainage system, the sophisticated multi-storied buildings, magnificent wall paintings, and excavated furniture and vessels. Discover evidence of winemaking that has been estimated to date back to the 3rd millennium BC, making Santorini one of the oldest wine-making regions in the world. Visit 3 of the island’s wineries and learn about Santorini’s unique viticulture traditions. Taste a selection of 12 different wine styles from across Santorini and Greece – including Assyrtiko, Nykteri, and the sublimely sweet Vinsanto wine.

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Santorini: 5-Hour Private Panoramic Tour with Host

9. Santorini: 5-Hour Private Panoramic Tour with Host

Adapt the tour to your personal interests and preferences; the itinerary presented below is just a suggestion. Start by being picked up from the location of your choice. Make the first stop in Firostefani, well known for the famous blue dome church where you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the volcanic caldera. On your way to Oia, marvel at the characteristic architecture of the famous picturesque village. Visit the old Venetian castle, and explore its interior. Enjoy free time to stroll around the town and sip refreshments by the caldera. Next, head to Profitis Ilias which offers a unique 360° panoramic view of the island and is an ideal spot to take amazing photos. Visit the 300 years old monastery and taste some of the local delicacies and handmade products. After this, stop at Black Beach, a unique volcanic beach where you can swim, enjoy water sports, or have a delicious lunch overlooking the Aegean Sea. Continue on the to Akrotiri Archaeological Site located on the southern edge of the island. 

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Explore Akrotiri: Private Guided Tour with Hotel Pick-Up

10. Explore Akrotiri: Private Guided Tour with Hotel Pick-Up

Discover the remains of a prehistoric city that remained buried for almost four thousand years! Protected and preserved under a thick layer of volcanic material, it gives visitors some unique and valuable information about the art, architecture, and everyday life back in 2000 BC. In a time when most European neolithic communities lived in villages of timber houses or simple huts, the Mediterranean civilization was already literate. Walking within a 4000 year old perfectly preserved settlement, getting to understand how the society was organized and how people lived their lives, seeing the paved streets, and the remains of large 2-3 story building complexes, kitchen and toilette facilities, unique wall paintings and a perfect drainage – sewage system; is an experience surely not to be missed! Although the site itself is very well preserved, seeing it with a guide provides in-depth information, allowing the visitor to truly appreciate its importance. Your experienced and licensed guide will pick you up from your hotel and offer you a fully guided tour of the site, and an unforgettable trip into the past.

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What people are saying about Fira

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 507 reviews

This tour was not to long and not to short. The previous tour I’d done in another island lasted about 10 hours which was waaay to long. This was just under 7 hrs which was great because of the good blocks of time we Got to be on our own and hang out at the beaches. The tour guide was awesome, although I’ve unfortunately forgotten her name, she was enthusiastic, funny and sincere. She really seemed to care about her job and us. I appreciated that. And The value was good too. Great experience

Excellent experience that encompasses a bit of what you can do in Santorini, especially if you have little time.We visited the excavations, took a walk in Megalochori, took a photo of the red beach, a dip (for those who wanted, since was October) in Perivolos with lunch in a typical Greek tavern facing the sea and wine tasting in the cellar.All was accompanied by Tania, a fantastic guide and Niko, a very good driver.

Wonderful tour! Andrew was an excellent guide. Gave us great historical insight about the island and excellent info on the wines. We really enjoyed his company as well as our driver who went above and beyond to make an extra stop to personally buy us some Baklava when I mentioned my husband had been really wanting some. An overall excellent experience with wonderful people!

Great trip, well led by a lively tour guide and organised well.

The tourist guide is very jolly, professional and very active,