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Ancient Akrotiri Tours

In 1967, archaeologists uncovered the spectacularly well-preserved remains of an ancient Bronze Age Minoan village at Ancient Akrotiri, destroyed by a mighty volcanic eruption in around 1650 BC.

The most famous Minoan site outside Crete, the sandstone remains of Akrotiri’s buildings reach several stories. Their door and window lintels are spookily intact, along with stone walls and porticoes, courtyards and rooms. As at Pompeii, the buildings were preserved  by the volcanic ash. Fortunately, unlike Pompeii, it appears that the villagers were safely evacuated, as no skeletons have been unearthed during the excavation.

The excavation site has been closed for several years, though restoration is continuing. To get an idea of what lies beneath, visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, where gorgeous frescos of boats, fishers, wildlife and everyday people from several millennia ago are displayed. You can also see personal artifacts like pottery and furniture.

Practical Info

The ancient site of Akrotiri lies southeast of the modern-day village of the same name, on the island’s curly-toed southern tip.

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Classical Santorini Tour on Electric Bike, Santorini, null
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Classical Santorini Tour on Electric Bike

This is a vivid 3-hour trek to the city’s coast with beaches and fabulous spots. Discover the hidden coffee place in the old Castelli city of Emporio. Visit ...  Read more

Location: Perissa, Greece
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.79
Santorini Full-Day Sightseeing Tour, Santorini, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Santorini Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 217 Reviews

A full day sightseeing tour visiting almost the whole island, including the most significant places of Santorini. The excavations of Akrotiri with professional ...  Read more

Location: Fira, Greece
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.59
Private Custom Tour: Santorini in a Day, Santorini, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Custom Tour: Santorini in a Day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 136 Reviews

See the Santorini of your dreams on this private, 5-hour or 8-hour tour with a local driver-guide. Customized entirely to your interests, your itinerary is ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: Flexible

From USD $57.66
Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia, Santorini, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Explore Santorini island on this full-day tour by bus to the most famous and attractive places on the island such as Oia, Red Beach and the Akrotiri ...  Read more

Location: Thera, Greece
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.20
Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour, Santorini, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

See the attractions of Santorini on a private sightseeing tour with a driver-guide who introduces you to the island's natural, cultural, and culinary ...  Read more

Location: Thira, Greece
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.72
Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini, Santorini, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini

4.5 star rating: Recommended 63 Reviews

Take a break from Santorini’s beaches and discover Minoan excavations, the island’s ancient capital and the famous Oia sunset on a full-day tour! With a ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $84.56
Ancient Akrotiri and Santorini Wineries Tour, Santorini, Day Trips
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Ancient Akrotiri and Santorini Wineries Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 Reviews

Discover the ancient ruins of Akrotiri, sip Santorini wine at three wineries on this 6-hour Santorini tour! Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, learn about ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $172.98
Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Santorini, Santorini, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Santorini

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Among Greece’s most beautiful islands, splendid Santorini begs to be discovered. On this 5-hour, private tour of the island, visit its most essential ...  Read more

Location: Thera, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.34
6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience, Santorini, Private Sightseeing Tours
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6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

See Santorini's top sights on a 6-hour private tour that includes travel by sprinter minibus. View Santorini Caldera, Akrotiri, Red Beach, Emborio, Prophet ...  Read more

Location: Thera, Greece
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.17
Explore Akrotiri and Oia Private Tour, Santorini, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Explore Akrotiri and Oia Private Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This tour combines the highlights of the island. Start with the northern part of the island and the picturesque village of Oia, built on the edge of the cliff. ...  Read more

Location: Thera, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $311.36

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