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Akrotiri

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The Basics

The historic highlight of Santorini, Ancient Akrotiri is often visited on islandwide sightseeing tours by bus, minivan, or private vehicle. While the settlement can be explored independently, it’s more rewarding to go with a guide who can provide some context to the ruins.

Some Santorini tours combine a guided visit to Akrotiri with trips to picturesque Greek towns and villages such as Oia, Pyrgos, Megalochori, and Emporio; free time for swimming and sunbathing at stretches such as Perissa Beach or Red Beach; and wine tastings.

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Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
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Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
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$43.46 per adult
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Great guide, smashing day exploring
Fantastic tour- Tanya was an incredible guide! (And took great photos!) A really fun day for me and my partner. Would recommend :)
Sam_W, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Santorini

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Great tour, knowledgeable guide.
Michael_N, May 2022
Explore Akrotiri Private Tour
We had great tour with a wonderful guide. Georgia was very informative, knowledgeable, and friendly. She was very efficient in her presentation, and answered all our questions. She kept the tour moving and it's very clear that she takes pride in the Akrotiri Archeological Site. We highly recommend her and the tour. We had a private family tour.
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Dimitris was a wonderful...
Netta_G, May 2022
Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations
Dimitris was a wonderful guide. We were thrilled with everything we saw. The archaeological site of Akrotiri was incredible.
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Ancient Santorini
James_L, Jun 2022
Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations
Great tour of the island. Lots of great history and enjoyed visiting the various castles in the historic archaeological site.
star-5
See 6000 year old preserved city
RobertR, May 2022
Akrotiri Excavations Guided Tour
Our guide Penny was very knowledgeable and spoke great English. Amazing civilization with advanced sanitation and construction.
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We enjoyed Akrotiri very...
Connie_F, May 2022
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
We enjoyed Akrotiri very much and learning about this ancient civilization. Weather was too cold to swim at Black Beach and I thought the walk down to Red Beach was very long and you cannot swim there. We were completely unaware of the stops at Monastery, Village, and winery as these were not mentioned in description and made the day quite long.
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Amazing and Varied Day
Michael_D, May 2022
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
The archeological site was breathtaking. It was amazing to see such an advanced civilization captured in time, from so long ago. Our guide, Tanya, was so knowledgeable and full of energy!
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Very happy
Alejandra_M, May 2022
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
I had trouble finding the pick up location, and didn’t make it on time but the host was very accommodating and we made something work. I’m happy with the experience
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Lovely tour
Marcy_E, May 2022
Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations
Had a wonderful tour with Michael who was kind, friendly and knowledgeable. Was very amenable to adding sites to our tour.
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Exotic and Beautiful Akrotiri with Private Guide
Pete_H, May 2021
Explore Akrotiri Private Tour
Tour guide Mariana explained many details of beautiful Akrotiri. You can certainly tour this site by yourself, however having the knowledgeable guide made it come alive for us. We were picked up from our hotel in Oia on time by a professional driver and followed a scenic route to Akrotiri. Highly recommended!
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Best tour EVER
NorthStar754149, Sep 2019
Half-Day Santorini South Coast and Akrotiri Tour from Fira
Tasha was not only knowledgeable, but truly excited by her subject. I was thrilled with some of the things I was able to see that I wouldn't have if I had been on my own. GO ON THIS TOUR.
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Great time!!
Ellen_M, Aug 2019
Half-Day Santorini South Coast and Akrotiri Tour from Fira
Tanya and Nikos were wonderful. I have MS and need a walker to get around. They were so accommodating, helpful and courteous to me and my disability. My sister and I loved Tanya's fun way of telling us about this beautiful area. She was so outgoing, amusing, knowledgeable and fun. Recommend this tour to all who want to have a great time in Santorini.
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This person tour with Elena was 5 🌟 ⭐ 🌟 ⭐ 🌟 for sure 👍
jeff_d, May 2022
Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations
Our personal tour guide Elena was amazing. She shared so many Greek history and traditions with us that we would have gotten from a generic tour group. She also took us to many parts of the city that had the most interesting history.. She told how the people made bridges from roof to roof to hide from pirates that would come to the islands. She personable, knowledgeable and engaging on all levels. We bumped into her in Santorini again the next day and it was like we saw an old friend..
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Nicknamed the Pompeii of the Aegean, Akrotiri is a must for ancient history buffs.

  • The excavations are covered by a protective ceiling structure, which provides shelter from the hot Santorini sun.

  • With level, wooden boardwalks overlooking the excavated site, Akrotiri is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Ancient Akrotiri is situated on the southern tip of Santorini, about 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) south of Fira. During the summer, local KTEL buses run several times daily from Fira to Akrotiri Beach.

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When to Get There

Akrotiri is busiest during the summer months (June through August). Get here early in the day to experience it at its quietest. Between November and March, take advantage of free entry to the site on the first Sunday of every month.

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Delve into Ancient Santorini

Visitors with an interest in the ancient history of the island will want to prioritize Ancient Thera, which showcases ruins dating from the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods. Several museums, including the Museum of Prehistoric Thera and the Archaeological Museum (both in Fira), display objects unearthed from Akrotiri and beyond, while the Santozeum Museum (also in Fira) features frescos from the Bronze Age site.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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