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  • Location: Santorini, Greece
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
Venture around the ancient ruins of Akrotiri on a walking tour, and then spend the afternoon sipping crisp Santorini wine during visits to three island wineries! This must-do half-day tour offers an exciting insight into the island’s unsung history and winemaking heritage. From a professional guide, hear tales of Akrotiri’s links to the mythical city of Atlantis, learn about ancient and modern-day winemaking on the island and taste 12 different types of Santorini wine.

Numbers are limited to eight on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.

Highlights

  • 5.5-hour small-group tour of Akrotiri and three Santorini wineries with a professional guide
  • Explore the excavations of Akrotiri, a Minoan city that lay buried for centuries after a volcanic eruption
  • Hear of Akrotiri's links to Plato's Atlantis, an ancient city that was said to have disappeared after the Greek gods were angered
  • Explore three traditional island wineries and enjoy a platter of local delicacies alongside wine samples
  • Try up to 12 varietals of Santorini wine including nykteri and assyrtiko
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures personalized attention

What You Can Expect

Ancient Akrotiri and Santorini Wineries Tour

Visit the ancient ruins of Akrotiri and learn about their history from your guide

Start your day with a hotel pickup and travel to the archeological site at Akrotiri, an ancient city that was frozen in time after a volcanic eruption some 3,600 years ago. Head inside with your guide — an expert in archeology — and learn about the Minoan city before the catastrophic event occurred. Many speculate that the site is actually Atlantis, a mythical city described by the Greek philosopher Plato as being a prosperous land that disappeared without trace after the Gods were angered.

Gaze in awe at the ruins of multistoried buildings that date back to the 16th century, and admire the intricately designed drainage system that hints at a talented civilization more advanced than its time. Frescoes and fascinating ceramic artifacts are just a few of the finds that add even more intrigue to the site as you wander around.

Evidence of the island’s winemaking heritage has been uncovered at Akrotiri and, after learning about the processes used in bygone days, leave the attraction and set off to discover how Santorini wine is made today.

Producing some of the most distinctive wine in the Mediterranean, the island owes its success largely to aspa, a blend of volcanic soil that gives the wine its rich minerality and light flavor. Grapes are grown in baskets close to the ground rather than on trellises, allowing much-needed moisture from the island’s minimal rainfalls to be retained.

Visit three of the island’s traditional wineries, and enjoy cellar tours of each one to see how the winemaking process unfolds, from harvesting the grapes to bottling and maturing the wine. Take a walk around one of the volcanic vineyards to see the grapes growing in the unforgiving island conditions and, of course, try glasses of Santorini wine galore – up to 12 samples in total!

Try popular varietals such as assyrtiko, nykteri and the rich vinsanto, and enjoy a platter of local delicacies including cheese, salami, bread and olives to complement and balance out the flavors of the wine. After learning about wine and history, finish your experience with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

We went on the Ruins and Wine tour. We enjoyed it more than the tour we went on in Italy last year, which says much in few words. Great wine, great people, fun and educational!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Great tour, well organized and very informative. The wines are all wonderful, and it was interesting to find out how they are made. A nice perk to have stopped at the only brewery on the island as part of the trip as well.

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