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Ancient Akrotiri

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

A vivid excursion at city’s coast with beaches and fabulous spots. Discover the “Hidden” coffee place in the old Castelli city of Emporio Visit the Winery for ...  Read more

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

From USD $114.26
Private Custom Tour: Santorini in a Day, Santorini, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Private Custom Tour: Santorini in a Day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 270 Reviews

See the Santorini of your dreams on this private, 4.5-hour or 8-hour tour with a local driver-guide. Customized entirely to your interests, your itinerary is ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: Between 5 and 8 hours (depending on selected option)

From USD $57.13
Santorini Full Day Sightseeing Tour, Santorini, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Santorini Full Day Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 222 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 $49.13
Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini, Santorini, Full-day Tours
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Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini

4.5 star rating: Recommended 136 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! ...  Read more

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

From USD $83.79
Ancient Akrotiri and Santorini Wineries Tour, Santorini, Day Trips
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Ancient Akrotiri and Santorini Wineries Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 192 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 $159.97
6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience, Santorini, Historical & Heritage Tours
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6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 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 $107.12
Explore Akrotiri Private Tour, Santorini, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Explore Akrotiri Private Tour

Discover the remains of a prehistoric city,that remained buried for almost 4000 years,it gives us unique and valuable information about the art,the ...  Read more

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

From USD $245.67
Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour 5-hours, Santorini, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour 5-hours

Experience Santorini, see all the most important sightseeing on a customizable private tour, with an expert driver-guide for an unforgettable experience to ...  Read more

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

From USD $97.12
Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour 7-hours, Santorini, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour 7-hours

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Experience Santorini, see all the most important sightseeing on a customizable private tour, with an expert driver-guide for an unforgettable experience to ...  Read more

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

From USD $479.91
Private Santorini History and Wine Tasting Tour, Santorini, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Santorini History and Wine Tasting Tour

Explore the myths and legends of Santorini on a 5 hour History and Wine Tasting Tour of the Akrotiri excavations, one of the most important prehistoric ...  Read more

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

From USD $114.26

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