Ancient Akrotiri Tours

Akrotiri came to an abrupt end in approximately 1613 BC with a catastrophic volcanic eruption that buried the Bronze Age settlement in a carpet of ash. Beginning in 1967, excavations of the Minoan town revealed buildings, drainage systems, and pottery, but no human remains or gold valuables, indicating locals had time to flee before disaster hit.

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. 

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. 

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.

When to Get There 
Ancient 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. 

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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Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia

Enjoy a day of discovery on Santorini island with this tour from Fira. With an itinerary that covers all the must-see sights, the tour lets you find your own favorite spots on the island. Visit the volcanic Red Beach, Akrotiri Archaeological Site, a winery, the Mt. Profitis Ilias summit, and then finish on a high note as you watch the sun slip into the sea from Oia village. A tasting of Santorini’s distinctive wine is included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour

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 delights. You can visit locations like hillside villages and volcanic beaches, or customize your itinerary to check out specific places that interest you. Any food, drinks, activities, and entrance fees are at your own expense.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Custom Tour: Santorini in a Day

Explore beautiful Santorini the way you wish on a 4.5-hour private tour with a private driver-guide. Traveling by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, make the most of the custom itinerary and let your guide know what you want to see and do. Perhaps visit highlights such as the village of Oia, famous for its stupendous sunsets; the Minoan ruins at Akrotiri, a traditional winery, or simply relax on a black sand beach. Ask your guide for insider tips on off-the-beaten-track gems, and upgrade to an 8-hour tour to explore the island fully.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Explore Akrotiri Private Tour

Step back nearly 4,000 years on a private 3-hour tour of ancient Akrotiri on Santorini. With a knowledgeable private guide, explore the well-preserved ruins of this one-time Minoan settlement, destroyed by a volcano in around 1450 BC. Inspect the excavated houses and buildings, see the remnants of kitchens and drainage systems, and hear about the vivid frescoes that once graced the walls. Learn about the long-ago inhabitants, how their town was buried under ash, and how Minoan society and culture was far ahead of mainland European civilization at the time.
  • Duration: 150 to 180 mins
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  • Duration: 150 to 180 mins
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Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Oia, Fira and the Akrotiri Excavation

Discover beautiful Santorini — from the bustling capital of Fira to postcard-perfect Oia — on this private, half-day shore excursion. Meet your guide and private vehicle off of your cruise ship at Fira port, and then set off to explore the sun-kissed Greek isle. See the ruins of one of the region’s most important prehistoric settlements at Akrotiri; be wowed by views of the caldera and the Aegean Sea; and enjoy ample free time to explore both Oia and Fira.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Explore Akrotiri and Oia Private Tour

Get more out of your time in Santorini by going on a private tour of the island. You’ll save hours researching highlights by having a full itinerary organized for you, and you won’t have to book transport as pickup and drop-off is included. See the picturesque village of Oia, drive through the main town of Fira, and visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Explore Akrotiri Historical Tour

Explore the ancient city of Akrotiri on a custom tour with a personal guide. After convenient hotel, airport or cruise port pickup, travel by private vehicle to Akrotiri, a Bronze Age settlement buried in ash nearly 4,000 years ago in a volcanic eruption. Get an intimate view of ancient Greek life as you stroll past well-preserved frescoes, building complexes, and remarkably advanced infrastructure systems.
  • Duration: 150 to 180 mins
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  • Duration: 150 to 180 mins
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Santorini Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Spend a full day discovering Santorini’s ancient history, local culture, and famous views on this great-value highlights tour. Explore the Minoan archaeological site at Akrotiri, swim at the black-sand Perissa Beach, and observe traditional island life in the village of Megalochori. You’ll also take in panoramic views from Prophet Elias Monastery, sip volcanic varietals at a winery, and finish the day with an unforgettable sunset from Oia village.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Half or Full Day Private Custom Santorini Island Tour

Experience Santorini like a local on this private island tour and maximize your time with a custom-made itinerary and a choice of four different tour lengths. Perhaps experience island life with a visit to villages such as Oia, Imerovigli, and Firostefani; admire the views from Profitis Ilias;
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hrs
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  • Duration: 4 to 6 hrs
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Santorini

Get personalized attention and a customized experience on this 5-hour private tour of Santorini. Travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle directly from your hotel or the airport to visit the island's highlights, including the Red Beach, Oia, and a local winery.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini

See an idyllic Oia sunset from the Kastro  — the Venetian castle ruins atop Santorini. Take a break from Santorini’s beaches as a professional guide whisks you away for the day. You'll discover the archaeological site at Akrotiri (admission at own expense) and learn the significance of these Minoan excavations as you stroll along its main street. Then enjoy free time to explore Santorini’s beautiful village Emporeio, before watching the sun descend over the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Santorini Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

Get under the skin of Santorini on a private day trip, and experience its prettiest places and historical must-sees. As your guide chauffeurs you by comfortable, air-conditioned minivan, learn about the island’s history and culture, and explore the Minoan-era ruins at Akrotiri, the old capital of Pyrgos and Red Beach. Enjoy an optional lunch (own expense), check out the mountaintop Prophet Ilias monastery, and visit a winery to taste delicious Santorinian wines. Conclude at the cliffside village of Oia to enjoy its jaw-dropping views over the caldera.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Ancient Akrotiri and Santorini Wineries Tour

Dip into ancient ruins, volcanic wines on this variety-packed 6-hour tour of Santorini. With an expert guide, venture to the Akrotiri Santorini archaeological site to explore the semi-crumbled buildings and relics buried here by volcanic ash 3,600 years ago. Then, visit three traditional wineries and taste a total of 12 varietals, all defined by the island’s mineral-rich soils. This tour is limited to eight to ensure a small-group, personalized experience.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience

Succumb to Santorini’s charms on a private 6-hour trip to see its highlights. Traveling by luxury, air-conditioned minivan with an expert guide, learn about Santorini’s history and culture as you explore. Stop at Red Beach, explore the windmill-dotted village of Emborio, view the Minoan ruins at Akrotiri and more. Later, amble around the old capital of Pyrgos, enjoy a wine tasting against a sparkling backdrop of the caldera and Aegean Sea, and conclude with free time in Oia, combining it with breathtaking sunset views if you’re on an afternoon tour.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Half Day Tour of Santorini's South Side

Delve into beautiful south Santorini on a 5-hour private tour, with a personal guide and driver. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, venture into the island’s south to experience its epic scenery, archaeological relics, villages and delicious wine. Visit the Minoan site at Akrotiri, the remnants of a town dating from 1450 BC; see the rust-colored cliffs of Red Beach, and admire windmills, ruined castles and the mountaintop Monastery of the Prophet Ilias. Learn about Santorini’s history and culture on route, and end by tasting some delicious local wines at a winery.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Santorini Private Tour

Get a personalized exploration of Santorini on this private guided tour. Depart from your hotel, port, or airport and travel in a private vehicle with your guide. Visit places that can include Prophet Elias Mountain, the Akrotiri Excavations, Red Beach, the black sand beach at Perivolos, Oia, and more. Sample local products at a winery and shop for souvenirs.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Morning Caldera Sailing Cruise

Spend the morning swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing on this 5-hour cruise from Santorini. Marvel at the volcanic landscapes at you cruise around the caldera, spot natural landmarks like The Indian and Nea Kameni island, and dive in to swim at Mesa Pigadia beach and Red beach. Along the way, cruise past Akrotiri lighthouse and Aspronisi island, take a dip in the volcanic hot springs, and tuck into a delicious BBQ lunch (included) on-board.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Half-Day Santorini South Coast and Akrotiri Tour from Fira

Take in the highlights of Santorini’s southern shore on this half-day tour from Fira. Visit the Monastery of Prophet Elias and the traditional village of Megalochori; stroll the black sand beach of Perivolos; and explore the Minoan archaeological site of Akrotiri.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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4-day Romantic Santorini Package with Akrotiri, Wine Tasting, and Sunset Cruise

Experience Santorini’s romantic side with this personalized 4-day package tailor-made for couples. Ensure an unforgettable honeymoon or vacation with round-trip airport transfers, a private island sightseeing tour, a day trip to Akrotiri including wine tasting, and a sunset dinner cruise.
  • Duration: 4 days
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  • Duration: 4 days
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Private Santorini History and Wine Tasting Tour

Discover Santorini’s ancient history and winemaking traditions on a private 5-hour tour. With a knowledgeable guide, tour the ruins at Akrotiri, where excavations have revealed a Minoan town destroyed by volcanic ash some 3,600 years ago. See the ingenious drainage system and remains of 3-storied houses, and discover evidence of winemaking, early proof of the island’s still-thriving viticulture. Continue on the wine trail to visit three of Santorini’s top wineries. See their unique vine-growing baskets, learn about the winemaking processes, and taste a selection of 12 Santorinian and Greek wines.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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