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

Highlights

  • 6-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
  • Visit three traditional 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

Greece ruins at Akrotiri

Begin your experience with a pickup from your Santorini hotel. Meet your friendly guide, hop aboard your comfortable, air-conditioned minivan with the rest of your small group, and set out on your 6-hour tour.

Make your first stop at the fascinating archaeological site of Akrotiri, an ancient Minoan Bronze Age settlement that was destroyed and buried by a major volcanic eruption some 3,600 years ago. 

Stroll around the semi-crumbled, multi-storied buildings with your archaeology-expert guide, and view the frescoes, pottery  and other relics as you hear how life would have been here aeons ago. Of particular interest is the ingenious drainage system that testifies to the sophistication of the engineers of the time. Many speculate that this timeworn site is home to the remains of Atlantis, a mythical city that was described by Greek philosopher Plato.
 
Santorini’s long history of winemaking is evidenced in some of Akrotiri’s remains, providing the perfect cue for your next round of visits — to three of the island’s traditional wineries.

Admire the views of the vineyards as you travel to each of the wineries, and taste a total of 12 wines across your three visits. Wines have been made on the island for more than 4,000 years, and are renowned for their delightful crispness and high acidity, both resulting from Santorini's aspa — the island’s unique, volcanic soil.

Enjoy a cellar tour at each winery and learn about the different winemaking processes. Hear how the grapes are grown in baskets near the ground rather than on trellises to capture maximum moisture from the island’s minimal rainfall.

 Your 12 tasting wines will include favored varietals such as nykteri, vinsanto and assyrtiko and be paired with local goodies such as olives, salami, cheese and breads to balance out their tastes. 

Finally, end your tour with a drop-off back at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

James D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

wonderful experience, picked up the hotel, visited 3 wineries for a tasting with a small group of total of 8 people.
Tasting included cheese and meat plates at every tasting. Great guide, overall a great value and worthwhile experience. Highly recommend.

Peggy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Katie, our guide at Akrotiri, was very knowledgeable and her English was very good. Stephano, our wine guide, has an impressive knowledge of Santorini wines and how different soils change the taste of the wines. His food pairings complemented the varietals perfectly.

aaaphoenix

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

We absolutely loved this tour. We were picked up on time from our hotel and driven to the Ancient Akrotiri ruins. We were greeted by a very informed tour guide who has been doing this for 30 years. She was terrific. Although the tour said there could be up to 8 people, we were alone and received focused attention. it was outstanding. Then we were picked up by van by a wine expert and joined two other couples. We all got along very well and the three wineries we visited were outstanding. One was better than the next and the explanation of the various wines was great. To top it off we made new friends. Ive gone on several viator tours and this is among the best!

Marissa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Ancient Akrotiri tour was great and educational. We love history so we did enjoy a lot. The wine tour was also fantastic, our guide Ivan is very knowleageable about wines, we learned a lot from him. Santorini tour groups were professional and they really care about their customers.

James H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Good tour!

Sharron N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Amazing. Both Katie and Michael are experts in their field and enormously engaging people to spend time with.

Patti M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was amazing! Highlight was absolutely Akrotiri. Our guide was so knowledgeable and really brought the archaeological significance alive for us. Wine tour was also fantastic - extremely knowledgeable guide, delicious wines, and a really decent amount of food included. Highly recommended!

Jim S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I would rate this as a must do activity on Thira. The ancient ruins were very interesting but the wine tasting part of the tour was great fun. The wine was good but our guide Michael was great! He was very knowledgeable about wine don't know why he's not in the business somewhere, and he made it a fun learning experience. And did I mention we drank some very good wine! The Galavas wines were the best. This is a Thira must-do!

Karen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Pick up prompt and convenient, the transport very comfortable. The guides for Akrotiri and wineries were extremely well informed could not have asked for better. We learnt so much about the Bronze age ruins and so much about the qualities of wine we were very happy.

amberrish

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fantastic, one of the best wine tours I have been on. The sommelier was very informative and charming

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