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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.


  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Ancient Akrotiri and Santorini Wineries Tour

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

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

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.


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

Nicole G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was amazing!! We learned so much on the history of the ancient akrotiri ruins and in addition became wine connoisseurs. I definitely recommend doing this tour. Excellent for history and wine lovers!!

Vipunjit K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Best tour ever! The trip to Ancient Akrotiri was amazing, thanks to wonderful Kate - our guide for the site. She is knowledgable and we never wanted the visit to end. An additional 30 minutes for this part would be fantastic. Our winery guide, Ilias, is hospitable and made every minute worthwhile.

michael s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

So good, couldnt recommend highly enough. we learnt so much!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a great way to see much of the island without having to rent a car and deal with driving and traffic. Our guides were great and it was a nice mix of activities.

Betty A V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was amazing! 14 different wines in 3 wineries. 4 beers at the brewery. Lots of fun!

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