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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.

Tours & Tickets

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Classical Santorini Tour on Electric Bike, Santorini, null
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Classical Santorini Tour on Electric Bike

This is a vivid 3-hour trek to the city’s coast with beaches and fabulous spots. Discover the hidden coffee place in the old Castelli city of Emporio. Visit ...  Read more

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

From USD $107.00
Santorini Full-Day Sightseeing Tour, Santorini, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Santorini Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 225 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 $51.12
Private Custom Tour: Santorini in a Day, Santorini, Full-day Tours
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Private Custom Tour: Santorini in a Day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 138 Reviews

See the Santorini of your dreams on this private, 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: Flexible

From USD $59.44
Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia, Santorini, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Explore Santorini island on this full-day tour by bus to the most famous and attractive places on the island such as Oia, Red Beach and the Akrotiri ...  Read more

Location: Thera, Greece
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.88
Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour, Santorini, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour

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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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $98.67
Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini, Santorini, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini

4.5 star rating: Recommended 63 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! With a ...  Read more

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

From USD $87.18
6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience, Santorini, Day Trips
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6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience

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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 $117.70
Ancient Akrotiri and Santorini Wineries Tour, Santorini, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Ancient Akrotiri and Santorini Wineries Tour

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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 $178.33
Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Santorini, Santorini, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Santorini

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Among Greece’s most beautiful islands, splendid Santorini begs to be discovered. On this 5-hour, private tour of the island, visit its most essential ...  Read more

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

From USD $87.97
Explore Akrotiri Private Tour, Santorini, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Explore Akrotiri Private Tour

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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: 150 to 180 mins

From USD $255.60

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