Excursion to the ancient city of Akrotiri

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Excavation excursion in Santorini: entrance to the archaeological site of Akrotiri, Greece
The Archaeological Site and Ancient City of Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece
Excursion to Akrotiri excavation site, Santorini, Greece
Excursion to the ancient city of Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece
Model of the ancient city of Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece
Archaeological excavations in Santorini: the ancient city of Akrotiri
Excursion to the ancient city of Akrotiri: streets of the ancient settlement, Santorini, Greece
Remains of the ancient city of Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece
Excursion to the ancient city of Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece
Pithos at the excavation of the ancient city of Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece
Excavation finds at ancient Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece
Remains of houses and household utensils in the ancient city of Akrotiri, Santorini
Inside the houses of the ancient city of Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece
Ancient city of Akrotiri, archaeological excavations in Santorini, Greece
Archaeological excavations in Santorini: the ancient city of Akrotiri
Photos of objects found in the ancient city of Akrotiri, Santorini

Excursion details

Do you like archaeology and history? Then you’ll love this trip! The excursion to the ancient city of Akrotiri is a trip to one of the most important settlements of the Minoan period, surprisingly well preserved after the massive eruption of the Santorini volcano. The settlement of Akrotiri was buried under volcanic ash in the 17th century BC, but ironically it is the volcanic ash that has allowed the town to survive to the present day.

On this tour you will visit the ruins of the ancient city of Akrotiri and get to know the most important sights of the city:

  • Mylonos Square;
  • Telchinon street;
  • House of the Anchor;
  • Cenotaph square.

With a licensed guide, you will take a walk through a well preserved prehistoric city. Literally – you will walk through the streets of one of the oldest cities in Europe and see the multi-storey residential and craft buildings, get to know the organisation of the ancient city, streets, squares, the system of water pipes that ran under the pavements – all this is more than three and a half thousand years old!

The city, which existed during the heyday of the Minoan civilisation, was practically preserved under the ashes and as a result, in addition to the buildings within it, unique artefacts have survived – a variety of household items, tools and works of art.


Price of the excursion to the ancient city of Akrotiri

In 2024 the price of the excursion to the ancient city of Akrotiri is:

  • Adults (from 13 years old) – from 60 euro;
  • Children (from 5 to 12 years old) – from 30 euro;
  • Insfants (from 0 to 4 years old) – free of charge, sitting on their parents laps.

Prices may be lower in low season, on certain days with discounts, if you book early or for a large group.

  • Transfer by bus from the hotel or the nearest pickup point and back;
  • English speaking guide during the tour.

  • Entrance fee to the prehistoric city of Akrotiri – 12 euro (children and young people up to 25 years – free of charge). If you are planning to visit the museum of Fira on your own later on, it is recommended to take a combined ticket valid for three days – it will be cheaper (14 euros) than buying two tickets separately.

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Excursion to the ancient city of Akrotiri is available for online booking (see “How to book excursions in Santorini”).


Days of excursion to the ancient city of Akrotiri

In 2024 excursion to the ancient city of Akrotiri runs from 01/05 to 31/10. Available days – Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Please note that the tour schedule is subject to change. Changes are extremely rare and usually associated with weather conditions on the island or in the sea. For example, it can be a strong wind, thunderstorm, rain or other force majeure situations. We always try to inform in advance about all changes.


Important details

Please read Cancellation and Refund policy.

In case there are less than 24 hours left before the trip, please book only after agreeing with the manager on availability.

You will receive your tickets by email or WhatsApp – whichever is more convenient for you.

Please keep all documents and tickets until the end of the trip!

It depends on the location of your hotel or villa. Some cities of Santorini are famous for their narrow streets, which are not so easy to walk even on foot. So in some cases you will need to walk to the main road, some nearest square or parking place, where a car or a tour bus can pick you up. If your hotel has good road access, then the transfer will be able to pick you up directly from the hotel.

After placing an order, you will receive detailed information about the place and time of the meeting, as well as all the necessary documents. Please read them carefully beforehand.

Santorini has a lot of sun and almost no shade during the spring and summer. You will definitely need some sun protection: sunscreen, glasses, hat and so on. If there is a possibility of nausea in transport, then we recommend taking the appropriate pills. You may want to buy something during your trip or to have lunch in one of the taverns, so consider taking some cash with you for these extra expenses.

Not at all, the walk through the ruins is calm and unhurried. The total length of the route is about one kilometre.

There are no limitations, but we do not recommend that you bring very young children as the tour material may be too complicated for them and they are likely to get bored.

The tour starts between 10:00 and 11:00. This will allow you to have breakfast at your hotel.

The tour ends around 13:30, so you can have lunch at the hotel or tavern after the tour.

Yes, you will be accompanied by a professional English-speaking guide.

The main language of the tour is English.


Schedule

  • Monday
  • Wednesday
  • Saturday

The following is an approximate schedule. The exact time will be specified in the information provided with your order.

Tour schedule
10:00 - 11:00Departure from the hotel
11:30 - 13:00A guided tour of the ancient city of Akrotiri
13:00 - 14:00Returning to hotels
Duration and travel time
Up to 1 hourTransfer by bus from the hotels
1 hour and 30 minutesExcursion program to the ancient city of Akrotiri
Up to 1 hourTransfer by bus to the hotels

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