Thira (Santorini), Greece
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Approximately 6 Hours
Meals not included
Combine two of Santorini's most important sites on a relaxing, leisurely day out in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. The dramatic landscape was formed in 1650 BC when a monstrous volcanic eruption rocked Santorini, creating its dramatic caldera and two small islands, and destroying the Minoan civilization on Crete --more than 70 miles away.
Remnants of a Bronze Age civilization can be found at your first stop -- the ancient site of Akrotiri. Unearthed in 1967, Akrotiri is remarkably preserved and offers great insight into the island's ancient history. Your knowledgeable guide will escort you, and will reveal that archaeologists have discovered sophisticated multi-level buildings with elaborate plumbing systems and an array of pottery, clay vessels, furniture, and home furnishings from this once prosperous seaside village.
A panoramic drive leads to the picturesque village of Oia. Pronounced 'eee-ah', the village is perched high atop the cliffs of Santorini's northern end. Known for its quiet beauty and spectacular sunsets, this spot boasts superlative views of neighboring volcanoes. Stroll through the narrow, cobblestone lanes to view the brilliantly whitewashed buildings, shops, sunbaked cafés and blue-domed churches. The natural beauty and tranquility of Oia's landscape has inspired artists from around the world, and numerous galleries can be found in the area. Enjoy free time to explore one of the most photographed locations in the world. Dine (at your own expense) or shop here if you wish.
Your last stop is in Thira -- the capital of Santorini -- known for its striking mix of Cycladic and Venetian architecture. The main square -- Plateia Theotokopoulou -- is a colorful meeting place. From here, it's an easy walk to shops, jewelry stores and tavernas. A steep walk to the upper part of town leads you to the funicular -- your transportation back to the tender pier (ticket provided).
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.