Discover Ancient Akrotiri

  • Port

    Thira (Santorini), Greece

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD

    Price between $51-$100
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4 Hours

  • Meals Included

    No

In prehistoric times, the people who inhabited enjoyed a high standard of living; they built two-story houses, tilled the earth and were skilled artists, recognizing the beauty of color. Around 1650 BC, a volcanic eruption caused the center of the island to sink, leaving a caldera with high cliffs -- one of the world's most dramatic geological sights. It is often said that perhaps Akrotiri could be the lost city of Atlantis.

Transfer by local tender boat to Athinios port and board a waiting motor coach. You're headed to the southern part of the island, where you will visit the ruins of the famous windmill for a short photo stop. Enjoy the panoramic view and capture amazing images.

Next, visit the famous antiquities at Akrotiri. This step back in time allows you to see these amazing ruins and imagine what life was like before the village was destroyed around 1650 BC, by a volcanic eruption. There were no people left in the village at the time of the eruption, as it was abandoned for reasons unknown. See buildings that were once two-storied, as well as city squares, shops and working areas. This appears to have been a busy, bustling area before the eruption. Some of the most famous Greek frescoes can be found in what is left of the once-prominent homes. Others are on display at the prehistory museum in Thira town.

Transfer by coach to Thira town. A short walk brings you to the Nomikos Museum to see its amazing collection of fresco paintings -- one of the most important discoveries in art history in recent years. This complete set of reproductions was first presented in Greece during the first 'International Symposium on the Wall Paintings of Thira' in 1997. Since then, the exhibition has been open to the public each year, attracting a significant number of visitors.

A three-minute walk brings you to the cable car that goes back to the pier. Guests who wish to stay in town to shop or explore independently are welcome to do so, but must make their own way back to the ship.

Notes:

Expect crowding and long lines at the cable car station.

Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.