This Santorini shore trip visits the ancient site of Akrotiri which has been closed to the public for several years but is once again open. This village was buried in volcanic ash around 1450 BC and today is an outside archaeological site.
You will transfer from the ship by colorful local kaiki (tenders) to Fira port, where you will meet your private guide. Together you will go up the cliff to Fira by cable car where you will be lead to meet your driver and private vehicle.
You start your tour by driving to the southern side of the island through to the Archaeological site of Akrotiri. This town was once an important commercial center in the Aegean sea but it was buried in the volcano that erupted around 1450 BC.
Amazing ruins have been excavated here, buried some thirty feet below the earth’s surface after the eruption of the island’s volcano. Under a protective cover you’ll visit the ancient city squares, cobblestone streets and peer into some of the houses and shops, some two and three stories high.
After the tour of the excavations you will discover the nearby village of Akrotiri and explore one of the 5 fortified settlements on the island from medieval times. An optional walking tour along the narrow streets of the village to access a castle tower to admire the stunning views towards the southwest side of the island.
At the end of tour you will continue on through the beautiful countryside to Fira, the picturesque capital town of the island built on the rim of the caldera wall. You can enjoy the town at leisure or perhaps relax over a coffee and enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of the volcanic island, the caldera and the sea before you take the cable car back down to the pier.
Mobility: NO wheelchairs
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