Private Ruins of Akrotiri and Wine

Private Ruins of Akrotiri and Wine Tour in Santorini
Excursion Highlights:
  • Dive into over 5,000 years of history with a professionally trained guide at the archaeological site of Akrotiri, an ancient Minoan settlement.
  • Gain insight into Santorini's unique winemaking culture with a visit to a local winery for a tour and wine tasting.
  • Immerse yourself in Santorini's captivating geography, touring through the island's famous vineyards to the dynamic town of Fira.
  • Enjoy the freedom to explore the whitewashed maze of passageways in Fira town, offering art, jewelry, dining, and stunning caldera views.
  • Don't miss this popular excursion, offering the highest quality experience at the best prices, with guaranteed satisfaction and a return-to-ship promise.
From $161.00/person to $1,604.00/person (Select "Individuals" below) Price varies based on number of individuals in your group
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Private
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 3 Hours 30 minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Tender Pier
Food/Beverage Provided A wine tasting and snacks are included.
Recommended Dress Comfortable clothing, and comfortable, sensible walking shoes are recommended. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also suggested.
Restrictions Fira, as well as most of the island's villages, is a hilltop town that consists of mostly pedestrian streets. Many of these "streets" are nothing more than wide sidewalks of smooth stones pushed into cement which makes for a bumpy surface. There are considerable steps involved as well. To reach the town from the tender pier, guests can climb the more than 580 steps, (which are shared with the donkeys), ride one of the donkeys, (which is not recommended for the faint of heart), or ride the cable car to the town which is more than 1,100 feet above the harbor. As most guests opt for the latter choice, expect long lines for the cable car. The site of Akrotiri includes steps.

Private Ruins of Akrotiri and Wine

Due to its fascinating geography, more than 5,000 years of history, and its unique hospitality, all of our tours on Santorini include a professionally trained licensed guide so you get an in-depth experience which you would not receive merely being driven around with a guide book. You will meet your guide on the pier of Fira after you tender ashore. They will escort you via cable car to the town of Fira, where you will walk to your transportation.

Departing Fira, you will drive south through the famous vineyards to the archaeological site of Akrotiri. The site is a Minoan settlement that dates back to the second millennium BC. The name of the settlement is unknown, but the excavation is named Akrotiri due to its proximity to a modern village of that name. Evidence uncovered points to the settlement having once been an important commercial center in the Aegean sea. The settlement was buried under more than 30 feet of dirt, rock, and mud during a cataclysmic eruption that resulted in a large crater (caldera) replacing more than half of the island. Under a protective cover, you will visit the ancient city's squares, cobblestone streets and peer into some of the houses and shops, some two and three stories high. No human remains have been found indicating there was some warning before the eruption.

After the guided tour of the excavation site, you will drive to one of the local wineries for an insight into the unique style of grape growing / winemaking on this island. Your visit will include a tour of the wine chambers and distilleries and finish with the tasting of three of most famous wines of Santorini, which will be accompanied with barley rusks and local cheese.

Next, you will drive to Fira town where you will end your organized tour. Your guide will lead you to the town's major pedestrian street, and after answering any questions about additional sightseeing, shopping, or eating, will set you free to explore the whitewashed maze of passageways for art, jewelry, or maybe a coffee with a view of the caldera. When you are ready to return to your ship, use your included cable car ticket to return to the tender pier in Fira.

Please note: The tour duration does not include the time required to tender ashore from your ship. Please allow ample time to get ashore. Groups of ten or more guests will be tendered from the pier at Fira to the pier at Athinios and begin their tour from there. All tours end in Fira and include a return cable car ticket to the tender pier in Fira to be used at your convenience.

Please Note: This tour offers customized departure times between 7:30 AM and 7:00 PM. If your preferred departure time is not listed, please contact us to place your request.