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Akrotiri Archaeological Site

Akrotiri 84700, Greece
GPS N36.35 E25.40
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This ancient city was covered in a heap of volcanic ash in the late 17th century B.C., preserving it for present-day archaeologists and interested tourists. The site is so well preserved that it is often referred to as the Pompeii of the Aegean.
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Akrotiri 84700, Greece
GPS N36.35 E25.40
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A trip here was suggested by my husband and I am so glad we visited. We bought a ticket then waited for enough people to form a guided tour. This took less than 10 minutes. I would highly recommend a guide as they add so...More

Thank KAW101
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

One Kearns after entering that a bulk of the excavation is yet to happen due to lack of funds. Everything's in one large shed. The biggest missing link is the lack of enough information Boards. When I compare it with , say the richness of...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Once we arrive inside we were amazed by the size of the site. Even if a big part of the founded peaces are in the museum, is very interesting to see in loco this old town.

Thank Paulo D
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an incredible site, the still-being-excavated ruins of a sophisticated city almost 4,000 years old, buried by a volcanic eruption and only recently re-discovered and excavated. Much older than ruins of classical Greece, Rome or China.The site includes the public and private structures, all ancient...More

Thank Larry L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked this with our two daughters (8 yrs) for a 2 hour tour in the afternoon, when there were no tourists. We chose Eugenia from the "Santorini Tourist Guide" site (see Trip Advisor page) and we could not have been more thrilled. The site...More

Thank Patricia D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I grudgingly paid €12 to accompany my wife round this site but soon became enthralled by what was in front of me, bought to life almost by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the guide (included in price). To me Akrotiri is an RAF base (I'm...More

Thank Colin B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Minoan-era civilation lived here before eruption about 1631 BC. Large city, but just small amountof artifacts has been unearthed. Fascinating and not to be missed. Several bus/van tours and bus from Fira gets you there in about two and a half hours. Really something to...More

Thank CathieWA
Reviewed 1 week ago

I strongly recommend that you visit Akrotiri, even if you aren't a huge history buff. While you can visit the site on your own, I do recommend that you take a guided tour. Our guide Vigelius was so knowledgeable, and it's amazing to be able...More

Thank DocGDK
Reviewed 1 week ago

To think this advanced civilization existed so long ago! It is a very worthwhile exhibit. Take the time to explore and understand their existence. We were very glad we visited.

Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Pompeii and Herculaneum. While Akrotiri is not quite as expansive or spectacular as those sites, it was interesting and enjoyable. The town was buried as a result of a volcanic eruption, but so far the remains of any inhabitants have yet...More

Thank DavidWrockville
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Can you pay to join a guided tour once you get to the site or would you have to arrange for a guide in advance? We would be fine joining a small group tour but not sure if we need to arrange this ahead of time. Thank you!
18 June 2017|
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Response from Pericles P | Reviewed this property |
Tours are easy when you get there. Always good to try in advance, but your plans may change, etc. Didn't see any problem with waiting. I found the descriptions enough. Amazing with or without tour.
Karen C
Can you get public transport from Kamari to the Akrotiri Archaeological site, Thank you
5 June 2017|
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Response from Car01948 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, definitely, or hire a quad bike or car - essential for seeing the island, but the buses run every hour and are cheap.
Ellen W
We arrive on Santorini tomorrow and one of our primary goals is to visit Akrotiri. What is the best way to get there from Fira? We are not fans of tour busses. Thanks, Ellen and Joe
24 May 2017|
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Response from BexKibb | Reviewed this property |
You can get a local bus from the bus station in Fira. It only costs about €2 each way and they are pretty regular. It drops you off right outside.