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Archaeological Bus Tour to the Akrotiri Excavations & the Red Beach

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From scenic views at Santorini's highest point to beautiful beaches and ancient archaeological sites, this bus tour shows you Greece like never before!

Highlights

  • Set out on a bus tour to explore the excavations of the Akrotiri village and its ruins.
  • Enjoy panoramic views from the highest point of the island, the Prophet Elias Monastery.
  • Admire the stretch of high, bright-red cliffs on the Red Beach, located near Akrotiri settlement.
  • Explore the Black Beach in Perivolos, famous for its deep sparkling waters black lava sand.
  • Your last stop for the day is at one of the most popular wineries of Santorini where you will taste traditional wines.

Inclusions

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pick up and drop off service
  • Expert English-speaking guide

Exclusions

  • Excavation site entrance (12 euros)
  • Wine tasting costs (9,30 euros)

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Start your journey by visiting the famous 18th-century Prophet Elias Monastery, which is built on the highest point of the island, at 567 meters above sea level. Today, the monastery has its own museum, where you can browse through a collection of rare ecclesiastical artifacts, books, and Byzantine icons and sculptures. Continue onwards to Megalochori, one of the most picturesque villages on the island. It has a history of old traditional houses, pirate hideaways, and Vinsanto wines. The village is very charming and was almost abandoned after a major earthquake.

Continue onwards to the Akrotiri Excavations, once the center of a brilliant civilization that reached its heyday between 1550-1500 BC. Around 200 families lived here and the site is preserved albeit buried under the volcano's lava. Explore the site before heading to the Red Beach to explore the colorful mountain formations and/or visit Akrotiri Bay for coffee or lunch with Greek traditional mezedes and ouzo (not included in the price). Perivolos, with its black sandy beach, comes next. Spend your time here swimming, exploring the area, and tasting freshly cooked fish at the local taverns. End your day by visiting one of the most popular wineries in Santorini, for a wine tasting experience.

Important Information

  • Infants under the age of 4 will not reserve a seat on the bus. They will sit on their parent's lap.
  • This experience is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests must be able to walk over cobblestones and uneven surfaces, inclines, and steps.
  • Wearing comfortable clothes and sensible, flat-soled, closed walking shoes is recommended.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses are also recommended. Please take a light jacket for the sunset.
  • Akrotiri excavation site entrance fee is not included (12 EUR) and can be paid directly at the site on the day of the tour, in cash. Wine tasting cost (9,30 euros) is not included.

Itinerary

  • Prophet Elias Monastery
  • Megalochori village
  • Akrotiri Excavations
  • Red Beach (aprox. 45 min free time, approach on foot 10 minutes approximately per way)
  • Perivolos Beach (free time swimming)
  • Last stop for wine tasting (not included)

Timings

  • Daily at 11 AM.
  • Duration: ~7 hours.

Discounted Tickets

Infants aged 0-4 can go for free. Children aged 5-12 enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.
  • Please display your mobile voucher along with a valid photo ID at the pick-up point.
  • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification.
  • Kindly ensure that you arrive 15 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Pick-Up Points

This is not a private pick-up. Pick-up collection is provided from specific meeting areas. In case of any delay, the pick-up time may vary.

  • Exo Gonia: 10:20 AM
  • Kamari: 10:30 AM
  • Monolithos: 10:30 AM
  • Messaria: 10:35 AM
  • Karterados: 10:40 AM
  • Fira: 10:45 AM
  • Pyrgos: 10:50 AM
  • Perissa: 10:30 AM
  • Perivolos: 10:35 AM
  • Emporio: 10:35 AM
  • Vlichada: 10:40 AM
  • Akrotiri: 10:45 AM
  • Meghalochori: 10:45 AM
  • Oia: 10 AM
  • Imerovigli: 10:15 AM
  • Firostefani: 10:20 AM

Return: Approximately at 6 PM.

The tour ends in Fira. There is a bus transfer service to Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia.

Validity

This ticket is valid for the date and time selected during checkout.

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