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Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations

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Safety measures
icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Santorini wears its rich history on its sleeve, with medieval buildings, Ottoman villages and weathered ruins all over the island. Rather than dealing with the hassle of organising your own transport, you can discover the island’s history and its vibrant modern culture on this tour around four of its southernmost villages. Visit the villages of Pyrgos, Megalochori and Emporio and Akrotiri excavations before ending your trip at a family-owned winery in Akrotiri, where you can sample their family wines and organic produce while watching the sunset over the Aegean Sea.
  • For your convenience, this private tour begins and ends at your cruise ship or hotel
  • End the road trip with organic food and wine made on the island
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included for an added convenience
  • See the famous excavations of the pre-historic town of Akrotiri
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Bottled water
Homemade wine tasting accompanied by handmade organic products
Experienced local driver/guide
Private transportation by air-conditioned & deluxe van
Maps & live commentary
Free admission to Akrotiri Archaeological Site
Hotel Pick up & Drop off
Cable car tickets (6 EUR per person, per ride) for cruise ship travelers

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
-Hotel & Airbnb's: Pick up point is at the lobby or at the nearest point accessible by vehicle.
-Cruise ship travelers: Pick up point is at the top cable car exit, where your guide/driver will be holding a sign with your name written on.
-Airport & Ferry port travelers: Pick up point is at the arrivals terminal, where your guide/driver will be holding a sign with your name written on.


Airports

  • Santorini Airport, Greece


Ports

  • Athinios Ferry Port, Órmos Athiniós, Greece
  • Τελεφερίκ Σαντορίνης - Άνω Σταθμός, Ipapantis 10, Thira 847 00, Greece


  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Your guide/driver is not allowed to guide within Akrotiri's Excavations. You may hire one of the licensed guides in Archaeology provided by the site
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Santorini Road Trips
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations.

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  • "We also had plenty of time to visit the archaeological site at Akotiri which is a must for visitors to see." See review

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star-5
It was fun to customize our day - and a good luck charm
Heather_H
, Oct 2021
We had a good time exploring with Demitris. He was punctual and friendly - he gave us a great overview of the island. I mentioned that I love lighthouses and the next thing I saw we were on the road to the lighthouse. It was fun to customize our day. We enjoyed the wine and caper leaves during our tasting. (I'm a huge fan of caper leaves now) And we learned a lot! Demitris gave us dining recommendations and even offered to call for reservations. He knew we were heading back to Athens and provided the name of a place to try there too. At the end of the day Demitris gave us the "evil eye" charm that is see all around Santorini. It worked! When we got back to the hotel we had an amazing upgrade to our room. Thanks!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear traveler, We greatly appreciate your excellent review for Dimitris and your private tour. We are very glad you have had an excellent experience in our island and we are looking forward to seeing you again in the future. Best regards, George
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best day on Santorini!
Larry_C
, Sep 2021
This was an amazing tour! We were picked up at our villa at the exact time in a beautiful, modern comfortable luxury van. Our professional guide Dimitris was very knowledgeable and a very safe driver. We saw sights in Santorini most people never see. This is a "Must Do" tour when you visit the island!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear traveler, Thank you for your wonderful review. It was our great pleasure meeting you and touring with you. We wish you all the best and we hope we will see you again in the future. Best regards, George
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Tour was very informative...
Ivy_K
, Sep 2021
Tour was very informative and Gia was a great tour guide!. She was very accommodating and made sure us seniors didn’t have to walk too much!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear traveler, Thank you for your wonderful review. It was our great pleasure meeting you and touring with you. We wish you all the best and we hope we will see you again in the future. Best regards, George
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
AN AUTHENTIC GREEK EXPERIENCE WITH THE BEST TOUR GUIDE EVER!
Natalie_M
, Aug 2021
There aren't enough words to describe how amazing this experience was. It started out with our driver, Panagiota Fantopoulou, picking us up at our hotel. It was a very hot day in Santorini so she came prepared with a cooler full of bottles of water. We didn't have hats on so she suggested we either get hats or buy hats because we were going to need them. Thank God we did because it was hot that day!!! Panagiota was super knowledgeable about the island of Santorini and its history. Someone in our group had a disability so she was very patient with us and gave us plenty of time to rest. She was so lovely and even volunteered to photograph us in some of the most beautiful locations I have ever seen. We ended the day in Akrotiri having an amazing lunch at Maria's - a true authentic Greek experience that I will never forget. I highly recommend booking this tour! Just wish Panagiota was our tour guide for the remaining of the time in Santorini.
star-4
Southern most Village tour
Leah_K
, Jul 2021
Feeling connected with something very old, admiring the beauty of such accomplishments so long ago. We had a very sweet and generous guide. She was very knowledgeable, great energy, concerned for everyone’s safety, and very orderly. She made a special trip to her favorite bakery to surprise us with the popular great dessert Baklava. And boy was it great.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Leah, We would like to thank you for your excellent comments towards your guide Panagiota and your private tour. Our concern is to always have happy and fully satisfied customers. We would like to wish you the best of health and we hope we will see you again in the near future. Best regards, George Bounas
star-5
Incredible Tour, Incredible Tour Guide
Shyma
, Jul 2021
Along with visiting the most exquisite beaches, taking in the breath-taking scenery and having the best dining experiences Santorini has to offer, it was of paramount importance for my two sisters and I to also include a comprehensive guided tour of the island’s rich culture and history. We took to Viator to explore our many options. The tour we ended up choosing, the ‘Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations’ operated by Santorini Road Trips certainly stood out and met all our requirements for what we wished our day to look like. Before embarking on the trip, we thought the price was very reasonable and great value for all that it included. Yet, the actual value we ended up experiencing far exceeded any expectations we might have had. That is wholly due to our absolute star tour guide, the incomparable Panagiota. She lead the tour with such efficiency, an impressive breadth of knowledge, sincere passion, and intense pride for Santorini. All with an infectiously positive and personable energy and insight - an absolute joy to be around. The testament to her wonderful personality is evident in how the locals greeted her and clearly delighted in her presence in every stop - including the animals! She took the time to get to know us and let us learn about her on a human level. Between the history lessons we exchanged laughs, stories and point of views on various aspects of life. She generously treated us to her favourite spot for Greek coffee and surprised us with some treats she (rightly!) thought we would each love. If there is any tip I could give to anyone going on this tour with Panagiota, it is that you should absolutely take her up on her photography expertise. She is an expert on all the perfect spots, angles and lighting to take the most gorgeous photos on this tour. Better yet, hand her your camera and she will do her magic, taking several shots from a variety of angles ensuring you get the perfect one. Trust her. She knows what she’s doing and absolutely delights in it. There isn’t enough praise I could give to Panagiota. She went above and beyond her job description to accommodate all our needs and easily adapted the trip provide us with the best possible experience. For example, after informing her that we do not drink alcohol and had intended only to visit and learn about the winery without taking part, she personally contacted the winery owner to arrange for us to instead taste all the delicious cheeses, sweet and savoury preserves and decadent honey which wasn’t on the original plan. In summary, the tour was absolutely perfect. Made all the better by our lovely tour guide who we can now call our friend. We will absolutely do it again and bring the rest of our family and recommend it to all our friends. There is so much more to see and learn about the island and we trust Panagiota and Santorini Road Trips to give us the best experience every time.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Dear Shyma, We are deeply grateful for your amazing comments for your guide Panagiota. We are really thrilled to read these words from you! All we work for is your review! Simply amazing. We would like to thank you and we hope we will have the chance to see your again in the future! Best regards, George Bounas
star-5
Perfect experience!
Julia_D
, Jul 2021
Amazing experience! Our guide Panagiota was very knowledgeable about all the places we visited and was very helpful with taking great photos. We got to see beautiful sights and it was very informative. Going to Maria’s farm for a sampling of her food and wine was a perfect ending to the tour. The whole family was extremely nice and accommodating. Highly recommend!
star-5
Excellent trip of Santorini villages
mbos2019
, Oct 2019
We had a very enjoyable trip with our host and driver, I think he was called Nixos. He was great company and provided a lot of knowledgeable information about the villages we saw and their history. the trip was well organised and nicely paced. We also had plenty of time to visit the archaeological site at Akotiri which is a must for visitors to see. We visited a lovely vineyard and sampled the wines and local food. It was so lovely that we decided to have our lunch there which was fine with our tour guide. It was the best day of our holiday on Santorini …. we will come back again for another tour. Thank you
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best day!
Jade R
, Oct 2019
Tour was great. Dimitri showed up on time. Was very informative and accommodating to us. So nice to see the rest of the island away from crowds!

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