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3. Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations

3. Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations
5 hours
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Description

Start your cultural experience with the village of Pyrgos, the highest village in Santorini, which is known as the island’s “historic monument”. Built on the top of a hill, this settlement holds a 16th century Venetian castle. A fantastic location to wander around, built by the locals to fortify the area into small alleys and circle shape roads. The village is surrounded by vineyards, old churches, narrow cave houses with charming balconies and pebbled paths.

Continue to Megalochori one of the most picturesque and quaint villages of the island with typical and classical Cycladic houses dug into the volcanic rock. The scenery includes white washed tower bells, underground caves and churches with blue domes. Stroll around the narrow pathways of this non touristy settlement, enjoy your Greek coffee at the pebble stone square and get involved with locals lifestyle & culture.

Discover Emporio, the entry to another past era and the island's commercial center during the Venetian occupation. In Medieval times, the inhabitants of this village used to build their houses side by side in small quaint streets, so that they could shield themselves against the pirates. An exploration of the well-maintained castle constructed in the mid-15th century will give you a lovely sentiment as you walk through its paths.

Visit the Akrotiri Archaeological Site and go back into time to marvel the wonders of the past. This 4000 year old Bronze age settlement prospered for centuries before being eradicated by a great volcanic eruption. Eventually it was buried in Volcanic Ash, which helped to protect the artifacts from being destroyed. Walk along the ancient walls and take a glimpse of a Minoan town with the 3-story buildings, paved streets, and an elaborate drainage system.

In the suburbs of Akrotiri, visit a family farm and taste homemade wine and local products, that do not contain any preservatives or chemical additives. Taste fava, sun dried tomatoes, capers, olive paste and traditional sweets. See the wine celar, the grape-stomping tank and experience the vibe of traditional Greeks.

The sunset tour starts at 3pm or 4pm and includes an amazing sunset experience at the wine farm's private terrace.

This tour has a flexible departure & the itinerary can be customized to suit your preferences.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions:

  • Admission fee to the Akrotiri Archaeological Site
  • Cold bottled water
  • Experienced local driver/guide
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned & deluxe van
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Maps & Live commentary

Exclusions:

  • Cable car tickets if arriving by cruise ship (6 EUR per person, per ride)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

 

Departure & Return

Traveler pickup is offered from the below listed departure points:

  • Your hotel/villa in Santorini: Pick up at the lobby or nearest point accessible by vehicle
  • Cruise port: Pick up at the top cable car exit 
  • Santorini international airport (JTR): Pick up at the arrivals terminal
  • Ferry port (Athinios): Pick up at the arrivals terminal

 

Return Details:

  • Returns to original departure point or any desired point of your preference

 

Highlights
  • Explore the village of Pyrgos & the Venetian castle on the hilltop
  • Visit the picturesque Megalochori traditional settlement
  • Stroll through Emporio village & the narrow alleys of the Venetian fortress
  • See the famous excavations of the pre-historic town in Akrotiri 
  • Taste homemade wine & local products and experience the vibe of traditional Greeks at the family farm
Additional Info
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Your driver/guide will be wearing face mask and following all health and safety guidelines
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Stroller accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Pick up for cruise ship passengers will be from the cruise port top cable car exit. Your driver/guide will be holding a sign with the lead passenger name written on
  • This is a private tour. Only your group will participate
  • Post Covid-19 policy: Vehicles will be sanitized before every service - Alcohol based sanitizer will be in every vehicle - Hand sanitizing after each stop and before each departure - Travelers and guide/driver to wear facemarks and follow all health and safety guidelines - Fresh trash bag will be in every vehicle and waste disposed at the end of each service
  • Your guide/driver is not allowed to guide within Akrotiri's Excavations, as the site provides its own guides 
Cancellation Policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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