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Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations

Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations
4 hours
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Start your cultural experience with the village of Pyrgos, the oldest village in Santorini, 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-shaped roads. The village is surrounded by vineyards, old churches, and narrow cave houses with charming balconies and pebbled paths.

Continue to Megalochori one of the most picturesque and quaint villages on 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. Wander through the narrow pathways of this non-touristy settlement, enjoy your Greek coffee at the pebble stone square and get involved with the 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 in time to marvel at the secrets and wonders of the lost ancient city. 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 3-story buildings, well-preserved frescoes, an elaborate drainage system and more.

  • Choose an afternoon departure (4 pm or 5 pm) and enjoy an amazing sunset experience from the overwhelming point of Pyrgos Medieval Castle
  • This tour has a flexible departure & the itinerary can be customized to suit your preferences.
Inclusions & Exclusions


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


  • Cable car tickets if arriving by cruise ship (6 EUR per person, per ride) 
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 if arriving by cruise ship
  • Santorini International Airport (JTR): Pick up at the arrivals terminal
  • Ferry port (Athinios): Pick up at the arrivals terminal


Return Details:

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


  • 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
  • Admire the famous excavations in the prehistoric town of Akrotiri 
Additional Info
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Stroller accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • 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's name written on
  • This is a private tour. Only your group will participate
  • Post Covid-19 policy: Vehicles sanitized before every service - Alcohol-based sanitizer in every vehicle 
  • Your guide/driver is not allowed to guide within Akrotiri's Excavations, as the site provides its own guides, licensed in Archaeology.
Cancellation Policy
  • To receive a full refund, travelers may cancel up to 48 hours before the experience start time in the local timezone. 

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