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Akrotiri, Akrotiri
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Set your clock back a few thousand years with a visit to Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption around 1627 BCE. The volcanic ash buried the remains of many everyday objects used by the settlement's inhabitants, preserving for posterity the ancient way of life of a long-lost culture. Some historians suggest this archeological site, once an important port city on the Aegean, served as an inspiration for Plato's story of Atlantis, a supposedly fictional place mentioned in two of the philosopher's major works. To gain a better understanding of the lost community, take a guided tour around the excavation site. Plan to visit Akrotiri and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Akrotiri attractions using our Akrotiri trip itinerary maker.
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  • Very interesting, how could survive such an ancient miracle! The truth is, most of the exhibits were moved to museums, but still feel involvement in the antiquity, when you stroll along the streets of the city
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  • Completely useless site: no real explanations to understand the site, the most beautiful discoveries have been sent to other museums so we vote only in photo, excavations are still far from finished so you see that rows of stones, a part of the site is closed to the public in winter... in short a waste of time dear (6 euros per person) tour guides dare compare it to Pompeii or Herculaneum , for us who have been there, it has really nothing to do. Big disappointment!
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  • Before volcanic destruction in the middle of the second millennium BC Akrotiri, as we now name this place, raised as one of the main port and urban centers of the Aegean, town with perfect combination...  more »
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  • What an incredible rich history of mankind and first civilization. I had NO clue that this civilized group of persons were covered by volcano BEFORE Pompeii!! I HIGHLY suggest visiting the dig site. It is well protected by a building built around the dig site. Walking through the dig site is possible as that is part of the the tour. My husband and I took an unguided tour, but there are employees throughout that offer information. Place gave me chills. Truly remarkable. Definitely 5 stars. What rich history to take in
  • A surprisingly interesting site. Visit this place early on in your trip. Definitely book the tour guide. It is €10 per adult (kids are free). You typically get an actual Archaeologist to guide you around the site, and you really do get your money's worth. HINT: Go for the €15 tickets (instead of the €12 tickets and you will be able to use the ticket to visit several other museums around the island).
  • This was one of the most interesting tours we had in Greece. We had no idea it was so large and so well arranged for tourists to see but not disturb the area. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the site. We highly recommend this if you are visiting Santorini.
  • This is an archaeological excavation of a 5000 BC city turned into a museum. A lot of the day-to-day is preserved as-is. It's a great cultural visit for a lazy day when you want to stay out of the sun. Locals described this to us as "like Pompeii".
  • We weren't able to get a guide like many recommend here, and the overall experience suffered significantly for it. The site is basically a covered archaeological site, so it's tough to do a self guided tour. The signs hung around the facility didn't always correspond to what you were looking at, and there was no obvious flow to follow so as to take in the history of the ruins. Overall a let down at 12 euro. I enjoyed the Acropolis museum a lot more for 5 euro.