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Tour to Akrotiri, Pyrgos, Profitis Ilias and Fira Town

Explore the Akrotiri ruins, stroll through the traditional village of Pyrgos, climb to the highest point of the island on Profitis Ilias followed by a wonderful tour of the capital. This day includes everything you must see in Santorini

HIGHLIGHTS:

* Uncover the ancient ruins in Akrotiri

* Roam through Pyrgos and see the spectacular views from the Profitis Ilias

* See the capital city in a new light

The tour starts at the fascinating Akrotiri Archaeological site, one of the most important ancient settlements found in the Aegean. This ancient city and port used to be one of the main urban hubs, trading with Crete, Mainland Greece and even Egypt and Syria. Their success is notable through this large display of sophisticated buildings, draining systems, beautiful wall paintings and furniture. Unfortunately, the old inhabitants had to flea due to earthquakes that provoked a volcanic eruption that thankfully preserved this town in a great condition.

Admire the frescoes, the architecture and contemplate life back then, when this city was in full flow. Take a rare glimpse into the urban life of the Minoan period. Akrotiri is a fine demonstration of the rich culture and history that originates Santorini.

Next stop is the traditional town of Pyrgos, found on the highest point of the Island boasting precious views of the nearby Oia. This protected settlement takes the form of a typical fortress. Observe the traditional architecture and some of the neo-classical influenced mansions, the small white houses, the narrow lanes and the vineyards – this town is truly charming.

Head up to the top of Profitis Ilias, named after the Prophet Elijah and standing at 567 metres, providing fabulous views of the entire island. Observe the monastery, take note of its splendor and its general ambience of peace.

Returning back to Santorini’s capital, Fira, we will have a lovely walking tour around the city that hosts 2,000 inhabitants. Enjoy the unique contrast between the modern world and that of a time gone by. Explore the Akrotiri ruins, stroll through the traditional village of Pyrgos, climb to the highest point of the island on Profitis Ilias followed by a wonderful tour of the capital. This day includes everything you must see in Santorini. The tour starts at the fascinating Akrotiri Archaeological site, one of the most important ancient settlements found in the Aegean. Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from hotel lobby.

Duration: 4 hours.

Start/opening time: To be arranged locally with the supplier.

Languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.