Akrotiri, Red Beach and Oia

5 h. tour (Private tour)

(Transportation + guidance all the way + guided tour of Akrotiri + visit at Red Beach + tour of Oia)

The tour will start with a drive to the archaeological site of Akrotiri where you will board your guided tour and you will explore the ruins of the Minoan Bronze Age settlement, which was destroyed in a volcanic eruption and covered in ash, thus preserving the remains of several objects and artworks. The duration of the tour is approximately 60 minutes, but is at your discretion to make it last as long as you need. The site is covered by a large canopy, so you will be under the shade.

After a short drive to the famous Red Beach for photographs, you will drive to the village of Oia. Walk along its narrow streets which typify the white-painted houses of the Cyclades. In many cases they are built directly into niches which are cave houses used by crew of the ships, on the lip of the volcanic crater, between which are narrow alleys and blue-roofed churches with cupolas and neoclassical mansions that used to be captain’s houses in the 19th century. From there you will admire the magnificent view of the Volcano and Caldera, have coffee and taste traditional Greek pastry and then get back to Fira in time to get on board your ship.

Kindly note that due to rock falling some times the visit at the Red Beach is prohibited by the local authorities. In such a case we will visit the picturesque traditional village of Megalochori.

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  • Rodney Moss

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Just arrived home from our 2 Mediterranean cruise's with MSC, decided to take Trip Advisers advise and try out Nikki's - Olympic Day Tours, we couldn't have made a better decision, she and her guides treated us like royalty, they were attentive to our every need, they where highly knowledgeable re all 4 tours [Katakolon, Santorini, Piraeus and Corfu] we participated in as all were certified archaeologists and accredited with the Greek Government. Her drivers were just great and so too the vehicles we travelled in. I was a little worried about going on private tours not sanctioned by the cruise line but after witnessing what we had to go through with the MSC organised tours on our second cruise to the Western Mediterranean ports we felt let down and treated like cattle compared to Nikki Vlachou's organisation. Don't be put off, give her company a try, I guarantee you wont be disappointed.

    from Australia

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