Santorini History Tour - Santorini Museums - Private Guided Tour


Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Duration: 5 hours

language:  English

Tour Highlights: Ancient Thira, Archeological Site of Akrotiri, Archaeological Museum, Prehistorical Museum of Fira

From € 400 per group of 4 Adults or less

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Santorini Museums – Private Guided Tour

Santorini is rich with history, ranging from ancient civilizations like the Minoans and Greeks to modern day. Taking a private Santorini history tour gives you the chance to learn more about the island and see the sites that match your own interests. With a Santorini museums guided tour, a dedicated guide who is also an art historian will take you around and inform you of the important areas to see.

If you are interested in history that dates even further back from the ancient civilizations, then you will want to include the Museum of Prehistoric Thira on your itinerary. This museum features artifacts from local excavations that date back all the way to Neolithic man. It also includes excavated artifacts from the Minoan and Hellenistic periods as well. Part of the museum also details what Thira, another name for Santorini, was like during the prehistory eras. It is closed on Tuesdays, so make sure to plan accordingly so that you do not miss out on viewing this museum.

Another important museum detailing the history of the ancient cultures that lived on Santorini is the city of Ancient Thira. Archeologists have found many buildings from the ancient civilizations, including temples and sanctuaries. There are also carved stones and inscriptions that date back to the archaic period. You want to take a moment to see the site of the ancient theater, which also has a stunning view of the Aegean Sea. This museum is closed on Mondays, so do not plan your tour on this day.

If you enjoy archaeology, then you also want to visit the Archeological Museum in Fira. Many of the pieces in the collection feature artifacts dating from the ancient city of Thira. It also has items found from around the island that date to the Roman period as well. You can see many of the different cultures that inhabited this beautiful island long before modern civilization. It is also closed on Mondays.

No Santorini history tour is complete without a stop at the Akrotiri archeological site. In 1450 BC, the volcano erupted, covering the entire city of Akrotiri. It might have destroyed the city, but the volcanic ash perfectly preserved it, similar to the famous city of Pompeii. Due to the similarities, many call this city the Minoan Pompeii. Plato might have used this story as inspiration for his Atlantis. Archeologists have uncovered many items from this ancient civilization. There are three-story buildings and an advanced drainage system. They have also found furniture, pottery and many other belongings of the ancient peoples. The opening hours differ depending on the time of year you visit, so make sure to place it in the right spot of your itinerary.

There are many important Santorini archeological sites that provide a chance to gain valuable insight into the culture of the ancient Minoans, Greeks and Romans. Although the beach and stunning views of the Aegean Sea might be tempting, it is beneficial to leave time to visit some of these historical sites as well. With a private, personalized tour, you can customize it to your own itinerary so that you can get everything out of your time on the island that you want. With a Santorini museums guided tour, you will learn more about the history so that you can have a deeper appreciation for the sites you see as you tour around the island.

Important Details

Choose your pickup point from either your hotel, the cruise ship terminal or another spot in Santorini to get your Santorini History Tour off to the perfect start.

Location: Santorini

Season: Summer

Schedule: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Start Time: 9:00 am, 9:30 am, 10:00 am

Starting Point: Pick up and drop off anywhere in Santorini

Transport: Luxury air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinter Minibus

Included in the tour

  • Pick up and drop off is included in price
  • Professional guide
  • Bottle of water
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus

Not Included

  • Entrance fees to attractions (if any), but can be purchased on the spot
  • Lunch, refreshments
  • Cable car tickets for cruise passengers (€ 5  per person / each way)

Santorini History Tour – Rates for the 5-hour tour

Your Group Size Price included Price
1 to 4 Guests Private tour with driver and guide  €400
5 to 8 Guests Private tour with driver and guide  €480
9 to 12 Guests Private tour with driver and guide  €560
13 to 16 Guests Private tour with driver and guide  €600
17 to 20 Guests Private tour with driver and guide  €650

21+ (Bus with driver and guide): Contact us for a quote

For your comfort and safety, we use new Luxury Mercedes Sprinter 

Our tour prices include pick-up and drop-off from designated meeting point: from Santorini Hotels, Cable Car in Fira town for cruise passengers, Airport, Port (Athinios).

Reservations are via our secure online booking using any credit card.
A deposit of € 20 per tour will reserve your day with us.

Cancellation: Full refund if we receive your notice at least 3 days before the tour date, 100% cancellation fee otherwise

Immediately after submitting your reservation, you will receive a receipt of booking via email.

Please present your printed ticket to your guide or driver upon pick-up for this tour.

Additional info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case, confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult

Cruise passengers

The meeting point for the tour is at the cable car’s exit in Fira town. Your guide will be waiting for you there, holding a sign with your name.

Hotel Pickup

Your guide will be waiting in hotel lobby

Airport / Ferry Port Pickup

Your guide will be waiting for you in the arrival area holding a sign with your name

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