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4 hours

Where in the world

Santorini

The essence of Santorini is not simply its stunning whitewashed houses and chapels with uninterrupted views across the Aegean Sea; it also has an extraordinary past. Together with an expert local guide, you can explore the impressive Akrotiri excavation site, a must-see during your stay on the island. In the 17th century BC, the Minoan town of Akrotiri was buried by the eruption of the Thera volcano – just after all the inhabitants were evacuated. Its buildings and their contents were preserved under a thick layer of volcanic ash which covered the entire island. To some, this significant archaeological site is a fascinating Minoan centre of commerce; to others, it’s the Greek Pompeii; but true romantics believe it to be the legendary lost city of Atlantis. The site is brought to life at the Museum of Prehistoric Fira, where you can see artefacts and frescoes from the excavated buildings.

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