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Akrotiri in Santorini

MY latest edition RS Greece guide states that one-hour guided tours are available at the Akrotiri Archaeological site for $10. However, on TripAdvisor, many people are complaining that there are NO guides available on site. The only way, according to many other people on TripAdvisor, to get any information is either to buy a book from some other location OR to hire a pricey private guide for hundreds of dollars. Since I am bringing a group of about 12 people to see the site, I would LOVE to know exactly what to expect. I have not been able to find any information on any official websites, either. It would be great if Rick Steves' information that guides are indeed available on site for only $10 a person is correct, but I really would like to confirm this. Anyone? Thanks!

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Go back to TripAdvisor and send a private message to "Fotinos" or "IngelaA" to ask your question. They both live on the island and one of them will be able to make a telephone call to get the information you seek.

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Thank you for the excellent suggestion, Lee. I just sent a private message to Fotinos through TripAdvisor.

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Staying flexible in Greece is usually good advice, although I understand your issue when traveling with the larger group. Hope it works out!

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Terry, Fotinos actually lives fairly close to Akrotiri so I'm sure he'll be able to get you an answer fairly quickly. He's really a nice guy and very helpful.

(Greetings from Cottage Grove!)

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Hi, right back atcha, Oregon neighbor Lee! And Laura, this trip will have to be pretty inflexible. Our daughter is having a small destination wedding in Oia, Santorini. I am trying to put together a somewhat affordable activities itinerary for our small group of guests for a Monday-Friday in June. I am hoping to include the Akrotiri excavation site, as long as it does not cost a fortune. Instead of going on expensive wine tasting/winery tours, we will buy bottles of local wines and host an evening wine tasting at our cave house. Our big splurge will be chartering a half day sailing trip for everyone the day before the wedding. If anyone has any other great (and CHEAP!) entertainment ideas (at a Greek Island cave house rental house) ideas, I'd love to hear them. We are also combining my older daughter's wedding trip with our younger daughter's college graduation trip with her choice of locations: Amalfi Coast for ten days and two days on the Greek Island of Hydra (which Rick Steves personally recommended to her last year when she worked at a PBS fundraiser with other Gonzaga students!) ...more reasons why we are looking for inexpensive ideas to organize group activities!

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There is a taverna in Oia, Santorini Mou, where the owner serenades his customers and lots of times other musicians and dancers join in. This would be a great place for a group to be together enjoying food, wine and music.

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Lee, I checked out the website for Mou. It looks like a FABULOUS place for a wonderful evening with friends! Thanks for the tip!

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Lee, I just looked it up and Mou is just a 4 minute walk from our cave house rental (even I can manage that in stilettos!). Having been to Mou, do you think that it would be a good location for a very small wedding reception? (Not that we know how many people are coming yet, but we will probably not have a large enough group to need a private reception). A large table in a place like this that already has a party atmosphere might be a lot more fun. Thoughts?

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Lee, I sent a message to Fotinos and he immediately got back with me saying that he'd call and find out the information about Akrotiri as soon as possible. Today I got this message from him: " I call the akrotiri site and I find a guide.
email:ikasapaki2@gmail.com , cell phone 00306944251429, name is ioanna, the price is exacly 10euros per person for group until 10pers for 12 pers the total price is 100euros too.
fotinos"

So...there IS an affordable guide available as long as you arrange ahead of time! Thank you, Lee for suggesting that I contact Fotinos. This is exactly the information I needed to arrange a successful visit.

On the downside, I contacted the owner of our rental cave house and the actual distance from there to Santorini Mou is closer to a half hour. :-( We will probably still go, but on a causal night when we're in Birkenstocks rather than stilettos!

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Which cave house rental property have you booked? It's rare that anything in Oia is 30 minutes away from anything else. Do you have a link so I can take a look?

Santorini Mou is a very casual sort of place with both indoor and outdoor seating areas. I'm sure once you're there if you give them some advance warning they will be able to accomodate your party.

I'm glad Fotinos was able to get the information you needed.

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What a great find. These villas look fantastic. They're located in the heart of the village close to everything but just far enough down the cliff so as to be quiet. Your host is probably right, I think you'll be 20-30 minutes' walk from Santorini Mou, as it's on the south edge of Oia right on the main road.

Look at this map: http://www.santorini-hotels.info/santorini-island-santorini-map/santorini-oia-map.htm

You'll be staying in D-5 and Santotrini Mou is in C-16.

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Lee, what a great map. I'll have fun playing with it. And we are really excited to be staying here, where our daughter will have her little wedding on our shared balcony area. I think a nice walk to Mou will be a great first evening get together/ice breaker when our guests have all arrived on Monday evening.

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AUTO RENTALS IN SANTORINI:

Hi,

there will be 6 adults (3 couples) staying on the island. We are looking in staying OIA. will we need to rent a VAN? are they for rent ?

Anyone have any suggestion as to places to see, stay or dine ?

Thank you in advance,
Bill

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Yes, vans are for rent. I actually rented one from Vazeos in Oia the last time I was there. They're located just past the Anemomilos Hotel, on the road out of Oia on the way back towards Fira. Drive down below Oia to Amoudi Bay for a meal at one of the fish tavernas on the wharf. Grilled fresh fish is sold by weight, so be sure to ask the price before you agree to order it.