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Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

1. Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

Embark on a full-day guided tour of Santorini's highlights. Visit the iconic blue-domed churches of Oia, admire the views from Profitis Ilias, and relax on the shores of Perissa Beach before some well-deserved wine tasting. After pickup from your hotel, board the luxury coach and drive to Profitis Ilias, the highest point on the island. Take in an incredible panorama of the entire island of Santorini, and the stunning deep blue color of the Aegean Sea while learning about the island´s fascinating volcanic history. Wander around the courtyard of the 18th-century monastery that sits on top of the mountain. Then visit the Saint Nektarios chapel and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Continue to the village of Pyrgos, a hidden gem of Santorini. Wander through its winding alleys and immerse yourself in its traditional atmosphere. See typical houses, blue-domed churches, and quaint shops. Walk up to its imposing castle for beautiful vistas of the surrounding area. The next stop is Emporio, where you will join a guided walk and visit the small Venetian fortress. Feel like you’re on the set of Mamma Mia as you discover the many doorways, windows, alleys, and arches of this picturesque medieval village. Continue to Perissa Beach, also known as Black Beach. Here, there will be plenty of free time to go swimming in the sea or have lunch at one of the Greek tavernas facing the beach. Take the opportunity to taste local Santorinian wine, one of the most famous products of the island. Learn about the winemaking process and enjoy a private wine tasting session of 3 wines made of local grape varieties. In the early evening, arrive at the cliff-top village of Oia with its famous blue-domed churches. Embark on a guided walk from Saint George's Church in the most peaceful part of Oia. Learn about Oia´s glorious maritime past and admire elegant captains' mansions and cave-like houses along the way. Once at the bustling castle area, enjoy some free time to take some photos, shop, or have a relaxing drink. Finally, watch an incredible sunset before meeting up with your guide opposite Platsani Church. Board the bus for a relaxing evening journey with drop-off back at your hotel.

Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour

2. Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour

Spend a day on a private-guided tour exploring Akrotiri Excavations, a prehistoric Bronze Age city, frozen in time by ash that fell during the Minoan volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago. Some speculate this is the origin of the mythical city of Atlantis. Admire the elaborate drainage system, sophisticated multi-storied buildings, magnificent wall painting, and excavated furniture and vessels that show the former settlement's great prosperity. Next, you will head over to admire the Red and Black beaches. The red layer of sand at the Red Beach is a spectacular sight. The Black Beach of Perivolos is the largest beach on Santorini and is covered with a black volcanic pebble. Take in the spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and the nearby islands. Enjoy an optional lunch at a seaside restaurant. Continue your visit at the village of Emporio, the largest village on the Greek island of Santorini. You can look at the historic windmills that have an excellent view of the rest of the island. On the hill above the village Emborio, you will discover both the ruins of Kasteli, a fortress from the Byzantine period and the ruins of Goulas. Then, you will make your way to the peak of Prophet Ilias, the highest mountain that stands some 2,000 feet (600 meters) above the sea. Be amazed by the island vistas around you (360 degrees), and then follow your guide inside the ornate Greek Christian monastery perched at the mountain's summit. From here, you will proceed to the village of Pyrgos, the old capital, where you will take a guided walk along narrow paths to the ruins of the Venetian castle. The next stop is at a traditional Venetsanos Winery, where you will learn the secrets of wine making and enjoy the tastes of the famous local wines. On the way to the northern part of Santorini, you will make a short stop in Firostefani to see the famous Blue Dome Church, the subject of so many Santorini's postcards. You will visit the village of Imerovigli, situated on a higher cliff with an incredible view. In front of the village is an enormous rock called Skaros, which used to be the best spot to look out for pirates. Continue through the beautiful Santorini countryside to the village of Oia. Built in the northern part of the Caldera Rim. Oia is the most photographed location in Santorini, and a place where many artists have found their inspiration in Oia's beauty, the traditional architecture  and the amazing sunset. Enjoy the stunning views of the Caldera, where many dwellings are built into niches of the volcanic rock. You will also have a panoramic view of the rest of Santorini and the Aegean Sea.

Santorini: Traditional Sightseeing Bus Tour with Oia Sunset

3. Santorini: Traditional Sightseeing Bus Tour with Oia Sunset

Explore Santorini on a full day sightseeing tour by bus. Learn about the island's history and visit traditional villages. Stop at volcanic beaches and experience an Oia sunset. Tour Itinerary • Akrotiri excavation site: guided tour in this Minoan Bronze Age settlement buried by volcanic ash in the 17th century BC • Emporio village: Explore this quaint village with hilltop windmills, fortified medieval castles and centuries-old churches • Perissa Beach: Enjoy free time for lunch and a swim at the island's most popular black sand beach • Santorini Winery: Tour a traditional winery and taste Santorini’s distinctive wines • Profitis Ilias: Visit the island’s highest peak and admire views from the agricultural plains to the hilltop village of Oia • Oia sunset: Enjoy free time to experience a Santorini sunset at the most-photographed place in Greece

Santorini Traditional Villages and Oia Sunset Tour

4. Santorini Traditional Villages and Oia Sunset Tour

Take a break from Santorini’s black sand beaches on a full-day tour of its Minoan excavations, traditional villages, ancient capital and buried settlements. End the day at Oia and watch the sunset from the island’s northernmost tip. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer by air-conditioned coach to the archeological site of Akrotiri. Explore an ancient city that was frozen in time after a volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago. Step inside with your guide and learn about the Minoan city before the devastating event occurred. Gaze in awe at the ruins of multi-storied buildings that date back to the 16th century, and admire the intricately designed drainage system that hints at a talented civilization far more advanced than its time suggests.  Stroll along the main street, lined with old stores and warehouses from the ancient city. Learn about the traditional ceramic artifacts, such as pithoi (earthenware jugs). After that, continue towards Perissa Beach and enjoy free time to have lunch and relax at one of the longest black sandy beaches in the Cyclades and the most popular beach of Santorini.  Next stop at Emporio Village where you can explore one of the oldest and most authentic traditional villages of Santorini, built like a small labyrinth and visit its medieval fortress (15th century).  Continue toward Santorini Winery. Taste Santorini’s distinctive wines and learn about one of the oldest vineyards in Europe while admiring the spectacular view of the volcano.  Stop at Profitis Ilias Mountain next where you will finish your tour with a short stop at the highest peak of Santorini (567 meters) to admire the striking panoramic view of the entire island. Meet your guide again in the early evening for the transfer to Oia, a quintessential Greek village that’s known for its sugar cube houses and blue-domed churches.  Join the legions who flock to Oia to watch the sunset, and stroll down streets nestled into the side of the cliffs overlooking the spectacular caldera. Follow your guide to the ruins of a Venetian castle, known as the Kastro of Oia, and gaze down from the village and caldera to the sea. Return to the coach for the transfer back to your hotel.

Santorini: ATV-Quad Experience

5. Santorini: ATV-Quad Experience

Encounter the best Santorini has to offer while feeling the thrill of riding an ATV. See great architecture, natural features like a caldera, and locals-only spots on this inclusive tour. Begin your Santorini quad tour at the black beach at Persia. Kick start your day with an off-road adventure to Emporio and the Venetian Castle. Cruise a labyrinth of old, traditional streets on foot, and feel free to explore yourself. Continue through a landscape of windmills and vineyards to the village of Megalochori, considered by locals to be the most traditional in Santorini. You'll also encounter a magnificent caldera, and visit Santorini's one of the oldest wine cellar in Megalochori for a tasting session or traditional Greek coffee or juice. Ride along the caldera and visit the hidden, tucked away places that only the locals know about. Explore a chapel located inside a hidden cave, and enjoy a ride to Vlichada solely on off-road paths. Finally, your tour concludes with a trip back to Perissa.

Santorini: Guided Wineries Tour with Wine Tastings

6. Santorini: Guided Wineries Tour with Wine Tastings

Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle as you tour 3 of Santorini's wine estates. Discover ancient winemaking traditions, tour one of the top 10 wine museums in the world, and hear about the cutting-edge production facilities at one of the most imposing wineries on the island. Start your wine tasting tour at Venetsanos Winery, the first industrial winery on the island. This beautiful wine estate is located right above the Port of Athinios overlooking the magnificent caldera of Santorini. Learn about the winery's rich history and marvel at striking views. Take an optional guided tour led by a sommelier and learn about quality, enology, and flavor alchemy. Sample 4 of the estate's wines accompanied by an assortment of light snacks. Next, head to the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum. This one-of-a-kind museum is nestled in a cave and took the family who owns the estate 21 years to create. Learn about the history of winemaking from an audio guide and taste 4 different wines served with crackers and chocolate. Finally, head to one of the most imposing wineries on the island of Santorini, Estate Argyros. Listen as specialized wine educators provide detailed information about the estate as well as the grape varieties indigenous to Santorini. Sip on 4 of the estate's current vintage wines accompanied by an assortment of fine Greek cheeses and breadsticks.

From Fira: Santorini Wrangler Jeep Convoy Tour & Villages

7. From Fira: Santorini Wrangler Jeep Convoy Tour & Villages

The tour starts with transfer from your hotel to the starting point. The tour starts after a short breefing about the Jeeps and the places that we will visit. The convoy starts with a small tour around Pyrgos village to showcase the panoramic view of Kamari, mostly to let the guests get acquainted with driving the car. Then follows the first off road part from Pyrgos all the way down to Megalochori village After that, the first stop is at the windmills in Emporio. Off road drive to Vlychada, small stop to the port of Vlychada (1st toilet stop if requested) followed by a quick tour to Perivolos black beach. From there we head to the main off road part that heads to Theros Beach, where we make the first Drone video and photo session. After Theros we head to Saint Anna church where we follow a small trail to a secret and quiet beach for a 40 minutes beach stop and then we return for the BBQ break at the church of Saint Anna for approximately 40 minutes. Continuing our drive we head for the Akrotiri area, towards Kaminia Beach where we climb the panoramic side and then we drive until the point of Akrotiri for a stop and second drone session to a magnificent point overlooking the caldera. (Lets say above the white beach) Finally we drive until Megalochori to a beautiful and not crowdy sunset point for the last drone session before returning to the starting point.

Santorini: 2-Day Volcanic Cruise & Bus Tour Combo

8. Santorini: 2-Day Volcanic Cruise & Bus Tour Combo

Explore the highlights of the volcanic island of Santorini with a cruise to the three islands of the caldera as well as a popular sightseeing bus tour on the second day. Start your first day by setting sail for the lava islet of Nea Kameni. Once there, walk an ascending path to the crater of the still active volcano to enjoy incredible sights for 1.5 hours. Return to the boat to sail to the second lava islet, Palea Kameni. Jump off the boat and dive in the islet's hot springs, with green sulfur waters and warm therapeutic mud. The last stop of the day is the traditional island of Thirassia for 1.5 hours of free time. On your second day, take a bus tour around the entire island. Visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri. Walk in the Emborio village, swim at the Perissa beach, and taste local wine at an awarded winery. Marvel at the views from the Profitis Ilias mountain top. Experience the famous sunset hour in Oia Village.

From Perissa: Santorini Guided E-Bike Village Tour & Sunset

9. From Perissa: Santorini Guided E-Bike Village Tour & Sunset

The journey starts by pedaling across the Black beach coastline where one can witness a breathtaking view. Then we navigate ourselves through mesmerizing pathways and vineyards to the heart of Santorini where we enjoy a one-of-a-kind sunset view. We then reach the traditional village of Megalochori, where we make a stop for a refreshment at the local cafeterias. Having refreshed ourselves we continue to the picturesque settlement of Emporio. This is a unique Cycladic village with white-blue washed houses & traditional alleys. There you get to stroll around and witness the unique beauty that the settlement has. Finally, we return back by following a route through ancient Thira.

Santorini: Private Full Day Sunset Tour with Dinner

10. Santorini: Private Full Day Sunset Tour with Dinner

Explore Santorini with a full-day tour from Fira, including a private guide, round-trip transportation in an air-conditioned SUV, a visit to Art Space, and dinner with sunset views. Learn about the island's history and culture while visiting Imerovigli, Exo Gonia, Emporio, Red Beach, and more. Begin your tour with SUV transportation from Fira to Imerovigli. Listen as your private guide describes the geological formation of Santorini's unique volcanic landscape. Stop at Monolithos Beach to sink your feet into the black sand and feast your eyes on a panoramic view. Continue to Exo Gonia, a quiet village that's home to the 18th-century Agios Charalambos Church. Explore the 19th-century Art Space gallery and winery, which displays contemporary Greek paintings and sculptures in a former wine cave. Wander next door to local vineyards for a tour or tasting. The next stop is the lively village of Emporio in the southern region of Santorini. Wander its narrow alleyways to a 15th-century Venetian Castle and then continue to the Akrotiri Lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece. Take a photo or enjoy the views of the endless blue Aegean Sea. Make a short stop at the Red Beach to take a photo of its iconic, red sand before driving to dinner at a family-run tavern. Popular with the locals, the tavern is located right on the water, offering specialty dishes like Santorinian salads, fresh fish, and tomatokeftedes (a fried tomato appetizer). After dinner, visit a secret location known as the "Heart of Santorini" to watch the evening sunset. Enjoy a bottle of local wine as the sun sinks into the sea and turns the sky deep shades of red, orange, and blue. Conclude your day trip by returning to the SUV and driving back to Fira.

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What people are saying about Emporio

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Our guide was awesome! He gave us the opportunity to shake up the original sites we had booked and we are so glad we listened to his suggestions. He was informative, friendly and kept up a very good narrative while driving. Highly recommend.

This really was value for money. Learned so much about Santorini and Greece in General. The guide Elena was extremely knowledgeable, passionate and eloquent. Highly recommended! Thank you so much!

What a great tour! Our tour guide and tour were one of the best tours I've ever been on. She provided such great information that made the places come alive. Cannot recommend this highly enough!

Great tour of Santorini that shows you some of the authentic non touristy areas of the island. Our tour guide on the day was outstanding. Knew her history and made it interesting.

It was an amazing trip . Alena was so professional and the driver was so good . Very recommended trip Thanks