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Santorini: 4-Hour Small Group Wine Tasting Tour

1. Santorini: 4-Hour Small Group Wine Tasting Tour

Visit the most acclaimed wine estates on the island of Santorini and sample 12 different wines produced in the local wineries. Learn about the 3,500-year history of wine making on the volcanic island, starting at a vineyard located on the unique soils with traditional basket vines. Hear about the local viticulture that makes Santorini a world heritage site for wine production. Visit 3 distinct wine estates, such as the Argyros estate or Art Space Winery, the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum, Venetsanos Winery or Gavalas Estate Winery. Taste organic wines, such as Nykteri, Assyrtiko, and Vinsanto, with local delicacies including cheese and olives.   

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Santorini: Electric Mountain Bike Adventure

2. Santorini: Electric Mountain Bike Adventure

You will start your adventure at the black sandy beach of Perivolos, before cycling through ancient paths and trails that used to connect the old traditional villages that see far fewer tourists than other parts of the island. You will visit the old traditional maze village of Emporeio, and take a short tour inside the village with a refreshing freshly squeezed orange juice from the small local café. You will then continue your ride to the famous cliff view of Caldera, where you will visit a small chapel built inside a cave of volcanic ash. Afterwards, you will take a 10 minute bike ride to the picturesque village of Megalochori, where you will visit the beautiful balcony restaurant "Feggera". Here you will be able to taste a famous local white wine, as well as some other local products. Later, you will cycle back to the black sandy beach of Perivolos, overpassing Vlichada Port. You can enjoy and relax on a private beach with refreshments, and at the end of the visit, a luxury minivan will transfer you back to your hotel.

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Santorini: 4-Hour Sunset Wine Tour

3. Santorini: 4-Hour Sunset Wine Tour

Taste a variety of the fine wines of Santorini on a 4-hour wine tour of the island, visiting 3 Santorini wineries, and enjoying a Santorini sunset at your final stop. Sample as many as 12 different varietals, including wines made from the indigenous Assyrtiko grape. Learn about the island’s unique viticulture that produces some of the most crisp and seductively sweet wines in the Mediterranean. Explore a volcanic vineyard, visit wine cellars, and enjoy a platter of local delicacies to accompany the wine. The itinerary for the Sunset Wine Tour includes visits to the Boutari Winery or Estate Argyros and finally to the Venetsanos Winery, where you’ll enjoy both the wines and the sunset views.

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Santorini Half-Day Wine Adventure Tour

4. Santorini Half-Day Wine Adventure Tour

Tour Santorini's countryside and visit the most distinct wineries on the island. Taste a selection of 12 different wines from Santorini and Greece and learn about the acclaimed winemaking process unique to Santorini. Learn about Santorini's 3,000-year-old winemaking tradition, and visit the best cellars on the island, starting at a vineyard on the black volcanic soils. Stroll through the unique basket vines, hearing about the local viticulture that makes vine-growing in Santorini unlike any other. Discover the island's history through its winemaking as you move between 3 different wineries, all acclaimed by international experts. Taste the major wine styles of Santorini, such as Assyrtiko, Nykteri, and Vinsanto paired with local cheeses. Day tour route with a morning departure available from April to early November• Boutari winery or Estate Argyros• Hatzidakis Winery or Gavalas Winery• Venetsanos Winery or Artemis Karamolegos winery Sunset tour route with an afternoon departure available from May to October• Boutari Winery, Artemis Karamolegos winery, or Avantis Estate Winery• Estate Argyros, Gavalas Winery, or Hatzidakis Winery• Venetsanos Winery (with sunset views, Greek cheese, and tapas)

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Santorini: Wine Tour with Sunset in Oia

5. Santorini: Wine Tour with Sunset in Oia

Start your tour with a visit to Venetsanos Winery, which is located in the most breathtaking location, offering incredible views over the caldera and volcanic islands. Have the chance to discover its unconventional structural design, constructed from above and moving downwards before tasting three of its exceptional wines. Continue with the wine museum in Mesa Gonia and get a glimpse of what life was like as a winemaker here. This one-of-a-kind museum happens to be nestled in a cave, a natural labyrinth eight meters below ground and 300 meters long, twenty-one years of hard work of the Koutsogiannopoulos Family. Learn about the stages of the winemaking process including ploughing in the vineyards, and then harvesting, stomping, and weighing of the grapes, about the range of machinery necessary to make wine all the way through to what is used today. Refresh your palate by tasting the family's renowned volcanic wines. Your last stop will be Oia and Sun Spirit Bar, one of the best places to watch the sunset. Relax and enjoy your wine in this idyllic space, as you watch the sunset deep into the sea.

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Santorini: Guided Winery Tour

6. Santorini: Guided Winery Tour

Learn about the history of winemaking in Santorini and what makes it so unique and famous all over the world. Visit both traditional and modern wineries, and have the chance to witness how Santorinian winemaking has grown throughout time. At each winery, taste different signature wines. Koutsoyannopoulos hosts important artwork by Greek and foreign artists in its old winery dating back to 1861. In its endeavor to continue the winemaking tradition, the grounds also include a modern winery offering renowned products of high quality.  Venetsanos winery provides incredible views over the Caldera and volcanic islands. First built in 1947, take the chance to discover the history and traditions as well as new winemaking techniques. Also visit Roussos, one of the most traditional wineries in Santorini.

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Santorini: Small-Group Highlights Tour of Venetian Castles

7. Santorini: Small-Group Highlights Tour of Venetian Castles

The tour starts late in the morning by picking you up from your hotel. After a short drive the small group will reach the traditional village of Megalochori and you will have the opportunity to visit the famous "symposion by la ponta" an amazing workshop of traditional Greek music instruments full of information about Greek mythology and music. Continue to Emporio village, stroll around the small picturesque streets and see the best preserved Venetian castle which used to be the medieval trade center of the island. Leaving Emporio you will have some free time to relax and enjoy a lazy break at the most famous black sandy beach of the island at Perivolos, where you can swim or even have lunch, tasting the local flavors. Later, the group will drive around the castle of Akrotiri and will have a short photo stop to enjoy the view of the castle the amazing caldera from the south part of the island. Afterward you will visit the village of Pyrgos which is built on the top of a hill, you will walk to the top where the Venetian castle overlooks the caldera and get a panoramic view of the island. After the walk to the castle you will relax in an old canava and taste local wines. Subsequently, the group will make a short stop in Firostefani, where you can take breathtaking photos of the famous Blue Dome and the Rock Of Skaros, where the capital of the island used to be during the Venetian period. The tour will finish in Oia village. Explore the narrow passageways and discover the old captain's houses, the unique cave houses, and the romantic chapels. Later you will watch the spectacular sunset over the caldera while being inside the Venetian castle of Oia. After such a lovely day you will be driven back to your hotel.

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Santorini: Catamaran Cruise, Winery, & Oia Sunset Combo Tour

8. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise, Winery, & Oia Sunset Combo Tour

Get picked up from your hotel to spend the morning cruising around the amazing caldera on a catamaran. Relax on a 5-hour day tour sailing to the volcanic islands of Santorini and have the chance to swim and snorkel in its crystal deep blue waters. Visit the most amazing volcanic beaches of the hot springs and the Red and the White Beach. Enjoy a delicious barbecue prepared on-board paired with unlimited Santorinian white wine and soft drinks. Return to port, get on the bus and start the shore exploration of the island. The first stop is the Venetsanos Winery, where you'll taste 3 distinctive wines while gazing over the volcano. Continue to the Wine Museum in Mesa Gonia, one of the largest estates on Santorini with a long family tradition in winemaking. Refresh your palate by tasting volcanic white wines and the island’s unique desert wine. The last stop will be Oia and Sun Spirit Bar, one of the best places to watch the sunset. Relax and enjoy your wine in this idyllic space, as the sun plunges deep into the sea.

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Santorini: The Lost Atlantis 9D Experience

9. Santorini: The Lost Atlantis 9D Experience

Discover all the evidence that connects Plato’s lost Atlantis myth with the volcano eruption of the island through interactive videos. Explore the largest Atlantis diorama in the world and experience its everyday life through virtual windows in time with augmented reality. Follow Plato’s journey that inspired him to write about the ideal city, through an interactive fresco.  See a holographic representation of the geological evolution of Santorini island from the prehistoric ages until today. The Greek philosopher Plato comes to life in an animated hologram. Converse with him and ask him about his philosophy and the theory that Santorini could be the origin of the Atlantis myth.  Relive, with all your senses, the earthquake, the tsunami, and the volcanic eruption that led to the destruction of Atlantis in a 9D experience. Walk on lava inside an active volcano. Get dressed up and get pictures as a citizen of Atlantis.

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Megalochori: Experienced Horse Riding Adventure

10. Megalochori: Experienced Horse Riding Adventure

After gathering at the tour starting point with your group and guide, your tour will begin. This horse riding tour is for riders who have ridden frequently before and are confident in their abilities, with riders requiring a suitable physical level for this kind of energetic ride. Beginning from the stables in Megalochori, ride along the paths of the vineyards and continue down to Eros beach. From there, ride along the beach and then up into the canyons and ravines behind the coastline. Following the ancient trails to the cliff-side top, encounter panoramic views of the whole caldera basin and the volcano. From this vantage point, marvel at the best views over the island from the exclusive comfort of your horse. At the conclusion of your experience, you'll travel back to your tour starting point.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 92 reviews

This was a great tour! Our guide was wonderful, and she did a great job of explaining each wine. The 3 wineries were beautiful, and gave great snacks. The cost was maybe just slightly too high for what the tour was, but I would imagine it would cost a lot to go to each winery even if you weren't on a tour. This was a great experience, and we had a lot of fun.

Such a nice tour. Great to be able to try several different wineries and have the transportation covered! Maria was such a lovely host and we had such a nice time with the group. Definitely one of our best memories from Santorini. Would recommend to anyone.

Gregory ist a great tour guide and an even better driver ;) Within a mixed group he kept everybody happy and told us many interesting details about past and present Thira

The tour and tour guide were great! I learned a lot about the island, saw some beautiful sights and lunch was delicious! Highly recommend!

Great guide, very knowledgeable about the area, wines, and traditions of the island. Highly recommend