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Santorini: Guided Winery Tour

1. 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.

Santorini: Sunset Wine Tour with Pickup & Guide

2. Santorini: Sunset Wine Tour with Pickup & Guide

Taste a variety of the fine wines of Santorini on a wine tour of the island. Visit 3 Santorini wineries, and enjoy 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 crispest 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. Stop for tastings at Hatzidakis Winer, Avantis Anhydrous, and finally to the SantoWinery, where you’ll enjoy both the wines and the sunset views.

Santorini: Half-Day Tour of 3 Wineries with Tasting

3. Santorini: Half-Day Tour of 3 Wineries with Tasting

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)

Santorini: Guided Wine Tasting Tour with Pickup

4. Santorini: Guided Wine Tasting Tour with Pickup

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.   

Santorini: Scuba Diving Experience in the Volcanic Caldera

5. Santorini: Scuba Diving Experience in the Volcanic Caldera

Enjoy scuba diving in Santorini and dive into the biggest volcanic caldera in the world with your instructor. Swim around and explore the dramatic ocean landscape. See where volcanic eruptions took place under the sea. Begin the activity by meeting your instructor. Next, get kitted out in your scuba gear and head to the dive site. Have a quick briefing on everything you need to know including the equipment, body, environment, and diving hand signals. Next, when you feel comfortable, dive into the volcanic reef inside the caldera of Santorini. Admire the colorful Mediterranean marine life as you breathe underwater. Dive for around 45-minutes before finishing your dive.

Archaeological Bus Tour To Akrotiri Excavations & Red Beach

6. Archaeological Bus Tour To Akrotiri Excavations & Red Beach

Start with the breath-taking view at the Prophet Elias Monastery and visit the picturesque monastery. Then head to Megalochori village, an extremely charming traditional settlement, almost abandoned after a major earthquake. Your trip continues to Akrotiri Excavations, one of the most significant archaelogical sites in Greece that includes a vast structure, once inhabited by 200 families. The site was preserved, buried under the volcano’s lava. Then you will have free time at the Red Beach to simply enjoy the colorful formations of the mountain and/or visit Akrotiri Bay for coffee or lunch with Greek traditional mezedes and ouzo (not included in the price). Perivolos, with its black sandy beach, comes next. There you will have enough time to enjoy swimming, explore the area, and taste fresh cooked fishes at the local taverns. The last stop is one of the most popular wineries in Santorini, for a wine tasting experience.

Santorini: The Lost Atlantis 9D Experience

7. 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.

Best of Santorini Experience: 6-Hour Private Tour

8. Best of Santorini Experience: 6-Hour Private Tour

Make the first stop of the tour at Santorini Caldera and learn all about the details of its formation. Then, continue through the scenic countryside to the village of Oia, the most photographed location in Santorini. Also visit the village of Imerovigli, situated on a higher cliff with an incredible view. Next, make a short stop in Firostefani to see the famous Blue Dome Church, the subject of so many Santorini postcards. Continue to the peak of Prophet Ilias, the island’s highest mountain, standing 2,000 feet above sea level. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the village of Megalochori or Pyrgos. You can then take an optional stop at Akrotiri Archaeological Site if you want to explore the excavations. Also, you can choose an optional winery visit to Estate Argyros or Venetsanos Winery, to taste the local wine.

Santorini: Mythical Day Trip to Akrotiri with Volcano Cruise

9. Santorini: Mythical Day Trip to Akrotiri with Volcano Cruise

Explore Santorini from land and from the sea on a day trip across the island. Visit the ancient city of Akrotiri, learn about the lost city in the Lost Atlantic Museum, hike up the Santorini Volcano, and relax in nearby hot springs. Meet your guide at the pickup point nearest you and enjoy a comfortable transfer to your first stop, the prehistoric town of Akrotiri. This ash-encased Minoan town inspired the Lost Atlantis myth. Explore the ancient city with your guide and learn about its tragic destruction. Next, continue to the Lost Atlantis Museum, where history and myth become one. Discover every aspect of one of the world’s greatest mysteries. Archaeology, geology, and technology join forces to introduce you to the Minoan past of Santorini and the myth of Lost Atlantis. Take the time machine to the world of Atlantis and walk along its streets with its inhabitants. Experience the great eruption, feel the earthquake and tsunami with all your senses, and see the destruction of mythical Atlantis before your eyes in a 9D experience. Next, drive to the port and board a traditional wooden boat. After a short cruise, arrive at the base of the Santorini Volcano. For the next 90 minutes, enjoy some free time around the volcano. Follow the path to the top where active craters are or relax at the base. After returning to the boat, cruise to the island of Palea Kameni, where you can relax in the hot springs and the island's famous mud baths. After a 30 minute soak in the spring, return to the port and finish your tour.

Santorini Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting

10. Santorini Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting

Journey to Oia to get panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and neighboring islands. Admire the white houses and blue domed churches, and get stunning views from the village of Imerovigli. Stop in Firostefani to see its blue domed church, and then make your way to the top of Prophet Ilias, 200 feet above sea level. Look inside the monastery at the top of the mountain. Visit the village of Pyrgos and stroll the narrow paths to the ruins of a Venetian castle.  Taste some rare wines in the Venetsanos winery and learn more about the island's wine making traditions. Head to Black Beach at Perivolos and get recommendations on where to enjoy lunch, or get dropped off at your hotel or in Fira.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 92 reviews

I am a wine snob, so was a little wary of this sort of thing. But it was excellent- totally loved it and had a lovely time. If you are 'red wine only' sort, then Santorini wines are probably not your jam. But otherwise, I would not hesitate to recommend this tour.

This was a great way to see the island! Even if you’re not a huge fan of white wine, which is the main type on Santorini, you’ll learn so much and maybe walk away with a newfound love of white and orange wines!

I could not recommend this tour more! The guides were knowledgeable and helpful, and seeing the sights of Santorini by bike was wonderful. If you want a more adventurous outing, choose this activity!

Great trip, the highlight was the guided tour of the excavations at Akrotiri. Our guide was well informed and entertaining - which made the tour extremely enjoyable

Wonderful experience, Yiannis was an excellent host and we would highly recommend him.