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Best of Santorini Experience: 6-Hour Private Tour

1. 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.

From Thera: Santorini Villages Tour with Wine Tasting

2. From Thera: Santorini Villages Tour with Wine Tasting

Join a local wine tasting tour of Santorini. Explore Oia, visit the Profitis Ilias, and wander the Megalochori village. Top off your day with a tour of a local vineyard and a tasting of their wines. Meet your guide outside your hotel, and head straight to Oia, where you can snap the perfect picture of Santorini's famous blue domes. Once you've explored the streets of this famous village of Santorini, continue with your guide to Profitis Ilias. At the top of the highest mountain on Santorini, enjoy 360-degree views of the island and explore the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, or Prophet Elias. Head over to the nearby traditional village of Pyrgos, where you can wander the narrow streets and stop for a coffee break. Next, continue to a traditional winery, where you can learn about the bottling and maturing process of Santorini wines. After your vineyard tour, enjoy a tasting of 4 types of volcanic wine accompanied by a cheeseboard. Continue your tour with a walk through the beautiful cobblestone streets of Megalochori. Enjoy stunning views of the caldera and the many vineyards surrounding the village. Finish your tour with a visit to one of Santorini's black sand beaches.

Santorini: 5-Hour Private Shore Excursion

3. Santorini: 5-Hour Private Shore Excursion

On this private 5-hour tour of Santorini with a local experienced English guide, you will visit the beautiful village of Oia to experience incredible views and see the famous Blue Dome Church. Discover Santorini’s caldera and learn about volcanic activity on the island. Travel to the highest mountain of Santorini, and visit the monastery of Prophet Ilias. You will also explore the whitewashed village of Pyrgos or Megalochori. Learn about the volcanic vineyards and enjoy a wine tasting with stunning views of the caldera. Explore the volcanic beach of Perissa and Perivolos and enjoy an optional lunch. Santorini it is UNESCO World Heritage island with lots of hotels. It is a place to visit with friends, for honeymooners, couples and families. Discover the hidden parts and beauty of this island with this local tour operator. 

From Santorini: 5-Hour Guided Highlights Tour

4. From Santorini: 5-Hour Guided Highlights Tour

Starting from the meeting point at Santorini's cable car, head to Firostefani for the first stop on your tour. See this famous blue dome church and enjoy a fantastic view of the nearby volcanic caldera. Next, you go to Oia, one of the top destinations in Santorini. Enjoy some free time to stroll around this traditional settlement and enjoy some refreshments by the caldera. Visit the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, which is over 300 years old. Located at an altitude of 560 meters, it offers a unique 360-degee panoramic view of the island which makes it the ideal spot to take great photos. While here, taste some of the local delicacies and hand made products. Next, stop at the village of Megalochori, a peaceful, picturesque settlement on the south side of the island. See its famous tripartite bell tower, pirate hideaways, and wine canavas. Learn how Megalochori has a long history of trading merchants and financial prosperity.  Finish the tour with a stop at Perivolos Beach, a black sand volcanic beach, where you can swim, do some water sports, or have a delicious lunch overlooking the Aegean Sea.

Santorini: Classic Private Tour

5. Santorini: Classic Private Tour

After being collected by your guide your first stop is Oia. Driving to Oia is by itself an amazing experience, as the road taking you there is surrounded by cliffs and breathtaking seascapes. Oia is located high on the ridge of a cliff and has the best views of Santorini. In Oia you can choose to visit shops, or simply just walk around to discover the typical architecture of the island. You will then continue to Firostefani, where you can find the most visited church of the island with its famous blue dome. From Firostefani you can also enjoy a view of the volcano, the caldera, and Fira. Next you will visit Megalochori, one of the prettiest and quietest little villages of the island which is located inland, away from the caldera cliffs. A beautiful bell-towered archway welcomes you to this traditional village, that is an actual maze of extremely narrow cobblestone streets winding through hundreds of traditional whitewashed houses and churches painted in bright blue shades. Here you can can relax at one of the two tavernas at the main square of the village. You will later finish your tour at Profitis Ilias, the highest spot of the island. The mountain took its name from the monastery of Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elijah) which is built right on its peak. This vantage point offers you a unique panoramic view of the entire island, from the patchwork agricultural plains to the hilltop village of Oia.

Santorini: Village Tour with Wine Tasting

6. Santorini: Village Tour with Wine Tasting

Experience the traditional picturesque villages of Santorini and try a variety of local wines and delicacies. Admire the view of the lighthouse and get to the highest point of the island on a 5-hour tour with a private tour guide, plus a local driver. Morning island tour with a luxury private van and private tour guide, plus a local driver (Monastery Profitis Ilias, Pyrgos Village, Megalochori Village, Lighthouse, the Black Beach, 1 traditional winery). Private or group tour (depending on availability and preferences) is included in several parts of the island and 1 winery and lasts about 5 hours. Best Moments: Luxurious transportation with air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz van. Private tour guide, plus a local driver for your tour. Reach the highest place of Santorini, the Monastery of Profitis Ilias. Tour in the traditional village of Pyrgos. Admire the volcanic beach of the island, the Black Beach. Guided tour of the traditional village of Megalochori. Admire the last rock of Santorini, the Lighthouse. Visit 1 traditional winery, walk into a volcanic vineyard and discover the unique viticulture. Explore the cellars of the winery and see where wine is bottled and matured. Taste a selection of 4 different types of Santorini wine. Enjoy a fun, educational and intimate experience. Itinerary: The tour starts from your hotel in the morning. The first destination being the Monastery of Profitis Hlias. It is the highest mountain of Santorini and is a pre-volcano part of the island. Stay for panoramic photos with fantastic 360o views of the island. Visit a traditional village of Santorini, Pyrgos. Pyrgos (Tower) of Kallisti or simply Pyrgos is the highest village of Santorini. Walk to the beautiful alleys of Pyrgos and stop for souvenirs or coffee. The third destination we will walk in the small narrow streets into a beautiful and traditional village, Megalochori. Then admire the last rock of Santorini, the Lighthouse. The next destination is the most famous volcanic beach of the island,the Black Beach. Finally, visit a traditional winery will take place where you will have the chance and get to know the bottling and the maturing process of Santorini wines. Try 4 different types of volcanic wines accompanied by local snacks.

Santorini: Private 4-Hour Cultural Villages Sightseeing Tour

7. Santorini: Private 4-Hour Cultural Villages Sightseeing Tour

Following a convenient pickup from your starting point on the island, start your private tour by heading to the village of Pyrgos, known as the island’s historic monument. Built on the top of a hill, this settlement is home to an 18th-century Venetian castle. Explore the remains of the fortress built into small alleys and circle-shape roads by the locals to fortify the area. The town is surrounded by vineyards, chapels, churches, narrow cave houses with charming balconies, and pebbled paths. Continue your road trip by strolling the narrow pathways of the traditional village of Megalochori. This quaint settlement is made up of hundreds of small white painted houses with exquisite architecture, tiny alleys, tower bells, beautiful blue-domed churches, and underground cave houses. In this picturesque and non-touristic environment, you’ll truly be basking in the local culture and lifestyle. Next up, discover Emporio, the entryway to another era and the island's commercial center during the Venetian occupation. In medieval times, the inhabitants of this village used to build their houses side by side in small quaint streets so that they could protect themselves against pirates. Walk the narrow pathways of the Venetian castle and take memorable photos overlooking the volcanic landscape. Lastly, head to Akrotiri and visit the hidden gem of Santorini: the prehistoric Minoan Bronze Age settlement preserved in volcanic ash. One of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, it was home to one of the first European civilizations. Tucked away at the southern tip of Santorini, this settlement prospered for centuries before being eradicated by a great volcanic eruption. End your private experience by returning to the starting point or another place of your preference on the island.

Santorini: Private Photography Tour with Food & Wine Tasting

8. Santorini: Private Photography Tour with Food & Wine Tasting

Meet your friendly local guide, and get ready to experience fabulous Santorini through its unique tastes and magnificent picturesque spots. The day will start with a stroll around Fira, Santorini’s capital to spot uninterrupted views to Santorini Caldera while your guide will share with you Santorini’s ‘explosive’ stories! Continuing your tour, stop in a vantage point to admire the photogenic Blue Dome of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, the most-renowned Google and postcard location of Santorini. Do not get surprised if Beyonce or Lady Gaga takes selfies next to you! Either way, capture the best photos there and blow up your Instagram account! Later on, you’ll head to Oia, reasonably the most popular village of Santorini due to its dramatic setting at the edge of the steep cliff and its charismatic beauty. Stroll around cobblestone alleyways with whitewashed houses and Oia’s three bells Blue Domes, and click your cameras at our “local-secret” viewpoint spots! Next in the itinerary, you’ll move inland to the postcard-pretty village of Pyrgos, the former capital of Santorini where you’ll explore its pastel-colored houses, the old churches and vineyards and through the windy pathways, you’ll walk all the way up the ruins of a mediaeval castle so as to admire great vistas. Going downhill to the village, it’s time to relax your muscles in a lovely spot where you’ll wake up those taste buds with local seasonal mezedes (our Greek tapas) such as tomato fritters, fava, white eggplant, Apochti (cold cut) and Chlorotyri (local cheese). Once you’ve filled your belly, we’ll head to our next view point at the edge of the island. We’ll stop at one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece, the Akrotiri Lighthouse, which dates back to 1892 and according to many, boasts the best views in all of Santorini! This tour wouldn’t be complete without tasting exceptional Santorini wines, being globally famous as the world’s oldest and with an exclusive character due to the volcanic conditions and specific cultivation techniques. Enjoy not one or two but four premium wines during a tasting session in a local winery with dazzling caldera views and a selection of local cuts and cheeses. Don’t forget to ask your local guide for more hints and tips on how to get the best of your trip to amazing Santorini. How you help the local community by joining this tour: You support local farmers and help preserve Satorini’s culinary traditions by sampling food locally sourced from Santorini and nearby islands. You visit 100% locally owned and run stores. At least one store on your itinerary is dedicated to the preservation of locally produced crafts and edibles. By visiting a local winery that follows traditional methods, you promote Santorini’s indigenous varieties of grapes and local ancient pruning techniques.

Santorini: Wine Trails Private Tour with Guide

9. Santorini: Wine Trails Private Tour with Guide

Start your private Santorini tour with a pick-up from your hotel, or from the old port (Skala) where your local guide will be waiting for you at the cruise arrivals pier. The first stop on this wine culture exploration will be an old, private canava, the island’s underground caves used as a space for grape storage and wine making. Hear fascinating stories of locals who have mastered the island’s harsh weather conditions to create exceptional wines using ancient techniques and methods that are still in use today and participate in a 3-glass ‘cave’ wine tasting. Next, through the narrow alleyways of a traditional village you’ll visit a former winery of distinct architecture and history where you’ll participate in a unique wine philosophy session. Experience an interactive musical wine journey and feel the euphoria and mysticism when the wine is paired with music while you taste 3 wine glasses of ancient Greek varieties and enjoy a mythological narration with ancient Greek wind and string instruments. Since this is a wine tour after all, your last stop will have you sampling four more local wines paired with a platter of local, seasonal nibbles such as local meats and cheeses on the winery’s terrace with gorgeous sunset views. Your wine tour of Santorini will sadly finish here, but you will definitely want to come back for more! Your guide will be more than happy to make recommendations for what else you can do, if your plans allow you more time on the island. How you help the local community by joining this tour: By visiting a local winery that follows traditional methods, you promote Santorini’s indigenous varieties of grapes and local ancient pruning techniques. By visiting an underground labyrinth that was the owner’s house cellar during his childhood, you will get a better understanding of local life and traditions in the past. You support local farmers and help preserve Satorini’s culinary traditions by sampling food locally sourced from Santorini and nearby islands.

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What people are saying about Megalochori

Our guide, Lydia, was extremely knowledgeable and very kind and helpful. The driver, Alex, was very prompt in picking us up at our hotel. And the company itself is very very good at communicating all information in a timely manner. You never have to guess when or if something is scheduled or confirmed.

We enjoyed our tour very much. Our tour guide, Lydia, was absolutely wonderful. She was very knowledgeable about the island and history. Highly recommend this tour to learn about/explore the entire island in a day and visit all of the important sites.

This was such an excellent tour! Mary was a font of knowledge on such a broad variety of topics, and the itinerary covered every corner of the island. This is a great way to begin your time in Santorini! No regrets at all

Our tour guides were so knowledgeable and kind. We really loved seeing the island this way and experiencing the culture with multi-generational residents of Santorini. We hope we can come back one day and see them again!

Nick was a great guide and knowledgeable. We saw a lot of great places and he took us to a stunning place for lunch off of the beaten path for lunch.