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Santorini - 5 Hours Most Attractive Sightseing Island Tour

1. Santorini - 5 Hours Most Attractive Sightseing Island Tour

You will be collected early in the morning from your hotel in Santorini Island and driven in a luxury, modern, minivan with WiFi and A/C to the most attractive sightseing spots on the island. Augmented reality maps will be provided for free to passengers in order to give you the opportunity to get more information via your mobile-phone about the sites. Your first stop is Akrotiri Archaeological Site and museum in Akrotiri where you can feel the atmosphere of the island's volcanic eruption days and also see ancient ruins. Then you will drive to the nearby Red Beach which is popular because of its amazing pure and volcanic red rocks formation. Here you can take some time to swim and relax. Then, you will head to Black Beach in Perissa to swim, relax, or have a meal at one of the sea front bars. Next up, enjoy a wine tasting in Venetsanos Winery. You will have the opportunity to try some of the most excellent local wines in quality and flavor, such as Vinsanto, Nichteri, and Asyrtiko. At the end of this tour, Pyrgos and Oia will be your last stops. They are the most traditional villages in Santorini and there you'll have enough time to explore and admire the Cycladic architecture and Greek hospitality, to walk in the narrow pathways next to blue and white old and traditional houses, to go shopping, or relax and admire the breathtaking views of the island of Caldera.

Santorini: Island Bus Tour with Oia Village Sunset

2. Santorini: Island Bus Tour with Oia Village Sunset

Tour the treasures of Santorini and get the best views of the island on a guided bus tour. Visit Prophet Elias Monastery, the fascinating Akrotiri Excavations, and charming local towns, beaches, and villages with free time to explore at your own pace. Start your tour at the Prophet Elias Monastery, soak up the breathtaking views from this iconic site. Next, discover Pyrgos village, one of the most picturesque villages on the island. Continue to Akrotiri Excavations, one of the most significant archaeological sites in the area. Learn about its vast structure and how it was once inhabited by 200 families and preserved under the volcano’s lava. Then, enjoy free time at the Red Beach and admire the colorful formations of the mountains and/or visit Akrotiri Bay for coffee or lunch with Greek traditional mezedes and ouzo at your own expense. Continue to Fira, the capital of the island, and visit the many shops and restaurants offering traditional Santorinian cuisine. Capture magnificent pictures of the Caldera as you explore. Finally, arrive at Oia village for the world’s most famous sunset.

Private Group Visit to Akrotiri & 3 Wineries with Tastings

3. Private Group Visit to Akrotiri & 3 Wineries with Tastings

Uncover the fascinating past of Santorini on a 5-hour guided tour. Explore the excavations at Akrotiri, a prehistoric Bronze Age city. During the Minoan volcanic eruption some 3,600 years ago the city was frozen in time by volcanic ash. On this tour that’s priced for a group of up to 4 persons, you will admire the elaborate drainage system, the sophisticated multi-storied buildings, magnificent wall paintings, and excavated furniture and vessels. Discover evidence of winemaking that has been estimated to date back to the 3rd millennium BC, making Santorini one of the oldest wine-making regions in the world. Visit 3 of the island’s wineries and learn about Santorini’s unique viticulture traditions. Taste a selection of 12 different wine styles from across Santorini and Greece – including Assyrtiko, Nykteri, and the sublimely sweet Vinsanto wine.

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: Private Highlights Tour by Minibus

5. Santorini: Private Highlights Tour by Minibus

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.

Accessible Santorini Private Tour

6. Accessible Santorini Private Tour

Santorini is famous for its breathtaking views, volcanic landscapes and unique architecture. However, it is not a friendly place for the wheelchair user because of the numerous steps and narrow cobbled streets of the island’s villages and the steep hills of the countryside. This tour is here to make Santorini accessible for you. You will be transferred with a mini van equipped with a special ramp that will transport the wheelchair user safely and comfortably to the island's best attractions. A tour leader will accompany you and make sure you enjoy Santorini in the best possible way. The tour leader will take you to the island's best spots, where you will experience breathtaking views without having to climb stairs, you will have the chance to experience wine tasting in a local winery, you will visit an important archaeological museum, or even enjoy a meal or drink at an accessible restaurant or cafe. Along the way you will stop in the picturesque village of Oia, have a wine tasting at Argyros Estate Winery, and explore the Museum of Prehistoric Thira.

Santorini: 5-Hour Private Panoramic Tour with Host

7. Santorini: 5-Hour Private Panoramic Tour with Host

Adapt the tour to your personal interests and preferences; the itinerary presented below is just a suggestion. Start by being picked up from the location of your choice. Make the first stop in Firostefani, well known for the famous blue dome church where you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the volcanic caldera. On your way to Oia, marvel at the characteristic architecture of the famous picturesque village. Visit the old Venetian castle, and explore its interior. Enjoy free time to stroll around the town and sip refreshments by the caldera. Next, head to Profitis Ilias which offers a unique 360° panoramic view of the island and is an ideal spot to take amazing photos. Visit the 300 years old monastery and taste some of the local delicacies and handmade products. After this, stop at Black Beach, a unique volcanic beach where you can swim, enjoy water sports, or have a delicious lunch overlooking the Aegean Sea. Continue on the to Akrotiri Archaeological Site located on the southern edge of the island. 

Santorini: Private Group Sightseeing Tour

8. Santorini: Private Group Sightseeing Tour

After being collected from your accommodation you will make your way to the archaeological museum and ancient excavations in Akrotiri. There you will learn about life before and after the Santorini volcano eruption on the island of Thira. Following that you will experience the popular Red Beach, where you'll have enough time for swimming and relaxing, and can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the divine landscape. A few meters below there is the different landscape of Black Beach, where you can swim some more and take photos. Pyrgos is your next stop. Its paved and narrow pathways hidden between many old traditional stone houses give you the sense that you are walking in an ancient town labyrinth. This village is located at the highest point of the island and just a few meters below the Monastery of Prophet Elias, which has been standing since 1711. Next, experience wine tasting in an area where the unique grapes have been voted many times as one of the better varieties from around the world. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the most exquisite and tasteful wine flavors such as Visanto, Nychteri, and Assyrtiko. The traditional settlement of Firostefani is your next tour stop, where you can admire the magnificent views of the breathtaking caldera of Santorini. You'll also have the opportunity to see the famous and frequently photographed “Blue Dome”, the old orthodox church covered by a blue dome. Your final stop is the cosmopolitan village of Oia, which is located on the northern edge of the island. Walking over the paved paths in this pure blue and white village is an extremely unique experience, and is bound to provide you with many photographic opportunities. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be driven back to your hotel in Santorini.

Santorini: Customizable Private Highlights Tour

9. Santorini: Customizable Private Highlights Tour

Enjoy Santorini at your own pace with a local driver leading the way. Customize your own itinerary to see the stunning natural wonders, idyllic towns, and traditional wineries of the island. From the black and red sand beaches of Jamari and Perissa to charming villages and incredible views, Santorini is renowned as the gem of the Aegean Sea. Meet your private driver at the location of your choice and discuss your ideal itinerary. Whether you have something in mind or would like your guide to take the lead with tips and recommendations, your interests are the top priority. Visit the villages of Pyrgos and Oia to explore their whitewashed houses and winding streets. See the archaeological site of Akrotiri, a prehistoric village preserved in volcanic ash, or head up to the Prophet Elias Monastery for stunning views of the Aegean coast and to meet the resident monks.

Santorini: Half-Day Guided Archaeological Walking Tour

10. Santorini: Half-Day Guided Archaeological Walking Tour

Explore the stunning island of Santorini, famed for its whitewashed houses, beautiful beaches, and archaeological monuments. Discover the myths and legends hidden behind each turn on this Cyclade island from your professional guide. Start your guided adventure at Oia castle and meet your local guide. Continue to explore the most interesting archeological sites in Santorini, like the Ancient Thira, which offers sweeping views over the Aegean. Then, arrive at the Akrotiri and marvel at what remains of this prehistoric city. Immerse yourself in the island's long history as your guide explains the events that shaped Santorini, like the volcanic eruption that covered the island in ashes and Santorini's hidden connection with Atlantis.

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A varied day that was a real success & good value. Once the pick ups are done the day flows smoothly with a good balance of guided & self exploring. The archeological site was a huge surprise (€12 extra) & well worth the time. The walk to red beach was a little steep on poor roads, worth knowing if you have a child’s buggy, & it’s to see the beach, not go on it. Our guide Maria was lovely, balancing varied client needs & expectations very well with good humour & calmness. The suggested lunch stop El Greco Fira was the only regret, the food pretty bland & expensive for a side street without a view. Worth walking on into the town, up the alleyways to glorious views, again not cheap but worth it. Oia we kept walking too, persuading a restaurant with amazing sunset views our drinks bill would equal eating to let us in for beverages only. The return bus trip was swift as all yours got combined based on drop off points so we didn’t have to go around the houses, which was ideal.

Our guide Christine was not only informative but also super fun. The other guide (an archaeologist) at the Akrotiri site gave us much needed context to the site visit. Overall a great tour and way of spending a day on the island.

very happy with tour and guide cristina.was very long tour but not tiring atall.had enough time on each places.didnt feel liked rush atall.enjoyed every stops.

This trip is a must. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. She took us to amazing places today we would have never seen on our own.

This was a great way to see everything on the island in a short time, and Minas was super friendly and knowledgeable!