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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. 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 coach at the parking lot. Board the bus for a relaxing evening journey with drop-off back at your hotel.

From Rethymno: Santorini Boat Trip and Guided Tour

2. From Rethymno: Santorini Boat Trip and Guided Tour

Explore the beautiful island of Santorini on a guided day trip by boat and bus from Rethymno. Visit the charming towns of Oira and Fira and take some free time to wander through the winding streets, and admire the scenic views and stunning architecture. Start with pickup from your hotel or meet directly at the port in Rethymno. Board the open-deck boat and relax during the journey across the Aegean Sea to Santorini. Arrive at Santorini port and board a bus for a transfer north to Oia. During the transfer, hear interesting facts about the Santorini, its history, features, and secrets from your guide. Upon arrival in Oia, enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore the charming narrow streets. Visit some of the stunning viewpoints and admire the fantastic panoramic vistas. Admire fine examples of Cycladic architecture in the form of white houses and churches with their iconic blue domes. Next, continue south to the town of Fira, the capital of Santorini. Take 90 minutes to explore its bustling streets and admire the fantastic views of the Santorini caldera. Visit the Orthodox Cathedral located in the main square, or make your way to one of the scenic viewpoints. Finally, hop back onboard the bus and travel back to Santorini port. Board the boat and relax on the return journey to Rethymno port.

Santorini Traditional Villages and Oia Sunset Tour

3. 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.

Private Half-Day Tour in Santorini

4. Private Half-Day Tour in Santorini

Start from the north part of Santorini Island, where the spectacular villages of Oia, Firostefani and Imerovigli are located. Experience the endless panoramic views of Caldera, Thirasia Island and the volcanic islands Palea and Nea Kameni.  Have the opportunity to take pictures of white houses and blue domed churches whilst there. Later on, head toward the traditional settlement of Megalochori, where you will be able to explore it, walking through the traditional alleys and being able to see the local houses and architecture.  Finally, stop at the unique Red Beach, which is full of red iron volcanic lava rocks, and the famous 2.5-mile-long Black Sand Beach.

Thera: Santorini Highlights Private Guided Tour with Lunch

5. Thera: Santorini Highlights Private Guided Tour with Lunch

Stop At: Oia's Main Street This village is located at the northern part of the island, famous for the traditional cave houses built on the cliffs, the Venetian castle and the breathtaking sunset. We will stroll through the village to the famous view point of the blue domed churches and give you the opportunity to take memorable pictures. Stop At: Megalochori - Traditional Village A quiet and picturesque village on the southern part of the island, which is the center of the wine growing area. Stroll through the narrow alleys, take pictures of the old traditional houses and churches, visit a traditional cave house and drink a coffee in the small main square before heading to your next destination. Stop At: Monastery of Profitis Ilias It’s the highest spot of the island. From its top – at about 2000 feet (600 m) – you will enjoy the panoramic view over entire island and the Aegean sea. The Monastery was built in the 18th century and has an important collection of icons and artefacts of the Greek Orthodox religion. Stop At: Red Beach A unique beach in the world, where red is the dominant color. Ideal for hiking and swimming. At: Perivolos Beach At the south part of Santorini where you can taste amazing Greek food at a seaside restaurant of your choice and swim in the clear water of Aegean sea. During your tour you can choose to visit either Akrotiri’s excavation site(prehistoric settlement covered by volcanic materials in the 17th century BC) or a local wine farm where you can sample handmade and organic traditional products as well as wine. Stop At: Castelli of Pyrgos Is one of the villages of Santorini least spoiled by tourism. It is built amphitheatrically on a hill that offers magnificent views of Santorini in almost all directions. On top of this hill remain the ruins of a Venetian castle that was once the island’s administrative center. Pirgos is a typical example of medieval architecture with narrow, labyrinthine streets, fortified walls and hidden passages,ideal for a quick stop at the central square of the village for marvelous pictures.

Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

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

Commence your Santorini journey by meeting your amicable tour guide either at your lodging in Santorini or at the designated meeting spot close to the arrivals terminal for cruise ships (exit of the cable car station in Fira). After a swift introduction with your driver, hop into a cozy, fully air-conditioned vehicle and commence your adventure. Initiate your day of exploration by exploring a visit to Oia, one of the most popular and scenic villages on the island. Roam through narrow pathways, indulge in shopping along the fashionable streets of the village, explore the Oia Castle, and be captivated by the awe-inspiring view. Departing from Oia, your subsequent destinations will be Firostefani and Imerovigli, two charming villages interconnected with each other. From here, relish in mesmerizing panoramic vistas of the volcano, the Skaros rock, and the striking blue dome. Pause and meander around the traditional village of Megalochori. Make a point to visit a traditional Greek café and delight in a cup of Greek coffee or a refreshing beverage. Conclude your day with a trip to the highest point of Santorini—the mountain of Prophet Elias. Note that if you opt for the private option, the itinerary is highly flexible and can be tailored to align with your interests. The tour wraps up by being dropped off at your initial meeting point, or arrangements can be made for an alternative drop-off location.

Santorini: Megalochori and Oia Guided Tour with Wine Tasting

7. Santorini: Megalochori and Oia Guided Tour with Wine Tasting

From the cable car station, we head to the highest peak of the island: mountain Profitis Ilias. Admire panoramic views and learn everything there is to know about the volcanic history of Santorini. Next you go south: Explore the village of Megalochori, one of the most beautiful ones on the island, with narrow pathways perfect for strolling around and exploring the traditional architecture, blue domed chapels and local life.  In Anhydrous Winery, the award-winning wines are available for tasting and pairing with local delights. Hear about the unique viticulture and agricultural traditions as you experience each taste in the beautiful winery. After the tasting, it is time to visit the well-known Oia and its characteristic cave houses. The north of the island is a different story. You will have some time to look around, explore the ruins of the old Venetian Castle, shop, and sit at a café to observe life in Oia.

Santorini Half-Day Private Sightseeing tour

8. Santorini Half-Day Private Sightseeing tour

Experience the best of Santorini with our customizable sunset and day sightseeing tour. Start your journey from the charming village of Oia, where you have the flexibility to choose whether you'd like to visit Oia during the day or make it your sunset destination. During the day sightseeing tour, explore the island's most famous panoramic views, including Imerovigli and Firostefani. Immerse yourself in the traditional village of Megalochoria and admire the natural beauty of the Red Beach and the black beaches of Perivolos and Perissa. Our knowledgeable guide will provide interesting and informative commentary throughout the journey, enhancing your understanding of the island's history, culture, and geography. Alternatively, if you opt for the sunset tour, you can spend the day at your leisure, and we will pick you up from your desired location in Santorini. We will then take you to Oia, where you can witness the spectacular sunset over the Aegean Sea from one of the most renowned viewpoints on the island. Customize your experience by exploring Oia's charming streets, indulging in local cuisine, or simply finding the perfect spot to marvel at the breathtaking sunset. Whether you choose the day or sunset tour, our luxury air-conditioned car and English-speaking driver-guide will ensure your comfort and enjoyment throughout the journey. Experience the beauty of Santorini's villages, beaches, and sunsets in a personalized and unforgettable way.

Santorini Full-Day Private Tour Wine Tasting Included

9. Santorini Full-Day Private Tour Wine Tasting Included

Embark on an unforgettable 8 hours tour of Santorini Island, starting from the enchanting North side. Begin your journey in the picturesque village of Oia, renowned for its stunning caldera views, charming Kastro house, and iconic blue-domed churches. Continue to Imerovigli, where the majestic Skaros rock awaits, and marvel at the captivating blue domes of Firostefani. Next, immerse yourself in the fascinating world of wine at the renowned Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos. Housed in a unique underground cave, this museum offers a natural labyrinth-like experience. Delight in a wine tasting session that includes four exquisite wines: Assyrtiko (white), Orange Wine (white), Ambelones (red), and Kamaritis (dessert red wine). Conclude your tour with visits to the awe-inspiring Red Beach, formed by volcanic activity, and the striking Black Sand Beach. Take the opportunity to relax, indulge in local cuisine, or take a refreshing swim in the crystalline waters. Prepare to create cherished memories in the unparalleled beauty of Santorini.

Private Sunset Tour in Santorini

10. Private Sunset Tour in Santorini

Introducing our exclusive Private Sunset Tour in Santorini! Immerse yourself in the beauty of this captivating island as we take you on a journey through its most famous beaches, charming villages, and culminate the experience with a breathtaking sunset in the renowned village of Oia. Embark on a picturesque adventure that begins with the stunning Red Beach and Black Beach, where you can soak up the sun and marvel at the azure waters. Next, we'll guide you through the traditional village of Megalochory, offering a glimpse into Santorini's rich cultural heritage. Prepare to be awestruck as we drive through Imerovigli, known for its awe-inspiring Skaros Rock and panoramic vistas that will leave you speechless. And finally, the highlight of the tour awaits you in Oia, where you'll witness a magical sunset that has captivated the hearts of travelers from around the world. Please note that for guests who would like to have dinner in Oia after the tour, we provide a complimentary pick-up service. Simply give us a call 40 minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time, and we will arrange transportation to your desired destination.

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4.6 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Although it rained and we did not realise that Santorini shuts down in the winter months we were able to explore the island without any crowds. Arthur took us to all the historic famous locations for some of the most unbelievable photos. Our visit to the winery and the tasting of the Santorini wines was fabulous. Lunch at the Black Sand beach was wonderful and we were grateful the Sun began to shine through.

The value of the trip is amazing ! Our tour guide, Elisa, is very knowledgeable about the island and proud of her job. Recommended to someone looking to learn about tour some great points around the island.

It was fantasctic. A very nice experice. We've seen places that otherwise we couldn't have seen. it was a great day.

Tour was very good. It has several places of interest around the island and the tour guide was very knowledgeable.

The tour guide explained in deep detail about life in Santorini. The best tour ever