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Island Bus Tour: The Majestic Spots Of Santorini

1. Island Bus Tour: The Majestic Spots Of Santorini

Tour the treasures of Santorini and get the best views of the island. Visit Prophet Elias Monastery and the fascinating Akrotiri Excavations with free time to explore at your own pace. Start your tour at the Prophet Elias Monastery soak up the breathtaking views. 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 (approx 40 minutes) 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 (not included in the price). 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.

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Santorini: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

2. Santorini: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

Choose endless locations in Santorini for your photo shoot based, whether it be a family getaway, a romantic trip, or a livelier one with friends.  You will receive confirmation of all necessary information. On the day of the shoot, just allow the photographer to work their magic, capturing your travels in your own personalized style. Your Santorini vacation photographers are highly experienced local experts who will share their knowledge of the city with you like an old friend. Afterward, you will receive a link to your personal online gallery (password protected) within 5 working days, containing your professionally edited images, all free to download. This photo tour will provide mementos that will last a lifetime.

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Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

3. Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

Get picked up from a location of your choice on Santorini and meet your private driver/guide. Decide with your guide which sights you would like to see on this fully-customizable tour. The below itinerary is just offered as an example.  First, stop in the traditional village of Firostefani famous for its blue-domed churches. See and learn about the geological formation of the island, and the genesis, and history of Santorini. Continue through the scenic countryside to the village of Oia, the most photographed location in Santorini. Next, head to Profitis Ilias, which is the highest hill in Santorini. From its top at 567 m, enjoy the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea. There, you are able to visit the Monastery of Profitis Ilias and a Greek Orthodox chapel, listen to the sounds of Byzantine music and get a taste of their hand-made products.  Alternatively, opt to visit the ancient ruins of Akrotiri, an ancient Minoan village that was buried by the island’s colossal volcanic eruption. Don't miss the chance to see the incredible, well-preserved remnants of the settlement for yourself. Afterward, head to Red Beach, named for its distinctively colored sand. On your way to the south, stop to explore the famous black beaches and its nice viewpoint. Take many beautiful pictures of this unique landscape. Lastly, wind your tour down with an indulgent stop at a local winery. Santorini has produced its own wine since ancient times, and sampling its product is the perfect way to get a taste of the island's history.

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Santorini: 2-Day Volcanic Cruise & Bus Tour Combo

4. Santorini: 2-Day Volcanic Cruise & Bus Tour Combo

Explore the highlights of the volcanic island of Santorini (Thira) in just two days with the two best selling tours on the island. Visit the three islands of the caldera on the Volcanic Islands Cruise on the first day, then join the most popular sightseeing bus tour on the second day. Start your first day by setting sail for the lava islet of Nea Kameni. Once there, walk an ascending path to the crater of the still active volcano to enjoy incredible sights for 1.5 hours. Return to the boat to sail to the second lava islet, Palea Kameni. Jump off the boat and dive in the islet's hot springs, with green sulfur waters and warm therapeutic mud. The last stop of the day is the traditional island of Thirassia for 1.5 hours of free time. On your second day, take a bus tour around the entire island. Make a photo stop at Akrotiri and Red Beach. Walk in the Emborio village, swim at the Perissa beach, and taste local wine at an awarded winery. Marvel at the views from the Profitis Ilias mountain top. Experience the famous sunset hour in Oia Village.

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Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour

5. Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour

Spend a day on a private-guided tour exploring Akrotiri Excavations, a prehistoric Bronze Age city, frozen in time by ash that fell during the Minoan volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago. Some speculate this is the origin of the mythical city of Atlantis. Admire the elaborate drainage system, sophisticated multi-storied buildings, magnificent wall painting, and excavated furniture and vessels that show the former settlement's great prosperity. Next, you will head over to admire the Red and Black beaches. The red layer of sand at the Red Beach is a spectacular sight. The Black Beach of Perivolos is the largest beach on Santorini and is covered with a black volcanic pebble. Take in the spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and the nearby islands. Enjoy an optional lunch at a seaside restaurant. Continue your visit at the village of Emporio, the largest village on the Greek island of Santorini. You can look at the historic windmills that have an excellent view of the rest of the island. On the hill above the village Emborio, you will discover both the ruins of Kasteli, a fortress from the Byzantine period and the ruins of Goulas. Then, you will make your way to the peak of Prophet Ilias, the highest mountain that stands some 2,000 feet (600 meters) above the sea. Be amazed by the island vistas around you (360 degrees), and then follow your guide inside the ornate Greek Christian monastery perched at the mountain's summit. From here, you will proceed to the village of Pyrgos, the old capital, where you will take a guided walk along narrow paths to the ruins of the Venetian castle. The next stop is at a traditional Venetsanos Winery, where you will learn the secrets of wine making and enjoy the tastes of the famous local wines. On the way to the northern part of Santorini, you will make a short stop in Firostefani to see the famous Blue Dome Church, the subject of so many Santorini's postcards. You will visit the village of Imerovigli, situated on a higher cliff with an incredible view. In front of the village is an enormous rock called Skaros, which used to be the best spot to look out for pirates. Continue through the beautiful Santorini countryside to the village of Oia. Built in the northern part of the Caldera Rim. Oia is the most photographed location in Santorini, and a place where many artists have found their inspiration in Oia's beauty, the traditional architecture  and the amazing sunset. Enjoy the stunning views of the Caldera, where many dwellings are built into niches of the volcanic rock. You will also have a panoramic view of the rest of Santorini and the Aegean Sea.

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Santorini: Shore Excursion Semi-Private Tour

6. Santorini: Shore Excursion Semi-Private Tour

Hop off your cruise ship and embark on an excursion around Santorini. See cute villages such as Firostefani and Oia, volcanic remains, and beautiful vistas on this specially-designed shore excursion. Meet your driver/guide and head for your first stop at Firostefani. Admire the blue dome church and enjoy views of the volcanic remains of the caldera. Visit the observatory at Imerovigli to get a closer look at this amazing landscape. Listen to fascinating stories as you move onto Oia, a nestling hillside village and Santorini's most famous tourist destination. Encounter the well-known old Venetian castle, as well as hidden gems picked by your guide. Enjoy a walk around the village and its volcanic caldera at your leisure before the final stop at Finikia. This tranquil and picturesque village is the perfect spot to see the sunset away from the crowds, before heading back to your cruise ship.

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Santorini Cooking Class with Wine Tasting & Lunch

7. Santorini Cooking Class with Wine Tasting & Lunch

A blend of Santorini’s best tastes and flavors with a touch of your own effort to cook authentic Santorinian recipes are the main ingredients of this tour experience. The tour includes the a visit to a winery, a local far, and a hands-on cooking lesson, by local experts, along with information about the local wines and finally, the pleasure of enjoying your gastronomic creations. What will you take with you? Experience the joy of cooking traditional Santorinian dishes, savor the memory of an exquisite gastronomic experience with the delicious tastes of the island, and take home a booklet with all the recipes you cooked. This tour is perfect for foodies, honeymooners, cooking class aficionados, or food and wine lovers. Depending on the tour you choose, one or more from of these places will be visited, based on availability: Sigalas Estate, Vassaltis Vineyards, Avantis Estate, Gavalas Winery, Koutsogianopoulos Winery & Wine Museum, Artemis Karamolegos Winery, Gaia Wines, Hatzidakis Winery, Venetsanos Winery or Boutaris Winery. All of these wineries are worth a visit, and they all are unique. Amazing wines, gorgeous locations and remarkable facilities are supplemented by your sommelier who will lead the tasting.

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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Santorini

8. Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Santorini

Choose your own departure time to meet up with your private guide at your Santorini accommodations. Depart for a 5-hour customized tour of the volcanic island, which can be tailored to your interests. You'll be traveling in a private air-conditioned vehicle. The proposed tour covers the island's major sights, such as the village of Oia, filled with whitewashed building's overlooking the island's caldera. Check out Akrotiri, which features bronze age ruins mired in cooled lava from an ancient volcanic eruption. Hit both the Black and Red beaches, whose volcanic sand lives up to their respective colorful names. Finish up at a traditional winery before drop off back at your departure point.

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Santorini: Caldera Hiking Tour from Fira to Oia

9. Santorini: Caldera Hiking Tour from Fira to Oia

Take part in a scenic hiking tour in Santorini that provides you with views of the island’s unique volcanic beauty. Hike from Fira to Oia alongside a guide while learning about local traditions and life. Get in touch with the nature that surrounds you. Get picked up from your accommodation, then begin your tour in Fira, the island’s capital. Lace up your shoes and hit the trail as you make your way north, up the coast. Unravel the beauty of traditional villages such as Firostefani and Imerovigli. Admire their blue-domed churches and iconic whitewashed houses. Take a moment to look out onto the seemingly endless horizon and snap some pictures in order to cherish the scene forever. As you hike, notice colorful wildflowers, the jagged cliffside, and the unique volcanic nature of Santorini. Ask your guide about the volcanic eruption that completely transformed the island thousands of years ago. Later, reach Oia, the crown jewel of Santorini. Take in breathtaking views out over the Aegean. At the end of the hike, stay and spend the rest of your day exploring Oia or choose to be taken back to your accommodation.

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Santorini: Oia Sunset Virtual Tour From Your Home

10. Santorini: Oia Sunset Virtual Tour From Your Home

Don't miss out on Santorini, even if you cannot make it to visit in person. Tune in live online from your home or from your cell phone on a virtual tour of Oia at sunset. See and hear a local guide as she wanders through images of charming streets and alleys that the island of Santorini is known for. Take a video walk amidst the amiable neighborhoods and join the local host walking past the most popular attractions of Santorini. Gaze at the golden sun slowly fading away in real-time. View the white-washed churches in Oia with the bright blue domes. As you hear your guide talking about the island and the history of Oia village, admire the caldera formations on the mind-boggling volcanic island. Observe local life and the traditional architecture of cycladic houses. With the help of the guide, get a good understanding of the island on your travel wishlist. As the tour comes to an end, catch a glimpse of the Ammoudi port below Oia in its full beauty. Take in the majestic views during the unforgettable Santorini sunset.

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What people are saying about Oia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 98 reviews

We booked this half day tour the night before and our driver showed up right on time. We had a 1 year old child with us and our driver Sotos was lovely! He kept her well entertained and helped cater our tour to what we wanted to see. Would highly recommend asking for Sotos :) Thanks Sotos, was a pleasure meeting you!

Michael was amazing. He showed me everything I asked to see. Answered all my questions and made sure I did not feel rushed. The conversation was great and the car was super clean. Definitely would recommend.

If you don't have the luxury of time in Santorini, check out this comprehensive tour. The guide was a gem, she was energetic. All the best places in the comfort of a bus.

We had a wonderful time. The food was excellent and the guide was knowledgeable. It was really convenient having them pick us up at our hotel.

Great tour for everyone who has a hotel on the beach and still wants to explore the island without a rental car.