Profítis Ilías, Santorini

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Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

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

Santorini is quintessential Greece. Discover the draw-dropping scenery, see old Greek ladies strolling along cobbled lanes, and satisfy your palate by tasting local wines on this all-encompassing tour. Yia Mas! 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. Embark on a guided walk from Saint George's Church in the most peaceful part of Oia. Learn about Oia´s glorious maritime past and admire elegant captains' mansions and cave-like houses along the way. 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 guide opposite Platsani Church. Board the bus for a relaxing evening journey with drop-off back at your hotel.

Santorini: Traditional Sightseeing Bus Tour with Oia Sunset

2. Santorini: Traditional Sightseeing Bus Tour with Oia Sunset

Explore Santorini on a full day sightseeing tour by bus. Learn about the island's history and visit traditional villages. Stop at volcanic beaches and experience an Oia sunset. Tour Itinerary • Akrotiri excavation site: guided tour in this Minoan Bronze Age settlement buried by volcanic ash in the 17th century BC • Emporio village: Explore this quaint village with hilltop windmills, fortified medieval castles and centuries-old churches • Perissa Beach: Enjoy free time for lunch and a swim at the island's most popular black sand beach • Santorini Winery: Tour a traditional winery and taste Santorini’s distinctive wines • Profitis Ilias: Visit the island’s highest peak and admire views from the agricultural plains to the hilltop village of Oia • Oia sunset: Enjoy free time to experience a Santorini sunset at the most-photographed place in Greece

Santorini: Half-Day Private Sightseeing Tour

3. Santorini: Half-Day Private Sightseeing Tour

Start your Santorini adventure by meeting your friendly guide at your accommodation in Santorini, or at the meeting point near the cruise ship arrivals terminal. After a quick meet and greet with your driver you will hop inside a fully air-conditioned, comfortable vehicle and set off on your journey.  Begin your day of exploration with a visit to one of the island's most popular and beautiful villages, Oia. Stroll through narrow passageways, enjoy a spot of shopping in the village's fashion streets, discover the castle of Oia and let yourself be seduced by the breathtaking view. Leaving Oia, your next stop will be Firostefani and Imerovigli, two beautiful villages connected to each other. From here you will have incredible panoramic views of the volcano, the rock of Skaros and the amazing blue dome. Take a stop at a traditional winery to taste or purchase some of Santorini’s wines, widely known around the world for their freshness and distinctive taste. End your day with a visit to the highest point of Santorini, the mountain of prophet Elias. Keep in mind that as the tour is private the itinerary is completely flexible and can be customized to match your interests in the best way. The tour ends by getting dropped off at your initial point of pick-up, alternatively, a different location can be arranged. 

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. The next stop will be 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).  Afterwards, continue towards 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: 5-Hour Private Panoramic Tour with Host

5. 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: 5-Hour Foodie and Drinks Tour with Local Guide

6. Santorini: 5-Hour Foodie and Drinks Tour with Local Guide

After being picked up from your hotel, begin your tour at a traditional farm in Akrotiri. Enjoy tasting Santorinian wine, and local delicacies such as fava paste, and homemade traditional sweets. Pause to take in the stunning sea view and snap a few photos from the nearby lighthouse before heading to the highest point on the island: the Prophet Elias Monastery. Here, take a moment to reflect in the monastery's orthodox chapel, and taste local products made by the monks, including olive oil, capers, and nuts. Next, stop and chat for a while over a relaxing coffee break in the charming, traditional village of Pyrgos. Smell and taste original Greek coffee or choose to enjoy the new trend of iced coffee accompanied by sweet homemade cakes. End your foodie and drink tour with a meal at the To Pinakio restaurant in Kamari, known for its authentic Greek food inspired by Cycladic and Cretan cuisine. Enjoy your meal as you listen to live music from a local band - a true local experience.

Santorini: Private Guided Tour with Wine Tasting

7. Santorini: Private Guided Tour with Wine Tasting

Unravel the architectural beauty of Oia, perched on the steep edge of the caldera. See a cascade of beautiful cave houses. Enjoy breathtaking sunset views from the Venetian castle ruins on this private guided tour of Santorini. Make your way through the narrow cobblestone streets as blue-domed churches break the display of white. Admire the blooming flowers that appear on adorable little balconies. Let your guide show you the highest viewpoint of Profitis Ilias mountain for a majestic view of the Aegean Sea. Locate beautiful bell towers at the village of Megalochori. Learn about Santorini's local life, culture, and religion. Conclude the tour at a traditional Santorini winery. Indulge in the authentic flavors of the island as you sip on local wine made from grapes grown in the volcanic soil.

From Santorini: 5-Hour Guided Highlights Tour

8. 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: Panoramic Views Private Tour

9. Santorini: Panoramic Views Private Tour

Enjoy amazing views of blue-domed churches, picturesque villages and the natural surroundings of Santorini on this private tour of the island's panoramic view spots. Take in views of Firostefani, with some of the most spectacular domed churches in Greece. Experience unforgettable views of the Aegean Sea from Profitis Ilias; the highest peak on the island. Listen to stories from your guide as you admire Oia. Watch the sunset paint the sky behind this gorgeous Venetian castle. Taste some of Santorini's traditional delicacies alongside local wine. Discover the history, culture, and cuisine of the island as you take in its best views.

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What people are saying about Profítis Ilías, Santorini

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 102 reviews

This experience has been the most amazing so far! Elena our tour and the driver sorry forgot his name!! They did an amazing tour and just overall! We were so fascinated!! Loved it!! We will definitely come back to do your tour once again!!! A++++ Los Angeles, CA US couple Addie and Joe 11/5/22

A varied tour with the highlight at the end in Oia! Particularly noteworthy is Lena (tour guide) who did a great job. Her English was easy to understand even for non-native speakers. She was competent and friendly and led the group with wit and charm!

Highly recommended tour. Leni, our tour guide, gave us a lot of interesting information about the country and its people that you won't find in the travel guide. Can only recommend this tour

Lena was great! She was both informative as well as capable of taming unruly patrons. The stops were well picked including a few that no other tours go to.

Our guide was excellent, funny and knowledgeable. We had a great time and felt like we definitely saw the highlights of santorini