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Santorini Traditional Villages and Oia Sunset Tour

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Activity provider: MTM D.M.C Ltd

Santorini Traditional Villages and Oia Sunset Tour

Activity provider: MTM D.M.C Ltd
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From US$ 63.33 per person

See the island’s traditional villages and archaeological excavations. Visit Minoan excavations and the buried town of

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, French, English

Experience

Highlights
  • Watch the sunset from the pretty village of Oia
  • Go to the archaeological ruins of Akrotiri
  • Visit the former capital of Thira
  • Learn more about everyday life in a town buried by a volcano
  • See Santorini's typical sugar cube houses and blue-domed churches
  • Explore Emporio, one of the oldest and most authentic traditional villages of Santorini
  • Discover Venetian castles and the remains of Minoan civilizations
  • Taste Santorini’s distinctive wines and learn about one of the oldest vineyards in Europe
  • Finish your tour with a short stop at Profitis Ilias Mountain, the highest peak of Santorini
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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.

Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (at selected hotels)
  • Local guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • Confirmation of your tour will be received at the time of booking
  • Please note that every Tuesday the archaeological site of Akrotiri will be closed
  • The tour in French is available every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. The tour in German is available every Monday
  • Only visitors with Vaccination proof document check can enter the Akrotiri Archaeological Site
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 99 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Long tour that actually lasted more like 12 hours but lots packed in so good value for money. Great tour guide, including special tour guide at Akrotiri. Only thing is for the final visit to the Oia sunset, the guide left and bus driver drove us there but left us on our own to visit the sites in Oia (with a map) to view the sunset. So if you are expecting to be guided all the way, take note. You may wish to do your own research on Oia as you do have time to explore the place before head to the sunset viewing spot. I personally did that so enjoyed the solo session in Oia. I was told we would see Prophet Elias monastery but we did not even get close to it. Bus stopped lower downhill and so it was disappointing & the view was a bit underwhelming (we were given 5 minutes to snap a quick photo). More time should be alotted here & I felt that time at Perissa beach could be reduced to 1.5 hours. Otherwise, a great tour!!

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June 25, 2022

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

May 12, 2022

I went to Santorini for the typical Santorini scenery (the same as everyone), however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that that is not what this tour was about. Our Guide, Christina, was AMAZING - her command of history of the area was fascinating, she took us all around the island (or as much as she could - there was a strike ( as can happen out of the blue in Greece) so we could not go to the archeological site; but I didn't miss it because Christina MORE than knew her stuff). Despite packing alot in the day, I didn't feel rushed and was able to take it all in; we went to a couple of villages, took a peek inside an orthodox church, went to a wine tasting & it's accompanying museum and to a seaside black-sand beach - all the while Christina taught us so much about the area I was in awe! At the day's end we went to the iconic Oia for exploring/pictures. What an incredible day!

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April 8, 2022

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