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  • Santorini Wine Roads: Tour of 3 Wineries with a Sommelier

    1. Santorini Wine Roads: Tour of 3 Wineries with a Sommelier

    Explore three estate wineries on this wonderful small group 'Santorini Wine Roads' package tour with a maximum of 10 participants. Accompanied by the accomplished sommelier, Vaios Panagiotoulas and his team, you will learn about the soil and microclimate, the indigenous grape varietals and cultivating techniques, and more – all tailored to your level of wine knowledge – as you sip on dry white wines. Moving from one winery to the next, you also have a chance to see the biggest part of the island, pull over to visit a vineyard, and see how the vines are grown in the kouloura method for protection from the strong winds and harsh summer sun. Enjoy a unique tasting of distinctive volcanic wines in the wineries. 

    We really enjoyed this! The wine and history was fantastic, as was our guide Elsa. It was a fun way to meet other travelers (our group was 4 people in total). We would highly recommend this!

  • Santorini: 2-Day Volcanic Cruise & Bus Tour Combo

    2. 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 b...

    By this combo trip you may, literally explore the whole island within the 2 days. rest of the time we spent mainly at the beach. tour by bus was amazing because of guide, Kristina. Boat tour great by itself. Guide (forget the name, male) should be more structured and passionate. I would recommend this activity.

  • Archaeological Bus Tour To Akrotiri Excavations & Red Beach

    3. Archaeological Bus Tour To Akrotiri Excavations & Red Beach

    Start with the breath-taking view at the Prophet Elias Monastery and visit the picturesque monastery. Then head to Megalochori village, an extremely charming traditional settlement, almost abandoned after a major earthquake. Your trip continues to Akrotiri Excavations, one of the most significant archaelogical sites in Greece that includes a vast structure, once inhabited by 200 families. The site was preserved, buried under the volcano’s lava. Then you will have free time at the Red Beach to simply enjoy the colorful formations of the mountain and/or visit Akrotiri Bay for coffee or lunch with Greek traditional mezedes and ouzo (not included in the price). Perivolos, with its black sandy beach, comes next. There you will have enough time to enjoy swimming, explore the area, and taste fresh cooked fishes at the local taverns. The last stop is one of the most popular wineries in Santori...

    fantastic! Tanya and Spiros had everything under control. punctual, professional and the whole trip went seamless. Tanya was funny, knowledgeable and ensured we all had a great experience. Spiros driving on such narrow roads , left us with no cares. highly recommended

  • Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

    4. 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 ...

    Host was fantastic! Really helpful. Knowledgable, and great for taking lots of photos!!

  • Santorini: Car Tour with a Local

    5. Santorini: Car Tour with a Local

    Your tour starts as your local expert picks you up from your hotel or meeting place in Fira. After settling on a final list of stops, you will embark on your Greek experience in comfort and safety as you travel to Oia Village for a little souvenir shopping. Your party will have ample opportunity to capture pictures of some of the most photogenic places in Santorini on your journey.  Take in the stark, ancient ruins dotting the hillside and capture photos of sailboats. See many old castles and churches and the whitewashed homes of Santorini residents. Your local expert will take you by some of the most stunning churches in Pyrgos before reaching the pinnacle of Santorini, the Profitis Ilias Monastery. Here, see the island and the sea from an awe-inspiring 360-degree view. Experience a safe and enjoyable tour that exceeds your idea of learning about Greece.  A short walk through Megaloch...

    If you are looking for the true Santorini experience it is worth booking a tour with a local. Nick showed us all the popular spots of the island and took us to a few undiscovered spots. An absolute must do when coming to the island.

  • Akrotiri: 1.5-Hour Private Guided Tour in Prehistoric City

    6. Akrotiri: 1.5-Hour Private Guided Tour in Prehistoric City

    Tour through Akrotiri, a settlement on Santorini that was covered in ash in 1500 BC, on a 2-hour guided tour. During your tour, follow your guide through the city to see how it was organized. Hear about the tragic events that buried the city after a volcanic eruption, and learn why this contributed to it being well-preserved. Discover the way people lived 4,000 years ago as you stroll past private houses and public buildings and observe signs of a sophisticated infrastructure. You will also see some of the famous artwork, including pottery, furniture, and frescoes from the time, and find out about the other works stored at a nearby museum.

    Georgia helped us understand exactly what we were seeing and how things went together.

  • Santorini: Akrotiri Prehistoric City Guided Walking Tour

    7. Santorini: Akrotiri Prehistoric City Guided Walking Tour

    Meet your guide, a licensed archaeologist, at the entrance of Akrotiri Prehistoric City. Get assistance in buying the entry ticket and embark together with a group on a guided tour through Akrotiri Prehistoric City.  In the 16th century BC, a volcanic eruption destroyed all life on the island. Most of it collapsed beneath the waves and remained undiscovered until the excavations began in 1967, led by Professor Spyros Marintos. He uncovered the evidence of a city with houses, streets, squares and workshops, all of which had been covered under a thick blanket of pumice for almost 3,500 years.  Marvel at the well-preserved buildings and passageway in the excavated area. See the beautiful pottery, the roads, and squares of a city 3,500 years old. Explore the two and three-story houses, which were once decorated with wall paintings and get an insight into the ancient civilization of Santori...

    Our tour guide was very informative and receptive to our questions and we really enjoyed it. Though wasn’t aware that our group would be split and that we’d need to wait whilst the other group (different language) went ahead. It would have been fine but the gift shop wasn’t open and we had to sit at the cafe (not the cheapest) but was only the place properly shaded. All of that would be fine but would have been nice to have had this confirmed when we booked.

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

    8. 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 c...

  • Best of Santorini Experience: 6-Hour Private Tour

    9. Best of Santorini Experience: 6-Hour Private Tour

    This private tour has a flexible itinerary, with various optional stops. The first stop is to take in views of the Santorini Caldera and hear commentary from your guide on its formation.  Continue through scenic countryside to the village of Oia, the most photographed location in Santorini. You’ll also visit the village of Imerovigli, situated on a higher cliff with an incredible view. 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. Take a guided walk along narrow paths, so you can see how the locals live. You can then take an optional stop at Akrotiri Archaeological Site if you want to explore the excavations: the site of a prehistoric Bronze...

    Our guide was beyond outstanding. Fluent in the history, culture, ets. And quite flexible!! The vehicle was really nice - new, clean, and comfortable

  • Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Santorini

    10. 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.

    The tour itself was great. We were picked up and ended our tour on time. Yet, it was up to us to manage the order of stops and their duration, giving us exactly the flexibility we needed. Santorini is a beautiful place and 5 hours are obviously not enough to see everything, but we had a great time, saw marvellous places and enjoyed great pastry and some improvised minutes at a family beach.

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What people are saying about Akrotíri

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 658 reviews

This tour was not to long and not to short. The previous tour I’d done in another island lasted about 10 hours which was waaay to long. This was just under 7 hrs which was great because of the good blocks of time we Got to be on our own and hang out at the beaches. The tour guide was awesome, although I’ve unfortunately forgotten her name, she was enthusiastic, funny and sincere. She really seemed to care about her job and us. I appreciated that. And The value was good too. Great experience

Excellent experience that encompasses a bit of what you can do in Santorini, especially if you have little time.We visited the excavations, took a walk in Megalochori, took a photo of the red beach, a dip (for those who wanted, since was October) in Perivolos with lunch in a typical Greek tavern facing the sea and wine tasting in the cellar.All was accompanied by Tania, a fantastic guide and Niko, a very good driver.

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.

Great trip, well led by a lively tour guide and organised well.