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Santorini: Luxury Catamaran Day Trip with Meal and Open Bar

1. Santorini: Luxury Catamaran Day Trip with Meal and Open Bar

Drop anchor on a luxury catamaran tour around the Santorini caldera while enjoying a delicious traditional meal with refreshing drinks from the open bar. Sail in the morning or at sunset on a cruise with a maximum of 20 guests. After being picked up from your hotel, unwind as you’re taken straight to the port. Take advantage of the snorkeling opportunity with a half-hour stop off the coast of Red Beach, plus 1.5 hours to snorkel in the sea caves of White Beach. Bathe in the lagoon’s hot springs and snorkel in clear waters. Taste the flavors of Greece on board a menu of local Santorini delicacies for lunch or dinner, depending on the time of day you choose, with meat and vegetarian options. The menu includes barbecue skewers, dolmadakia (rice-stuffed vine leaves), Greek salad, and other local dishes. Sit back and unwind with a post-meal cocktail and music. Stay refreshed with unlimited drinks on board, including local white wine, Greek beer, and soft drinks. Continue past the two uninhabited volcano islands of Palia Kameni and Nea Kameni and take in other sights such as Aspronisi island and the Akrotiri lighthouse. Later the cruise sails in the caldera below the town of Fira and past the old port. If you chose the late afternoon option, stop below the village of Oia and be wowed by the striking sunset lights adorning the skies with vibrant, pastel colors. This is sure to be an unforgettable highlight to an already unforgettable cruise experience. At the end of your Santorini excursion, relax as your minibus driver conveniently drops you 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: Akrotiri Entry Ticket and Audio Guide

3. Santorini: Akrotiri Entry Ticket and Audio Guide

Experience the prehistoric site of Akrotiri at your own pace with a skip-the-line e-ticket and a captivating self-guided audio tour on your smartphone. Travel back in time to experience the curious, spine-chilling history of the site of Akrotiri, frozen in time by the eruption of the Santorini volcano. Put on your headphones and explore the layout of the prehistoric town, once buried under ashes, through the power of storytelling. Learn historical information about its affluent residences, known as Xeste, and little-known stories and anecdotes about the daily lives of its inhabitants. The content of the tour is the result of in-depth research, distilled into brief original stories that will make your visit both engaging and educational. The audio tour can be used repeatedly and at any time, before or after your visit. This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into the archaeology of a prehistoric residential space that has been literally frozen in time, providing a snapshot of life just before its residents decided to flee the increasing fury of the neighboring volcano. As a result, you will relate to your surroundings in an entirely original way.

Santorini: Akrotiri Archaeological Site Entry Ticket

4. Santorini: Akrotiri Archaeological Site Entry Ticket

Receive your skip-the-line ticket to visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri, Santorini and explore this fascinating ancient Minoan city. Discover why this city is known as Greece’s version of Pompeii, after being buried by an earthquake. See the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri on the island of Santorini (Thíra), one of the most important sites in the Aegean. Walk around the archaeological site, set in a massive, airy building with walkways suspended above the ruins. Walk along the edges of the city and discover the other side of this iconic Mediterranean island.

Santorini: Private Customizable Car Tour with a Local Guide

5. Santorini: Private Customizable Car Tour with a Local Guide

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 Megalochori Village gives you time to stretch your legs and traverse the rich, culture and heritage of the island. Learn local secrets and fun treasures about Greece that only a local can provide. Stop off for a refreshing swim at one of the black, sandy beaches of Perivolos or Perissa Beach where you will see why the area is unique.  This is a tailored shore excursion and you can add other options to your tour, including an exploration of the Akrotiri prehistoric city that was covered by volcanic ash more than 2,000 years ago.

Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Food and Open Bar

6. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Food and Open Bar

Set sail on a cruise along the shores of Santorini on this catamaran tour. Visit top sights on the island like Red Beach and the volcanic hot springs. Swim at a breathtaking locations. Savor an authentic Geek meal aboard and sip on white wine, beer, soft drinks, and water from the open bar Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and transfer to Vlychada. Cruise aboard a catamaran to your first stop at Red Beach. Enjoy its unique colors and the beauty of its wild cliffs. Combine sightseeing with swimming and snorkeling. Admire views of the limestone rock formations at White Beach and the 18th-century Venetian lighthouse of Akrotiri.Stop by the volcano hot springs to soak in the therapeutic waters. See the stunning caves and volcanic beaches. Reach Thirasia Island, one of Santorini's best-kept secrets. Go for a dip while your delicious lunch or dinner is prepared. Eat finger food, ΒΒQ chicken and pork, seafood pasta, Greek salad, Greek anchovy meze (γαύρος), a vegetarian meal (Greek ratatouille), and a Greek fruit salad. Delight your senses with a glass of Moschato D’Asti sparkling wine while watching the sunset. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

Santorini: Island Highlights Guided Day Trip with Oia Sunset

7. Santorini: Island Highlights Guided Day Trip with Oia Sunset

Tour the treasures of Santorini and get the best views of the island on a guided bus tour. Visit Prophet Elias Monastery, the fascinating Akrotiri Excavations, and charming local towns, beaches, and villages with free time to explore at your own pace. Start your tour at the Prophet Elias Monastery, soak up the breathtaking views from this iconic site. 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 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 at your own expense. 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.

Akrotiri: Guided Horseback Riding Day Trip to a Beach

8. Akrotiri: Guided Horseback Riding Day Trip to a Beach

Experience the feeling of riding a horse in Santorini island. An ideal experience for couples, friends and family! Join us on a special experience via the stunning landscapes of this small Greek island. Enjoy romantic rides on the beach with our well-trained horses and experienced guides make certain a secure as well as pleasurable tour full of beautiful summer memories from Greece. Don't lose out on the very best Horse riding experience in Santorini - book your ride today! Our route includes tours between traditional vineyards and beautiful local trails as well as a ride on the beach with your horse!

Santorini: Private Highlights Tour by Minibus

9. Santorini: Private Highlights Tour by Minibus

Enjoy the first stop of the tour at Santorini Caldera and learn all about the details of its formation. Then, continue through the scenic countryside to the village of Oia, the most photographed location in Santorini. Explore 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. Explore the peak of Prophet Ilias, the island’s highest mountain, standing 2,000 feet above sea level. Discover the village of Megalochori or Pyrgos and chose one of them. Take an optional stop at Akrotiri Archaeological Site if you want to explore the excavations. Also, you can choose an optional winery and visit Estate Argyros or Venetsanos Winery, to taste the local wine. Admire the panoramic views, swim at the picturesque red or black sandy beaches, and relax over lunch at the seaside restaurant.

Fira: Traditional Villages Guided Day Trip with Oia Sunset

10. Fira: Traditional Villages Guided Day Trip with Oia Sunset

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.

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4.7 / 5

based on 3,605 reviews

I couldn't have been happier with this tour! I booked it for 6 people and everyone said it was a highlight of our 5 island trip! Our guide took us to many places (both on my list and sights I didn't know). He shared his knowledge and experience, directing us to what we'd want to see and where we should linger. He was very helpful and friendly, too. Our private tour was a great value. I have been recommending this experience to everyone I know. Truly wonderful.

Very good day spent on this boat. The staff was very friendly, funny and attentive, we took advantage of the corners where we stopped by swimming and tanning. The music chosen was good too, especially during the sunset The dishes prepared were good and local which is very appreciable We recommend this activity

Tour guide was amazing thank you again. Very kind, patient and informative. Took us to some beautiful spots around the island. Would definitely recommend this tour to everyone.

Best boat experience ever!! The captain and team were amazing and so accommodating. They really gave my friends and I an experience! I would highly recommend!

Highlight of the trip, had a great time and the food was amazing.