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Black Beach, Santorini: Our most recommended tours and activities

Santorini: Top Sights Day Trip, Wine Tasting, & Oia Sunset

1. Santorini: Top Sights Day Trip, Wine Tasting, & Oia Sunset

Embark on a full-day guided tour of Santorini's highlights. Visit the iconic blue-domed churches of Oia, admire the views from Profitis Ilias, and relax on the shores of Perissa Beach before some well-deserved wine tasting. 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. 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 coach at the parking lot. Board the bus for a relaxing evening journey with drop-off back at your hotel.

Santorini: Island Highlights Half-Day Shore Excursion

2. Santorini: Island Highlights Half-Day Shore Excursion

Embark on an unforgettable half-day journey that unveils the mesmerizing beauty of Santorini's must-see attractions. This excursion is curated exclusively for passengers arriving from cruise ships. Upon arrival, your professional local guide will show you to a modern, air-conditioned bus. As they introduce you to the stunning wonders of this island, their passion will sweep you off your feet, helping you fall head over heels for Santorini's unparalleled charm and captivating ambiance. The promise of this exploration is not just the sights, but an immersive experience that you will remember long after you've left its shimmering shores. Experience the awe-inspiring views of the Aegean Sea and Caldera from the peaceful and picturesque neighborhood of Firostefani, where you'll discover the famous blue dome. Take in the symbolic elements of Oia, the most celebrated spot on the island, and immerse yourself in the local market, capturing unique photos to make your friends envious. Journey to the highest spot of the island, Prophet Ilias, and visit the famous old monastery, a sight that will leave you in awe. Please note that the monastery is closed from 15.10 till spring due to seasonal availability. Then, continue to Megalochori, where you'll marvel at the traditional architecture that you won't find anywhere else. But that's not all. Time permitting, we will visit the black beach and you will have some free time there. So if you want to have a swim, please pack your swimsuit with you. Explore the grape cultivation that results in tempting wine flavors. Optional wine tasting is also available at an additional cost. At the end of the tour, don't forget to grab a bite at a local restaurant (at your own expense) and take home some souvenirs from your Santorini adventure.

Santorini: Horseback Riding Experience in Volcanic Landscape

3. Santorini: Horseback Riding Experience in Volcanic Landscape

Begin your horse riding experience at the stables in Megalochori. Ride along the paths of the vineyards and see their traditional layout. Continue along the south trails that lead to the secluded black sandy beach.  See small gorges and ravines carved into the volcanic rock and marvel at the unique Santorini landscape. Arrive at the black sandy beach with impressive rock formation cliffs in the background. Head to the top of the hill to enjoy panoramic views of the area.  Capture your experience with commemorative photos taken of you and your horse.

Santorini: Caldera Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Drinks

4. Santorini: Caldera Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Drinks

Discover the beauty of Santorini from a catamaran on a relaxing cruise. Swim at the iconic Red Beach among its scarlet rocks, see Nea Kameni's lava rocks and sulfuric water and enjoy a traditional Greek barbeque. Board a comfortable minibus at your hotel, and head to the Vlichada Marina. Sail to Red Beach and dive into the crystal-clear blue waters among the bright red rocks. Next, head to the secluded White Beach and snap photos of the looming cliffs and smooth sand. Cruise to Mesa Pigadia Beach and hop into the water to snorkel among the colorful fish. Continue past the famous Indian Face Mountain and the Akrotiri Lighthouse. Head to Nea Kameni and dive into its deep blue waters near the black lava and feel the sulfur and salt in the water. Return to the boat and enjoy an authentic Greek BBQ made with fresh products. Choose from chicken, beef sausage, fresh seabream, or a vegetarian option while sipping unlimited local dry white wine, beers, soft drinks, or water. After your dinner, head towards the Old Harbor of Santorini. If you choose the evening tour, relax and enjoy a stunning view of Santorini's sunset as you sail back. For those who prefer the morning option, sunbathe while listening to soothing music while you return to Vlichada Marina. At the marina, board a minibus and head back to your hotel.

Santorini: Traditional Fishing Trip and Fresh Fish Lunch

5. Santorini: Traditional Fishing Trip and Fresh Fish Lunch

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel by luxury minivan, and then climb aboard a traditional wooden fishing boat to set sail with captain Anthi. Learn different traditional fishing techniques from the crew as they try to catch some shrimp and octopus. Get the chance to help, or simply watch in awe. Next, drop anchor close to Red Beach, White Beach or Black Beach, known as the best fishing areas on the island. Receive your fishing rods, hooks, lures and fresh bait from the crew and watch a demonstration on how to catch a fish for yourself. Enjoy a local drink served by the crew and a fresh fish lunch. Sail back to harbor and get amazing views of the southern coastline of Santorini not visible from the land.

Santorini: Sightseeing Island Tour

6. Santorini: Sightseeing Island Tour

You will be collected early in the morning from your hotel on Santorini Island and driven in a luxury, modern, minivan with WiFi and air conditioning to the most attractive sightseeing spots on the island.  Augmented reality maps will be provided for free to passengers in order to give you the opportunity to get more information via your mobile phone about the sites. Your first stop is the Akrotiri Archaeological Site and museum in Akrotiri where you can feel the atmosphere of the island's volcanic eruption days and also see ancient ruins.  Then you will drive to the nearby Red Beach which is popular because of its amazing pure and volcanic red rocks formation. Here you can take some time to swim and relax. Then, you will head to Black Beach in Perissa to swim, relax, or have a meal at one of the seafront bars. Next up, enjoy a wine tasting in Venetsanos Winery. You will have the opportunity to try some of the most excellent local wines in quality and flavor, such as Vinsanto, Nichteri, and Assyrtiko. End the tour with stops in Pyrgos and Oia, the most traditional villages in Santorini.  Here, you'll have enough time to explore and admire the Cycladic architecture and Greek hospitality, walk in the narrow pathways next to blue and white old and traditional houses, go shopping, or relax and admire the breathtaking views of the island of Caldera.

Santorini Sunset Fishing Trip with Dinner and Drinks

7. Santorini Sunset Fishing Trip with Dinner and Drinks

Take part in an amazing fishing trip off the coast of Santorini at sunset. Set sail from Vlychada harbor, and then watch or join in as the crew pulls in the shrimp nets they laid out the night before. Cruise past beautiful Red Beach, White Beach and Black Beach, and get stunning views of the volcanic landscapes, such as Indian Rock. Drop anchor at one of these spectacular settings to cool down with a refreshing swim in the Aegean Sea. Snorkel with the marine life, or top up your tan at the end of the day. Listen to traditional music, and get some more time to fish using rods, lines and bait provided by the crew. Help clean and cook the fish if you wish, and then enjoy a delicious dinner and unlimited local drinks. Sail back across the open sea and watch a magical sunset out on the water.

Santorini: Luxury Sunset Cruise with Dinner & Open Bar

8. Santorini: Luxury Sunset Cruise with Dinner & Open Bar

Departing from the picturesque port of Ammoudi, beach of Vlychada, the Catamaran sails along the caldera clliffside towards Thirassia Island. We continue along the Caldera coastline to the Volcanic islands and the famous Hot Springs, for snorkeling and swimming. An overture of the volcano, which has shaped the entire island of Santorini! While sailing along the beautiful coastline, you will be left breathless as you admire the unique Caldera. We continue to the famous he Red beach, the White Beach, the Black Mountain beach and the Light House, south of the Caldera, where we make our last stop for dinner complemented with wine and drinks. Before reaching the we admire the spectacular colors of the world’s famous Santorinian sunset…The perfect ending to a magnificent cruise!

Perivolos: Private South Coast Discovery on a Jet Ski

9. Perivolos: Private South Coast Discovery on a Jet Ski

This sightseeing trip will include expert instructors who will accompany you on a jet ski ride to the south coast of Santorini. They will explain the tour and safety measures to you, and they will help you learn how to use the jet ski. The 90-minute adventure will begin from Perivolos Beach. You will head southwest, gliding on the water at full speed towards Vlyhada Beach, Red Beach, Kampia Beach, and White Beach before reaching the magnificent beach of Mesa Pigadia. Along the way, you will see beautiful scenery including rocky cliffs, sparkling seas, and secluded coves. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced traveler, you're sure to have a great time. With this day trip, you'll be able to explore some beautiful beaches that are inaccessible by car. Our team will make sure that you have a wonderful time, so don't miss out! Each tour is accompanied by a fully equipped safety boat with licensed staff and a professional photographer. (Be paid on-site directly.) The Jet Skis are all top-of-the-line, and they come with two seats. Each ride will accommodate two people. If you're looking to have a fun and exciting adventure with your friends, Jet Skiing on the beautiful island of Santorini is the perfect way to go! Alternatively, if you're looking for an intense thrill ride with your partner, a Jet Ski Safari is the ideal way to experience it!

Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

10. 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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4.7 / 5

based on 216 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.

Such an amazing ride! The caldera catamaran was beautiful and really clean. The staff were fantastic, very hospitable. We were picked up from our hotel on time and the journey to the boat was straight forward. The other guests really made it so fun too. Non stop drinks including alcohol and the food was scrumptious! I chose the fish option! So so good.

It was great! The guide was awesome! We came in the off season so the weather wasn’t the best and not much was open but I don’t think there was anything they could have done better. Was a great tour.

Our guide Elisa and driver Angelo were amazing!!😊 Love the day trip!:)

Trip was great and guide was outstanding! Good value for the money