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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: 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: Island Highlights Half-Day Shore Excursion

3. 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: Private Customizable Car Tour with a Local Guide

4. 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.

Fira: Traditional Villages Guided Day Trip with Oia Sunset

5. 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.

Santorini: Tour of 3 Wineries with Wine Tasting and Dinner

6. Santorini: Tour of 3 Wineries with Wine Tasting and Dinner

Try the wines of Santorini on a guided tour of 3 wineries with a private wine expert sommelier. Walk to a volcanic vineyard and discover the unique viticulture of the region. Sample a selection of 10 different types of wine from the island. Discover 3 traditional wineries around Santorini. Join expert sommeliers on cellar tours to explore the process of wine production and bottling. Learn about the history of the island by locals and the impact of volcanic soil on its wines. Over the course of the tour, sample 10 different wines from Santorini such as Assyrtiko, Nykteri, and the sweet Vinsanto wine. Savor your dinner, a memorable culinary experience. Take a look into the ancient vineyard of Santorini and its age-old winemaking traditions. If you choose the sunset tour, soak in stunning views of the sun setting over the island as you sip on wine.

Archaeological Bus Tour To Akrotiri Excavations & Red Beach

7. Archaeological Bus Tour To Akrotiri Excavations & Red Beach

Discover the sights of Santorini on this guided tour in an airconditioned vehicle. Be picked up from centrally-located meeting points on Santorini. Visit sights like Akrotiri, the Prophet Elias Monastery, and the black volcanic sand beach of Perivolos.  Start with the breath-taking views at the Prophet Elias Monastery and visit this picturesque monastery. Then head to Megalochori village, an extremely charming traditional settlement that was almost abandoned after a major earthquake. Continue to Akrotiri Excavations where were preserved by volcanic ash. Purchase a ticket to uncover these well-preserved pieces of history on your own. Have free time at the Red Beach to simply enjoy the colorful formations or visit Akrotiri Bay where you can buy lunch. Make your way to the black sand Perivolos beach for swimming, exploring the area, or purchasing fresh-cooked fish from a local tavern.

Perivolos Beach: Sun-Bed Experience FortyOne Bar Restaurant

8. Perivolos Beach: Sun-Bed Experience FortyOne Bar Restaurant

Choose from an array of sunbed and cabana packages for a day of maximum relaxation at FortyOne premium cocktail bar. Chill out at on the beach of Perivolos and enjoy the high quality Greek hospitality. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail by the beach or genuine cuisine with high quality local and international wines. Select a beach package to spend your day by the beach, or enjoy an exceptional feast of international or Mediterranean cuisine. The packages offer a variety of combinations of sunbed, cabana, sushi, and various types of alcohol. With the large amount of options available you can feel fulfilled picking one that suits your needs.

Santorini: ATV Quad Bike Tour with Lunch

9. Santorini: ATV Quad Bike Tour with Lunch

Discover Santorini with a guided ATV-Quad tour is a great alternative to your average cultural tour. See first-hand and learn about the local beaches and villages. Listen to locals share their love for the amazing Cycladic Island, as you experience beautiful locations and views. During this exhilarating experience, enjoy a delicious lunch of fresh local products, accompanied by ouzo-raki or wine. Enjoy a scenic tour with some of the greatest views of the Aegean sea. Ride between beaches and villages, you will enjoy the sights and sounds of the surrounding area.

Santorini: ATV-Quad Experience

10. Santorini: ATV-Quad Experience

Encounter the best Santorini has to offer while feeling the thrill of riding an ATV. See great architecture, natural features like a caldera, and locals-only spots on this inclusive tour. Begin your Santorini quad tour at the black beach at Persia. Kick start your day with an off-road adventure to Emporio and the Venetian Castle. Cruise a labyrinth of old, traditional streets on foot, and feel free to explore yourself. Continue through a landscape of windmills and vineyards to the village of Megalochori, considered by locals to be the most traditional in Santorini. You'll also encounter a magnificent caldera, and visit Santorini's one of the oldest wine cellar in Megalochori for a tasting session or traditional Greek coffee or juice. Ride along the caldera and visit the hidden, tucked away places that only the locals know about. Explore a chapel located inside a hidden cave, and enjoy a ride to Vlichada solely on off-road paths. Finally, your tour concludes with a trip back to Perissa.

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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.

Our Driver/Guide Arthur was excellent! He was very knowledgeable of the island and drove us to the scenic sights. We requested to do the wine tasting after we got picked up. but he had no problem arranging it for us. He was very patient and never rushed us. I highly recommend this!!

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.

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

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