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Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

1. Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

Santorini is quintessential Greece. Discover the draw-dropping scenery, see old Greek ladies strolling along cobbled lanes, and satisfy your palate by tasting local wines on this all-encompassing tour. Yia Mas! 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. Embark on a guided walk from Saint George's Church in the most peaceful part of Oia. Learn about Oia´s glorious maritime past and admire elegant captains' mansions and cave-like houses along the way. 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 guide opposite Platsani Church. 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 Traditional Villages and Oia Sunset Tour

3. Santorini Traditional Villages and Oia Sunset Tour

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. The next stop will be 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).  Afterwards, continue towards 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: Guided Wineries Tour with Wine Tastings

4. Santorini: Guided Wineries Tour with Wine Tastings

Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle as you tour 3 of Santorini's wine estates. Discover ancient winemaking traditions, tour one of the top 10 wine museums in the world, and hear about the cutting-edge production facilities at one of the most imposing wineries on the island. Start your wine tasting tour at Venetsanos Winery, the first industrial winery on the island. This beautiful wine estate is located right above the Port of Athinios overlooking the magnificent caldera of Santorini. Learn about the winery's rich history and marvel at striking views. Take an optional guided tour led by a sommelier and learn about quality, enology, and flavor alchemy. Sample 4 of the estate's wines accompanied by an assortment of light snacks. Next, head to the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum. This one-of-a-kind museum is nestled in a cave and took the family who owns the estate 21 years to create. Learn about the history of winemaking from an audio guide and taste 4 different wines served with crackers and chocolate. Finally, head to one of the most imposing wineries on the island of Santorini, Estate Argyros. Listen as specialized wine educators provide detailed information about the estate as well as the grape varieties indigenous to Santorini. Sip on 4 of the estate's current vintage wines accompanied by an assortment of fine Greek cheeses and breadsticks.

Santorini: Custom Guided Tour by Electric Bike

5. Santorini: Custom Guided Tour by Electric Bike

Embark on a unique tour experience as you explore Santorini by electric bike. Plan your own route with your guides to see more of what you love. Choose from incredible viewpoints, traditional villages, beaches, and windmills, with tastings along the way. A luxury air-conditioned minivan will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the beachfront bike shop. Meet your guides and plan your route and stops. Then get an instructional session on how to use the Haibike AMT electric bike and try it out at the bike park. Choose your own pace and how much assist you want from the motor. Warm up on the popular beach side of the island, then start your custom guided tour. Take in the old pirate village of Emporio, where refreshing freshly-squeezed orange juice awaits. Follow donkey paths and trails to the best viewpoint of the island with a heart-shaped rock and a small chapel in the volcanic ash. Explore the traditional village of Megalochori and stop for a food and wine tasting. Enjoy local food at the Feggera restaurant, including fava beans, white eggplant salad, Dakos salad, Graviera cheese, and capers and caper leaves. Then, pick either an easy downhill route to Vlichada Beach and Vlichada port or visit the windmills of Emporio. Head back to the private black sand beach, swim in the sea, relax on the sunbeds or in the hot tub. Enjoy some refreshments before you are dropped back at your hotel.

Santorini: Private 4-Hour Cultural Villages Sightseeing Tour

6. Santorini: Private 4-Hour Cultural Villages Sightseeing Tour

Following a convenient pickup from your starting point on the island, start your private tour by heading to the village of Pyrgos, known as the island’s historic monument. Built on the top of a hill, this settlement is home to an 18th-century Venetian castle. Explore the remains of the fortress built into small alleys and circle-shape roads by the locals to fortify the area. The town is surrounded by vineyards, chapels, churches, narrow cave houses with charming balconies, and pebbled paths. Continue your road trip by strolling the narrow pathways of the traditional village of Megalochori. This quaint settlement is made up of hundreds of small white painted houses with exquisite architecture, tiny alleys, tower bells, beautiful blue-domed churches, and underground cave houses. In this picturesque and non-touristic environment, you’ll truly be basking in the local culture and lifestyle. Next up, discover Emporio, the entryway to another era and the island's commercial center during the Venetian occupation. In medieval times, the inhabitants of this village used to build their houses side by side in small quaint streets so that they could protect themselves against pirates. Walk the narrow pathways of the Venetian castle and take memorable photos overlooking the volcanic landscape. Lastly, head to Akrotiri and visit the hidden gem of Santorini: the prehistoric Minoan Bronze Age settlement preserved in volcanic ash. One of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, it was home to one of the first European civilizations. Tucked away at the southern tip of Santorini, this settlement prospered for centuries before being eradicated by a great volcanic eruption. End your private experience by returning to the starting point or another place of your preference on the island.

From Fira: Santorini Off The Beaten Path Private Tour

7. From Fira: Santorini Off The Beaten Path Private Tour

Explore the more unusual aspects of Santorini and get off the beaten path with this private guided tour. Relax and enjoy picture-perfect beaches, quiet local villages, and delicious seasonal tapas and local wines. Start the day in Fira, the capital and busiest town on the island. Bypass the typical route and discover a hinterland of art in Fira’s whitewashed back alleys where local artists exhibit their work such as paintings, sculptures, artifacts, and other unique creations. Moving on, visit the fabulous village of Oia, Santorini’s highlight where you’ll explore cliffside laneways and the back alleys of a pastel-colored old neighborhood with maritime and merchant history. Before leaving Oia, discover the smallest bookstore in the world. Housed in a stunning white traditional building, fall in love with this charming literary haven that has been mentioned in write-ups in The New York Times, The Guardian, and National Geographic. Continue your tour and uncover an inhabited castle village, one of the least visited on the island. While exploring this peaceful settlement, you’ll wander through narrow alleys with medieval charm and end up sipping coffee with a dessert in one of the most traditional island corners. Next, discover the hiding grounds of the locals during pirate raids while passing through natural pathways to a rock-carved church hidden from plain view. Then head to a secluded beach where you’ll enjoy its lunar yellow landscape and tranquil views. At your next stop, get familiar with the famous Santorini’s cherry tomato in a historic factory. Wander around its 19th-century heavy machines and hear old stories of local farmers who once reached the area with mules laden with baskets full of tomatoes, turning them into indigenous tomato paste. At your last stop now you’ll taste the true Santorini with a private wine tasting in an authentic old winery where Vinsanto and other delicious wines are made the old traditional way. Enjoy four glasses of wine varieties paired with mouth-watering seasonal local mezedes (local tapas).

Santorini: Countryside Hidden Paths Private Tour

8. Santorini: Countryside Hidden Paths Private Tour

Discover Santorini on this private tour through its spectacular countryside. Stroll through narrow streets and among village vineyards and see what this amazing island has to offer. Walk around the ancient inland village of Emporio. Check out its 15th-century castle and lose yourself in the narrow streets. Stroll through the vineyards at an organic local family farm. Witness traditional farming methods and try some fresh food. Explore the local history and culture with visits to striking churches and picturesque chapels. See the naturally-formed stone window known as the "Heart of Santorini." Hang out on Vlychada Beach nestled among the cliffs.

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4.6 / 5

based on 704 reviews

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

A varied tour with the highlight at the end in Oia! Particularly noteworthy is Lena (tour guide) who did a great job. Her English was easy to understand even for non-native speakers. She was competent and friendly and led the group with wit and charm!

Highly recommended tour. Leni, our tour guide, gave us a lot of interesting information about the country and its people that you won't find in the travel guide. Can only recommend this tour

Lena was great! She was both informative as well as capable of taming unruly patrons. The stops were well picked including a few that no other tours go to.

Our guide was excellent, funny and knowledgeable. We had a great time and felt like we definitely saw the highlights of santorini