1. Greece
  2. Cyclades
  3. Oia
  4. Akrotíri

Santorini: Small-Group Highlights Tour of Venetian Castles

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Experience the beauty of Santorini by joining this full day tour. Learn about the ancient and medieval history of the island and feel the local culture, taste the local wines, and finsh your day with an unforgetable sunset in Oia.
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Duration: 8 - 9 hours
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  • Join a small-group tour and discover the magnificent Venetian Castles in Emporio, Akrotiri, Pyrgos, and Oia villages
  • Participate in an interactive music show with handmade instruments from ancient times
  • Chill out at the volcanic black sandy beach or even swim for a bit
  • Take free time for lunch and later taste some local wines
  • Enjoy the famous sunset from the edge of the beautiful village of Oia
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The tour starts late in the morning by picking you up from your hotel. After a short drive the small group will reach the traditional village of Megalochori and you will have the opportunity to visit the famous "symposion by la ponta" an amazing workshop of traditional Greek music instruments full of information about Greek mythology and music.

Continue to Emporio village, stroll around the small picturesque streets and see the best preserved Venetian castle which used to be the medieval trade center of the island. Leaving Emporio you will have some free time to relax and enjoy a lazy break at the most famous black sandy beach of the island at Perivolos, where you can swim or even have lunch, tasting the local flavors.

Later, the group will drive around the castle of Akrotiri and will have a short photo stop to enjoy the view of the castle the amazing caldera from the south part of the island. Afterward you will visit the village of Pyrgos which is built on the top of a hill, you will walk to the top where the Venetian castle overlooks the caldera and get a panoramic view of the island. After the walk to the castle you will relax in an old canava and taste local wines.

Subsequently, the group will make a short stop in Firostefani, where you can take breathtaking photos of the famous Blue Dome and the Rock Of Skaros, where the capital of the island used to be during the Venetian period. The tour will finish in Oia village. Explore the narrow passageways and discover the old captain's houses, the unique cave houses, and the romantic chapels. Later you will watch the spectacular sunset over the caldera while being inside the Venetian castle of Oia. After such a lovely day you will be driven back to your hotel.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Small group tour (max. 15 persons)
  • Wine tasting
  • Tour escort
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Fuel cost and local taxes
  • Free time for lunch (not included)
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • 10 entrance fee to La Ponta (optional)
  • Entry fee for the music show
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear
Know before you go
• At the time of booking let the supplier know your hotel name and location; the local partner will email you with the pickup details
• Pickup begins approximately 30 minutes prior to the tour departure time and is done from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a vehicle
• Please expect to walk dor a moderate amount of time during the tour
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