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Fira: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour With Tastings

1. Fira: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour With Tastings

Start the day with a traditional Greek coffee after meeting with a local food guide in the square of Firostefani village (next to Fira). Walk towards the famous blue-domed church of Santorini (the perfect spot for photos) followed by a sample of local mezes in a traditional tavern. Walk towards Fira on a footpath on the caldera's edge with sea and volcano views. A glass of local beer is the perfect welcome to the capital of Santorini. Follow your guide through the historical alleyways and paths with several stops for samples of local treats, including olive oil and souvlaki. Visit the daily market with fresh fish and vegetables. Enjoy a midday meal at a tavern with caldera views. Try the sweetest Loukoumades. Experience both the Mediterranean and Santorini sides of Greek cuisine. Meet locals, from the tavern owners to local farmers, souvlaki griller to honey producers. 

Santorini: Local Drink and Food Walking Tour at Sunset

2. Santorini: Local Drink and Food Walking Tour at Sunset

Leave your flip flops aside, dress smart-casual, and experience a glitzy evening adventure of food and drinks in Santorini. Immerse yourself in the island's culinary culture on this walking tour to its most famed spots with the Santorini Caldera and the brilliant colors of the sunset as your backdrop. Walk through the charming cobblestone pathways perched on the edge of the caldera cliffs as you make your way to your first stop. Here, sip a refreshing local liqueur and sample a mouthwatering local sweet while enjoying superb views over the caldera and the Aegean Sea. Then, eat your way through Firostefani’s footpaths by tasting Santorini’s most ancient fresh seafood dish, admiring uninterrupted views and the blue-domed Virgin Mary Orthodox church — one of the most photographed spots on the island. Continue your walk through hidden back alleys and capture countless photos with the fabled Santorini sunset. Quench your thirst with an "explosive" local craft beer, a Santorini exclusive beer that follows a local-original procedure in the making, accompanied with local seasonal tapas. Later on, stroll around the characteristic Aegean-styled whitewashed streets before awakening your taste buds with a souvlaki, the most famous Greek street food. Visit a food concept store with flavors and products from every corner of Greece and enjoy unparalleled views from an off-the-tourist-radar spot with a glass of volcanic wine and a traditional Santorini seasonal dish. Under the moonlight, head to your last stop, a local bar where you participate in some local drinking traditions, sampling the absolute top three Greek spirits and learning about the local spirit culture in Greece. End your tour in buzzing Fira, Santorini’s capital that offers a vast array of leisure options. From here, continue your own personal exploration - your guide will be more than happy to advise you on your next move.

Fira: Walking Tour with Cable Car Ride

3. Fira: Walking Tour with Cable Car Ride

Wander through the white cobblestone streets of Santorini’s capital, Fira, for a guided tour that will feature jewelry shops, donkey roads, a scenic cable car ride, and wine tasting. Begin your tour in front of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, which sits atop a cliff and offers breathtaking views. Explore the old town with your guide, admiring the beautiful jewelry in shop windows as you stroll down Gold Street. Walk along part of Santorini’s famous donkey roads, once used by the locals to transport goods and reach other parts of the island. Take in the panoramic views during a 5-minute ride in an aerial lift from the top of the volcanic caldera down to a small picturesque port. Get an up-close look at the edge of the caldera as you make your way toward the renowned blue domed church in Firostefani. At the end of the tour, get introduced to Pelican Kipos, located in the heart of Fira, where there is a unique wine cellar with renowned as well as rare local wines and other alcoholic beverages, collected from all over the world. Should you wish to have a wine tasting experience, it can be arranged on the spot.

Santorini: Private Exclusive Tour with a Local Guide

4. Santorini: Private Exclusive Tour with a Local Guide

See the best of Santorini on a guided island tour. Travel in a comfortable Mercedez-Bens and visit iconic spots, including the whitewashed houses of Oia, the impressive Red Beach, and finish your day with wine tasting. After pickup in an air-conditioned minibus, head to Firostefani village and take in the views over the white and blue rooftops from the cliff. Learn interesting facts about the village from your guide. Continue to Imerovigli, a picturesque village located at the highest point of the Caldera and Scaros Rock, facing the magnificent Cladera View and the volcano. Arrive in Oia, the most famous point on the island, known for its whitewashed houses and winding streets. Make your way to the other side of the island, starting with the highest point of Santorini, Profitis Ilias Monastery. Soak up the panoramic views of the whole island. Pass by Pyrgos Castelli, the Venetian castle that encapsulates the multicultural spirit of this small island. Head to the Black Beach and Red Beach, which owe their impressive colors to a volcanic eruption. Relax on the sunny shores, swim in the crystal waters, and have time to discover local cuisine at the nearby restaurants. Finish your journey at a local winery and taste some of the most famous wines in Greece. After two or three glasses of wine, be returned to your accommodation.

Santorini: 6 to 8-Hour Private Tour

5. Santorini: 6 to 8-Hour Private Tour

Your private tour starts from the northern part of Santorini island, where the spectacular villages of Oia, Firostefani and Imerovigli are located. You will experience the endless panoramic views of Caldera, Thirasia Island and the volcanic islands of Palea and Nea Kameni, and will also have the opportunity to take pictures of the typical white houses and blue domed churches. You will have the chance to visit the wine museum Koutsogiannopoulos, which is located within a natural cave. It is 8 meters below ground, 300 meter long and has a labyrinth-like shape. The wine museum presents the history of wine and the life of vine-growers in Santorini from 1660 to 1970. Here, visitors can learn about the history of wine, and at the end you will also be presented with the opportunity to taste a variety of 4 famous local wines. You will then make your way to the top of Prophet Ilias mountain, 1500 feet above sea level and with 360 degree views of the island and the Aegean Sea. Later on you will head towards the traditional settlement of Megalochori, where you can explore it walking through the traditional alleys and seeing the local houses and architecture. Your last 2 stops will be in the unique Red Beach which is full of red iron volcanic lava rocks. It is home to the famous 4-kilometer long black sand beach.

Santorini: 5-Hour Private Panoramic Tour with Host

6. Santorini: 5-Hour Private Panoramic Tour with Host

Adapt the tour to your personal interests and preferences; the itinerary presented below is just a suggestion. Start by being picked up from the location of your choice. Make the first stop in Firostefani, well known for the famous blue dome church where you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the volcanic caldera. On your way to Oia, marvel at the characteristic architecture of the famous picturesque village. Visit the old Venetian castle, and explore its interior. Enjoy free time to stroll around the town and sip refreshments by the caldera. Next, head to Profitis Ilias which offers a unique 360° panoramic view of the island and is an ideal spot to take amazing photos. Visit the 300 years old monastery and taste some of the local delicacies and handmade products. After this, stop at Black Beach, a unique volcanic beach where you can swim, enjoy water sports, or have a delicious lunch overlooking the Aegean Sea. Continue on the to Akrotiri Archaeological Site located on the southern edge of the island. 

Santorini: Shore Excursion Semi-Private Tour

7. Santorini: Shore Excursion Semi-Private Tour

Hop off your cruise ship and embark on an excursion around Santorini. See cute villages such as Firostefani and Oia, volcanic remains, and beautiful vistas on this specially-designed shore excursion. Meet your driver/guide and head for your first stop at Firostefani. Admire the blue dome church and enjoy views of the volcanic remains of the caldera. Visit the observatory at Imerovigli to get a closer look at this amazing landscape. Listen to fascinating stories as you move onto Oia, a nestling hillside village and Santorini's most famous tourist destination. Encounter the well-known old Venetian castle, as well as hidden gems picked by your guide. Enjoy a walk around the village and its volcanic caldera at your leisure before the final stop at Finikia. This tranquil and picturesque village is the perfect spot to see the sunset away from the crowds, before heading back to your cruise ship.

Santorini: Fira Town Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

8. Santorini: Fira Town Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

Explore the charming streets of Fira on this guided walking tour. Try local wines, visit artisan shops and enjoy a cable car ride to the old port.>Meet your local guide and stroll through the white cobbled streets of Fira, where you’ll feel the old-world charm blended in with modern-day comforts. Visit Gold Street with the most interesting and beautiful jewelry on display, watch a leather sandal workshop, and feature local art galleries. Grab a handmade ice cream and walk a short section of the famous Santorini donkey roads. Pass through the Venetian district surrounded by numerous churches overlooking the caldera and reach Fira’s cable car. Enjoy a 5-minute panoramic cable car from the top of caldera down to the picturesque old port. Walk at the edge of Caldera to reach the blue dome church in Firostefani. At the end of the tour, get introduced to a wine restaurant located in the heart of Fira, where there is a unique wine cellar with renowned but also rare local wines, as well as Alcoholic beverages collected from all over the world. Wine tasting is optional.

Santorini: Guided 4-Hour Island Tour

9. Santorini: Guided 4-Hour Island Tour

Your journey starts from Santo Winery, which is a must-see area when visiting Santorini. Santorini is known for its wine varieties, and also boasts a long history of wine tradition. Following that, you’ll drive through the village of Pyrgos, which is the old capital of the island. There you will take a walk along the narrow paths to the ruins of a Venetian castle. Following that, you will go to the village of Firostefani in order to enjoy the breathtaking views of the volcano. You will also be able to take in views of the nearby islands and the rest of the Aegean Sea. You will then go to Oia, a picturesque village known for its captivating sunset, candy-colored houses, blue-domed churches, and lovely shops. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be returned back to your accommodation.

Santorini: Private Guided Tour with Wine Tasting

10. Santorini: Private Guided Tour with Wine Tasting

Unravel the architectural beauty of Oia, perched on the steep edge of the caldera. See a cascade of beautiful cave houses. Enjoy breathtaking sunset views from the Venetian castle ruins on this private guided tour of Santorini. Make your way through the narrow cobblestone streets as blue-domed churches break the display of white. Admire the blooming flowers that appear on adorable little balconies. Let your guide show you the highest viewpoint of Profitis Ilias mountain for a majestic view of the Aegean Sea. Locate beautiful bell towers at the village of Megalochori. Learn about Santorini's local life, culture, and religion. Conclude the tour at a traditional Santorini winery. Indulge in the authentic flavors of the island as you sip on local wine made from grapes grown in the volcanic soil.

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What people are saying about Firostefani, Santorini

What a beautiful and magnificent day we had in Santorini. Everything was perfect. Our driver Arthur was extremely friendly and knowledgeable of the entire Island of Santorini and the history and country of Greece. Arthur spoke Excellant English and was so fun to have host us around the island. He called us in advance to confirm our reservations and to plan our day. Arthur was there to greet us at our agreed upon time and location (in fact he was there one hour prior to our agreed upon time). He set up and amazing lunch for us at the small fishing Village of Oia. The food was amazing, fresh and the service staff was warm and friendly. Arthur took us to several “secret and off the beaten path” look out’s where we had magnificent views of Santorini and the Greek Coast. We also visited the “Red Beach” and the “Black Beach” which were fun to see. On the highest point of Santorini is a monastery with magnificent views of the island. The van was spotless, comfortable and spacious!

Great great view definitely worth the walk down the stairs. The cable car ride is recommended to really appreciate the panorama. The discovery on foot from Fira to Firostefani is also enriching with the explanations of Myrna, a guide to recommend. Benevolent and solar like this beautiful island.

Wonderful tour! Our guide was super friendly and had great recommendations. Great views from the walking portion of the tour and overall a wonderful experience full of tasty treats!

Caring & actually seemed that he liked taking us around & exploring the different restaurants & scenery. Great guide & friend!!!

It was such a beautiful experience with so much history. Our guide was so nice and helpful.