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  • Island Bus Tour: The Majestic Spots Of Santorini

    1. Island Bus Tour: The Majestic Spots Of Santorini

    Start with the breath-taking view at the Prophet Elias Monastery and visit the picturesque monastery. Next, discover Pyrgos village, one of the most picturesque villages on the island. Continue to Akrotiri Excavations, one of the most significant archaelogical sites in the area. Akrotiri is a vast structure, once inhabited by 200 families and preserved under the volcano’s lava. Then, you will have some free time (approx 40 minutes) at the Red Beach to simply enjoy the colorful formations of the mountains and/or visit Akrotiri Bay for coffee or lunch with Greek traditional mezedes and ouzo (not included in the price). Fira town comes next, the capital of the island where strolling around will give you the opportunity to take magnificent pictures of the Caldera. Shop or enjoy traditional Santorinian cuisine. The last stop is Oia village for the world’s most famous sunset.

    Was able to see the whole island and the guide was awesome. So personable. You could tell she cared about her clients.

  • Santorini Traditional Villages and Oia Sunset Tour

    2. 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 ...

    I loved all the places we visited.The guide was very informative and knowledgeable.

  • Santorini: Private Group Sightseeing Tour

    3. Santorini: Private Group Sightseeing Tour

    After being collected from your accommodation you will make your way to the archaeological museum and ancient excavations in Akrotiri. There you will learn about life before and after the Santorini volcano eruption on the island of Thira. Following that you will experience the popular Red Beach, where you'll have enough time for swimming and relaxing, and can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the divine landscape. A few meters below there is the different landscape of Black Beach, where you can swim some more and take photos. Pyrgos is your next stop. Its paved and narrow pathways hidden between many old traditional stone houses give you the sense that you are walking in an ancient town labyrinth. This village is located at the highest point of the island and just a few meters below the Monastery of Prophet Elias, which has been standing since 1711. Next, experience wine tasting in an area...

  • Santorini: 5-Hour Private Panoramic Tour with Host

    4. 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 ...

  • Private Group Visit to Akrotiri & 3 Wineries with Tastings

    5. Private Group Visit to Akrotiri & 3 Wineries with Tastings

    Uncover the fascinating past of Santorini on a 5-hour guided tour. Explore the excavations at Akrotiri, a prehistoric Bronze Age city. During the Minoan volcanic eruption some 3,600 years ago the city was frozen in time by volcanic ash. On this tour that’s priced for a group of up to 4 persons, you will admire the elaborate drainage system, the sophisticated multi-storied buildings, magnificent wall paintings, and excavated furniture and vessels. Discover evidence of winemaking that has been estimated to date back to the 3rd millennium BC, making Santorini one of the oldest wine-making regions in the world. Visit 3 of the island’s wineries and learn about Santorini’s unique viticulture traditions. Taste a selection of 12 different wine styles from across Santorini and Greece – including Assyrtiko, Nykteri, and the sublimely sweet Vinsanto wine.

    Awesome trip!! The guide was fantastic, super friendly and knowledgeable and the wine was delicious! Highly recommend!

  • Santorini Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting & Food Pairing

    6. Santorini Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting & Food Pairing

    Begin your tour with a visit to Pyrgos which was built in the 15th-century when it became occupied by Venetians. Find out how the town is home to one of the island’s best-preserved castle ruins. Then, enjoy a 1-hour stop to explore the excavations at the bronze age city of Akrotiri. This archeological wonder is one of the most important sites in the region and the very first settlement on Santorini.  After this, head over to Vlichada Beach known for its very distinctive white volcanic cliffs sculpted beautifully by the sea winds. Then, drive along the Perivolos Black Sand Beach before going to the village of Megalochori. This settlement dates back to the 17th-century and played a role in the export of the famous wine from the island of Vinsanto.  Finally, enjoy traditional Greek dishes for lunch paired with local wines from one of the finest wineries in Santorini. Learn about the wines...

    I'm not one to normally go out of my way to write a review but I just thoroughly enjoyed this tour with Lefteris as our driver/guide, he and the tour were both fantastic! From the moment he picked us up we felt like we were just hanging out with a friend, a very lucky friend that happens to live in Santorini of course! We felt like we got a great overview of the entire island without missing any of the highlights and Lefteris gave us lots of invaluable insider tips and insights that we were able to use during the rest of our stay, which was incredibly helpful and really makes taking his tour extremely worthwhile and a great value. We truly felt like locals during our entire stay because we were so well informed by Lefteris, and the advice and suggestions he offered us were totally spot on. We can’t recommend taking a tour with Blue Shades of Greece highly enough, so be like a local and book this tour!

  • Santorini: Trails of Akrotiri & Oia Town Private 6-Hour Tour

    7. Santorini: Trails of Akrotiri & Oia Town Private 6-Hour Tour

    Discover the charm, wonder and history of Santorini with a private guide on this 6-hour private tour. Uncover one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean at the Akrotiri excavations, absorb a wide range of stunning views and enjoy some free time in the village of Oia. Your tour begins with a stop at the island's iconic caldera, a striking viewpoint. Enjoy views of staggered cliffs and rock layers dotted with whitewashed houses and blue domes. Then head to Akrotiri, a former, Minoan Bronze Age settlement, for more insight into the island's ancient history. Learn about the island's first inhabitants, who arrived there in 3000 BC. Hear from your guide the story of the fabled city of Atlantis that has been one of the oldest living legends of mankind that still remains unanswered. The legend describes a prosperous land that disappeared without a trace and sunk into the se...

  • Santorini - 5 Hours Most Attractive Sightseing Island Tour

    8. Santorini - 5 Hours Most Attractive Sightseing Island Tour

    You will be collected early in the morning from your hotel in Santorini Island and driven in a luxury, modern, minivan with WiFi and A/C to the most attractive sightseing 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 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 sea front bars. Next up, enjoy a wine tasting in Venetsanos Winery. You will have the opportunity to try some ...

    We only has one day to tour the island so we flew in the morning and fly back in the afternoon. The guide drove a comfortable car to pick us up and took us to the most important places including wine tasting. We had many questions and he answered them all so he is very knowledgeable.

  • Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Tour

    9. Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Tour

    Enjoy Santorini at your own pace with a local driver leading the way. Customize your own itinerary to see the stunning natural wonders, idyllic towns and traditional wineries of the island. From black and red sand beaches of Jamari and Perissa to charming villages and incredible views, Santorini is renowned as the gem of the Aegean Sea. Meet your private driver at the location of your choice and discuss your ideal itinerary. Whether you have something in mind or would like your guide to take the lead with tips and recommendations, your interests are the top priority. Visit the villages of Pyrgos and Oia to explore its whitewashed houses and winding streets. Enjoy a wine tasting at a traditional winery. See the archaeological site of Akrotiri, a prehistoric village preserved in volcanic ash, or head up to the Prophet Elias Monastery for stunning views of the Aegean coast and to meet the...

    Very fun day with extremely personable guide and driver. They were so thoughtful and kind!! They took us to amazing sites (some of them off the beaten path) and provided lots of useful information and history. We could not have asked for a better day!

  • Accessible Santorini Private Tour

    10. Accessible Santorini Private Tour

    Santorini is famous for its breathtaking views, volcanic landscapes and unique architecture. However, it is not a friendly place for the wheelchair user because of the numerous steps and narrow cobbled streets of the island’s villages and the steep hills of the countryside. This tour is here to make Santorini accessible for you. You will be transferred with a mini van equipped with a special ramp that will transport the wheelchair user safely and comfortably to the island's best attractions. A tour leader will accompany you and make sure you enjoy Santorini in the best possible way. The tour leader will take you to the island's best spots, where you will experience breathtaking views without having to climb stairs, you will have the chance to experience wine tasting in a local winery, you will visit an important archaeological museum, or even enjoy a meal or drink at an accessible rest...

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What people are saying about Oia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 507 reviews

My tour experience was beyond expectations, I don't remember correctly her name, but she was incredibly knowledgeable. Highly recommended tour. They pick-up me on the exact location and exact timing where they instructed me to wait.

Great experience, great to get a glimpse of the nice corners of the island at first or to go there by ourselves

Was a really informative and interesting experience. Both guide and bus driver were very polite and helpful

The best way to see the whole island if you do not have your own transport

Super unique experience, super friendly guide 100% recommended