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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: 4-Hour Small Group Wine Tasting Tour

    2. Santorini: 4-Hour Small Group Wine Tasting Tour

    Visit the most acclaimed wine estates on the island of Santorini and sample 12 different wines produced in the local wineries. Learn about the 3,500-year history of wine making on the volcanic island, starting at a vineyard located on the unique soils with traditional basket vines. Hear about the local viticulture that makes Santorini a world heritage site for wine production. Visit 3 distinct wine estates, such as the Argyros estate or Art Space Winery, the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum, Venetsanos Winery or Gavalas Estate Winery. Taste organic wines, such as Nykteri, Assyrtiko, and Vinsanto, with local delicacies including cheese and olives.   

    Superb trip, we had the most amazing day! Wines were all lovely, locations were beautiful and Maria was so fun and knowledgeable. The tour was really well organised and the transfer arrived exactly on time. Group size was small, with 8 in total which was perfect. We had really nice food to go with the wine at each vineyard. Would absolutely recommend this tour. Thank you Maria!

  • Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

    3. Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

    Get picked up from a location of your choice on Santorini and meet your private driver/guide. Decide with your guide which sights you would like to see on this fully-customizable tour. The below itinerary is just offered as an example.  First, stop in the traditional village of Firostefani famous for its blue-domed churches. See and learn about the geological formation of the island, and the genesis, and history of Santorini. Continue through the scenic countryside to the village of Oia, the most photographed location in Santorini. Next, head to Profitis Ilias, which is the highest hill in Santorini. From its top at 567 m, enjoy the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea. There, you are able to visit the Monastery of Profitis Ilias and a Greek Orthodox chapel, listen to the sounds of Byzantine music and get a taste of their hand-made products.  Alternatively, opt to visit the ancient ruins ...

    Host was fantastic! Really helpful. Knowledgable, and great for taking lots of photos!!

  • Santorini: Car Tour with a Local

    4. Santorini: Car Tour with a Local

    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 Megaloch...

    If you are looking for the true Santorini experience it is worth booking a tour with a local. Nick showed us all the popular spots of the island and took us to a few undiscovered spots. An absolute must do when coming to the island.

  • Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Santorini

    5. Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Santorini

    Choose your own departure time to meet up with your private guide at your Santorini accommodations. Depart for a 5-hour customized tour of the volcanic island, which can be tailored to your interests. You'll be traveling in a private air-conditioned vehicle. The proposed tour covers the island's major sights, such as the village of Oia, filled with whitewashed building's overlooking the island's caldera. Check out Akrotiri, which features bronze age ruins mired in cooled lava from an ancient volcanic eruption. Hit both the Black and Red beaches, whose volcanic sand lives up to their respective colorful names. Finish up at a traditional winery before drop off back at your departure point.

    The tour itself was great. We were picked up and ended our tour on time. Yet, it was up to us to manage the order of stops and their duration, giving us exactly the flexibility we needed. Santorini is a beautiful place and 5 hours are obviously not enough to see everything, but we had a great time, saw marvellous places and enjoyed great pastry and some improvised minutes at a family beach.

  • Santorini: Small-Group Highlights Tour of Venetian Castles

    6. Santorini: Small-Group Highlights Tour of Venetian Castles

    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...

    Gregory was a wonderful guide. He took us to some great sites that I hadn’t seen the last time I was here. He’s very knowledgeable and funny and would recommend this tour for history and science buffs.

  • Santorini: Half-Day Classic Panorama Private Tour

    7. Santorini: Half-Day Classic Panorama Private Tour

    After hotel pick-up, head to the Prophet Ilias monastery on the island's highest point to admire a striking view over the entire island. At the traditional village of Megalochori, get involved with the local culture. This settlement is made of hundreds of small white painted houses, tiny alleys, tower bells, and beautiful blue-domed churches.  Head south and relax at Perivolos Black Beach. Swim in crystal clear waters and optionally enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant. Visit the Red Beach, and take amazing pictures of the volcanic landscape and steep cliffs. At the very southwest point of the island, visit the lighthouse for unique sunset viewpoints. Built by a French company in 1882, it is considered one of the most beautiful of the Cycladic Islands. Stop at Oia village, one of the most photographed places in Greece, for spectacular views and blue-domed churches.

    If you are limited on time, this is the perfect tour for you. You get to see every key spot in the island. Great opportunity to get photos.

  • Private Shore Excursion: Best of Santorini Customized Tour

    8. Private Shore Excursion: Best of Santorini Customized Tour

    Avoid the usual sightseeing tours and discover the best of Santorini according to your own interests and schedule. Choose your departure time and meet up with a private guide to travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the sights that you want to see. Use the time to visit the village of Oia, perched on rocks that provide stunning views of the sunset over the Aegean Sea. Marvel at the iconic blue and white houses of the caldera, or visit the Bronze Age remains of Akrotiri. Take in breathtaking views of the lava landscape caused by the ancient eruption of the volcano. Stop at black and red sand beaches and visit a traditional winery to learn more about wine making on the island. Get dropped off at your accommodation, cruise ship port or other location on arrangement at the end of an amazing sightseeing tour.

    I took the 5 hour private tour option of Santorini with my family (wife and two young daughters). Marcos was waiting for us at the airport to pick us up and proceeded to give my family the most wonderful day we have had on a tour. He was kind, courteous and extremely knowledgeable about Santorini. He was able to win over my 4 year old daughter who doesn't normally talk to strangers she has just met. He took us to all the major photo stops, but also took wonderful pictures of our family together. Kallisti tours was by no means expensive and the booking/arranging of the tour was very easy too. Stella (Kallisti's operations manager) was very helpful in giving us the right option for our tour. Marcos and Stella are wonderful assets to the team, but Kallisti tours for Santorini is one that I would totally recommend (as they customize the day to meet your needs and do everything in a comfortable, easy going way). Well done and thank you!

  • Cruise Traveller's Shore Excursion

    9. Cruise Traveller's Shore Excursion

    After getting off the ship, reach the top of Fira by cable car to meet your escort and begin your private shore excursion tour. The escort will have a suggested itinerary for you, however you may change the schedule as you wish.  For your first stop, the guide will suggest a trip to Prophet Elias Mountain, the highest point in Santorini. There, you will have a panoramic view of the island as well as the Prophet Elias Monastery.  Next, head to the Akrotiri Excavations, the so-called Prehistoric Pompei or Lost Atlantis, an important Minoan Bronze Age settlement of the Aegean which was destroyed by a huge eruption during 17th century BC. The settlement was buried under the volcanic ash, which has preserved the whole city in perfect conditions.  Next you can have a short photo stop at the famous volcanic Red Beach, well known for its unique sand color and soaring red lav...

    This was a fantastic way to see Santorini! Our guide, Magdaleni, was so enthusiastic and made it a real joy. Highly recommend this as it was a small group of four and we had an amazing day!!

  • Santorini: 6 to 8-Hour Private Tour

    10. 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 famous local wines. You will then make your way to the top of Prophet Ilias mountain, 1500...

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What people are saying about Oia

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4.8 / 5

based on 204 reviews

Great opportunity to see various vineyards. Host was knowledgeable and the wines were tasty. There is various meats, cheese and breads to pair with the wines so don’t eat a huge lunch right before as we did! Good brief history of the wines and the right level of information and letting the guests speak amongst each other.

Absolutely no regrets from booking this tour! Maria was our guide and she was amazing! Her family history to Thira/Santorini made the experience more personable and better than we expected. The final winery was timed perfectly with the sunset, and they provided a blanket to my wife when it started to get cold afterwards.

If you are looking for the true Santorini experience it is worth booking a tour with a local. Nick showed us all the popular spots of the island and took us to a few undiscovered spots. An absolute must do when coming to the island.

Andrew was the absolute best!! And we have done a ton of wine tours in Napa. He was So knowledgeable, accommodating and funny. Would 100% recommend! Loved all the history he provided too.

Amazing Experience, delicious wine and our tour guide was exceptional, took the most beautiful pictures