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  • Santorini: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

    1. Santorini: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

    The tour provider will organize the locations for your photo shoot based on your own unique requirements, whether it be a family getaway, a romantic trip or a livelier one with friends.  Once the details are organized, you will receive confirmation of all the information you need, leaving you to simply meet the photographer on location in Santorini on the day and let them work their magic, capturing your travels in a contemporary and candid style of photography. Your Santorini vacation photographers are handpicked and highly experienced in addition to being local experts and will share their knowledge of the city with you like an old friend. Once your photo tour has finished, you will receive a link to your own personal online gallery (password protected) within 5 working days, containing your professionally edited images, all free to download. This photo tour will allow you to look ba...

    What a great experience I had, the organization level was top. Not only did they work with my schedule but Max took the best photos of me. I would highly recommend them and hiring a photographer on vacation is a must!

  • Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

    2. 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: Traditional Fishing Trip and Fresh Fish Lunch

    3. Santorini: Traditional Fishing Trip and Fresh Fish Lunch

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel by luxury minivan, and then climb aboard a traditional wooden fishing boat to set sail with captain Anthi. Learn different traditional fishing techniques from the crew as they try to catch some shrimp and octopus. Get the chance to help, or simply watch in awe. Next, drop anchor close to Red Beach, White Beach or Black Beach, known as the best fishing areas on the island. Receive your fishing rods, hooks, lures and fresh bait from the crew and watch a demonstration on how to catch a fish for yourself. Enjoy a local drink served by the crew and a fresh fish lunch. Sail back to harbor and get amazing views of the southern coastline of Santorini not visible from the land.

    Well organized, Very relaxing with beautiful views of the Island. Very helpful & friendly, along with good food with interesting species of fish caught with the long haul net. fishing is fun but subjected to weather conditions but this can only be controlled by mother-nature :-) Ideal for a nice relaxing day out on the water. Evening trip recommended to experience the evening sunset.

  • Santorini Cooking Class and Wine-Tasting Tour

    4. Santorini Cooking Class and Wine-Tasting Tour

    Treat yourselves to a fun and informative wine tour in Santorini, followed by a culinary feast filled with Santorini flavors and traditional Greek delights. The day starts with a visit to volcanic vineyard. Stroll past the unique basket vines and learn everything about the local viticulture that makes Santorini's vine-growing unique. During your tour, visit 2 traditional wineries and sample the island's delicious wines including  Assyrtiko, Nykteri and Vinsanto. Learn how to cook like a Greek under the guidance of a local chef at a traditional restaurant. Enjoy plenty of Greek appetizers along the way, and come away with some classic Greek recipes to impress your friends back home with. Of course, you'll also get to enjoy the fruits of your labor at the end of your cooking lesson.

    A fantastic experience, I would highly recommend! Angelo was an amazing guide, very knowledgeable and made everyone feel at ease! Do not miss this!

  • Santorini: Half-Day Classic Panorama Private Tour

    5. 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.

  • Cruise Traveller's Shore Excursion

    6. 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: Night Hike, Wine Tasting, and Greek Dinner

    7. Santorini: Night Hike, Wine Tasting, and Greek Dinner

    After a convenient pickup from your hotel, take a relaxing drive with your guide to the Prophet Elias chapel located on the top of a hill. Admire the spectacularly orange sun sinking below the horizon. When night falls, light your torch and embark on a 2-hour hike towards Fira. Use some parts of the world famous Fira-Oia hiking trail, which during the day can get very crowded. In the evening, you will find that nearly nobody is around so you can enjoy the privilege to experience the scenery without any obstructions. As you hike along the trail, enjoy stops at a variety of viewpoints that let you marvel at the thousands of lights which illuminate Santorini by night, and the still very visible volcano to the right. When you reach Fira, be welcomed at Assyrtico Restaurant for a well-deserved relaxing evening. Start by tasting 4 unique Santorinian wines, including the world famous “Vinsant...

  • Santorini: 5-Hour Private Panoramic Tour with Host

    8. 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 ...

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

    9. 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: Guided Tour to Oia

    10. Santorini: Guided Tour to Oia

    Oia is the most famous of all the villages of Santorini. It is known throughout the world for its quiet life and fantastic sunsets, and is certainly the most beautiful and picturesque village of Santorini. The village is also situated on top of an impressive cliff and offers a spectacular view over the volcano . Oia is situated on the north of the island, 11 kilometers away from Fira. It is a traditional village with charming houses in narrow streets, blue domed churches, and sun-bathed verandas. Its streets have plenty of tourist shops, taverns, cafes, and other shops. Oia is much more quiet that Fira, with its busiest area being the main pedestrian strip that runs along its length. This is the place where you will have the time to explore with your experienced guide. You will have the time to enjoy a drink from a local coffee shop, as you meet with locals and feel the famous Greek ho...

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What people are saying about Oia

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 168 reviews

Nicol was an amazing guide. He showed us everything we wanted to see, he took great pictures for us at the most beautiful spots. He told us history of the island as we drove around. I was very happy we decided to book this tour. I highly recommend. Thank you for an amazing day!

Max is a great photographer! We enjoyed a lot spending time with him while having a photo session. He gave us many tips so pictures were great. Also he was funny the whole time so we forgot about the stress the moment we met. Huge recommendation!

What a great experience I had, the organization level was top. Not only did they work with my schedule but Max took the best photos of me. I would highly recommend them and hiring a photographer on vacation is a must!

Max was amazing. The pictures turned out awesome and he kept it fun and enjoyable for the whole family (including three teenagers).

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