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  • Santorini: Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit

    1. Santorini: Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit

    Sail from Athinios Port to small islands that are home to volcanos, hot springs and traditional villages. Stop at Nea Kameni and take the path to the crater of the active volcano. Enjoy free time to explore the island. Next, head to Palea Kameni, and swim in the hot springs. Return to the boat for a short sail to Thirassia, where you’ll have free time to explore. Visit Manolas, accessed by winding stairs, or by a donkey ride up to the village. There is the option of extending the tour in Oia to admire the panoramic views and a spectacular sunset. This option is running from 1 May to 21 September. Depending on the option chosen, the duration of the tour is 6 or 10 hours. If this option is selected, after the end of the boat ride you will be transferred to Oia. Please meet your bus at the meeting point 15 minutes after the sunset.

    Fun day. It was a little chaotic getting the correct bus on the way back, but otherwise there were no issues.

  • Santorini: 5-Hour Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

    2. Santorini: 5-Hour Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, and then journey by air-conditioned minivan to board a luxury catamaran and take a 5-hour cruise off the coast of Santorini. Experience the romance and beauty of the island as you set sail from the southern port of Vlychada. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure and follow the coast to the red sands of Red Beach. Jump in for a swim in the shallow waters of a private beach, if you desire. Benefit from the services and amenities of a fully equipped vessel, including complimentary towels and snorkeling equipment. Venture below the imposing Indian Rocks and marvel at the sea caves and rock formations close to an old Venetian lighthouse. Get breathtaking views of the volcanic landscape as you travel through the middle of the caldera. Visit the hot springs for a healing mud bath, and then go to a private bay at Palea Kammeni Island to relax on deck ...

    Amazing experience! Food was delicious and crew was wonderful. This was the highlight of our whole time in Santorini. My only complaint is the size of the group was a little large for the size of the boat during covid times. We had to sit side by side, squeezed together to accommodate the 20 people.

  • Santorini: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

    3. 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: ATV-Quad Experience

    4. Santorini: ATV-Quad Experience

    Begin your Santorini quad tour at Persia (Black beach), from here you will kick start the day with an off-road adventure to Emporio and the Venetian Castle. Cruise a labyrinth of old, traditional streets on foot and feel free to peruse around. Take a few moments to enjoy a greek coffee or juice at one of the most traditional cafes on the island.  Continue on toward the windmills and through the vineyards until you reach the destination of Megalochori - considered amongst the locals to be the most traditional village in Santorini. After a short break you will travel to the magnificent Caldera. In Caldera you have the opportunity to visit the oldest wine cellar in Santorini. There you will taste high quality wine and kritharoboukies. Ride along the Caldera and visit the hidden, tucked away places that only the locals know about. Here you can witness one of the islands most popular attrac...

    Demetrius was awesome he showed us some awesome spots and we learned a lot about the islands as well. Would definitely do this again when visiting Greece.

  • Santorini Sunset Fishing Trip with Dinner and Drinks

    5. Santorini Sunset Fishing Trip with Dinner and Drinks

    Take part in an amazing fishing trip off the coast of Santorini at sunset. Set sail from Vlychada harbor, and then watch or join in as the crew pulls in the shrimp nets they laid out the night before. Cruise past beautiful Red Beach, White Beach and Black Beach, and get stunning views of the volcanic landscapes, such as Indian Rock. Drop anchor at one of these spectacular settings to cool down with a refreshing swim in the Aegean Sea. Snorkel with the marine life, or top up your tan at the end of the day. Listen to traditional music, and get some more time to fish using rods, lines and bait provided by the crew. Help clean and cook the fish if you wish, and then enjoy a delicious dinner and unlimited local drinks. Sail back across the open sea and watch a magical sunset out on the water.

    This was a fun opportunity for us to try our hand at fishing with a local family fishing business. Captain Anthi and the team did a wonderful job of explaining the different fish we would likely encounter and teaching us different ways for us to catch them based on the type - everyone on the boat eventually caught something. The meal that was prepared was great and we had an opportunity to do a bit of snorkeling in the middle of fishing. Captain Anthi is clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about what she does and did a great job engaging folks across multiple languages and nationalities.

  • Santorini: 5-Hour Private Wine Tour

    6. Santorini: 5-Hour Private Wine Tour

    Sip your way around Santorini on this private wine tour by visiting 3 traditional wineries spread out across the picturesque island. Learn about the Assyrtiko local grape and chat with your private guide about the history of wine production on the island. Hear about Santorini's viticulture of the volcanic soils, and sample up to 12 different varieties of award-winning volcanic wines. Enjoy a private cellar tour at each of the wineries, and savor local snacks with wine as you admire the charming towns and rolling hills of Santorini.

    Excellent guide and driver, Apostolos. Visited 3 vineyards in 5 hours. Each served a generous plate of appetizers. The first winery, Hatzidskis, was the best. Stella gave an excellent tour and description of the wines - we tasted 6! Liked most of the wines and bought 3 bottles. From here, it gradually downhill. The next winery was Venetsanas and had a unique and interesting history. The tour was the best. The wine tasting was hurried. We liked the Vin Santo wine the best. The setting was beautiful, overlooking the port. The last and worst was visit was to Anhydrous. Tour very short and not particularly interesting nor did the young woman seem interested in what she was doing. We had three different servers and the information about the wine was limited as they too many tables to serve. No one ever explained how many tastings we would have and as they kept using the same glass, we weren’t sure when we were finished so we just left. Would not recommend this one at all.

  • Santorini Cooking Class with Wine Tasting & Lunch

    7. Santorini Cooking Class with Wine Tasting & Lunch

    A blend of Santorini’s best tastes and flavors with a touch of your own effort to cook authentic Santorinian recipes are the main ingredients of this tour experience. The tour includes the a visit to a winery, a local far, and a hands-on cooking lesson, by local experts, along with information about the local wines and finally, the pleasure of enjoying your gastronomic creations. What will you take with you? Experience the joy of cooking traditional Santorinian dishes, savor the memory of an exquisite gastronomic experience with the delicious tastes of the island, and take home a booklet with all the recipes you cooked. This tour is perfect for foodies, honeymooners, cooking class aficionados, or food and wine lovers. Depending on the tour you choose, one or more from of these places will be visited, based on availability: Sigalas Estate, Vassaltis Vineyards, Avantis Estate, Gavalas Wi...

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  • North Santorini: Private Tour with Oia Sunset & Wine Tasting

    8. North Santorini: Private Tour with Oia Sunset & Wine Tasting

    During this 4-hour excursion you’ll visit the most picturesque villages on Santorini. Head to the peak of Prophet Elias, Santorini highest mountain, standing 2,000 feet (600 meters) above the sea. Marvel at the island vistas and then follow your guide inside the ornate Greek Christian monastery perched at the summit. On this tour that’s priced for a group of up to 4 persons you’ll taste rare wine varieties at the traditional Venetsanos winery. Viniculture is an ancient art in Santorini, unique due to the island’s volcanic soil. Learn the secrets of winemaking and enjoy the tastes of local wines. Enjoy a short stop in Firostefani to see the famous Blue Dome Church, the subject of so many of Santorini’s postcards. Visit the village of Imerovigli for spectacular views of the caldera. See Skaros, a grand rock that’s a remnant of the most important castle. Visit breathtaking Oia village, k...

    We had a lovely, very informative guide who tailored the programme to suit us. I was travelling with 2 young children so she organised a suitable itinerary that avoided too much walking and overcrowded areas. We started in Oia before it got too crowded with the cruise liner & sunset crowds! We visited various viewpoints & saw the sunset from Pyrgos which was much less crowded. We had the opportunity to ask lots of questions and take lots of photographs. Our guide Katerina was superb, I would definitely recommend!

  • Santorini: Traditional Fishing Trip and Fresh Fish Lunch

    9. 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: Thirassia Island Sightseeing Trip With Lunch

    10. Santorini: Thirassia Island Sightseeing Trip With Lunch

    Meet your local guide at Ammoudi, Oia's port. From there, take the 7-minute ferry to Thirasia. Admire the spectacular scenery as you embark on a 3-hour walking tour through unspoiled terrain to 3 villages. Find out how the first village which was once the capital of the island is protected by UNESCO. Take in the wild landscape and tranquility as you walk up to the very top of the main village. Smell the aroma of freshly baked bread on a visit to an old winery. Drink a glass of wine and experience the local ''filoxenia'' hospitality. As you walk, learn about the history of the island and get a sense of the present local lifestyle from your guide. End the tour at a restaurant where local dishes have been carefully selected for your lunch.

    Highly recommend!! This experience was the highlight of our trip to Santorini. Nicole was an amazing guide and we loved the personal attention as she shared her love of the beautiful island of Thirasia with us. A big treat was the wonderful feast of home cooked Greek food waiting on us about 2/3 through the tour. Bring your most comfortable pair of shoes and be prepared to experience a incredible hike. If you’re thinking about taking a trip to Thirasia while in Santorini…don’t just think about it…do it!! And make sure Nicole is your guide.

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What people are saying about Oia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 2,638 reviews

Really you get what you pay for, well done for the organization! Knowing that you plan to add 5 euros at the entrance to the volcano park but it's worth the walk. The boat was spacious and very seaworthy (Hermes) The time allotted for the activities was perfect. Well coordinated shuttle bus transport

Amazing experience! Food was delicious and crew was wonderful. This was the highlight of our whole time in Santorini. My only complaint is the size of the group was a little large for the size of the boat during covid times. We had to sit side by side, squeezed together to accommodate the 20 people.

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We have no regrets, one of the best decisions we have made on this trip.

At the top: to land and discover at the same time for a day