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Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

1. 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 of Akrotiri, an ancient Minoan village that was buried by the island’s colossal volcanic eruption. Don't miss the chance to see the incredible, well-preserved remnants of the settlement for yourself. Afterward, head to Red Beach, named for its distinctively colored sand. On your way to the south, stop to explore the famous black beaches and its nice viewpoint. Take many beautiful pictures of this unique landscape. Lastly, wind your tour down with an indulgent stop at a local winery. Santorini has produced its own wine since ancient times, and sampling its product is the perfect way to get a taste of the island's history.

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Santorini: Sunset Sea Kayak and Snorkel with Dinner

2. Santorini: Sunset Sea Kayak and Snorkel with Dinner

Enjoy a unique tour that will offer you a private and peaceful view of the Santorini sunset, away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy parts of the island. This tour will have you sitting in a kayak as you watch the Mediterranean sun disappear under the ocean's horizon.  Enjoy a relaxing start to your tour with a transfer service to and from your hotel. You will be picked up at your accommodation and taken to Mesa Pigardia, a Black Beach on the south coast of the island where your kayak tour will begin. Paddle east along the coastline as you pass White Beach, named for its spectacular white cliffs that loom above. Continue on to Red Beach and marvel at the colors created by volcanic activity.  Take some time out for a break on Kampia Beach where you will receive a fresh snack at a tradition taverna. After your meal, you will go snorkeling on the beach. After you have spent some time exploring life under the water, you will head back to your kayak where you will paddle west to admire the beautiful rock formations and cave houses built into the cliffs. Shortly after you will reach the Black Mountain and the Akrotiri lighthouse, exploring sea caves along the way. Here is where you will experience one of the most epic sunsets of your lift.  Return to your starting point at Mesa Pigadia, and change into your dry clothes before sitting down to a traditional Greek dinner at a local tavern. Following the meal, you will be driven back to your pick-up location.

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Santorini: Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling with Lunch

3. Santorini: Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling with Lunch

With a transfer arranged for you, arrive at Mesa Pigadia, the black beach on the south coast of the island where your sea kayak tour will begin. Paddle along the coastline admiring beautiful rock formations and cave houses built into the cliffs. You will reach Black Mountain and the Akrotiri lighthouse, exploring sea caves along the way. Paddling east, pass by White Beach named for the imposing white cliffs above, and continue to Kampia Beach. Enjoy a fresh, nutritious snack at the traditional tavern at Kampia Beach and go snorkeling. Back in your kayak, paddle to Red Beach and marvel at the colors, a vivid evidence of volcanic activity. Return to your starting point at Mesa Pigadia beach and sit down to a traditional Greek lunch at a local taverna. Following the meal, you will be driven back to your pick-up location.

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Santorini: 5-Hour Foodie and Drinks Tour with Local Guide

4. Santorini: 5-Hour Foodie and Drinks Tour with Local Guide

After being picked up from your hotel, begin your tour at a traditional farm in Akrotiri. Enjoy tasting Santorinian wine, and local delicacies such as fava paste, and homemade traditional sweets. Pause to take in the stunning sea view and snap a few photos from the nearby lighthouse before heading to the highest point on the island: the Prophet Elias Monastery. Here, take a moment to reflect in the monastery's orthodox chapel, and taste local products made by the monks, including olive oil, capers, and nuts. Next, stop and chat for a while over a relaxing coffee break in the charming, traditional village of Pyrgos. Smell and taste original Greek coffee or choose to enjoy the new trend of iced coffee accompanied by sweet homemade cakes. End your foodie and drink tour with a meal at the To Pinakio restaurant in Kamari, known for its authentic Greek food inspired by Cycladic and Cretan cuisine. Enjoy your meal as you listen to live music from a local band - a true local experience.

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Santorini: 5-Hour Luxury Catamaran Morning & Sunset Cruise

5. Santorini: 5-Hour Luxury Catamaran Morning & Sunset Cruise

While you’re enjoying your first cocktail on board in Santorini, listen to the brief orientation before setting sail for the day’s adventure. Glide through pristine waters to the amazing Red Beach, characterized by the iron-rich cliffs of magma that surround the bay. Try your hand in snorkeling, all the while soaking up the sun and the beauty particular to this region in Greece. Lounge on the White Beach, a secluded location only accessible by boat. Here, the surrounding limestone cliffs have been pushed to the surface from the volcanic activity thousands of years ago. Enjoy a delicious meal and drinks within the intimate atmosphere of the boat. Breeze through amazing bays, with names derived from the colorful geological layers left as a memory of the last volcanic eruptions. Sail past the ruined ancient city of Akrotiri — a settlement destroyed in the last Thera eruption around 1627 BC. Pass by the picturesque caldera of the still active volcano, the Indian rock formation, and the Venetian Lighthouse. Relax and take in the views, under the pink-gold light of the impending sunset.

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Santorini: Cooking Class, Easy Hike, and Snorkeling

6. Santorini: Cooking Class, Easy Hike, and Snorkeling

You will get transfered from your hotel to the starting point of the hike, near the church of the Dormition of Holy Mary, located outside the traditional village of Akrotiri at the Southwest part of Santorini. The trail, offering incomparable views to both sides of the island – in and out of the formation of the caldera - also passes through old vineyards and deserted chapels that give you the feeling that you are walking through the past of Thira. After arriving on the beach of Mesa Pigadia, you go swimming and snorkeling as the beach transfer arranged for you, leads you to a traditional local chef who is willing to reveal all the good, hidden treasures of Greek cooking. After taking the lesson and preparing all the lovely dishes, you enjoy your homemade meal before being transferred back to your hotel.

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Santorini: Akrotiri Guided Tour, Motorboat Cruise, & Lunch

7. Santorini: Akrotiri Guided Tour, Motorboat Cruise, & Lunch

You will be picked up by private car or minivan and taken to the archeological site. Akrotiri is a fantastically preserved prehistoric city that remained buried under volcanic material for almost 4000 years! You will have the chance to walk around the preserved buildings and see details such as doors, windows, stairs, and paved streets. You will then be taken to the little port of Vlihada by car or minivan, where the motorboat will be waiting. Together with the experienced captain and crew, you will have the chance to explore the unique volcanic beaches of the island, sail around the caldera and the volcano and have lunch in a traditional taverna in the nearby island of Thirasia, right across Santorini. The tour ends at the port and you will then be taken back to the meeting point.

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Santorini: Panoramic Views Private Tour

8. Santorini: Panoramic Views Private Tour

Enjoy amazing views of blue-domed churches, picturesque villages and the natural surroundings of Santorini on this private tour of the island's panoramic view spots. Take in views of Firostefani, with some of the most spectacular domed churches in Greece. Experience unforgettable views of the Aegean Sea from Profitis Ilias; the highest peak on the island. Listen to stories from your guide as you admire Oia. Watch the sunset paint the sky behind this gorgeous Venetian castle. Taste some of Santorini's traditional delicacies alongside local wine. Discover the history, culture, and cuisine of the island as you take in its best views.

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Santorini: Countryside Hidden Paths Private Tour

9. Santorini: Countryside Hidden Paths Private Tour

Discover Santorini on this private tour through its spectacular countryside. Stroll through narrow streets and among village vineyards and see what this amazing island has to offer. Walk around the ancient inland village of Emporio. Check out its 15th-century castle and lose yourself in the narrow streets. Stroll through the vineyards at an organic local family farm. Witness traditional farming methods and try some fresh food. Explore the local history and culture with visits to striking churches and picturesque chapels. See the naturally-formed stone window known as the "Heart of Santorini." Hang out on Vlychada Beach nestled among the cliffs.

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Santorini: Private 4-Hour Cultural Villages Sightseeing Tour

10. Santorini: Private 4-Hour Cultural Villages Sightseeing Tour

Following a convenient pickup from your starting point on the island, start your private tour by heading to the village of Pyrgos, known as the island’s historic monument. Built on the top of a hill, this settlement is home to an 18th-century Venetian castle. Explore the remains of the fortress built into small alleys and circle-shape roads by the locals to fortify the area. The town is surrounded by vineyards, chapels, churches, narrow cave houses with charming balconies, and pebbled paths. Continue your road trip by strolling the narrow pathways of the traditional village of Megalochori. This quaint settlement is made up of hundreds of small white painted houses with exquisite architecture, tiny alleys, tower bells, beautiful blue-domed churches, and underground cave houses. In this picturesque and non-touristic environment, you’ll truly be basking in the local culture and lifestyle. Next up, discover Emporio, the entryway to another era and the island's commercial center during the Venetian occupation. In medieval times, the inhabitants of this village used to build their houses side by side in small quaint streets so that they could protect themselves against pirates. Walk the narrow pathways of the Venetian castle and take memorable photos overlooking the volcanic landscape. Lastly, head to Akrotiri and visit the hidden gem of Santorini: the prehistoric Minoan Bronze Age settlement preserved in volcanic ash. One of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, it was home to one of the first European civilizations. Tucked away at the southern tip of Santorini, this settlement prospered for centuries before being eradicated by a great volcanic eruption. End your private experience by returning to the starting point or another place of your preference on the island.

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What people are saying about Akrotíri

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 212 reviews

Breathtaking experience, would definitely recommend. One of the best ways to see the sunset in Santorini. There no need to be experienced in kayaking as the guides were fantastic and very helpful and made it as easy as possible. They were also very professional and had our safety as a priority. I would definitely recommend to everyone and we will certainly be doing this each and every time we visit Santorini.

Wonderful activity with great value for money. We enjoyed kayaking along the coast, with half an hour to snorkel in the ocean also. Our guide was professional and fun, we also had a lovely Greek dinner together afterwards. Hotel pick up and drop off was very convenient for us.

Theodore was more than amazing he show us everywhere took an amazing picture of us and he gave us a lot of information about the area I definitely recommend him and of course I’m going to come again because of him because he made my visit to Santorini perfect

Michael was amazing. He showed me everything I asked to see. Answered all my questions and made sure I did not feel rushed. The conversation was great and the car was super clean. Definitely would recommend.

All I can say is WOW! Fantastic from beginning to finish. We very much enjoyed the wine, the food was absolutely delicious. Elene, Stella, and Dimitris were perfect hosts.