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Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour

1. Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour

Spend a day on a private-guided tour exploring Akrotiri Excavations, a prehistoric Bronze Age city, frozen in time by ash that fell during the Minoan volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago. Some speculate this is the origin of the mythical city of Atlantis. Admire the elaborate drainage system, sophisticated multi-storied buildings, magnificent wall painting, and excavated furniture and vessels that show the former settlement's great prosperity. Next, you will head over to admire the Red and Black beaches. The red layer of sand at the Red Beach is a spectacular sight. The Black Beach of Perivolos is the largest beach on Santorini and is covered with a black volcanic pebble. Take in the spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and the nearby islands. Enjoy an optional lunch at a seaside restaurant. Continue your visit at the village of Emporio, the largest village on the Greek island of Santorini. You can look at the historic windmills that have an excellent view of the rest of the island. On the hill above the village Emborio, you will discover both the ruins of Kasteli, a fortress from the Byzantine period and the ruins of Goulas. Then, you will make your way to the peak of Prophet Ilias, the highest mountain that stands some 2,000 feet (600 meters) above the sea. Be amazed by the island vistas around you (360 degrees), and then follow your guide inside the ornate Greek Christian monastery perched at the mountain's summit. From here, you will proceed to the village of Pyrgos, the old capital, where you will take a guided walk along narrow paths to the ruins of the Venetian castle. The next stop is at a traditional Venetsanos Winery, where you will learn the secrets of wine making and enjoy the tastes of the famous local wines. On the way to the northern part of Santorini, you will make a short stop in Firostefani to see the famous Blue Dome Church, the subject of so many Santorini's postcards. You will visit the village of Imerovigli, situated on a higher cliff with an incredible view. In front of the village is an enormous rock called Skaros, which used to be the best spot to look out for pirates. Continue through the beautiful Santorini countryside to the village of Oia. Built in the northern part of the Caldera Rim. Oia is the most photographed location in Santorini, and a place where many artists have found their inspiration in Oia's beauty, the traditional architecture  and the amazing sunset. Enjoy the stunning views of the Caldera, where many dwellings are built into niches of the volcanic rock. You will also have a panoramic view of the rest of Santorini and the Aegean Sea.

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Santorini: Small-Group Highlights Tour of Venetian Castles

2. 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 island. Afterward you will visit the village of Pyrgos which is built on the top of a hill, you will walk to the top where the Venetian castle overlooks the caldera and get a panoramic view of the island. After the walk to the castle you will relax in an old canava and taste local wines. Subsequently, the group will make a short stop in Firostefani, where you can take breathtaking photos of the famous Blue Dome and the Rock Of Skaros, where the capital of the island used to be during the Venetian period. The tour will finish in Oia village. Explore the narrow passageways and discover the old captain's houses, the unique cave houses, and the romantic chapels. Later you will watch the spectacular sunset over the caldera while being inside the Venetian castle of Oia. After such a lovely day you will be driven back to your hotel.

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Santorini: Private 4-Hour Cultural Villages Sightseeing Tour

3. 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 Fira

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Beautiful Tour that allowed us to understand many things about Santorini and to see many places even in a single day. The guide Gregory was great and we loved the Music Museum and the interactive lesson: unique experience!

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.

Gregory ist a great tour guide and an even better driver ;) Within a mixed group he kept everybody happy and told us many interesting details about past and present Thira

Beautiful experience. The driver Michele, very kind and welcoming, the guide Irene, competent and helpful. Experience to do. Highly recommended

The tour and tour guide were great! I learned a lot about the island, saw some beautiful sights and lunch was delicious! Highly recommend!