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Fira: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour With Tastings

1. Fira: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour With Tastings

Start the day with a traditional Greek coffee after meeting with a local food guide in the square of Firostefani village (next to Fira). Walk towards the famous blue-domed church of Santorini (the perfect spot for photos) followed by a sample of local mezes in a traditional tavern. Walk towards Fira on a footpath on the caldera's edge with sea and volcano views. A glass of local beer is the perfect welcome to the capital of Santorini. Follow your guide through the historical alleyways and paths with several stops for samples of local treats, including olive oil and souvlaki. Visit the daily market with fresh fish and vegetables. Enjoy a midday meal at a tavern with caldera views. Try the sweetest Loukoumades. Experience both the Mediterranean and Santorini sides of Greek cuisine. Meet locals, from the tavern owners to local farmers, souvlaki griller to honey producers. 

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Fira: Walking Tour with Wine Tasting and Cable Car Ride

2. Fira: Walking Tour with Wine Tasting and Cable Car Ride

Wander through the white cobblestone streets of Santorini’s capital, Fira, for a guided tour that will feature jewelry shops, donkey roads, a scenic cable car ride, and wine tasting. Begin your tour in front of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, which sits atop a cliff and offers breathtaking views. Explore the old town with your guide, admiring the beautiful jewelry in shop windows as you stroll down Gold Street. Walk along part of Santorini’s famous donkey roads, once used by the locals to transport goods and reach other parts of the island. Take in the panoramic views during a 5-minute ride in an aerial lift from the top of the volcanic caldera down to a small picturesque port. Get an up-close look at the edge of the caldera as you make your way toward the renowned blue domed church in Firostefani. Savor the traditional wines you’ll stop to taste at the local market while discovering the small town’s blend of old-world charm and modern day comforts.

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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 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: Small-Group Highlights Tour of Venetian Castles

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

5. 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, known as a gathering place for artists, who are inspired by the beauty of the landscapes and the magnificent sunsets. Enjoy the stunning views of the caldera, where many dwellings are built into niches of the volcanic rock. You’ll also have a panoramic view of the rest of Santorini and the Aegean Sea. After enjoying the sunset, you’ll board the minivan for the ride back to the starting point of the tour.

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Santorini: Guided Tour to Oia

6. 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 hospitality.

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Santorini: Fira Town Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

7. Santorini: Fira Town Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

Departing in the morning at 10:00AM, you will begin your walking orientation tour of Fira starting in front of the centrally located Atlantis Hotel. You will meet your local guide and wander through the white cobbled streets of Fira, a town of about 2,000 inhabitants, where you’ll feel the old-world charm blended with modern-day comforts. You can visit Gold Street where you can find the most interesting and beautiful jewellery, and walk a short section of the famous Santorini donkey roads, which were frequently used by the locals to carry their goods and reach Fira’s cable car. Your final stop will be the worldwide known from travel guides Blue Dome Church in Firostefani. Following this visit, you will relax at Pelican Kipos, a secret cellar in the heart of the Caldera in Fira where you will taste traditional Santorini wines

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Santorini: Private 4-Hour Cultural Villages Sightseeing Tour

8. 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

5.0 / 5

based on 34 reviews

Aris was a great guide that had the perfect personality for leading around a group of strangers - very warm with a great sense of humor and plenty of knowledge on the area and food/drink to share. An excellent selection of food and drink were sampled on the tour. We spent much more time enjoying the plates and wine/beer/spirits than walking (which was perfect for us). Would take this tour again in a heartbeat.

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.

Wonderful tour! Our guide was super friendly and had great recommendations. Great views from the walking portion of the tour and overall a wonderful experience full of tasty treats!

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

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