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Santorini: 4-Hour Small Group Wine Tasting Tour

1. Santorini: 4-Hour Small Group Wine Tasting Tour

Visit the most acclaimed wine estates on the island of Santorini and sample 12 different wines produced in the local wineries. Learn about the 3,500-year history of wine making on the volcanic island, starting at a vineyard located on the unique soils with traditional basket vines. Hear about the local viticulture that makes Santorini a world heritage site for wine production. Visit 3 distinct wine estates, such as the Argyros estate or Art Space Winery, the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum, Venetsanos Winery or Gavalas Estate Winery. Taste organic wines, such as Nykteri, Assyrtiko, and Vinsanto, with local delicacies including cheese and olives.   

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Santorini Wine Roads: Tour of 3 Wineries with a Sommelier

2. Santorini Wine Roads: Tour of 3 Wineries with a Sommelier

Explore three estate wineries on this wonderful small group 'Santorini Wine Roads' package tour with a maximum of 10 participants. Accompanied by the accomplished sommelier, Vaios Panagiotoulas and his team, you will learn about the soil and microclimate, the indigenous grape varietals and cultivating techniques, and more – all tailored to your level of wine knowledge – as you sip on dry white wines. Moving from one winery to the next, you also have a chance to see the biggest part of the island, pull over to visit a vineyard, and see how the vines are grown in the kouloura method for protection from the strong winds and harsh summer sun. Enjoy a unique tasting of distinctive volcanic wines in the wineries. 

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From Rethymno: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour

3. From Rethymno: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour

Depart from Rethymnon at around 8:30 AM, heading eastwards along the north coast. Pass the city of Heraklion and continue towards the inland of Crete until you reach the tour's highlight – your visit to the Palace of Knossos. This is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world, a cradle of European culture and the center of the Minoan civilization. You will be guided (for about 2 hours) through the fascinating story of the Minoan period and hear about both the Minotaur and Ariadne.  Afterwards the bus brings you to the heart of the capital city of Crete – Heraklion. There you have the chance to visit the archaeological museum, where you can see and learn about the Minoan period while accompanied by your guide. Finally you will have two hours of free time to enjoy the busy and lively city of Heraklion, have Cretan lunch and drink raki. Time will pass before you know it, and at around 6:00 PM the bus will depart on its return journey to Rethymnon.

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Akrotiri: 1.5-Hour Private Guided Tour in Prehistoric City

4. Akrotiri: 1.5-Hour Private Guided Tour in Prehistoric City

Tour through Akrotiri, a settlement on Santorini that was covered in ash in 1500 BC, on a 2-hour guided tour. During your tour, follow your guide through the city to see how it was organized. Hear about the tragic events that buried the city after a volcanic eruption, and learn why this contributed to it being well-preserved. Discover the way people lived 4,000 years ago as you stroll past private houses and public buildings and observe signs of a sophisticated infrastructure. You will also see some of the famous artwork, including pottery, furniture, and frescoes from the time, and find out about the other works stored at a nearby museum.

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Santorini Cooking Class with Wine Tasting & Lunch

5. 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 Winery, Koutsogianopoulos Winery & Wine Museum, Artemis Karamolegos Winery, Gaia Wines, Hatzidakis Winery, Venetsanos Winery or Boutaris Winery. All of these wineries are worth a visit, and they all are unique. Amazing wines, gorgeous locations and remarkable facilities are supplemented by your sommelier who will lead the tasting.

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Santorini Cooking Class and Wine-Tasting Tour

6. 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.

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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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Cruise Traveller's Shore Excursion

8. 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 lava cliffs which drop right to the sandy shore into the clear blue sea. Then drive to Oia with a short stop at Santo Wines or Venetsanos Winery, along the way. At the winery, you will have the opportunity to taste local products, including the famous Visanto wine.  Move on to the Blue Dome church in Firostefani, known for its wonderful views of the volcano. Enjoy some time in Oia village where you can grab a drink, some snacks, or buy some souvenirs for your friends.   Finally, arrive at the northern tip of Oia and enjoy sightseeing, grab some lunch, or shop for some souvenirs. Return to Fira where you will take the cable car back down to the old port.

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What people are saying about Fira

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 167 reviews

This was a great tour! Our guide was wonderful, and she did a great job of explaining each wine. The 3 wineries were beautiful, and gave great snacks. The cost was maybe just slightly too high for what the tour was, but I would imagine it would cost a lot to go to each winery even if you weren't on a tour. This was a great experience, and we had a lot of fun.

Such a nice tour. Great to be able to try several different wineries and have the transportation covered! Maria was such a lovely host and we had such a nice time with the group. Definitely one of our best memories from Santorini. Would recommend to anyone.

We had a wonderful time. The food was excellent and the guide was knowledgeable. It was really convenient having them pick us up at our hotel.

Amazing from start to finish. Visited 3 vineyards and all were great. Maria was a great host/guide. Very fun time.

Fantastic experience, great wineries, and vista's, ran short on time but everything was great!