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Santorini: Private Highlights Tour by Minibus

1. Santorini: Private Highlights Tour by Minibus

Enjoy the first stop of the tour at Santorini Caldera and learn all about the details of its formation. Then, continue through the scenic countryside to the village of Oia, the most photographed location in Santorini. Explore the village of Imerovigli, situated on a higher cliff with an incredible view. Make a short stop in Firostefani to see the famous Blue Dome Church, the subject of so many Santorini postcards. Explore the peak of Prophet Ilias, the island’s highest mountain, standing 2,000 feet above sea level. Discover the village of Megalochori or Pyrgos and chose one of them. Take an optional stop at Akrotiri Archaeological Site if you want to explore the excavations. Also, you can choose an optional winery and visit Estate Argyros or Venetsanos Winery, to taste the local wine. Admire the panoramic views, swim at the picturesque red or black sandy beaches, and relax over lunch at the seaside restaurant.

Santorini: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

2. Santorini: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

Remember your holiday in Santorini with these photos captured by your personal photographer. Take part in a photo shoot that will capture you at your best, choose the best shoot duration for your vacation, and benefit from your photographer's in-depth local knowledge of the island. On the day of the shoot, your photographer will share their local knowledge and work their magic to capture some memorable moments. Choose custom locations in Santorini for your photo shoot, whether you're on a family getaway, a romantic trip, or a lively holiday with friends. Depending on the option you choose, enjoy 1-3 hours of photo shooting and explore up to 3 locations on the island. Within the 5 working days following your photoshoot, check your email for a link to your personal online gallery (password protected). Download your professionally-edited images to share with friends, family, and social media.

Fira: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour With Tastings

3. 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. 

Santorini Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting

4. Santorini Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting

Enjoy your journey to Oia and get panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and neighboring islands. Admire the white houses and blue domed churches, and get stunning views from the village of Imerovigli. Experience Firostefani to see its blue domed church, and then make your way to the top of Prophet Ilias, 1800 feet above sea level. Look inside the monastery at the top of the mountain. Taste some rare wines in the Argyros estate or Art-space winery and learn more about the island's wine-making traditions. Visit the traditional village of Pyrgos or Megalochori and stroll the narrow paths to the ruins of a Venetian castle. Head to Black Beach and get recommendations on where to enjoy lunch, or get dropped off in Fira town.

Santorini: Cooking Class and Easy Hike

5. Santorini: Cooking Class and Easy Hike

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 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.

Santorini: 5-Hour Private Panoramic Tour with Host

6. Santorini: 5-Hour Private Panoramic Tour with Host

Adapt the tour to your personal interests and preferences; the itinerary presented below is just a suggestion. Start by being picked up from the location of your choice. Make the first stop in Firostefani, well known for the famous blue dome church where you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the volcanic caldera. On your way to Oia, marvel at the characteristic architecture of the famous picturesque village. Visit the old Venetian castle, and explore its interior. Enjoy free time to stroll around the town and sip refreshments by the caldera. Next, head to Profitis Ilias which offers a unique 360° panoramic view of the island and is an ideal spot to take amazing photos. Visit the 300 years old monastery and taste some of the local delicacies and handmade products. After this, stop at Black Beach, a unique volcanic beach where you can swim, enjoy water sports, or have a delicious lunch overlooking the Aegean Sea. Continue on the to Akrotiri Archaeological Site located on the southern edge of the island. 

Santorini: Night Hike, Wine Tasting, and Greek Dinner

7. Santorini: Night Hike, Wine Tasting, and Greek Dinner

After a convenient pickup from your hotel, take a relaxing drive with your guide to the Prophet Elias chapel located on the top of a hill. Admire the spectacularly orange sun sinking below the horizon. When night falls, light your torch and embark on a 2-hour hike towards Fira. Use some parts of the world famous Fira-Oia hiking trail, which during the day can get very crowded. In the evening, you will find that nearly nobody is around so you can enjoy the privilege to experience the scenery without any obstructions. As you hike along the trail, enjoy stops at a variety of viewpoints that let you marvel at the thousands of lights which illuminate Santorini by night, and the still very visible volcano to the right. When you reach Fira, be welcomed at Assyrtico Restaurant for a well-deserved relaxing evening. Start by tasting 4 unique Santorinian wines, including the world famous “Vinsanto”. Learn about the local wine culture and history. After the wine tasting, savor a delicious homemade dinner featuring local recipes. At the end of the meal, take advantage of the convenient transfer back to your hotel.

Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

8. 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.

Santorini: 6-Hour Classic Panorama Private Tour

9. Santorini: 6-Hour Classic Panorama Private Tour

Discover some of the most scenic locations on Santorini with a guided tour. Visit charming villages, see oddly colored beaches, and admire spectacular views of the island. After a convenient pickup from your hotel, first head to Oia village, one of the most photographed places in Greece. Known for its fantastic views, blue-domed churches, and a large shopping area, enjoy some time to explore with your guide. Next, travel to the traditional village of Megalochori and learn more about local culture. Wander through a settlement with hundreds of small white-painted houses, narrow alleys, bell towers, and beautiful blue-domed churches. Travel south and relax at Perivolos Black Beach. Swim in crystal clear waters and optionally enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant. Later, visit Red Beach, and take amazing pictures of the enormous volcanic rocks and steep cliffs. At the very southwest point of the island, visit the lighthouse situated on the edge of a high cliff right above the sea. Afterward, head up to the Prophet Elias Monastery on the island's highest point to admire a remarkable view over the entire island before ending your trip with drop-off at your desired location.

Santorini: Fira Town Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

10. Santorini: Fira Town Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

Explore the charming streets of Fira on this guided walking tour. Try local wines, visit artisan shops and enjoy a cable car ride to the old port.>Meet your local guide and stroll through the white cobbled streets of Fira, where you’ll feel the old-world charm blended in with modern-day comforts. Visit Gold Street with the most interesting and beautiful jewelry on display, watch a leather sandal workshop, and feature local art galleries. Grab a handmade ice cream and walk a short section of the famous Santorini donkey roads. Pass through the Venetian district surrounded by numerous churches overlooking the caldera and reach Fira’s cable car. Enjoy a 5-minute panoramic cable car from the top of caldera down to the picturesque old port. Walk at the edge of Caldera to reach the blue dome church in Firostefani. At the end of the tour, get introduced to a wine restaurant located in the heart of Fira, where there is a unique wine cellar with renowned but also rare local wines, as well as Alcoholic beverages collected from all over the world. Wine tasting is optional.

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What people are saying about Fira

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 202 reviews

What a great experience! Our photographer, Sofia, was very kind and knowledgeable about the best places for our photo shoot. And the most important thing was that she took spectacular and amazing photos for us to remember our visit to Santorini. The company that organized the photo shoot was very professional and reliable. I would highly recommend this service to any traveler!

Our guide was prompt, shared a wealth of information and took us to some of the best locations. Can not say what we liked best but Oia, the highest point on the island seeing the monastery and going to the winery were on the top of the list. I highly recommend for others visiting the island.

We enjoyed this tour very much. The guide Dimi was wonderful, the food was great and we enjoyed that it was a small group. Everything was well organized and as advertised.

We met Sofia and she was excellent. Worked for the best shots even through the cloudy weather. Highly recommend this experience for life long family photos!

Our photographer Mike did a great job and really helped me and my family create some nice memories on the island! Highly recommend