Santorini: 4-Hour Small Group Wine Tasting Tour
- Pickup available
- Skip the ticket line
- Duration: 4.5 hours
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Konstantina met me on time and we drove to the Profit Ilias lookout point, just below the summit with its monastery. The sun seemed to take forever to rise and when it did it was pretty hazy. We took some photos there and then towards Pyrgos and Oia. We drove into Pyrgos for coffee and milk pie (I think that's what they were called - very lightly sweetened custard centre with flakey pastry outer) and chatted in one of the squares there before our final stop. This stop was just next to the beach and had some gorgeous shapes carved by the wind into the soft pumice and now used by nesting birds. The light was still surreal, almost blending the sea and the sky into one. I think because we were chatting so much the tour lasted an hour longer than intended but it was a very enjoyable time. Obviously when I got back to the hotel the photos I had created in my head were not matched by what I'd actually taken but any fault was mine.
This is a great tour to get to know Santorini! Our guide was knowledgeable and kept us all engaged even though it was extremely hot during that day and we were all affected by the sun. We learned a lot about the history of Santorini, culture and local life, visited many different places - we got to see the most important things in one day. It was extremely hot so make sure to bring a hat and a glass of water. Maybe some snacks as well since lunch is a bit late. A great tour to get to know Santorini in one day.
We visited three wineries, and really enjoyed them all. The wine museum at Koytsoyannopoulos was interesting: lots of history there... the displays equally interesting but had some "interesting" quirks; at the tasting, our sommelier was very knowledgeable. But the highlight for us was Venetsanos -- the view was amazing, we got to know our fellow travellers a little more, and the wines were really nice (we appreciated the food served with them as well, at all the wineries).
We had an exceptional time. Our driver Nikos was prompt and a wealth of information about the wineries and the island. The winery visits were good. The first did a great job showing the local methods of viniculture relevant to Santorinr. We felt the second location had the best descriptions and food pairings. The third had a stunning placating and some delectable wines. Felt it was well worth the cost.
Perfect way to see a lot of the island in a short amount of time. Brilliant to get those classic Instragram photos of Santorini. Very good value for money compared to how much taxis would be to and from these spots. The transfers are very easy and being dropped off to and from your hotel is brilliant.