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From Heraklion Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

1. From Heraklion Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

Explore Santorini by boat on this day trip from Crete. Take part in a guided bus tour of the island, walk through charming villages, and witness stunning views. Your experience starts off from Crete on the luxurious high-speed catamaran "Champion Jet 2." On arrival at Thiras port, you'll board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus with your experienced guides who will provide information about the island and its history. Your first stop is the unique village of Oia. Built on the northern part of the Caldera rim, Oia offers magnificent views of houses studded along the volcanic rock hillside overlooking both the Mediterranean and Aegean sea. Next, visit the island’s capital Fira, where you will have plenty of free time to explore the picturesque alleys, admire the incomparable Aegean architecture, shop, or simply enjoy a drink. Then, you have the choice of spending more time in Fira, visiting the magnificent black beach of Perivolos, or taking a boat tour of the Caldera (subject to availability). Finally, you'll return to the port for the trip back to Crete.

Santorini: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

2. Santorini: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

Choose custom locations in Santorini for your photo shoot, whether it be a family getaway, a romantic trip, or a livelier one with friends.  You will receive confirmation of all necessary information. On the day of the shoot, just allow the photographer to work their magic, capturing your travels in your own personalized style. Your Santorini vacation photographers are highly experienced local experts who will share their knowledge of the city with you like an old friend. Afterward, you will receive a link to your personal online gallery (password protected) within 5 working days, containing your professionally edited images, all free to download. This photo tour will provide mementos that will last a lifetime.

Santorini: Island Bus Tour with Oia Village Sunset

3. Santorini: Island Bus Tour with Oia Village Sunset

Tour the treasures of Santorini and get the best views of the island on a guided bus tour. Visit Prophet Elias Monastery, the fascinating Akrotiri Excavations, and charming local towns, beaches, and villages with free time to explore at your own pace. Start your tour at the Prophet Elias Monastery, soak up the breathtaking views from this iconic site. Next, discover Pyrgos village, one of the most picturesque villages on the island. Continue to Akrotiri Excavations, one of the most significant archaeological sites in the area. Learn about its vast structure and how it was once inhabited by 200 families and preserved under the volcano’s lava. Then, enjoy free time at the Red Beach and admire the colorful formations of the mountains and/or visit Akrotiri Bay for coffee or lunch with Greek traditional mezedes and ouzo at your own expense. Continue to Fira, the capital of the island, and visit the many shops and restaurants offering traditional Santorinian cuisine. Capture magnificent pictures of the Caldera as you explore. Finally, arrive at Oia village for the world’s most famous sunset.

Fira: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour With Tastings

4. 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 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.

From Rethymno Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

6. From Rethymno Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

Your experience starts off from Crete on the luxurious high-speed catamaran "Champion Jet 2." On arrival at Thiras port, you'll board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus with your experienced guides (Russian, English, German, French, Polish, and Italian) who will provide information about the island and its history. Your first stop is the unique village of Oia. Built on the northern part of the Caldera rim, Oia offers magnificent views of houses studded along the volcanic rock hillside overlooking both the Mediterranean and Aegean sea. Next, visit the island’s capital Fira, where you will have plenty of free time to explore the picturesque alleys, admire the incomparable Aegean architecture, shop, or simply enjoy a drink. Then, you have the choice of spending more time in Fira, visiting the magnificent black beach of Perivolos, or taking a boat tour of the Caldera (subject to availability). Finally, you'll return to the port for the trip back to Crete.

Santorini: Shore Excursion Semi-Private Tour

7. Santorini: Shore Excursion Semi-Private Tour

Hop off your cruise ship and embark on an excursion around Santorini. See cute villages such as Firostefani and Oia, volcanic remains, and beautiful vistas on this specially-designed shore excursion. Meet your driver/guide and head for your first stop at Firostefani. Admire the blue dome church and enjoy views of the volcanic remains of the caldera. Visit the observatory at Imerovigli to get a closer look at this amazing landscape. Listen to fascinating stories as you move onto Oia, a nestling hillside village and Santorini's most famous tourist destination. Encounter the well-known old Venetian castle, as well as hidden gems picked by your guide. Enjoy a walk around the village and its volcanic caldera at your leisure before the final stop at Finikia. This tranquil and picturesque village is the perfect spot to see the sunset away from the crowds, before heading back to your cruise ship.

Santorini: 2-Day Volcanic Cruise & Bus Tour Combo

8. Santorini: 2-Day Volcanic Cruise & Bus Tour Combo

Explore the highlights of the volcanic island of Santorini with a cruise to the three islands of the caldera as well as a popular sightseeing bus tour on the second day. Start your first day by setting sail for the lava islet of Nea Kameni. Once there, walk an ascending path to the crater of the still active volcano to enjoy incredible sights for 1.5 hours. Return to the boat to sail to the second lava islet, Palea Kameni. Jump off the boat and dive in the islet's hot springs, with green sulfur waters and warm therapeutic mud. The last stop of the day is the traditional island of Thirassia for 1.5 hours of free time. On your second day, take a bus tour around the entire island. Visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri. Walk in the Emborio village, swim at the Perissa beach, and taste local wine at an awarded winery. Marvel at the views from the Profitis Ilias mountain top. Experience the famous sunset hour in Oia Village.

Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

9. 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.

Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Santorini

10. Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Santorini

Choose your own departure time to meet up with your private guide at your Santorini accommodations. Depart for a 5-hour customized tour of the volcanic island, which can be tailored to your interests. You'll be traveling in a private air-conditioned vehicle. The proposed tour covers the island's major sights, such as the village of Oia, filled with whitewashed building's overlooking the island's caldera. Check out Akrotiri, which features bronze age ruins mired in cooled lava from an ancient volcanic eruption. Hit both the Black and Red beaches, whose volcanic sand lives up to their respective colorful names. Finish up at a traditional winery before drop off back at your departure point.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 98 reviews

A varied day that was a real success & good value. Once the pick ups are done the day flows smoothly with a good balance of guided & self exploring. The archeological site was a huge surprise (€12 extra) & well worth the time. The walk to red beach was a little steep on poor roads, worth knowing if you have a child’s buggy, & it’s to see the beach, not go on it. Our guide Maria was lovely, balancing varied client needs & expectations very well with good humour & calmness. The suggested lunch stop El Greco Fira was the only regret, the food pretty bland & expensive for a side street without a view. Worth walking on into the town, up the alleyways to glorious views, again not cheap but worth it. Oia we kept walking too, persuading a restaurant with amazing sunset views our drinks bill would equal eating to let us in for beverages only. The return bus trip was swift as all yours got combined based on drop off points so we didn’t have to go around the houses, which was ideal.

Loved this walking food tour. Our guide was amazing! We went on this tour the afternoon of our arrival to Santorini. Not only did this give us a chance to walk around town, our guide provided both insight and history into Santorini and gave us tips of places to go and things to see. The food was delicious and we were super stuffed by the end of the tour!!! We returned to a number of the restaurants we visited during this tour so it's a great way to get insight into great food in Fira. Highly recommend this tour.

Ari was just amazing! This was without a doubt the best tour I have ever been on! The food was great, the restaurants were great, the rest of the tour group were wonderful. No getting on and off a tour bus! We walked a short distance between 2 connected towns on the Caldera stopping at restaurants and taverns. If you only do one tour this is it! We were definitely full of great food. Thank you Ari!

Dimi took us to spots we would’ve never found, and everything was delicious! Great value, we had so much food and beverages. Bonus was that Dimi is very knowledgeable about the history of the island and the food. Definitely recommend this tour.

Was a great experience and really informative as we travelled through the island. Maria our tour guide was super friendly and really helpful with our group educating us on the island. Would recommend for sure.