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Island Bus Tour: The Majestic Spots Of Santorini

1. Island Bus Tour: The Majestic Spots Of Santorini

Tour the treasures of Santorini and get the best views of the island. Visit Prophet Elias Monastery and the fascinating Akrotiri Excavations with free time to explore at your own pace. Start your tour at the Prophet Elias Monastery soak up the breathtaking views. 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 (approx 40 minutes) 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 (not included in the price). 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.

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Santorini Traditional Villages and Oia Sunset Tour

2. Santorini Traditional Villages and Oia Sunset Tour

Take a break from Santorini’s black sand beaches on a full-day tour of its Minoan excavations, traditional villages, ancient capital and buried settlements. End the day at Oia and watch the sunset from the island’s northernmost tip. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer by air-conditioned coach to the archeological site of Akrotiri. Explore an ancient city that was frozen in time after a volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago. Step inside with your guide and learn about the Minoan city before the devastating event occurred. Gaze in awe at the ruins of multi-storied buildings that date back to the 16th century, and admire the intricately designed drainage system that hints at a talented civilization far more advanced than its time suggests. Stroll along the main street, lined with old stores and warehouses from the ancient city. Learn about the traditional ceramic artifacts, such as pithoi (earthenware jugs). After that continue towards Perissa Beach and enjoy free time to have lunch and relax at one of the longest black sandy beaches in the Cyclades and the most popular beach of Santorini. The next stop will be at Emporio Village where you can explore one of the oldest and most authentic traditional villages of Santorini, built like a small labyrinth and visit its medieval fortress (15th century).  Afterwards, continue towards Santorini Winery. Taste Santorini’s distinctive wines and learn about one of the oldest vineyards in Europe while admiring the spectacular view of the volcano. Stop at Profitis Ilias Mountain next where you will finish your tour with a short stop at the highest peak of Santorini (567 meters) to admire the striking panoramic view of the entire island. Meet your guide again in the early evening for the transfer to Oia, a quintessential Greek village that’s known for its sugar cube houses and blue-domed churches. Join the legions who flock to Oia to watch the sunset, and stroll down streets nestled into the side of the cliffs overlooking the spectacular caldera. Follow your guide to the ruins of a Venetian castle, known as the Kastro of Oia, and gaze down from the village and caldera to the sea. Return to the coach for the transfer back to your hotel.

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Santorini: Akrotiri Prehistoric City Guided Walking Tour

3. Santorini: Akrotiri Prehistoric City Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide, a licensed archaeologist, at the entrance of Akrotiri Prehistoric City. Get assistance in buying the entry ticket and embark together with a group on a guided tour through Akrotiri Prehistoric City.  In the 16th century BC, a volcanic eruption destroyed all life on the island. Most of it collapsed beneath the waves and remained undiscovered until the excavations began in 1967, led by Professor Spyros Marintos. He uncovered the evidence of a city with houses, streets, squares and workshops, all of which had been covered under a thick blanket of pumice for almost 3,500 years.  Marvel at the well-preserved buildings and passageway in the excavated area. See the beautiful pottery, the roads, and squares of a city 3,500 years old. Explore the two and three-story houses, which were once decorated with wall paintings and get an insight into the ancient civilization of Santorini.  After the guided tour you are free to walk around the site at your own pace.

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Archaeological Bus Tour To Akrotiri Excavations & Red Beach

4. Archaeological Bus Tour To Akrotiri Excavations & Red Beach

Start with the breath-taking view at the Prophet Elias Monastery and visit the picturesque monastery. Then head to Megalochori village, an extremely charming traditional settlement, almost abandoned after a major earthquake. Your trip continues to Akrotiri Excavations, one of the most significant archaelogical sites in Greece that includes a vast structure, once inhabited by 200 families. The site was preserved, buried under the volcano’s lava. Then you will have free time at the Red Beach to simply enjoy the colorful formations of the mountain and/or visit Akrotiri Bay for coffee or lunch with Greek traditional mezedes and ouzo (not included in the price). Perivolos, with its black sandy beach, comes next. There you will have enough time to enjoy swimming, explore the area, and taste fresh cooked fishes at the local taverns. The last stop is one of the most popular wineries in Santorini, for a wine tasting experience.

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Santorini: The Lost Atlantis 9D Experience

5. Santorini: The Lost Atlantis 9D Experience

Discover all the evidence that connects Plato’s lost Atlantis myth with the volcano eruption of the island through interactive videos. Explore the largest Atlantis diorama in the world and experience its everyday life through virtual windows in time with augmented reality. Follow Plato’s journey that inspired him to write about the ideal city, through an interactive fresco.  See a holographic representation of the geological evolution of Santorini island from the prehistoric ages until today. The Greek philosopher Plato comes to life in an animated hologram. Converse with him and ask him about his philosophy and the theory that Santorini could be the origin of the Atlantis myth.  Relive, with all your senses, the earthquake, the tsunami, and the volcanic eruption that led to the destruction of Atlantis in a 9D experience. Walk on lava inside an active volcano. Get dressed up and get pictures as a citizen of Atlantis.

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From Rethymno: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour

6. 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

7. 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: Private 5-Hour Hidden Gems Experience

8. Santorini: Private 5-Hour Hidden Gems Experience

Begin your tour with the Akrotiri Archeological Site, a prehistoric town preserved in volcanic ash. The excavations of Akrotiri are one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece and have revealed one of the first European civilizations. Afterward, head up to the Prophet Elias Monastery for breathtaking views of the Aegean coast. Whilst in this stunning and peaceful environment, you may as well taste wine and local products made by the monks, who reside at the monastery. Continue to the village of Pyrgos, known as the island’s historic monument. Built on top of a hill, this settlement is home to a 16th-century Venetian castle. Explore the winding streets and whitewashed houses, complete with their charming balconies and pebbled paths. Later, follow a wine exhibition in Argyros Estate Winery. Based in Episkopi Santorini, the winery owns 42 hectares of vineyards, including some of the oldest vines on the island. Your wine tasting will include outstanding boutique wines, based on the indigenous varieties of Santorini. You can relax on the black sandy beach of Kamari, and enjoy the promenade along the seaside pathway which is complete with taverns, shops and open-air cafeterias.

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Santorini: Akrotiri Prehistoric City Audio Tour

9. Santorini: Akrotiri Prehistoric City Audio Tour

At your own pace, explore one of the most significant archaeological sites in Greece on a self-guided audio tour. Experience the Akrotiri Prehistoric city with an engaging and informative self-guided audio tour designed by experts. Uncover the great insights into the most iconic landmark of Santorini by a downloadable audio guide on your smartphone. Begin your tour from the sheltered site and listen to the fascinating stories about the discovery of Akrotiri. On this engrossing journey, learn about the rise and fall of one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the world. Hear the tales based on an award-winning storytelling concept with an audio tour. Continue to explore the Akrotiri Excavations and unwrap the valuable insights into the history immerse yourself in the surroundings in an entirely innovative way. See the magnificent three-storeyed building Xeste 4, the square of the double horns, and many Akrotiri Sculptures. Explore Akrotiri at your own pace with an engaging and informative audio guide.

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Santorini: Private Group Sightseeing Tour

10. Santorini: Private Group Sightseeing Tour

After being collected from your accommodation you will make your way to the archaeological museum and ancient excavations in Akrotiri. There you will learn about life before and after the Santorini volcano eruption on the island of Thira. Following that you will experience the popular Red Beach, where you'll have enough time for swimming and relaxing, and can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the divine landscape. A few meters below there is the different landscape of Black Beach, where you can swim some more and take photos. Pyrgos is your next stop. Its paved and narrow pathways hidden between many old traditional stone houses give you the sense that you are walking in an ancient town labyrinth. This village is located at the highest point of the island and just a few meters below the Monastery of Prophet Elias, which has been standing since 1711. Next, experience wine tasting in an area where the unique grapes have been voted many times as one of the better varieties from around the world. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the most exquisite and tasteful wine flavors such as Visanto, Nychteri, and Assyrtiko. The traditional settlement of Firostefani is your next tour stop, where you can admire the magnificent views of the breathtaking caldera of Santorini. You'll also have the opportunity to see the famous and frequently photographed “Blue Dome”, the old orthodox church covered by a blue dome. Your final stop is the cosmopolitan village of Oia, which is located on the northern edge of the island. Walking over the paved paths in this pure blue and white village is an extremely unique experience, and is bound to provide you with many photographic opportunities. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be driven back to your hotel in Santorini.

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What people are saying about Santorini

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 616 reviews

This tour was not to long and not to short. The previous tour I’d done in another island lasted about 10 hours which was waaay to long. This was just under 7 hrs which was great because of the good blocks of time we Got to be on our own and hang out at the beaches. The tour guide was awesome, although I’ve unfortunately forgotten her name, she was enthusiastic, funny and sincere. She really seemed to care about her job and us. I appreciated that. And The value was good too. Great experience

Excellent experience that encompasses a bit of what you can do in Santorini, especially if you have little time.We visited the excavations, took a walk in Megalochori, took a photo of the red beach, a dip (for those who wanted, since was October) in Perivolos with lunch in a typical Greek tavern facing the sea and wine tasting in the cellar.All was accompanied by Tania, a fantastic guide and Niko, a very good driver.

Wonderful tour! Andrew was an excellent guide. Gave us great historical insight about the island and excellent info on the wines. We really enjoyed his company as well as our driver who went above and beyond to make an extra stop to personally buy us some Baklava when I mentioned my husband had been really wanting some. An overall excellent experience with wonderful people!

If you don't have the luxury of time in Santorini, check out this comprehensive tour. The guide was a gem, she was energetic. All the best places in the comfort of a bus.

The tourist guide is very jolly, professional and very active,