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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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Fira: Walking Tour with Wine Tasting and Cable Car Ride

2. Fira: Walking Tour with Wine Tasting and Cable Car Ride

Wander through the white cobblestone streets of Santorini’s capital, Fira, for a guided tour that will feature jewelry shops, donkey roads, a scenic cable car ride, and wine tasting. Begin your tour in front of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, which sits atop a cliff and offers breathtaking views. Explore the old town with your guide, admiring the beautiful jewelry in shop windows as you stroll down Gold Street. Walk along part of Santorini’s famous donkey roads, once used by the locals to transport goods and reach other parts of the island. Take in the panoramic views during a 5-minute ride in an aerial lift from the top of the volcanic caldera down to a small picturesque port. Get an up-close look at the edge of the caldera as you make your way toward the renowned blue domed church in Firostefani. Savor the traditional wines you’ll stop to taste at the local market while discovering the small town’s blend of old-world charm and modern day comforts.

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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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Santorini: 6 to 8-Hour Private Tour

4. Santorini: 6 to 8-Hour Private Tour

Your private tour starts from the northern part of Santorini island, where the spectacular villages of Oia, Firostefani and Imerovigli are located. You will experience the endless panoramic views of Caldera, Thirasia Island and the volcanic islands of Palea and Nea Kameni, and will also have the opportunity to take pictures of the typical white houses and blue domed churches. You will have the chance to visit the wine museum Koutsogiannopoulos, which is located within a natural cave. It is 8 meters below ground, 300 meter long and has a labyrinth-like shape. The wine museum presents the history of wine and the life of vine-growers in Santorini from 1660 to 1970. Here, visitors can learn about the history of wine, and at the end you will also be presented with the opportunity to taste a variety of 4 famous local wines. You will then make your way to the top of Prophet Ilias mountain, 1500 feet above sea level and with 360 degree views of the island and the Aegean Sea. Later on you will head towards the traditional settlement of Megalochori, where you can explore it walking through the traditional alleys and seeing the local houses and architecture. Your last 2 stops will be in the unique Red Beach which is full of red iron volcanic lava rocks. It is home to the famous 4-kilometer long black sand beach.

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Santorini: 5-Hour Private Panoramic Tour with Host

5. 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. 

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Cruise Traveller's Shore Excursion

6. 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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Accessible Santorini Private Tour

7. Accessible Santorini Private Tour

Santorini is famous for its breathtaking views, volcanic landscapes and unique architecture. However, it is not a friendly place for the wheelchair user because of the numerous steps and narrow cobbled streets of the island’s villages and the steep hills of the countryside. This tour is here to make Santorini accessible for you. You will be transferred with a mini van equipped with a special ramp that will transport the wheelchair user safely and comfortably to the island's best attractions. A tour leader will accompany you and make sure you enjoy Santorini in the best possible way. The tour leader will take you to the island's best spots, where you will experience breathtaking views without having to climb stairs, you will have the chance to experience wine tasting in a local winery, you will visit an important archaeological museum, or even enjoy a meal or drink at an accessible restaurant or cafe. Along the way you will stop in the picturesque village of Oia, have a wine tasting at Argyros Estate Winery, and explore the Museum of Prehistoric Thira.

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Santorini: Half-Day Customizable Private Island Guided Tour

8. Santorini: Half-Day Customizable Private Island Guided Tour

Discover the beautiful island of Santorini at your own pace on a private guided tour, completely customized to your individual preferences. Learn about the history of the island and the local way of life from your knowledgeable guide. Explore its idyllic villages and places of historical interest, taking in the breathtaking views and enjoying local cuisine and fine wines.   Travel around the island in a luxury Mercedes minibus and design your own itinerary. Choose to visit Oia village, famous for its breathtaking sunset, and Firostefani village, home of the iconic Blue Dome Church. Stop at Imerovigli village known for its spectacular views. Visit the Prophet Elias monastery, perched at the highest point on the island. See Pyrgos village, and Emporio village, a medieval style settlement home to the best-preserved castle on the island.   Don’t forget to stop at Black Beach with its crystal waters, and Red Beach to marvel at the impressive red rock formations overlooking the beach. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Fira which boasts a fine collection of items from excavations on the island. Wine lovers should definitely visit one of the spectacular wineries on the island, including the Venetsanos Winery, Estate Argyros Winery, and the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum.

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Santorini: Private 4-Hour Cultural Villages Sightseeing Tour

9. Santorini: Private 4-Hour Cultural Villages Sightseeing Tour

Following a convenient pickup from your starting point on the island, start your private tour by heading to the village of Pyrgos, known as the island’s historic monument. Built on the top of a hill, this settlement is home to an 18th-century Venetian castle. Explore the remains of the fortress built into small alleys and circle-shape roads by the locals to fortify the area. The town is surrounded by vineyards, chapels, churches, narrow cave houses with charming balconies, and pebbled paths. Continue your road trip by strolling the narrow pathways of the traditional village of Megalochori. This quaint settlement is made up of hundreds of small white painted houses with exquisite architecture, tiny alleys, tower bells, beautiful blue-domed churches, and underground cave houses. In this picturesque and non-touristic environment, you’ll truly be basking in the local culture and lifestyle. Next up, discover Emporio, the entryway to another era and the island's commercial center during the Venetian occupation. In medieval times, the inhabitants of this village used to build their houses side by side in small quaint streets so that they could protect themselves against pirates. Walk the narrow pathways of the Venetian castle and take memorable photos overlooking the volcanic landscape. Lastly, head to Akrotiri and visit the hidden gem of Santorini: the prehistoric Minoan Bronze Age settlement preserved in volcanic ash. One of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, it was home to one of the first European civilizations. Tucked away at the southern tip of Santorini, this settlement prospered for centuries before being eradicated by a great volcanic eruption. End your private experience by returning to the starting point or another place of your preference on the island.

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What people are saying about Santorini

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 104 reviews

The trip was booked on line, everything was done efficiently and on time. Starting with info about the meeting point, pick-up and course of the trip perfectly. Your great guide. Her English was so communicative that even those less familiar with the language were able to arrive on time for the meeting. In a word, a revelation. I recommend it to everyone.

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.

Great tour for everyone who has a hotel on the beach and still wants to explore the island without a rental car.

Very good overview of the island. Tour Guide knew how to manage the time effectively.

Nice guide, interesting stops and enough time in Fira.