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Santorini: 4-Hour Small Group Wine Tasting Tour

1. Santorini: 4-Hour Small Group Wine Tasting Tour

Visit the most acclaimed wine estates on the island of Santorini and sample 12 different wines produced in the local wineries. Learn about the 3,500-year history of wine making on the volcanic island, starting at a vineyard located on the unique soils with traditional basket vines. Hear about the local viticulture that makes Santorini a world heritage site for wine production. Visit 3 distinct wine estates, such as the Argyros estate or Art Space Winery, the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum, Venetsanos Winery or Gavalas Estate Winery. Taste organic wines, such as Nykteri, Assyrtiko, and Vinsanto, with local delicacies including cheese and olives.   

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Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

2. Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

Santorini is quintessential Greece. Discover the draw-dropping scenery, see old Greek ladies strolling along cobbled lanes, and dive underground to try local wines on this all-encompassing tour. Yia Mas! After pickup from your hotel, board the luxury coach and drive to Profitis Ilias, the highest point on the island. Take in an incredible panorama of the entire island of Santorini, and the stunning deep blue of the Aegean. Wander around the courtyard of the 18th-century monastery that sits on top of the mountain, then visit the Saint Nektarios chapel. Make a quick photo stop at Caldera Beach in Akrotiri. Admire the views of the former volcano and learn about the island's fascinating volcanic history. Continue to Red Beach, one of the most famous beaches on the island. Admire this striking beach of black and red volcanic sand, made from the bright red cliffs behind it. The next stop is Perissa Beach, also known as Black Beach. Here there will be plenty of free time to go swimming in the sea or have lunch at one of the Greek tavernas facing the beach. Continue to Emporio, where you will join a guided walk and visit the small Venetian fortress. Feel like you’re on the set of Mamma Mia as you discover the many doorways, windows, alleys, and arches of this picturesque medieval village. You'll then head to the Santorini Wine Museum, housed in an extraordinary underground cave. Join a guided tour of the winery and learn about the winemaking process. Then it will be time to enjoy a private wine tasting session of 3 wines made local grape varieties. In the early evening, you will reach the cliff-top village of Oia with its famous blue-domed churches. After some time at leisure, meet up with your group for a guided walk through the village and hear all about its glorious maritime past. Finally, watch an incredible sunset before returning to the bus and being dropped off back at your hotel.

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Island Bus Tour: The Majestic Spots Of Santorini

3. 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: 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. 

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Fira: Walking Tour with Wine Tasting and Cable Car Ride

5. 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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Santorini Wine Roads: Tour of 3 Wineries with a Sommelier

6. Santorini Wine Roads: Tour of 3 Wineries with a Sommelier

Explore three estate wineries on this wonderful small group 'Santorini Wine Roads' package tour with a maximum of 10 participants. Accompanied by the accomplished sommelier, Vaios Panagiotoulas and his team, you will learn about the soil and microclimate, the indigenous grape varietals and cultivating techniques, and more – all tailored to your level of wine knowledge – as you sip on dry white wines. Moving from one winery to the next, you also have a chance to see the biggest part of the island, pull over to visit a vineyard, and see how the vines are grown in the kouloura method for protection from the strong winds and harsh summer sun. Enjoy a unique tasting of distinctive volcanic wines in the wineries. 

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Santorini: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

7. Santorini: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

Choose endless locations in Santorini for your photo shoot based, 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.

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From Athens: 5-Day Trip in Mykonos & Santorini

8. From Athens: 5-Day Trip in Mykonos & Santorini

Discover Mykonos, the island of the winds, and Santorini's picturesque sunsets on this 5-day private tour. Visit cosmopolitan shops, sandy beaches and places where celebrities from all over the world come on their holidays. In Santorini, walk around the picturesque narrow streets by the sea, explore the unique beaches, and have a wonderful meal by the sea. Your chauffeured service will also include a trip to visit the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos.

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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.

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Santorini: Sunset Sea Kayak and Snorkel with Dinner

10. Santorini: Sunset Sea Kayak and Snorkel with Dinner

Enjoy a unique tour that will offer you a private and peaceful view of the Santorini sunset, away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy parts of the island. This tour will have you sitting in a kayak as you watch the Mediterranean sun disappear under the ocean's horizon.  Enjoy a relaxing start to your tour with a transfer service to and from your hotel. You will be picked up at your accommodation and taken to Mesa Pigardia, a Black Beach on the south coast of the island where your kayak tour will begin. Paddle east along the coastline as you pass White Beach, named for its spectacular white cliffs that loom above. Continue on to Red Beach and marvel at the colors created by volcanic activity.  Take some time out for a break on Kampia Beach where you will receive a fresh snack at a tradition taverna. After your meal, you will go snorkeling on the beach. After you have spent some time exploring life under the water, you will head back to your kayak where you will paddle west to admire the beautiful rock formations and cave houses built into the cliffs. Shortly after you will reach the Black Mountain and the Akrotiri lighthouse, exploring sea caves along the way. Here is where you will experience one of the most epic sunsets of your lift.  Return to your starting point at Mesa Pigadia, and change into your dry clothes before sitting down to a traditional Greek dinner at a local tavern. Following the meal, you will be driven back to your pick-up location.

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What people are saying about Santorini

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 375 reviews

The guide was very knowledgeable and told lots of stories about the island. Santorini is a great place for just relaxing on the beach, but if you want to soak in more than just the sun, this tour is perfect for getting to know the area.

Gregory ist a great tour guide and an even better driver ;) Within a mixed group he kept everybody happy and told us many interesting details about past and present Thira

We had a wonderful time. The food was excellent and the guide was knowledgeable. It was really convenient having them pick us up at our hotel.

It was an awesome tour with an awesome guide (Arthur). We got to see as much of Santorini as we could despite the weather being against us.

The tour and tour guide were great! I learned a lot about the island, saw some beautiful sights and lunch was delicious! Highly recommend!