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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 Wine Roads: Tour of 3 Wineries with a Sommelier

2. 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: Wine Museum Tasting & Entry with Audioguide

3. Santorini: Wine Museum Tasting & Entry with Audioguide

Head to a winery with a difference—the Santorini Wine Museum and family winery in one. Benefit not only from a wine tasting, but also a visit to the museum in the old cellars to learn more about Santorini’s wine traditions. Explore the wine museum, a carved labyrinth contained inside a 300-meter long cave eight meters below the ground. Check out historical exhibits and get a glimpse of what life was like as a winemaker on a Greek island from the 1600s onwards, including peeks at rare machinery and tools  Enjoy the museum for 40 minutes with an audio guide available in 14 languages or guidebook available in 22 languages.  Then head to the winery of the Koutsoyannopoulos family, who offer 4 generations of winemaking knowledge. Be treated to an hour-long tasting, with 4 of the best wines made at the winery in a specially made wine-tasting area.  Taste wines such as an Assyrtiko (white), an Orange Wine (white), an Ambelones (red) and a Kamaritis (dessert red wine) to delight your taste palettes.

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From Rethymno: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour

4. 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

5. 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 Cooking Class with Wine Tasting & Lunch

6. 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.

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Santorini Cooking Class and Wine-Tasting Tour

7. Santorini Cooking Class and Wine-Tasting Tour

Treat yourselves to a fun and informative wine tour in Santorini, followed by a culinary feast filled with Santorini flavors and traditional Greek delights. The day starts with a visit to volcanic vineyard. Stroll past the unique basket vines and learn everything about the local viticulture that makes Santorini's vine-growing unique. During your tour, visit 2 traditional wineries and sample the island's delicious wines including  Assyrtiko, Nykteri and Vinsanto. Learn how to cook like a Greek under the guidance of a local chef at a traditional restaurant. Enjoy plenty of Greek appetizers along the way, and come away with some classic Greek recipes to impress your friends back home with. Of course, you'll also get to enjoy the fruits of your labor at the end of your cooking lesson.

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Santorini Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting & Food Pairing

8. Santorini Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting & Food Pairing

Begin your tour with a visit to Pyrgos which was built in the 15th-century when it became occupied by Venetians. Find out how the town is home to one of the island’s best-preserved castle ruins. Then, enjoy a 1-hour stop to explore the excavations at the bronze age city of Akrotiri. This archeological wonder is one of the most important sites in the region and the very first settlement on Santorini.  After this, head over to Vlichada Beach known for its very distinctive white volcanic cliffs sculpted beautifully by the sea winds. Then, drive along the Perivolos Black Sand Beach before going to the village of Megalochori. This settlement dates back to the 17th-century and played a role in the export of the famous wine from the island of Vinsanto.  Finally, enjoy traditional Greek dishes for lunch paired with local wines from one of the finest wineries in Santorini. Learn about the wines and pairings from an expert sommelier. After lunch, make a final stop in the village of Oia to explore and take in the exquisite cliffside views.

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Santorini: Akrotiri Guided Tour, Motorboat Cruise, & Lunch

9. Santorini: Akrotiri Guided Tour, Motorboat Cruise, & Lunch

You will be picked up by private car or minivan and taken to the archeological site. Akrotiri is a fantastically preserved prehistoric city that remained buried under volcanic material for almost 4000 years! You will have the chance to walk around the preserved buildings and see details such as doors, windows, stairs, and paved streets. You will then be taken to the little port of Vlihada by car or minivan, where the motorboat will be waiting. Together with the experienced captain and crew, you will have the chance to explore the unique volcanic beaches of the island, sail around the caldera and the volcano and have lunch in a traditional taverna in the nearby island of Thirasia, right across Santorini. The tour ends at the port and you will then be taken back to the meeting point.

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Santorini: Private Photography Tour

10. Santorini: Private Photography Tour

Your tour will begin as you walk the cliff-side of one of the most picturesque villages on the island Oia. Oia is the number one hot spot in Santorini, providing breathtaking views and traditional paths to walk along. Here you will be able to take the best pictures of the cave houses and the famous blue dome churches. Afterwards you will visit the traditional village of Pyrgos. This town will provide you with the best shots of the little streets, the old Venician castle and the locals' lives. Here you will also have access to Vlichada, which is the most preferable beach on the island for most photographers. Your tour will conclude with views over an impresive scenary which was created by one of the worst volcanic eruptions ever 3,500 years ago. Your driver/guide will take you to the best spots in this area, and help you to take the best pictures to capture your trip.

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What people are saying about Santorini

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 184 reviews

This was a great tour! Our guide was wonderful, and she did a great job of explaining each wine. The 3 wineries were beautiful, and gave great snacks. The cost was maybe just slightly too high for what the tour was, but I would imagine it would cost a lot to go to each winery even if you weren't on a tour. This was a great experience, and we had a lot of fun.

Such a nice tour. Great to be able to try several different wineries and have the transportation covered! Maria was such a lovely host and we had such a nice time with the group. Definitely one of our best memories from Santorini. Would recommend to anyone.

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.

If you have time in Santorini, do not miss the opportunity to visit this winery, it is very well explained and its wines are delicious.

Fantastic experience, great wineries, and vista's, ran short on time but everything was great!