Private tour

Santorini: Private 4-Hour Cultural Villages Sightseeing Tour

Activity provider: Santorini Road Trips
Private tour

Santorini: Private 4-Hour Cultural Villages Sightseeing Tour

Activity provider: Santorini Road Trips

From US$ 304.07 per group up to 1

Discover Santorini's history and vibrant modern culture on a private customizable tour to the villages of Pyrgos, Megalochori, and Emporio. Experience local life and explore Akrotiri, a Bronze Age settlement.

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Duration 4 hours
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Pickup optional
Pickup will be at your hotel or the closest point accessible by vehicle. If meeting at the Santorini international airport (JTR), your driver will meet you at the arrivals terminal. For ferry pickup, your driver will meet you at the arrivals terminal. Your driver will be holding a sign with your name on it
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  • Explore winding streets and admire panoramic vistas at Pyrgos village
  • Stroll along the picturesque pathways at the traditional settlement of Megalochori
  • Discover the village of Emporio and its Venetian castle
  • Visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri
  • Marvel at the wonders of the lost ancient city of Akrotiri
Full description
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.
  • Pickup and drop-off from hotel, airport, or cruise port
  • Bottled water
  • Hand towels
  • Live commentary
  • Admission fee to Akrotiri Archaeological Site
  • Cable car ticket (for cruise ship passengers only €6 EUR per person, per ride)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems

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Meeting point

After disembarking from your boat, follow the disembarkation procedure for cruise ships which involves tender boats from the ship's gangway to the cruise port, followed by a 3-minute cable car ride up to the main town of Fira. Meet your driver at the top cable car exit, where they will be holding a sign with your name written on it.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • The itinerary is flexible and can be customized according to your preferences
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 3 reviews

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Our guide was awesome! He gave us the opportunity to shake up the original sites we had booked and we are so glad we listened to his suggestions. He was informative, friendly and kept up a very good narrative while driving. Highly recommend.

October 28, 2022

A big thankyou to Argyris our driver and tour Guide today. Amazing Experience , full of interesting information- explained in full. He went the extra mile to show us more local parts of the Island taking many photos . Thank you again Argyris- big thumbs up from us . Highly recommended

August 17, 2022

Esperienza bellissima. L 'autista Michele gentilissimo ed accogliente, la guida Irene, competente e disponibile. Esperienza da fare. Consigliatissima

July 9, 2021


Product ID: 342091