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Symposion by La Ponta

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Santorini: Small-Group Highlights Tour of Venetian Castles

1. Santorini: Small-Group Highlights Tour of Venetian Castles

The tour starts late in the morning by picking you up from your hotel. After a short drive the small group will reach the traditional village of Megalochori and you will have the opportunity to visit the famous "symposion by la ponta" an amazing workshop of traditional Greek music instruments full of information about Greek mythology and music. Continue to Emporio village, stroll around the small picturesque streets and see the best preserved Venetian castle which used to be the medieval trade center of the island. Leaving Emporio you will have some free time to relax and enjoy a lazy break at the most famous black sandy beach of the island at Perivolos, where you can swim or even have lunch, tasting the local flavors. Later, the group will drive around the castle of Akrotiri and will have a short photo stop to enjoy the view of the castle the amazing caldera from the south part of the island. Afterward you will visit the village of Pyrgos which is built on the top of a hill, you will walk to the top where the Venetian castle overlooks the caldera and get a panoramic view of the island. After the walk to the castle you will relax in an old canava and taste local wines. Subsequently, the group will make a short stop in Firostefani, where you can take breathtaking photos of the famous Blue Dome and the Rock Of Skaros, where the capital of the island used to be during the Venetian period. The tour will finish in Oia village. Explore the narrow passageways and discover the old captain's houses, the unique cave houses, and the romantic chapels. Later you will watch the spectacular sunset over the caldera while being inside the Venetian castle of Oia. After such a lovely day you will be driven back to your hotel.

Santorini: Unexplored Culture Day Trip with Farm Visit

2. Santorini: Unexplored Culture Day Trip with Farm Visit

Did you know Santorini has an industrial past? Though! You explore it in the once tomato factory, transformed into the tomato industrial museum, in Vlychada. You see before your eyes the traditional methods of tomato producers, hand-in-hand with the museum’s exhibits. Of course, you enjoy the local producers’ unique products, famous for their quality and special taste! Visit a Ceramic studio, create unique handcrafted decoration and tableware ceramic objects using distinctive techniques. Their designs and forms are inspired from the life and  nature of Santorini. The black volcanic earth, the red terracotta, the blue of the sea, the white and the red-orange color of the sunset. Get impressed from a Folklore Museum where the workplaces and home rooms of the people of Santorini are recreated through the recent past. Every room is replicated using original items are tirelessly collected over the years. Visitors can walk through narrow paths get to the square and the cafe, see the distillation of a bygone era and see through half-open doors and windows the recent past of Santorini.

Santorini: A Mythical Musical Experience

3. Santorini: A Mythical Musical Experience

Immerse yourself in the local Santorini culture with a unique wind and string instrument show. Visit a former winery in the village of Megalochori and explore its history and singular architecture. Relax in the beautiful botanical garden while enjoying refreshing beverages and feel the calm environment of the village. Dive into the interactive musical journey which comes alive with mythological narration and fifteen hand-crafted wind and string instruments. For a full experience, participants can spend an extra hour in the workshop of the master instrument artisan building their own ancient Greek pipe from local cane and learning about the instrument’s historical significance.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 24 reviews

A successful day with many highlights. The La Ponta symposium in particular was worthwhile, because everyone could play an active part on "their" instrument. The walks to be made to the castles were not difficult to manage for people without physical disabilities. Only the enjoyment of the sunset in Oia was neglected due to the numerous tourists. It is also advisable to take a warm shirt with you because of the temperatures and the wind in the evening. All in all a very well organized day with a tour guide who was able to provide a lot of information and responded to the needs of the excursion participants. The number of participants was also well chosen for this type of excursion.

This tour was great as was our tour guide/driver Gregory. He was on time for pick up. He drove that van like a pro. He told us so many interesting stories about the history of Santorini as well as some insights into modern day Santorini society. Audio in the van was good (loud and clear) and I'm somewhat hard of hearing. The winery we visit had the most amazing sweet dessert wine that I had to buy a bottle (and I'm not a wine person at all). The castles and their ruins were so interesting so see. Definitely take this tour, with Gregory if possible, to get a better appreciation for Santorini.

A visit in small groups (maximum 15 visitors) Support at the hotel very appreciable! Gregoris made us discover places a little off the beaten track and brought us lots of directions. We were delighted with this tour.

This tour was amazing The first walk up to the castle is a little challenging but very doable The music experience was amazing The wine tasting was my least favorite experience but enjoyable all the same

The tour was very nice, the guide gave us very valuable information about the place.