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Santorini Wine Roads: Tour of 3 Wineries with a Sommelier

1. 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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Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour

2. Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour

Spend a day on a private-guided tour exploring Akrotiri Excavations, a prehistoric Bronze Age city, frozen in time by ash that fell during the Minoan volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago. Some speculate this is the origin of the mythical city of Atlantis. Admire the elaborate drainage system, sophisticated multi-storied buildings, magnificent wall painting, and excavated furniture and vessels that show the former settlement's great prosperity. Next, you will head over to admire the Red and Black beaches. The red layer of sand at the Red Beach is a spectacular sight. The Black Beach of Perivolos is the largest beach on Santorini and is covered with a black volcanic pebble. Take in the spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and the nearby islands. Enjoy an optional lunch at a seaside restaurant. Continue your visit at the village of Emporio, the largest village on the Greek island of Santorini. You can look at the historic windmills that have an excellent view of the rest of the island. On the hill above the village Emborio, you will discover both the ruins of Kasteli, a fortress from the Byzantine period and the ruins of Goulas. Then, you will make your way to the peak of Prophet Ilias, the highest mountain that stands some 2,000 feet (600 meters) above the sea. Be amazed by the island vistas around you (360 degrees), and then follow your guide inside the ornate Greek Christian monastery perched at the mountain's summit. From here, you will proceed to the village of Pyrgos, the old capital, where you will take a guided walk along narrow paths to the ruins of the Venetian castle. The next stop is at a traditional Venetsanos Winery, where you will learn the secrets of wine making and enjoy the tastes of the famous local wines. On the way to the northern part of Santorini, you will make a short stop in Firostefani to see the famous Blue Dome Church, the subject of so many Santorini's postcards. You will visit the village of Imerovigli, situated on a higher cliff with an incredible view. In front of the village is an enormous rock called Skaros, which used to be the best spot to look out for pirates. Continue through the beautiful Santorini countryside to the village of Oia. Built in the northern part of the Caldera Rim. Oia is the most photographed location in Santorini, and a place where many artists have found their inspiration in Oia's beauty, the traditional architecture  and the amazing sunset. Enjoy the stunning views of the Caldera, where many dwellings are built into niches of the volcanic rock. You will also have a panoramic view of the rest of Santorini and the Aegean Sea.

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Santorini: 6-Hour Classic Panorama Private Tour

3. Santorini: 6-Hour Classic Panorama Private Tour

After hotel pick-up, head to the Prophet Ilias monastery on the island's highest point to admire a striking view over the entire island. At the traditional village of Megalochori, get involved with the local culture. This settlement is made of hundreds of small white painted houses, tiny alleys, tower bells, and beautiful blue-domed churches.  Head south and relax at Perivolos Black Beach. Swim in crystal clear waters and optionally enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant. Visit the Red Beach, and take amazing pictures of the volcanic landscape and steep cliffs. At the very southwest point of the island, visit the lighthouse for unique sunset viewpoints. Built by a French company in 1882, it is considered one of the most beautiful of the Cycladic Islands. Stop at Oia village, one of the most photographed places in Greece, for spectacular views and blue-domed churches.

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Santorini: Private 5-Hour Hidden Gems Experience

4. Santorini: Private 5-Hour Hidden Gems Experience

Begin your tour with the Akrotiri Archeological Site, a prehistoric town preserved in volcanic ash. The excavations of Akrotiri are one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece and have revealed one of the first European civilizations. Afterward, head up to the Prophet Elias Monastery for breathtaking views of the Aegean coast. Whilst in this stunning and peaceful environment, you may as well taste wine and local products made by the monks, who reside at the monastery. Continue to the village of Pyrgos, known as the island’s historic monument. Built on top of a hill, this settlement is home to a 16th-century Venetian castle. Explore the winding streets and whitewashed houses, complete with their charming balconies and pebbled paths. Later, follow a wine exhibition in Argyros Estate Winery. Based in Episkopi Santorini, the winery owns 42 hectares of vineyards, including some of the oldest vines on the island. Your wine tasting will include outstanding boutique wines, based on the indigenous varieties of Santorini. You can relax on the black sandy beach of Kamari, and enjoy the promenade along the seaside pathway which is complete with taverns, shops and open-air cafeterias.

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Santorini: Minibus Panoramic Sightseeing Tour

5. Santorini: Minibus Panoramic Sightseeing Tour

Join this 4-hour panoramic sightseeing tour to the main attractions of the island and decide where you’d like to go, or leave it to the experts – either way, flexibility is guaranteed with plenty of stunning photo opportunities, traditional villages and panoramic sea views. Get the chance to explore the south, the unspoiled countryside, traditional villages and volcanic beaches, all combined of course with breathtaking sea views over the caldera. Let your driver/ guide take you through Pyrgos village, a traditional village with medieval features to reach the mountaintop of Profitis Elias. From this vantage point, admire magnificent panoramic views of the whole island. Your next stop will be at Akrotiri village on the southwest coast. Apart from having some of the best views on the island which reaches as far as Oia, it is also home to some of Santorini's jewels such as the Akrotiri excavations, Akrotiri Venetian castle, Akrotiri Lighthouse and Red Beach. Get driven until the south end of Akrotiri peninsula, where one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece stands and let the dazzling sea view and the breezing wind blow your mind away. Then continue your trip to the north, with a visit to the renowned village of Oia. On the way, make a short stop for a unique photographic moment at Firostefani’s famous blue dome church. Pick the afternoon tour if you want to admire a Santorini sunset from the southernmost part of the island.

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Private Shore Excursion: Best of Santorini Customized Tour

6. Private Shore Excursion: Best of Santorini Customized Tour

Avoid the usual sightseeing tours and discover the best of Santorini according to your own interests and schedule. Choose your departure time and meet up with a private guide to travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the sights that you want to see. Use the time to visit the village of Oia, perched on rocks that provide stunning views of the sunset over the Aegean Sea. Marvel at the iconic blue and white houses of the caldera, or visit the Bronze Age remains of Akrotiri. Take in breathtaking views of the lava landscape caused by the ancient eruption of the volcano. Stop at black and red sand beaches and visit a traditional winery to learn more about wine making on the island. Get dropped off at your accommodation, cruise ship port or other location on arrangement at the end of an amazing sightseeing tour.

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Santorini: Private Group Sightseeing Tour

7. Santorini: Private Group Sightseeing Tour

After being collected from your accommodation you will make your way to the archaeological museum and ancient excavations in Akrotiri. There you will learn about life before and after the Santorini volcano eruption on the island of Thira. Following that you will experience the popular Red Beach, where you'll have enough time for swimming and relaxing, and can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the divine landscape. A few meters below there is the different landscape of Black Beach, where you can swim some more and take photos. Pyrgos is your next stop. Its paved and narrow pathways hidden between many old traditional stone houses give you the sense that you are walking in an ancient town labyrinth. This village is located at the highest point of the island and just a few meters below the Monastery of Prophet Elias, which has been standing since 1711. Next, experience wine tasting in an area where the unique grapes have been voted many times as one of the better varieties from around the world. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the most exquisite and tasteful wine flavors such as Visanto, Nychteri, and Assyrtiko. The traditional settlement of Firostefani is your next tour stop, where you can admire the magnificent views of the breathtaking caldera of Santorini. You'll also have the opportunity to see the famous and frequently photographed “Blue Dome”, the old orthodox church covered by a blue dome. Your final stop is the cosmopolitan village of Oia, which is located on the northern edge of the island. Walking over the paved paths in this pure blue and white village is an extremely unique experience, and is bound to provide you with many photographic opportunities. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be driven back to your hotel in Santorini.

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Private Group Visit to Akrotiri & 3 Wineries with Tastings

8. Private Group Visit to Akrotiri & 3 Wineries with Tastings

Uncover the fascinating past of Santorini on a 5-hour guided tour. Explore the excavations at Akrotiri, a prehistoric Bronze Age city. During the Minoan volcanic eruption some 3,600 years ago the city was frozen in time by volcanic ash. On this tour that’s priced for a group of up to 4 persons, you will admire the elaborate drainage system, the sophisticated multi-storied buildings, magnificent wall paintings, and excavated furniture and vessels. Discover evidence of winemaking that has been estimated to date back to the 3rd millennium BC, making Santorini one of the oldest wine-making regions in the world. Visit 3 of the island’s wineries and learn about Santorini’s unique viticulture traditions. Taste a selection of 12 different wine styles from across Santorini and Greece – including Assyrtiko, Nykteri, and the sublimely sweet Vinsanto wine.

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Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Tour

9. Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Tour

Enjoy Santorini at your own pace with a local driver leading the way. Customize your own itinerary to see the stunning natural wonders, idyllic towns and traditional wineries of the island. From black and red sand beaches of Jamari and Perissa to charming villages and incredible views, Santorini is renowned as the gem of the Aegean Sea. Meet your private driver at the location of your choice and discuss your ideal itinerary. Whether you have something in mind or would like your guide to take the lead with tips and recommendations, your interests are the top priority. Visit the villages of Pyrgos and Oia to explore its whitewashed houses and winding streets. Enjoy a wine tasting at a traditional winery. See the archaeological site of Akrotiri, a prehistoric village preserved in volcanic ash, or head up to the Prophet Elias Monastery for stunning views of the Aegean coast and to meet the resident monks.

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Cruise Traveller's Shore Excursion

10. 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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What people are saying about Akrotíri

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 48 reviews

I had one of the best days in Santorini, really enjoyed the trip and Dimitri was very helpful and fun. He explain everything to us and some historical facts which blowed our mind. Also he took an amazing pics to me and my husband. And in the end of our trip he gave us the beautiful blue eye as a gift becuz we were in honeymoon. If u ever wanted to discover santorini in one day, then don't miss this one!

Wonderful tour! Andrew was an excellent guide. Gave us great historical insight about the island and excellent info on the wines. We really enjoyed his company as well as our driver who went above and beyond to make an extra stop to personally buy us some Baklava when I mentioned my husband had been really wanting some. An overall excellent experience with wonderful people!

Our tour guide was absolutely wonderful! We had a few days in Santorini before our tour which we spent at the beaches. Our guide modified our plans because of that and rather than take us to places we had already seen he took us to a few extra places off the normal route! He was so very generous with his time and accommodations. I highly recommend this tour.

We really enjoyed this! The wine and history was fantastic, as was our guide Elsa. It was a fun way to meet other travelers (our group was 4 people in total). We would highly recommend this!

Awesome trip!! The guide was fantastic, super friendly and knowledgeable and the wine was delicious! Highly recommend!