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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:Pyrgos, Winery & Oia

2. Santorini:Pyrgos, Winery & Oia

Start your tour from Pyrgos Village, a medieval village dotting the landscape with tiny white houses and bluer-then-life domed churches. Feel like a spot of monkish meditation? You'll move on to the 16th century Monastery of Prophet Elias in Pyrgos village. The Monastery is built on the highest point, 565 meters above the sea level, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the island. You can also sample local delicacies made by monks. A dose of wine culture follows, with a visit to a popular local winery. You'll taste a variety of local wines and receive a mini tutorial on the particular characteristics of Santorini vineyards. Your final destination is picturesque Oia Village, a vision in white and blue, with magnificent views over the volcanic islets and caldera, as well as marble alleys, art galleries and jewellery shops. Its colourful Cycladic architecture and 52 blue domes are postcard (remember those?) material.

Santorini: Popular Destinations Private Tour with Guide

3. Santorini: Popular Destinations Private Tour with Guide

On this tour, you'll be immersed in the warm and relaxed atmosphere of picturesque villages, admire local architectural styles, witness breathtaking panoramas, discover locations of historical interest and, in the process, grasp the very essence of the island. A highlight tour such as this would not be complete without a stop at Oia. This idyllic village on the Caldera slope captures the essence of what the island is all about, unrivalled beauty, warm and tranquil atmosphere, traditional local architecture, majestic views. You'll also stop at Firostefani, the ‘Crown of Fira’. Deriving its name from its elevated position, this village offers some of the best views of the island. This location is also home to the Blue Domed Church, a prominent icon of the island that you surely have seen adorning the cover of many a travel guide. Dating back to 1711, the Monastery of Prophet Ilias is a major highlight of the island and awaits visitors at the highest point, 600 meters above sea level. The Monastery is a place of great historical significance, with its churches, chapels, bell tower and wealth of various ecclesiastical items from the 18th century. The tour, of course, cannot omit Megalochori, a true gem of the island. This village is a treat for those seeking tranquillity, with its charming and inviting ambience, cobblestone streets, churches in typical Cycladic architecture and white-washed houses, all soaked in old-world magic. The 4-hour Highlight Tour may be offered in the morning or in the evening.

Santorini: Private 4-Hour Cultural Villages Sightseeing Tour

4. Santorini: Private 4-Hour Cultural Villages Sightseeing Tour

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.

Santorini: Village Tour with Wine Tasting

5. Santorini: Village Tour with Wine Tasting

Experience the traditional picturesque villages of Santorini and try a variety of local wines and delicacies. Admire the view of the lighthouse and get to the highest point of the island on a 5-hour tour with a private tour guide, plus a local driver. Morning island tour with a luxury private van and private tour guide, plus a local driver (Monastery Profitis Ilias, Pyrgos Village, Megalochori Village, Lighthouse, the Black Beach, 1 traditional winery). Private or group tour (depending on availability and preferences) is included in several parts of the island and 1 winery and lasts about 5 hours. Best Moments: Luxurious transportation with air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz van. Private tour guide, plus a local driver for your tour. Reach the highest place of Santorini, the Monastery of Profitis Ilias. Tour in the traditional village of Pyrgos. Admire the volcanic beach of the island, the Black Beach. Guided tour of the traditional village of Megalochori. Admire the last rock of Santorini, the Lighthouse. Visit 1 traditional winery, walk into a volcanic vineyard and discover the unique viticulture. Explore the cellars of the winery and see where wine is bottled and matured. Taste a selection of 4 different types of Santorini wine. Enjoy a fun, educational and intimate experience. Itinerary: The tour starts from your hotel in the morning. The first destination being the Monastery of Profitis Hlias. It is the highest mountain of Santorini and is a pre-volcano part of the island. Stay for panoramic photos with fantastic 360o views of the island. Visit a traditional village of Santorini, Pyrgos. Pyrgos (Tower) of Kallisti or simply Pyrgos is the highest village of Santorini. Walk to the beautiful alleys of Pyrgos and stop for souvenirs or coffee. The third destination we will walk in the small narrow streets into a beautiful and traditional village, Megalochori. Then admire the last rock of Santorini, the Lighthouse. The next destination is the most famous volcanic beach of the island,the Black Beach. Finally, visit a traditional winery will take place where you will have the chance and get to know the bottling and the maturing process of Santorini wines. Try 4 different types of volcanic wines accompanied by local snacks.

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What people are saying about Megalochori

Beautiful Tour that allowed us to understand many things about Santorini and to see many places even in a single day. The guide Gregory was great and we loved the Music Museum and the interactive lesson: unique experience!

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

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

Our guide Gregory took great care of us. At the end of the trip you will know a lot more about Santorini

Great guide, very knowledgeable about the area, wines, and traditions of the island. Highly recommend