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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: Private 5-Hour Hidden Gems Experience

2. 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.

Santorini: Private 4-Hour Cultural Villages Sightseeing Tour

3. 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.

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The tour was carried out completely according to our wishes and ideas. Our driver explained things to us about everything that was to be seen during the journey and at the stops. He had an answer to all questions and was always very friendly, open and courteous. We felt very comfortable and were well looked after. A bonus of course was that we were always provided with cold water. So the day was perfect - we could see what we wanted to see and much more. It doesn't get any better than that. Because of the individual design and the small "insider tips" - the slightly higher price is worth it. We can only recommend the tour!

The eight hour tour across the island of Santorini was very nice. We visited some of the Venetian castles, saw beautiful Greek orthodox churches, walked through small white streets and got great photo opportunities from our guide George, who was in a very good mood and told us a lot about the history of the island. We were supplied with water on the tour, also visited Black Beach for lunch and a chance to swim in the sea, attended a music session in Megalochori, visited a wine museum and arrived in Ia in time for sunset. Hotel pick up and drop off also worked well.

First of all, the guide Gregory was one of the best guides if not the best guide we ever had in a trip: knowledgeable, kind and genuinely a nice guy. About the tour, there is a difference between "seeing" and "knowing".. and after this tour we felt we already know everything there is to know about Santorini. It was an excellent choice to make and I couldn't recommend it more, especially it's done in a small group so it's much more comfortable that way.

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

This was one of the best experiences been on. It was so diverse! Amazing guide.