Departing from the tender pier at Fira port, you will be lead to your transportation. From here, in groups of never more than 30 people, you will begin your exploration of this wonderful island.
Your tour will take you to the major must see sites on the island. Depending on traffic the day of your tour, the order you see the sites may vary from the tour description order. One of your stops will be at the village of Oia, located at the northern tip of the island. As you travel along, you will see the different layers of lava the volcano had produced making a time line of the island's history. Oia offers magnificent views of the caldera and the rest of the other islands. Depending on the time of day, the sun paints the cliffs with different shades of color and light like an ever-changing landscape painting. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that Oia attracts so many artists. With its cobble stone streets, beautiful old mansions and houses perched on the cliff side, you can admire the traditional Cycladic architecture for which Santorini is so well known.
From Oia, you will travel across the terraced island, through Pyrgos village and make your way up to the highest peak of Santorini, Mt. Profitis Ilias.(883 feet) Here a monastery of the same name was built in 1712. Although you cannot enter the monastery, you can enjoy its magnificent view of the entire island from the south end of Perissa Beach to the north part of the island were Oia village is situated.
After the photo stop, you will drive to one of the local wineries on the island. Here you can learn about how wines were once produced on the island, as well as learning of the unique way in which grapes are grown and harvested on Santorini. You will be able to sample three of the most famous wines of Santorini.
From the winery, you will make their way back to the town of Fira, the picturesque capital town of the island built on the rim of the caldera wall. Your guide will lead you to the major pedestrian street where they will give you a brief orientation of how to navigate the town, before you begin your free time. Wander the endless maze of whitewashed streets looking for jewelry, gifts or the perfect view of the caldera while you enjoy a coffee or wine. When you are ready to return to your ship, use your included cable car ticket to return to the tender pier in Fira.
Please note: The tour duration does not include the time required to tender ashore from your ship. All tours end in Fira Town and include a return cable car ticket to the tender pier in Fira to be used at your convenience.
Reviewer: monique p white
excellent would recommend!
Reviewer: Barbara Ann Harkleroad
Such a good tour that I want to go back
Reviewer: Warren Frederick
Reviewer: H. Balda
There were 4 of us and we were met on the pier as we got off the tender boat. She had tickets for us for the tram up the mountain. The view was spectacular from the tram but the real beauty was as we drove around the island and learn so much about it. We went to the very top and avoid all the crowds on that day... there were 3 ships in Santorini. We went to the winery and because our group was small we were allowed to go into inside where they were working. The winery had cheese, olives, bread & wine to taste. It was a very professional and inviting winery to visit. The views from the winery were spectacular too. I would recommend this tour because you really got to see so much of the island and history and we still got to shop.
Reviewer: Nancy Weaber
this shore excursion took us all around the island and showed us the local way of life among the natives. The shopping in Oia was exceptional and the wine tour was exciting. This was my favorite excursion.