Due to its fascinating geography, more than 5,000 years of history, and its unique hospitality, all of our tours on Santorini include a professionally trained, licensed guide so you get an in-depth experience which you would not receive merely being driven around with a guide book. You will meet your guide on the pier of Fira after you tender ashore. They will escort you via cable car to the town of Fira where you will walk to your transportation.
Departing Fira, you will drive south through the famous vineyards to the archaeological site of Akrotiri. The site is a Minoan settlement that dates back to the second millennium BC. The name of the settlement is unknown, but the excavation is named Akrotiri due to its proximity to a modern village of that name. Evidence uncovered points to the settlement having once been an important commercial center in the Aegean sea. The settlement was buried under more than 30 feet of dirt, rock and mud during a cataclysmic eruption that resulted in a large crater (caldera) replacing more than half of the island. Under a protective cover you will visit the ancient city's squares, cobblestone streets and peer into some of the houses and shops, some two and three stories high. No human remains have been found indicating there was some warning before the eruption.
After the guided tour of the excavation site, you will drive to one of the local wineries for an insight into the unique style of grape growing / wine making on this island. Your visit will include a tour of the wine chambers and distilleries and finish with the tasting of three of most famous wines of Santorini, which will be accompanied with barley rusks and local cheese.
Next, you will drive to Fira town where you will end your organized tour. Your guide will lead you to the town's major pedestrian street, and after answering any questions about additional sightseeing, shopping or eating, will set you free to explore the whitewashed maze of passageways for art, jewelry or maybe a coffee with a view of the caldera. 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. Please allow ample time to get ashore. Groups of ten or more guests will be tendered from the pier at Fira to the pier at Athinios and begin their tour from there. All tours end in Fira and include a return cable car ticket to the tender pier in Fira to be used at your convenience.
Please Note: This tour offers customized departure times between 7:30 AM and 7:00 PM. If your preferred departure time is not listed, please contact us to place your request.
Reviewer: Mother of cats
Wonderfully knowledgeable guide (who knew both history and archaeology!)had the ability to create a more personalized tour so that we could do something special. We appreciate her flexibility. This tour was very pricey, but worth it.