Exclusive Santorini, Oia and Winery Tour
Exclusive Santorini, Oia and Winery Tour
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 explore on your own. 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. The tour ends in Fira, so you can enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful place and return to your ship at your leisure.
Please Note: The tour duration does not include the time required to tender ashore from your ship. This tour ends in Fira Town.
Reviewer: Walter Deskins
Don’t miss this excursion. Breathtaking! Santorini and Oia like no other place. Enjoyed the free time. The visit to the winery was excellent. We were in a private room for sampling 3 of their top wines. Didn’t like the long line to the tram to get back to the tender. Cute little souvenirs for sale on the lower level.
We enjoyed this tour. Winery was very nice. Thought we saw a good cross section of the island. Oia is another crowded village with alley-narrow streets. Only 3 ships in port on our visit. They say there can be 5-6 in the summer. Independent cable car at the end was a chore. Walk down donkey path takes 20-30 minutes vs. one minute cable car ride. Loved Anastasia, our guide!
Reviewer: Susan McConeghey
Excellent tour with a very knowledgeable tour guide. Free time well balanced with the tour. Felt like we got a good glimpse of the whole island and will go back.
Reviewer: Lyndsey Guy
We were a party of 6 and we booked this tour for our day in Santorini. It was a wonderful day. You go around the island by boat to meet your bus on the other side of the island. Then you drive through a beautiful area before getting to the wine tasting. Santorini is famous for their white wines though we did taste a red as well. There is no pressure to buy, but we did decide to send some wine home. If you meet the minimum requirement of 180 Euros shipping is free. There is also a beautiful spot to go take some pictures right outside the tasting room. At the end of the tour you are left to wander around the island, which we really enjoyed. Just be sure to leave plenty of the time to get back to the ship pier as the line does get long. We went down a little early and had dinner at a cute restaurant on the pier and enjoyed the sunset.
Reviewer: Fritz Lohmeyer
Excellent tour. Clear a concise directions on meeting the tour. The young lady that was the tour guide was knowledgeable answering any and all questions the guest may have. We all enjoyed the winery and the village tours