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.
I felt like we saw the entire island and the sharp contrasts between the quiet arrid interior and the bright white and blue of Oia. The winery was fun and delicious with beautiful overlooks of the entire island. Oia was very crowded but beautiful, just keep moving if you want to see it all in the time allotted. The worst was getting down the tram back to the ship, maybe look into taking this tour back to the new port to tender back to the bottom of the cliff. Had no time to explore Fira, just while standing in line.
Reviewer: Joseph Galica
Our guide met us promptly at the pier at 9:00 am. From there we proceeded up by bus a very narrow, winding, close to the edge, with long way down road. Bus ride could be a bit scary for those afraid of heights. Once you get to the top, the view is a amazing. Walking in towns is mostly on cobble stone sidewalks. We had a very knowledgeable guide spoke very well English. We visited Oia, Fira and a winery plus many other points of interest along the way. We decided to walk down instead of taking the cable car down. The walk is about 25 minutes. Donkey rides are available. The path is cobble stone and uneven, so good walking shoes are recommended. Santorini is a photographer's paradise.
We had a really great host. She was so informative. We just loved Santorini. Oia was very special and we recommend definitely going there. The bus was very comfortable and we really enjoyed visiting the winery.
Reviewer: Nancy Stonkus
We really enjoyed our tour. I don’t remember our tour guides name but she was originally from Germany and she was excellent. The tour was very informative and it allowed us to get a good overall feel for the island.
Santorini is sensational! Tender ashore early and start your day with Greek coffee at the Aroma Cafe' at the quaint Fira port, then meeting your guide. Our local guide was knowledgable and clearly loved this scenic island...and what's not to love! This tour is the perfect blend of history, sites, shopping and Wine! Savory, local fare is served at the wine tasting...eat up, it will hold you over for walking and shopping in Oia and Fira. Wear comfortable shoes and watch your step, donkeys are around, especially if you choose to take the trail down to the port. Before you catch the tender, end the day with the locals at Lombranos at the port. The hospitality, food and view make a perfect end to the day. Have the catch of the day, tomato balls and Santorini salad, and of course, a local beer or wine, and enjoy the view. Yamas!