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Exclusive Santorini, Oia and Winery Tour

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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.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Cultural
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours 30 minutes
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Tender Pier shoreside.
Food/Beverage Provided
A wine tasting and a snack is included.
Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and comfortable, sensible walking shoes. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also suggested.
Restrictions
Fira Town, as well as most of the island's villages, is a hilltop town that consists of mostly pedestrian streets. Many of these "streets" are nothing more than wide sidewalks of smooth stones pushed into cement which makes for a bumpy surface. There are considerable steps involved as well. Tour is not wheelchair accessible. Return to the ship's tender pier is via cable car. (Not included)
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 141 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsGuided tourAugust 11, 2019

Reviewer: Gene
We had a very knowledgeable tour guide as we toured Santorini...bypassed the huge lines waiting for cable as we boarded boat to other end of island...lovely winery , scenery, explanations & finally Oia where we walked around with guide explaining all important features...took cable car (no lines) down to port at end of tour.

5 StarsBeautiful tourJuly 23, 2019

Reviewer: Christine
The guide was as amazing as the tour. We loved being able to see more of the island.

5 StarsGreat Overview of SantoriniJuly 16, 2019

Reviewer: Jacalyn Askin
Our guide and the tour path gave us a wonderful overview of the island. Our visit to the Santo winery was well-planned at the mid-point, and the wines were well worth tasting. The schedule provided ample time to get a sense of Oia, though little time for much shopping if that was one's goal (not ours), and we appreciated the tour ending at the top of Fira, allowing as much time as one wanted to wander.

5 StarsBeautiful island, excellent tourJuly 05, 2019

Reviewer: Carol Shepherd
The tour of the island was comprehensive and informative, with plenty of opputunity to take in the breathtaking views. The stop at the winery was well done. A beautiful spot, a short but useful explanation of the wines, four wines to taste , with light tapas. Time to browse the store and for photos. The highlight of course was Oia which was beautiful but very crowded. Our tour guide was excellent and gave us sufficient time to explore the town. Well timed, well paced, and a great value tour.

5 StarsSantoriniJune 30, 2019

Reviewer: ROBERT d volpe
Excellent..don't change anything!

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