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: Olafur Arnason
The guide was good, informative and all but organizing boats between harbours was in disorder. Roughly one hour delay made this tour short , we managed to finish the tour but in a bit speedy manner. I would liked to have a little bit more free time in the main villages. In defence for the chaos there were four huge cruise vessels at the same time , problable about 8 -10000 peoples touring.
Reviewer: Linda Graney
The first half of the tour was lovely, taking in the jaw dropping sights, then the wine tour.it was a bit rushed but quite nice! We then took off to spend sometime above the coast line with the shops and beautiful architecture. The only problem was that the guide did not give good instructions on getting back to the car. She should have been waiting where she would be easily visible. She was not, and we missed finding our way back to the car. She did wait for us, but it took 15 minutes for us to find her. Thank you.
Reviewer: Gregory Taylor
Excellent knowledgeable guIDE knew everything about the island and it’s inhabitants The bus ride was a little nerve-racking but besides that it was beautiful country and we loved it thank you
Margarita was an awesome guide and very knowledgable. Tour was very good and included a lot. We boarded a boat to the other side of the island to meet the buses and began with Mt. Profitis Ilias. After that, we were taken to Oia. I could have done without the wine tasting; you got a brief introduction then you go into a crowded room to taste 3 wines with snacks. After this we were taken to Fira. My only complaint has to do with the cable car transport; tour did not seem to take into account how much time we'd need waiting in the queue after the excursion. We got to the queue 2.5hrs before the last tender and we were in line for 20 mins before discovering it was a 3.5hr wait to get to the cable cars; by that time, our boat would have already left for the day. We ended up having to walk down the 588 steps with someone who has knee troubles. My suggestion would be to see if its possible to drop off at the same pick up location and take the boat back to the tender pier to meet the ship.
Celebrity had plenty of port ferry’s, didn’t use cruise tenders- no wait! New Port has 3 ways to top, sky tram-pay, donkeys-pay, walk donkey trail free or a tour which another boat takes you to old port where you load tour bus Which was modern and guide fantastic. Excellent island overview stopped in clouds on top of Moni Profiti llia (amazing) then stop at Santos Winery where we had tour then sat for 3 wine tastings over huge bowls of breads olives and goat cheese. Views spectacular! Then we stopped in Oia the town you think of when you picture Santorini. The guide gave us overview then left us. You had time to shop eat-we had a beer - all take credit cards, explore then head back to bus. The final stop was back to new port. We opted to walk down the donkey trail which was amazing fun! The views, exercise and many moments of moving out of the way for passing donkeys was worth it! We made sure to wash our sneakers first thing back on the ship!