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: Mike Whalen
We enjoyed visiting Oia and and seeing the beautiful landscape of Santorini. The only disappointing part of the tour was the winery which was very brief and felt rushed.
Reviewer: Pat Swanson
This is the most beautiful of all the islands and very clean. The tour started with a bus ride up the mountain for a wonderful view below and a lovely wine tasting time with cheese,olives,bread etc. We then went down to the main part of Santorini to tour in our own and the take the funicular down to the lower lever to then take a boat transfer back to the ship. It was a very long wait for the funicular and the price was not included in the tour package. Beautiful beautiful island! ,br
Reviewer: Norman Corbin
Good tour but very crowded.
Reviewer: Rick Nolan
An excellent tour that gave us great exposure to the greater area of Santorini rather than just the shops at the top of the cliff. Oia and the winery tour was awesome with beautiful views and the wines were nice. Hard to imagine a wine industry surviving on an average rainfall of aroung 300mm!!
Great visit to a lovely location. Tour of the island was filled with new experiences and magnificent scenery. Our tour guide did a wonderful job sharing the history and facts of the area. Oia was absolutely beautiful and the tour allowed time to explore on our own. Winery was a great way to wrap up a wonderful day on a beautiful island. Look forward to visiting again!