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: Craig Dart
A trip well worth taking! We saw the country side, amazing views and visited a winery for a tasting. The food provided at the tasting was amazing. Bread, tomatoes, cheese, and olives I couldn't stop going for more until I got up and left the table!
Reviewer: Canadian vagabonds
Tour guide knowledgeable, courteous, on time. All went well including a shuttle between ship and pier. Wine tour was enjoyable. Oia was lovely but very commercial. We had a good time.
Our ship stopped at the bay and we were taken by a tender boat ashore .Once on a pier me and my wife came out and asked 2 women about our tour and they were prompt and waiting already even so we were about 40 min early.We walked around for about half hour and when a group was all intact boarded an other boat and were taken to an other pier. Once there we sat in a very nice bus and started our Journey with a local guide. We were taken to couple points for a good photos and after to a winery where we got to see how they make wine and sat down in a nice dining room to taste cheese and 3 types of wines .If you wanted more wine they would give you .After all we proceeded to the village with our guide.She told us to meet back at a bus terminal in couple hours and then went to main village by bus again .Thank you for a very good tour. We enjoyed it.
Reviewer: Warren Laughlin
Great tour, excellent guide, you will get to see the very best of the island with stops at the highest point on the island, the winery, Oia and Fira. We would highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Maureen Green
We were unable to take this excursion as I was not feeling up to it, I bet it was great just like our Athens trip. Thanks again