This was a fantastic experience, learned so much and the guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend!
Very friendly and knowledgeable english speaking guide. Had an enjoyable day trip on the boat. Great views on the volcanic island but plenty of climbing and walking to do.
The guide is friendly and provides good explanation throughout the trip. Had a good view of the whole island of santorini at the highest point of the island.
My wife and I did this tour last week. However, it did not include the Oia Sunset tour. We were dropped off in Oia but there was no tour. I've contacted Viator but did not get a response.
We had a very experienced tour guide for this trip to visit the traditional villages. There was a wine tasting at Santo Wines... quite a great view and interesting wines from the volcanic areas of Santorini. Oia sunset was very beautiful. This is an independent part of the trip without a tour guide. Overall very worth it as it would not be possible for me to visit all the traditional villages on an independent trip and to learn about their stories...
Wonderful and informative. The only way to see and experience the island
My husband and I had a great time climbing the volcano, swimming in the hot springs, climbing the hill in Thirasia and ending up at Oia for the sunset which is where we were staying so we did not have to get on the bus and travel back to our hotel.There are a couple of things that people need to be made aware of before they book this trip.You need to be in pretty good physical shape to do some of these things.
Climbing the volcano some people could only go to point A because it was strenuous and very hot for September. You have to swim to the hot springs about 300 metres. The donkeys dont go all the way to thetop Oia so you need to walk up some stairs.
Hot Srings are probably not that worth it. Crowded, dirty, You have to swim from the boat in which is fine but its kind of rocky and uncomfortable at times.
The volcano and Thirasia were great.
This was a full day all encompassing tour although I am not sure it was the exact tour we signed up for, The company that did this tour said it was but this one included a trip to the black sand beach (wish we had known to bring swim suits) lunch at the beach stop (we paid of course), a wine tasting which wasn't listed either. We did not to the following that was listed on the tour: "Enjoy free time to explore Santorini’s ancient capital of Pyrgos, and then watch the sun set from the Kastro of Oia, the Venetian castle ruins at the top of the idyllic Santorini village." We had a great guide (Katie) and all went well up until the last stop, Oia. At this point, the guide left and the bus driver basically took and dropped us at the end of Oia with no direction and said meet me in the bus parking lot in 2 hours. Oia was swamped with people and not knowing where to go we ended up in a clastrophobic crowd 6-7 people deep trying to see the sunset. Afterwards, it was hard to find the bus, but we did. He let people off along the way back (playing disco music loudly) and then told us to get off and someone would take us to our pick up location. Instead they talked a taxi driver into taking us and he was not happy about it. The whole day was fantastic even though we didn't get to see the village or the castle, no complaints but this last 2 hours was horrible.
Excellent and very holistic tour with a very informed, very funny guide
Great day! I would suggest to put oia sunset on an other tour.
The tour itself was just ok but not worth the money. Could not get on the coach on the day of the tour because the driver did not recognize my voucher got from US. Had to call the local office and rescheduled tour for another day. Description of tour not clear on what to expect causing frustration.
Our voucher/ticket said that our guide would wait for us at the reception of our hotel. They didn't. Instead, an angry bus driver stormed into our hotel reception saying he had been honking his bus horn waiting for us. We had been waiting the required 20 minutes before departure time and he came to 'meet' us at least 10 minutes after the departure time. He then dropped all passengers on the bus off at the incorrect ship. We did not appear to have the same ticket as any other passengers (can only assume we were shoe-horned onto some other tour). The crew member took our ticket and returned with details of a bus (mostly written in Greek) but told us that the note was the bus we needed to catch to get back to our hotel after the sunset at Oia. There were around 100 people on the tour so it was very difficult to hear anything the actual guide had to say. There were two occasions where the tour guide was rude to other passengers. The volcano scenery and islands were great, as was the lunch (not included in the price but a lot of options). Then we arrived at Oia, three hours before sunset. There is only two ways to reach the township from the port - by donkey or walking up the incredibly steep hillside. We elected to walk (mostly just to give the donkeys a break from the heat). We decided to find the location of where our bus would depart before the post-sunset chaos of tourists leaving the area. We could not find any bus with the details provided so we asked at the Tourist Info Centre and they didn't know either. In the end, we caught the public bus back to our hotel. It cost us 1.60 euro. Had we known we could have travelled to see the sunset for a grand total of 3.20 euro each AND not had to climb the stairs to Oia, we would have done this and at the very least, not paid or booked this component of the tour. As it stands, we would definitely NOT recommend this tour which is a shame because the scenery is quite spectacular and should not be missed.
Overall - a good tour and you get to see the major sites of Santorini in an affordable manner. The guide of the tour was extremely entertaining but hard to follow. His 30 minute long explanation of the volcano could have been a Saturday Night Live skit with the contrast between his enthusiasm and bizarre statements and the complete confusion of our group. I would certainly take the trip again.
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