Take a break from Santorini’s beaches and discover Minoan excavations, the island’s ancient capital and the famous Oia sunset on a full-day tour! With a friendly local guide at your side, explore the archeological site at Akrotiri (on your own expense) and wander along the town’s old main street while hearing its history. 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.


  • Akrotiri, Pyrgos and Oia full-day tour on the island of Santorini
  • Discover Minoan excavations at the archeological site at Akrotiri with an expert guide
  • Explore the main street of the ancient Akrotiri and learn about the treasures and relics
  • Enjoy free time to explore the scenic village of Pyrgos, once Santorini’s ancient capital
  • Visit the pretty whitewashed village of Oia in the evening and see the sunset from the Kastro of Oia

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What You Can Expect

Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini

Visit the village of Pyrgos

Leave your Santorini hotel by air-conditioned coach and travel to the archeological site at Akrotiri, an ancient city that was frozen in time after a volcanic eruption some 3,600 years ago. Step inside with your guide and learn about the Minoan city before the devastating event occurred.

Gaze in admiration at the ruins of multi-storied buildings that date back to the 16th century, and admire the intricately designed drainage system that hints at a talented civilization far more advanced than its time. As you explore the main street, lined with old stores and warehouses from the ancient commercial city, hear about the ceramic artifacts, such as pithoi (earthenware jugs), and other rare finds that add even more intrigue to the site.

The most impressive view of Akrotiri is seen from a triangular plaza near the exit, so head there next to soak up the views. Before leaving the site, your guide will also show you the burial place of the site’s chief archaeologist, Professor Spyridon Marinatos of the University of Athens, an individual who sadly died working on the excavations.

From Akrotiri, continue to Pyrgos, a village that was once the ancient capital of Santorini. With more than 50 churches, a Venetian castle and incredible views, the village is the perfect place to spend your afternoon. Enjoy plenty of free time to explore independently and perhaps enjoy a late lunch (own expense), too.

Meet back up with your guide in the early evening, and travel to Oia village, the quintessential Greek village that’s known for its sugar cube houses and pretty, blue-domed churches. The village is renowned as the place on the island to see the sun set, with its streets stacked into the side of the cliffs overlooking the spectacular caldera. Follow your guide up to the old ruins of an ancient Venetian castle, known as the Kastro of Oia, and gaze down from the village and caldera to the sea.

Having watched the sun set, return to your coach and finish your evening with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Amanda P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was just a brilliant way to see a lot on the island! The tour took us to brilliant places and there was a wine tasting and great view. The sunset at Oia was just terrific, though the guide a different one from the rest of the day kind of just ran us there and dropped us. But we adjusted and enjoyed the sites! It was a really fabulous day--highly recommended!

Simon W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Good value tour with lots of things to see - the guide was very patient and knowledgeable.

Nikhil N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Santorini, a beautiful island with colourful houses and gorgeous sunsets. A dream destination.

Priscilla F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Amazing tour with varieties of seeing traditional villages, prehistorical museums, wine and sunset. The tour guide Katy is professional as she's humorous, knowledgeable and able to control the schedule.

Dmitriy M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had an awesome time on this tour. Our guide Kathy was very knowledgeable of the culture and history of the island.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Amazing day, informative tour just loved it!

Katherine L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A very well thought out trip! Our tour guides Antonia and Caterina were wonderful and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended for everyone who wants to learn more about the Santorini islands.

Annie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Joseph O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

This was a fantastic experience, learned so much and the guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend!

Horng Yun T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

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...

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