5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

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  • Location: Santorini, Greece
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
See the highlights of Santorini on an 5 hours shore excursion, and explore the island from its half-submerged volcanic caldera to the summit of its highest mountain! With a private guide at your side, learn about Santorini’s volcanic history while visiting the caldera and Perissa, a black-sand beach. Then, travel through the mountains to a monastery and sample local produce made by the resident monks. Try wine at a volcanic vineyard and winery, and then round off your day with free time in picturesque Oia village before returning to port.


  • 5-hour tour of Santorini with an expert local guide
  • Visit Santorini’s caldera and learn about volcanic activity on the island
  • Enjoy some free time to sunbathe on Perissa, a long black-sand beach
  • Travel to Profitis Ilias, Santorini’s highest mountain, and visit a monastery at the summit
  • Explore a winery and volcanic vineyard in the hills and sample up to four glasses of wine
  • Sightsee and shop at leisure in the postcard-perfect village of Oia
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Caldera, Traditional Winery and Oia Village Tour

Visit a black-sand beach on the island of Santorini!

Meet your private guide at Santorini Port and travel to the island’s caldera for your first stop of the day. A spectacular geological formation, the caldera is the volcanic remains of the original island that collapsed beneath the sea after a volcanic explosion thousands of years ago.

Stand at the edge of the caldera to pose for pictures against the backdrop of the Aegean Sea, and then continue by minibus to check out another of the island’s volcanic features: a dramatic-looking black-sand beach. Stroll down Perissa – the longest beach on the island – and make the most of some free time to sunbathe on the warm shores and enjoy a bite to eat for lunch, if you wish.

Meet back up with your guide at the prearranged time and travel to the peak of Profitis Ilias, Santorini’s highest mountain that stands some 2,000 feet (600 meters) above sea level. Gaze out at the island vistas surrounding you, and then follow your guide inside the ornate Greek Christian monastery perched at the mountain’s summit. Walk around the chapel, listening to the monks chanting, and savor samples of the dessert wine, honey and extra virgin olive oil that’s made on-site.

After learning about winemaking in the mountains, head down into the hills to visit a typical Santorini winery and volcanic vineyard where the local assyrtiko and vinsanto varietals are produced. Sample up to four glasses of the island’s distinctive light and acidic whites while learning how wine is produced in such a dry and unforgiving island environment.

From the hills, continue to Santorini’s poster-child village of Oia, the iconic whitewashed village that’s graced many a postcard. Take a stroll around the streets with your guide to get your bearings and learn about the village history, and then enjoy some free time to sightsee and shop at leisure. After making the most of your free time, meet your guide, and then finish your day with a drop-off at the port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to Santorni Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call.If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a great tour and our driver was amazing with his knowledge of the area. Even though Santorini is a smaller island and you could drive around to the sites your self it was great to be able to customize our tour somewhat and see the sites we wanted to see and get all the history of the area while doing so, you don't get that personal touch on your own!! I would strongly recommend this tour to all visiting Santorini.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was by far our best tour. Our private guide was wonderful, Makus. He was born and raised in Santorini and obliviously was very proud of his island paradise. He took us all over Santorini and Oia Village giving us the history of each place we visited. We stopped at a winery, where our guide was well known by the owners of the winery. We toured the winery and sampled traditional Greek foods. Wonderful!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wow what a fantastic day we all had our tour guide Gabriel was just brilliant and gave us a most excellent tour of his island . His explanations of where we were , his English ,his passion were all evident as we travelled around this beautiful . Everything was just perfect thankyou very much for sharing this with us we thoroughly loved every moment and have told so many of our friends to request Gabriel if they go on this tour once again WOW . Cheers George Ruth Bruce and Sue

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide and driver were wonderful. We saw the best parts of the island. Lunch was unbelievably good at a winery where the portions were very generous. None of us wanted a big dinner that night.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide and driver were wonderful. We saw the best parts of the island. Lunch was unbelievably good at a winery where the portions were very generous. None of us wanted a big dinner that night.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We could see almost everything and avoid the crowds in the winery of the cruise tour because we went to another one very good and almost private tour in the winery.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

What a beautiful place and such a wonderful tour guide provided by Viator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Absolutely amazing , our tour guide Michael was friendly , informative and a pleasure to spend our day with , he took us to some amazing places away from the tourists and allowed us to choose our own activities for the day . This tour ticked all the boxes , incredible , Kim and Mark

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Phenomenal shore excursion with Gabriel. Knowledgeable, personal and professional

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Our guide was wonderful. We toured the whole island in a nice private car and stopped whereever we wanted. The side trip to the local farm market was lovely as was our side trip to the local brewery. My husband is not a wine drinker, and he appreciated the beer tasting. We were never rushed and never had to wait for our driver. It was truly the best way to see the island.

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