Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Scenic Tour of Santorini, including Oia and Mt Profitis Ilias Monastery. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Simone is an excellent guide: courteous, informative, and sensitive to our needs. He met us on the pier at 8.30am (we were scheduled at 9.00am). Santorini is a "tendered" port so we took a boat early enough to make it by 9.00am. We rode the aerial tram up to Fiar and walked through the town (shops) to the van waiting for us at the bottom of the hill ( I was thinking that the hill was a breeze going down but the trip back would be hard and that is correct). We drove first to the highest point of Santorini and visited the chapel there looking over spectacular scenery....you can see the entire island which is actually one edge of the caldera. Then on to Oia (eea). This is where most of the pictures that are seen worldwide are taken of the white buildings and churches with the blue domes sitting on a side of a cliff with the blue, blue, Aegean Sea in the background. Fantastic scenery. Again, not easy for the walking challenged but well worth going through the efforts. The gelato there is mahvelous. Back to Fiar for lunch and shopping. Ate at the Volcano Blue restaurant and finally had a taste of authentic Spanakopita which interestingly, they called Spinach Pie. Portions were huge and tasty. More shopping and back to the ship by aerial tram where the tender is waiting to take you back to the ship.
Our tour guide was a nice man named Simone - It was over 100F but we had a nice Van with A/C to take our group of 6 around to the sites. The guy was very patient with our shopping wanderings and was very knowledgable about the areas - a great tour I would recommend highly.
It was a very wonderful experience. Our tour guide was professional and give us a lot of photo opportunities!
Guide was very good and had good knowledge of the island; a very pleasant experience in this beautiful place!
Although tour and guide were good, we were very disappointed that it was not as advertised.
Excursion was supposed to begin with a boat ride from harbor to Actinios. We specifically chose this excursion for that reason, to avoid the cable car ride (or donkey ride, or walk) up to Fira. When we arrived, our guide, Simone, claimed to know nothing about the boat ride, and we took the cable car to the top.
Communication between Viator was VERY poor. We were at the dock at 8:15am , early since our tour was scheduled at 9:00am and excited to see and spend time on the island, but no one showed up from Viator until almost 11:00am. I will call Viator because we did not get the tour we payed for. We did not start the tour with a "private shore excursion around the island." Your guild were very good but there was a major mix up as to where we were meeting, several trips up and down the Tram at 4 euros/ person, and lots of frustration and time wasted on this beautiful island. We were left with limited time to spend on our own to shop.