Monastery of Profitis Ilias Tours

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The monastery of Mount Profitis Ilias is perched on the mountain of the same name, the highest point on Santorini at 1,853 ft (565 m) above the Aegean Sea in the south of the island. Built in the early 18th century out of sizeable stone and resembling a fortress, the monastery was dedicated to the prophet Elijah and initially enjoyed great wealth. It once also functioned as a secret school of Greek culture during the dark days of Turkish occupation of the country, but its power began to decline in 1860 and it was badly damaged by the earthquake in 1956. Today Profitis Ilias is successful once more; its three domed church has become a museum hosting an exceptional and significant collection of Greek Orthodox icons, early, hand printed books and bibles, wrought-iron artwork, wooden carvings and elaborately embroidered clerics’ robes. The resident monks put on displays of traditional carpentry, shoemaking, local cooking and wine making as well.

The monastery courtyard and gardens are a popular spot to watch Santorini’s fabled sunsets and it is possible to see right to the hilltop village of Oia from the top of Profitis Ilias. Panoramas also take in the patchwork of plains and vineyards sit in the mountain’s lee, sheltering the young vines from hot winds blowing in from North Africa.

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Pyrgos, Santorini. Open Apr–Oct daily 10am–4pm. Admission €3. A long hike up hill or best accessed by car or guided tour from Fira up an extremely winding road. Dress appropriately, covering legs and shoulders.

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Address: Pyrgos, Santorini, Cyclades, Greece 847 00, Greece
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Hours: Open daily 10am–4pm Apr–Oct
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Admission: €3
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Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting from Fira

See Santorini’s highlights quickly on this tour from Fira. You’ll see the charming village of Oia, with its white houses and scenic terraces set on the cliffside over the blue waters of the caldera, along with the picturesque towns of Pyrgos and Megalochori. First-time visitors can get an overview of the island, including a wine tasting, and because it’s a private tour, you’ll receive plenty of personal attention.
  • Duration: 5 to 5.5 hrs
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Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Scenic Tour of Santorini, including Oia and Mt Profitis Ilias Monastery

Discover the beautiful island of Santorini with your own personal guide on this 4.5-hour shore excursion. See the highest peak of the island, Profitis Ilias, where a monastery sits; explore the village of Oia, built on a steep slope of the volcanic caldera; and enjoy a short cable car ride in Fira to return back to the pier. Learn the rich history behind the Greek island as you follow your guide past the rocky landscapes, vineyards and views of the coast.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Santorini Private Photo Expeditions

Capture the beauty of Santorini on this private photography tour accompanied by a professional photographer. Choose from a variety of tours such as the 2-hour sunrise Golden Hour tour, the half- or full-day expedition tour, the Night Sky expedition, or and black and white photo session. Learn proper techniques to capture the perfect photos of your trip to the Greek islands and explore some of the landmarks of Santorini.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Santorini Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Spend a full day discovering Santorini’s ancient history, local culture, and famous views on this great-value highlights tour. Explore the Minoan archaeological site at Akrotiri, swim at the black-sand Perissa Beach, and observe traditional island life in the village of Megalochori. You’ll also take in panoramic views from Prophet Elias Monastery, sip volcanic varietals at a winery, and finish the day with an unforgettable sunset from Oia village.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Half or Full Day Private Custom Santorini Island Tour

Experience Santorini like a local on this private island tour and maximize your time with a custom-made itinerary and a choice of four different tour lengths. Perhaps experience island life with a visit to villages such as Oia, Imerovigli, and Firostefani; admire the views from Profitis Ilias;
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hrs
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Santorini Full Day Tour

Take your Santorini visit to new heights during this 9-hour offering access to the island’s eye-popping views, outdoor adventures, and architecture. Admire the jaw-dropping scenery from the island’s highest point and see the 16th-century monastery of Saint Elias. You’ll also journey by boat to the nearby islands of Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni and Thirassia.
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Santorini First Impressions Private Tour

New to Santorini? Be introduced to this spectacular Aegean island on a private 4-hour morning or afternoon tour, with a local guide. With a flexible itinerary customized to your interests, call at the clifftop village of Oia to admire its castle, cave-like houses and breathtaking caldera views. Visit the mountaintop Prophet Elias monastery, sample the monks’ hand-crafted products, and explore Pyrgos, the picturesque former capital, as your guide shares insider tips and facts about Santorini’s history and geology. Conclude by tasting some Santorinian wines at a stunning cliffside winery.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Half Day Tour of Santorini's South Side

Delve into beautiful south Santorini on a 5-hour private tour, with a personal guide and driver. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, venture into the island’s south to experience its epic scenery, archaeological relics, villages and delicious wine. Visit the Minoan site at Akrotiri, the remnants of a town dating from 1450 BC; see the rust-colored cliffs of Red Beach, and admire windmills, ruined castles and the mountaintop Monastery of the Prophet Ilias. Learn about Santorini’s history and culture on route, and end by tasting some delicious local wines at a winery.
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Santorini Private Tour

Get a personalized exploration of Santorini on this private guided tour. Depart from your hotel, port, or airport and travel in a private vehicle with your guide. Visit places that can include Prophet Elias Mountain, the Akrotiri Excavations, Red Beach, the black sand beach at Perivolos, Oia, and more. Sample local products at a winery and shop for souvenirs.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Santorini 5-Hour Island Tour with Wine Tasting

Savor Santorini’s scenery and some of its wines on this 5-hour tour. Visit the cliffside villages of Oia, Imerovigli, and Megalochori; see the blue-domed church that graces most Santorini postcards; and climb Santorini’s highest mountain for panoramic views. Plus, enjoy an optional swim and lunch (own expense) at Perivolos’ black beach and finish with a Santorinian wine-tasting at a winery perched above the caldera. Hotel, port, airport, and Fira cable car pickup and drop-off included.
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Half-Day Santorini South Coast and Akrotiri Tour from Fira

Take in the highlights of Santorini’s southern shore on this half-day tour from Fira. Visit the Monastery of Prophet Elias and the traditional village of Megalochori; stroll the black sand beach of Perivolos; and explore the Minoan archaeological site of Akrotiri.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Santorini : Hike to the summit of the island

- The panoramic views from Santorini’s highest point- The untouched nature of Santorini’s summits- Pyrgos, one of the most peaceful villages on the island- The cemetery of Ancient Thira- A demanding hike, for those who want to exercise while on holidays- Convenient roundtrip transportation to & from your hotel
  • Duration: 5 hours
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