Oia Tours

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Perched on the steep edge of the caldera, looking out over the glittering Mediterranean, Oia (pronounced “ee-yuh”) is famed for its dreamy sunsets. Oia is also one of the most picturesque villages in Santorini, with its striking white buildings, blue-domed churches, and atmospheric cave houses burrowing into the volcanic rock.

The Basics
Oia is a popular inclusion on Santorini sightseeing tours, shore excursions, and boat tours, and most excursions time their visit to catch the sunset. Combine a tour of Oia with nearby attractions like the archaeological site of ancient Akrotiri or the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, a visit to traditional villages like Pyrgos or Fira, or a Santorini wine tasting. Alternatively, set sail around Thirassia island, enjoy snorkeling at Red Beach, or take a soak in the hot springs on Nea Kameni island. Then, sail past Oia on a sunset cruise. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Free Wi-Fi is available at most hotels and restaurants in Oia.
  • The hilly streets of Oia can be challenging for wheelchair users; it’s best to organize accessible transport and accommodation in advance.
  • Summertime temperatures can soar in Oia so wear sunglasses and sunscreen, and bring along plenty of water.

How to Get There
Oia is located at the northwestern tip of Santorini island, about 6.5 miles (11 kilometers) north of Fira. Without your own transport, the easiest way to visit Oia is with a guided tour. However, it’s also possible to arrive by taxi or take the local bus from Fira. Hikers can also walk the coastal trail between Fira and Oia, a scenic 3- to 4-hour walk along the top of the caldera. 

When to Get There
There’s no doubt that the most atmospheric time to visit Oia is at sunset and the small village can be suddenly overrun by crowds at dusk. To experience the quieter side of the village, plan to spend a night at one of Oia’s boutique hotels or visit during the winter months, when you’ll have the sunset to yourself. 

A Walking Tour of Oia Village
Oia’s beautiful architecture and vast ocean views are best enjoyed on a walking tour, and the maze of narrow streets are full of shops, art galleries, and cafés. Stop to visit the tiny Naval Maritime Museum, admire the historic captains’ houses, and explore the ruins of Oia’s Venetian Fortress, then follow the 300 steps from the top of the caldera down to the fishing port of Ammoudi. 
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Private Day or Sunset Tour from Oia

Set sail on Santorini’s breathtaking caldera on a private 5-hour catamaran cruise from Oia, with a personal skipper. Settle on a Lagoon 400 catamaran that carries up to 14 passengers, and ogle Santorini’s cliffs, shimmering villages and volcanic islands. Swim or snorkel, visit the Nea Kameni volcano, bathe in warm springs, and cruise to Red Beach, Indian Rock and other spots. Savor a barbecue meal and unlimited drinks on board, and personalize your route around your wishes. Choose a morning departure or afternoon cruise timed to showcase the sunset.
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Private Day or Sunset Tour - Lagoon 420

Enjoy Santorini’s beautiful waters on a private, 5-hour catamaran cruise from Ammoudi Bay, with a personal skipper. Board a spacious Lagoon 420 catamaran and absorb the scenery as you waft around Santorini’s caldera on a route tailored to your wishes. Awe at Santorini’s cliffs, bathe in hot springs, call at beaches and islands, snorkel and swim in the translucent waters, and enjoy a delicious, onboard barbecue meal plus unlimited drinks. Choose a daytime or sunset cruise, both with included round-trip hotel transfers. The Lagoon 420 accommodates up to 20 passengers.
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Private Tour: Lagoon 400 Sailing in Santorini with Lunch and Drinks

Santorini’s sandy beaches and glittering waters make an idyllic backdrop for a sailing adventure, but sharing a boat with dozens of other tourists can detract from the experience. This private 5-hour cruise is tailor-made for you, so you can enjoy swimming and snorkelling, soak in the hot springs, and admire landmarks such as Indian Rock and Akrotiri. A barbecue lunch and unlimited drinks are served on-board.
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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.
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Sunset Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ and Drinks

Make the most out of your time in Santorini with this relaxing and tranquil sunset sail on a catamaran. Enjoy the splendid views from the catamaran as it sails around Santorini. Swim and snorkel in the blue see and indulge in a delicious barbecue dinner prepared onboard. Imbibe unlimited drinks such as local wine and water.
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Santorini Sunset Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ and Drinks

Experience the volcanic beauty of the Aegean and a unforgettable Santorini sunset on this 5-hour afternoon catamaran cruise. Travel in style and comfort aboard a luxury catamaran, stopping to bask on Santorini’s red and white sand beaches, snorkel among crystalline waters, and soak in volcanic hot springs. With included hotel transport plus a fresh Greek barbecue and unlimited drinks served onboard, it's a decadent way to enjoy the island’s famous sights.
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Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini

See an idyllic Oia sunset from the Kastro  — the Venetian castle ruins atop Santorini. Take a break from Santorini’s beaches as a professional guide whisks you away for the day. You'll discover the archaeological site at Akrotiri (admission at own expense) and learn the significance of these Minoan excavations as you stroll along its main street. Then enjoy free time to explore Santorini’s beautiful village Emporeio, before watching the sun descend over the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ and Drinks

Spend the day sailing around beautiful Santorini on a catamaran. Imbibe unlimited amounts of white wine and water and indulge in a delicious barbecue prepared onboard the catamaran as you sail in the gorgeous blue waters of the sea off the shore of Santorini.
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Santorini Catamaran Tour

Get views of Santorini from aboard a catamaran during this 5-hour boat tour. Sip unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks while taking in glimpses of the island's beaches and volcanic landscape. Make an optional stop at Tirasia Island, soak in some local hot springs, and go snorkeling. Barbecue meal included; when booking, choose between the Romantic Sunset Tour and the Beautiful Day Tour. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Santorini Volcano Cruise Including Hot Springs, Thirasia and Optional Oia Sunset

Sail across Santorini’s beautiful ‘caldera’ (flooded crater) and visit the islands of Nea Kameni and Thirasia on this 7-hour cruise. Board a sightseeing boat at Athinios port, and admire Santorini’s cliffs and sugar-cube towns as you cruise to Nea Kameni. Enjoy free time to walk around its volcanic crater, bathe in the warm springs, and then cruise to peaceful Thirasia. Explore and have lunch here at leisure before cruising back to Santorini. Upgrade to stop off at Oia to witness its famously stunning views of the sunset over the caldera.
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6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience

Succumb to Santorini’s charms on a private 6-hour trip to see its highlights. Traveling by luxury, air-conditioned minivan with an expert guide, learn about Santorini’s history and culture as you explore. Stop at Red Beach, explore the windmill-dotted village of Emborio, view the Minoan ruins at Akrotiri and more. Later, amble around the old capital of Pyrgos, enjoy a wine tasting against a sparkling backdrop of the caldera and Aegean Sea, and conclude with free time in Oia, combining it with breathtaking sunset views if you’re on an afternoon tour.
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Caldera Catamaran Gold Sunset Cruise with Meal and Drinks

Watch a legendary Santorini sunset and sail around the island’s coasts and beaches on a luxury 5-hour catamaran cruise. Aboard a deluxe catamaran, relax in style as you sail around the caldera, dropping anchor at islands and bays. Bathe in hot springs, swim or snorkel off White Beach and Red Beach, and experience a gorgeous sunset. Then, savor the romantic atmosphere over a delectable dinner. Perfect for couples, with unlimited complimentary drinks, plus hotel, port or airport pickup and drop-off included. Numbers limited to 14 for a more personalized experience.
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Viator Exclusive: Santorini Luxury Catamaran Sunset Cruise with BBQ and Drinks

Set sail aboard one of the most luxurious vessels in Santorini, the one-of-a-kind Ipanema 58 catamaran. On this Viator Exclusive tour, feel like a member of the jet set as you cruise inside the caldera for a soak in volcanic hot springs, swim and snorkel at the island’s red and white beaches, and watch a famous Santorini sunset from the water. Relax on spacious deck lounges and be pampered by an attentive crew, who serves up a delicious Greek barbecue lunch right on deck.
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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.
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Viator Exclusive: Santorini Luxury Catamaran Day Cruise with BBQ and Drinks

If you’re seeking a luxurious way to see Santorini then look no further than this Viator Exclusive catamaran cruise—an extra-special way to explore one of Greece’s most picturesque islands. On a luxury sailing yacht, arguably the best mode of transport to explore Santorini on, you’ll cruise to Red Beach and stop at top swim and snorkel spots. Plus, unlimited alcoholic and soft drinks, hotel pickup and drop-off, and a Greek BBQ meal are included.
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Explore Santorini with a local private driver

If you’d like to see Santorini from a local’s perspective —this is the tour for you. You won’t have to worry about booking transport as a driver will take you between dispersed sites in a comfortable vehicle. Save hours researching where to find hidden gems, and instead have an action-packed itinerary of highlights. Interesting areas you’ll visit include the pretty village of Oia, Kamari, Black Beach, and Profitis Ilias mountain. 
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Caldera Catamaran Gold Day Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

Sail, swim and sunbathe around Santorini’s epic caldera on a relaxing 5-hour catamaran cruise. Kick back on the sun-kissed deck of a gleaming catamaran as a skipper does the work. Soak up the rays and views, swim in hot springs, visit beaches and the island of Thirassia; and swim or snorkel in the sapphire-blue seas. Along the way, hear about Santorini’s history, enjoy unlimited drinks from the bar, and refuel with a delicious onboard lunch. Ideal for couples, friends and groups, with included hotel, airport or port pickup and drop-off.
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Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Oia, Fira and the Akrotiri Excavation

Discover beautiful Santorini — from the bustling capital of Fira to postcard-perfect Oia — on this private, half-day shore excursion. Meet your guide and private vehicle off of your cruise ship at Fira port, and then set off to explore the sun-kissed Greek isle. See the ruins of one of the region’s most important prehistoric settlements at Akrotiri; be wowed by views of the caldera and the Aegean Sea; and enjoy ample free time to explore both Oia and Fira.
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Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Oia and Fira, including Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Wine Tasting

Check off Santorini’s premier sights on this private, half-day shore excursion. After meeting your guide at Santorini port, travel by private, climate-controlled vehicle to a local winery, where you’ll pamper your palate with a wine tasting. Visit, too, the Prehistoric Museum Thira (or Thera) and see exhibits from the exavation of Akrotiri. Soak up postcard-perfect views of the caldera and the Aegean Sea from charming Oia, and make the most of free time to explore bustling Fira before returning to port by cable car.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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