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Monastery of Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou)
Monastery of Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou)

Monastery of Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou) Tours and Activities

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The monastery of Mount Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou) 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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Open daily 10am–4pm Apr–Oct
Pyrgos, Santorini, Cyclades, Greece, 847 00
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Santorini Full Day Tour

Santorini Full Day Tour

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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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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$63.42
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Santorini Photo Safari Top Places

Santorini Photo Safari Top Places

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Of all the islands in the Mediterranean, Santorini is one of the most photogenic. This photo safari tour takes travelers from sight to sight for a combination of well-known attractions and hidden gems. With stops at all of the island’s most picturesque locations, this is the perfect tour for amateur and experienced photographers alike.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$147.35
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Santorini 5-Hour Island Tour with Wine Tasting

Santorini 5-Hour Island Tour with Wine Tasting

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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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$121.57
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6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience

6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience

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Succumb to Santorini’s charms on a private tour to see its highlights. Traveling by luxury, air-conditioned vehicle with a guide, learn about Santorini’s history and culture as you explore. Stop at Red Beach, view the Minoan ruins at Akrotiri independently, see Oia, visit the village of Megalochori, and more. An optional winery visit is also possible.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes to 6 hours
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US$214.89
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Private Classic Santorini Panorama: Visit the most popular destinations!

Private Classic Santorini Panorama: Visit the most popular destinations!

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Explore Santorini’s most iconic landmarks on this private trip. Visit the island’s highest peak, the Red and Black beaches, small villages and family farms, the Akrotiri Lighthouse, and the famous village of Oia. For the afternoon departure, spend the day soaking up the atmosphere of the island and admiring the views of the Aegean Sea before ending the tour with a beautiful sunset in the village of Oia.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Custom Tour: Santorini in a Day

Private Custom Tour: Santorini in a Day

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Explore beautiful Santorini the way you wish on this private tour. Traveling by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, make the most of the custom itinerary and let your guide know what you want to see and do. Perhaps visit highlights such as the village of Oia, famous for its stupendous sunsets; the Minoan ruins at Akrotiri, a traditional winery, or simply relax on a black sand beach. Choose from a half- or full-day tour and ssk your guide for insider tips on off-the-beaten-track gems.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$202.61
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Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia

Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia

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Enjoy a day of discovery on Santorini island on this tour from Fira. With an itinerary that covers all the must-see sights, the tour lets you find your own favorite spots on the island. Visit the volcanic Red Beach, Akrotiri Archaeological Site, a winery, the Prophet Elias Monastery, and then finish on a high note as you watch the sun slip into the sea from Oia village. A tasting of Santorini’s distinctive wine is included.
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  • 10 hours
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US$67.54
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Santorini First Impressions Private Tour

Santorini First Impressions Private Tour

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New to Santorini? Be introduced to this spectacular Aegean island on a private 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.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$196.47
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Santorini Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Santorini Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Spend a full day discovering Santorini’s ancient history, local culture, and famous views on this great-value highlights tour. Explore the Santorinian villages, visit the Red Beach, swim at the black-sand Perissa Beach, take in panoramic views from Prophet Elias Monastery, and learn details about the wine heritage of the island. Finish the day with an unforgettable sunset from Oia village.
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  • 8 hours
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US$98.23
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Full Day Santorini Photo Workshop

Full Day Santorini Photo Workshop

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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.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$208.75
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Santorini Highlights: 5-Hour Private Tour with Wine-Tasting

Santorini Highlights: 5-Hour Private Tour with Wine-Tasting

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Go from caldera to cloud-piercing peaks with this Santorini shore excursion that leaves from Fira. Led by a private guide, the tour includes a visit the famous Santorini caldera — a half-submerged volcano — as well as a trip to the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, perched on Santorini’s highest mountain. Sample local produce that’s grown by the monks and enjoy a wine tasting at a volcanic vineyard. Then spend time in the idyllic village of Oia before your return to Fira.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$270.15
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Half or Full Day Private Custom Santorini Island Tour

Half or Full Day Private Custom Santorini Island Tour

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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;
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$196.61
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Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour

Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour

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See the attractions of Santorini on a private sightseeing tour with a driver-guide who introduces you to the island's natural, cultural, and culinary delights. You can visit locations like hillside villages and volcanic beaches, or customize your itinerary to check out specific places that interest you. Any food, drinks, activities, and entrance fees are at your own expense.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Santorini Sightseeing Private & Custom Made Tour

Santorini Sightseeing Private & Custom Made Tour

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Experience the best of Santorini, all in one day: this multi-part, private tour provides the perfect introduction to the island’s highlights. Following pickup from your hotel or port, hop aboard your luxury Mercedes. Venture first to the village of Firostefani and admire views of the caldera and the famed blue-domed church. You’ll also discover the artistic town of Oia, will see evocative ruins, will visit the Perissa and Red beaches, will enjoy a tasting session at a local winery, and much more.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$613.97
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Santorini Private Scenic Shore Excursion: Oia, Mt Profitis and Ilias Monastery

Santorini Private Scenic Shore Excursion: Oia, Mt Profitis and Ilias Monastery

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Discover the beautiful island of Santorini with your own personal guide on this private 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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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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US$374.37
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Private Shore Excursion: Best of Santorini Customized Tour

Private Shore Excursion: Best of Santorini Customized Tour

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If you’ve only got limited time in Santorini, it’s important to make the most of your stay. See the spectacular Greek island your way on a private shore excursion that allows you to customize your itinerary according to personal preferences. Port pickup and drop-off means you’ll begin your tour as soon as you step off the boat, and a private guide guarantees that you’ll receive undivided attention and have ample time to ask questions.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$196.61
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Half Day Tour of Santorini's South Side

Half Day Tour of Santorini's South Side

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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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$190.33
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US$190.33
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Private Half-Day Tour of Santorini North Side

Private Half-Day Tour of Santorini North Side

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Spend half a day in the company of a private guide exploring Santorini's North Side. Watch the sunset while visiting Oia, Imerovigli, the Prophet Elias Monastery, and the Venetsanos Winery. Round-trip private transport included.
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  • 4 hours 10 minutes to 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$185.86
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Private Tour: Customize Your Perfect Day in Santorini

Private Tour: Customize Your Perfect Day in Santorini

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Explore magical Santorini on this customized excursion. After a convenient hotel, airport, or port pickup, craft your dream itinerary with a knowledgeable local guide and visit sites like the picturesque village of Oia, the beautiful Blue Dome Church, the Black and Red beaches. Enjoy a delicious glass of wine at Santo Winery and capture panoramic photos from Prophet Elias Monastery.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$196.61
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US$196.61
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Santorini First-time Visitors Private Tour with Wine Tasting

Santorini First-time Visitors Private Tour with Wine Tasting

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Get a comprehensive overview of the famous Greek island of Santorini during this private sightseeing tour. See famous landmarks, such as the blue-domed church in Firostefani, the village of Oia, and the black sand beach, as well as a local vineyard to sample some of the island’s ancient appellation. This tour is ideal for first-time visitors and cruise ship travelers who want a taste of Santorini.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$184.19
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US$184.19
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Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Full Day Tour

Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Full Day Tour

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Experience Santorini’s nature and history on this all-day guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, explore Akrotiri, a well-preserved Bronze Age settlement buried in ash nearly 3,600 years ago in a volcanic eruption. Then head to the cliffside village of Oia and admire a magnificent sunset—along with the famous Blue Dome Church, Prophet Elias Monastery, and other sites.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$82.27
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US$82.27
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Amazing Santorini - Full-Day Private Tour

Amazing Santorini - Full-Day Private Tour

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With its white-washed villages, volcanic caldera, and wineries, Santorini easily commands several days worth of exploration. On this tour, you’ll see and taste the highlights—including the cliffside village of Oia—in just one day. Let someone else handle driving the windy, crowded roads as you relax and enjoy the scenery. Plus, because your tour is private, you’ll get plenty of individualized attention along the way.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$466.62
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Santorini: Sunset and Night sightseeing with Greek Dinner

Santorini: Sunset and Night sightseeing with Greek Dinner

The tour will start one hour before sunset. We will pick you up from your hotel with our unique in luxury Mercedes Van and drive you to the most exquisite place to get marveled by the santorinian sunset. We will drive to the highest pic of the island to have a panoramic evening view of Santorini and then to the highest pic of Fira to enjoy the capital and the caldera at night. We will end up to a Greek restaurant with rebetika music and really authentic Greek atmosphere.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$515.73
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US$515.73
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Santorini Popular Destinations

Santorini Popular Destinations

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Santorini is famous for its white-washed towns, beautiful beaches, and dreamy sunsets. On this tour, enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide and customize your itinerary to your preferences. Choose to visit popular attractions such as the villages of Oia and Megalochori, explore historic monuments such as the Monastery of Profitis Ilias and Pyrgos Castle, or cool off with a swim Perivolos Beach.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$208.75
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