Explore beautiful Santorini the way you wish on a 4.5-hour private tour with a private driver-guide. 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. Ask your guide for insider tips on off-the-beaten-track gems, and upgrade to an 8-hour tour to explore the island fully.
- Enjoy a 4.5- or 8-hour tour of Santorini with a private driver-guide
- Enjoy a flexible itinerary and customize your own sightseeing trip
- See top Santorini attractions such as the archaeological relics at Akrotiri and the town of Oia
- Visit highlights such as the traditional village of Pyrgos, a traditional winery or a black sand beach
- Gain insider knowledge about Santorini's hidden gems
- Let the private driver-guide arrange the logistics and scheduling details
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Along with a customized itinerary, this private tour offers the choice of a half or full day of sightseeing.
Meet your private driver-guide at your Santorini hotel or Santorini cruise port, hop inside your comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle and set off on your custom tour of the island. Your tour includes all transport, with all meals and entrance fees at your own expense.
Before you head anywhere, chat to your friendly guide about the sights you want to see and visit during your tour. As your tour is private, the itinerary is completely flexible and can be customized to match your interests and preferences.
Perhaps start with a visit to one of Santorini’s must-sees: the timeworn excavated ruins at Akrotiri. Here, stroll around the remnants of the Minoan Bronze Age settlement that was buried, and preserved by, volcanic ash as a result of a major eruption in the second millennium BC.
You may also want to relax on one of Santorini’s black sand beaches or delve into its picture-postcard villages, such as Pyrgos and Oia — the latter known for its spectacular sunsets. Then, maybe finish with a visit to a traditional winery to taste or purchase (own expense) some of Santorini’s fresh and distinctive wines. The island's winemaking history stretches back more than 4,000 years and its varietals are renowned for their crispness and high acidity.
Alternatively, ask your guide for their inside take on what to see and do, and perhaps discover some of the experiences and places that other visitors never get to witness.
See the Itinerary for examples of the different activities and attractions you can enjoy during your tour.
Sample Itinerary for a 4.5-hour tour:
9:30am: Meet your friendly, private driver-guide either at your Santorini hotel or at the top of the cable car at Santorini cruise port. Then, hop inside your luxury, air-conditioned vehicle and make your way to the archaeological site at Akrotiri.
Dating back to the 2nd millennium BC, the site at Akrotiri preserves the ruins of an ancient Minoan city. As you walk through the excavated passageways and marvel at the beautiful pottery and frescoes, hear how the city was devastated by a volcanic eruption some 3,600 years ago.
11am: Next, head to Pyrgos. Situated at the highest point of Santorini, the village offers an idyllic snapshot of old-world Greece. Follow your guide along the winding paths — past the sugar cube houses and blue-domed churches — and make your way to the hilltop ruins of a medieval Venetian castle. From here, gaze out over the entire island, soaking up panoramic views all the way to the village of Oia.
12pm: Cool off inside your air-conditioned vehicle as you travel across the island to the black sands of Kamari, Perissa or Perivolos. On arrival, choose a spot on the beach, then laze in the sun before diving into the clear waters for a refreshing swim. After, return to your sun lounger and enjoy a traditional lunch, such as fresh seafood with a Greek salad, on the beach.
2pm: End your tour in Oia, the quintessential Greek village that’s known for its incredible sunsets. Stroll along the pretty streets with your guide, learning about the village’s history as you pop in and out of the many shops that offer a varied collection of handmade ceramic art, jewelry and paintings.
After approximately 4.5 hours, hop back inside your vehicle and end your tour with a drop-off at the original start point.
Please note: the above itinerary is provided as an example only. The sights and attractions provide an idea of things to do during your tour, and can be adjusted on the day to suit your personal interests. On Greek Ancient Sites such as Akrotiri, your local driver is not permitted to guide you inside as only official Greek Archaeologists are able to do so. During your tour, you may ask your local driver to drop you off at the Akrotiri site's entrance if you wish to explore it on your own.