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Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Caldera, Traditional Winery and Oia Village Tour

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Fira, Greece
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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Half-day tour of Santorini with a private guide
  • Visit Santorini’s caldera and learn about volcanic activity on the island
  • Enjoy free time to visit the volcanic beach of Perissa, if you wish
  • Travel to Profitis Ilias, Santorini’s highest mountain, and visit a monastery at the summit
  • Explore a winery and volcanic vineyard in the hills and sample up to four glasses of wine
  • Sightsee and shop at leisure in the postcard-perfect village of Oia
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Make your own way from the Santorini port to Fira, and meet your private guide by the summit of the cable car. Your first stop is the island’s caldera, which was created when a volcano erupted in ancient times.

Strike a pose against the caldera’s edge and soak up the views as you walk around. Then, if the weather works in your favor, visit a nearby volcanic beach, known as Perissa. The sweeping stretch of black sand is the island’s longest beach, and it makes a pleasant place to enjoy a break. Or, if beaches aren’t your thing, arrange with your guide to do something else instead.

In the afternoon, travel to Profitis Ilias, the tallest mountain on the island. Visit the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, and sample some of the olive oil, honey and dessert wine — all created by the resident monks.

Continue to a volcanic wine estate for a tasting session, and sip up to four different varietals of the island’s wine. Learn about wine production in Santorini’s dry climate, and hear about the local assyrtiko grape that helps produce the distinctive light white wine of the area.

Before your return to Fira, make one last stop in Oia. The famous village is known for its pretty whitewashed houses, and for its sweeping views across the Aegean. Enjoy a stroll with your guide, and then make the most of some free time to explore. Your tour then finishes with a drop-off in Fira.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to Fira for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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Santorini
, Oct 2019
We enjoyed the company of Stefano and all of his knowledge of the island, wineries and all he could give us in the time we had for the tour. We learned so much and had so much fun with him and all he showed us and shared about the history and current island workings! A+++++ Again, Thank YOU Stefano!!
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BossierBoy
, Oct 2019
What a beautiful island. Our guide, Gabriel, is a terrific guide. He has an excellent command of the English language and very easy to understand. He has a high energy level, very enthusiastic and entertaining. He took us to all the usual places folks want to see, but because we were in a small van we were able to get closer and spend as much time as we wanted to at the various places. As a result we weren’t so rushed as with big bus tours, we didn’t have to wait for the missing persons, etc. If you have three or more folks in your party, it will probably cost you less to see and spend as much time as you like in the various spots on the island. We did go to Oia, the beach, a church high in the mountains to get a view of the island, and lastly to a winery where we were presented with five wines and a plate with many delectables to better sample the wine.
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Amazing island and so much to see...
Christopher C
, Jun 2018
Amazing island and so much to see! Our tour guide Evangelo was great and really helped us to see the island. He took the time to show us the key spots Oia, Red Beach, monastery, winery among others and went out of his way to make sure we could photograph the beautiful island. Well done!
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What a wonderful and amazing day...
conley261
, Sep 2017
What a wonderful and amazing day. Our guide Demetrius was amazing, very accommodating, kind and knowledgeable of the island and Greece. We had a wonderful day and a beautiful tour of the island. The last thing we did was a wine tasting. The young lady who was our guide was one of the best.
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Santorini was a port of call and we...
JoFoFun
, Sep 2017
Santorini was a port of call and we opted for a private tour instead of a cruise line organised option. We were able to enjoy the highlights of Santorini at our own pace and no time did we feel rushed. Michael was our guide/driver and was excellent. With the benefit of being a private tour, he tailored it to ensure we spent more time doing things we were more interested in and using the time on the island more effectively. What topped it off was Michael being a sommelier by profession, which added to the wine tasting experience. Santorini was truly a beautiful place to visit and this tour definitely allowed us to experience it highlights during the short time we had there.
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Simon was great he was already there...
andresaguilar
, Jul 2017
Simon was great he was already there by the time we arrived and took his time to explain about the places we went. Thank you for everything
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Beautiful tour with great...
Luis Eduardo S
, Jun 2017
Beautiful tour with great opportunity to take picture and explore the culture. We had time to enjoy great wine and cheese in the town of Oía. Beautiful experience. Highly recommended.
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Great tour...guide was great and...
Shawnee
, Aug 2016
Great tour...guide was great and spoke good English. Was easy to find at top of cable car. Would be nice if tour included some sort of skip the line entrance to cable car...but that may be difficult. Trip to Oia was great, guide showed us several picturesque spots. Wish we had more free time in Oia. Stopped several other places with great views, trip to black sand beach, great little spot for lunch and then the Wine tasting which was fun as well. Winery not crowded with other guests which was great.
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This was an amazing private tour...
frimdogg8
, Jul 2016
This was an amazing private tour. Dennis, our tour guide, was fantastic and personable. We explored the entire island, including Oia, the highest point in Santorini, the Red Beach, the Black Beach, and then it culminated with tasting fantastic wine at Gavalas winery. Dennis is also a sommelier and was very informative about the wines we tasted. You get to avoid the crowds in Santorini especially if you're on a cruise ship and sit back and relax. A definite must!
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Our tour was fantastic from start to...
John A
, Jun 2016
Our tour was fantastic from start to finish. Phanos knew all the best places and where to go and secret places to show us. What a fantastic day !!

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