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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 then spend time in the idyllic village of Oia before your return to Fira.


  • 5-hour 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

What You Can Expect

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

Visit a black-sand beach on the island of Santorini!

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.

Customer Reviews

Shawnee United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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!

John A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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 !!

Theresa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

What a amazing tour by Michael!! He gave us a full day of the island and was very knowledgeable and passionate in his delivery. A professional tour by Michael!! Thank you!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A well worthwhile tour.

This is a great way to view the beautiful Island of Santorini - especially for those who enjoy a little drop of wine as well!

Bonnie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

There are no words for how happy we are with this tour. Our guide, Thanos, was amazing and in our opinion is what made our tour the personal experience that it was. He showed us Santorini from his personal perspective and we feel like we got a tour from a dear friend not a tour company. Great value, incredible experience. If you do book this tour - and ask for Thanos - you are missing out!

Dorothy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Christos I hope I spelled that right was great. We were running late, but he still made sure we saw all the prime spots in Santorini. Christos loves Greece and it shows in his tours. We love it and would definitely recommend.

Teresa J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a great tour and our driver was amazing with his knowledge of the area. Even though Santorini is a smaller island and you could drive around to the sites your self it was great to be able to customize our tour somewhat and see the sites we wanted to see and get all the history of the area while doing so, you don't get that personal touch on your own!! I would strongly recommend this tour to all visiting Santorini.

Duke United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was by far our best tour. Our private guide was wonderful, Makus. He was born and raised in Santorini and obliviously was very proud of his island paradise. He took us all over Santorini and Oia Village giving us the history of each place we visited. We stopped at a winery, where our guide was well known by the owners of the winery. We toured the winery and sampled traditional Greek foods. Wonderful!

Ruth V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wow what a fantastic day we all had our tour guide Gabriel was just brilliant and gave us a most excellent tour of his island . His explanations of where we were , his English ,his passion were all evident as we travelled around this beautiful . Everything was just perfect thankyou very much for sharing this with us we thoroughly loved every moment and have told so many of our friends to request Gabriel if they go on this tour once again WOW . Cheers George Ruth Bruce and Sue

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