• Location: Santorini, Greece
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

conley261 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

JoFoFun United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

Tekeisha C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The tour was great. very flexible

Luis Eduardo S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great experience to Santorini.

Luis Eduardo S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great experience to Santorini.

andresaguilar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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

Luis Eduardo S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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.

Gerald F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Our guide Dimitri was obviously a very special man. He knew the island like the back of his hand and took us to all the most scenic and secluded locations to enjoy and take in this beautiful piece of Gods handiwork. the tour was full of information from history to culture and had lots of answers given about the day to day life of the inhabitants.
I would engage this tour any time I return to the islands to earn even more. Well worth the money.

Shawnee United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 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.

frimdogg8

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!

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