• Location: Santorini, Greece
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Discover the beautiful island of Santorini with your own personal guide on this 4.5-hour 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.


  • Private sightseeing shore excursion of Santorini
  • Visit the beautiful towns of Oia and Fira
  • Enjoy views from Mt Profitis Ilias, the highest peak of the island
  • Learn interesting facts about Santorini from your private guide
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

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

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

Begin your shore excursion at the Santorini port, where you'll meet your host and hop aboard a small boat toward Fira.

Upon arrival in Fira, join up with your private guide and take off toward Santorini's highest peak, Profitis Ilias, by private car. Learn the history of the area from your guide and feel free to ask questions as you wind up the mountain, taking in views of the vineyards and rocky terrain.

At the top, reach Profitis Ilias, one of the island's oldest monasteries, constructed in the early nineteenth century. Once functioning as a Greek school, today it houses a significant collection of Greek Orthodox iconography and bibles, and offers sweeping views over the island at its perch of 1,853 feet (565 meters).

Visit the village of Oia next, built on a steep slope of the caldera. As you stroll through the narrow streets with your guide, peruse the local shops filled with artisan jewelry, paintings and ceramic artwork. Oia also showcases unbeatable views of Fira from its place on the edge of the cliffs.

Afterward, travel to Fira, where you’ll enjoy a short cable car ride back to your pier.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to the Santorini port 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

An awesome tour. Our guide met us at the bottom of the cable car with out ticket for the ride up. A short walk to our driver and van. Andrea was a very knowledgeable guide and did an excellent job!

Alicia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great excursion

marina s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Constantina was an amazing tour guide. She made us feel like family. Santorini was the highlight of our vacation thanks to her. I would highly recommend Viator and ask for Constantina. You will not be disappointed.

Susan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Zina was excellent and new everything about this beautiful
island. I wish we could of had her longer though.
She even called ahead and got us a amazing table for lunch

Kathleen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Wonderful and informative. The only way to see and experience the island


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Simone is an excellent guide: courteous, informative, and sensitive to our needs. He met us on the pier at 8.30am (we were scheduled at 9.00am). Santorini is a "tendered" port so we took a boat early enough to make it by 9.00am. We rode the aerial tram up to Fiar and walked through the town (shops) to the van waiting for us at the bottom of the hill ( I was thinking that the hill was a breeze going down but the trip back would be hard and that is correct). We drove first to the highest point of Santorini and visited the chapel there looking over spectacular scenery....you can see the entire island which is actually one edge of the caldera. Then on to Oia (eea). This is where most of the pictures that are seen worldwide are taken of the white buildings and churches with the blue domes sitting on a side of a cliff with the blue, blue, Aegean Sea in the background. Fantastic scenery. Again, not easy for the walking challenged but well worth going through the efforts. The gelato there is mahvelous. Back to Fiar for lunch and shopping. Ate at the Volcano Blue restaurant and finally had a taste of authentic Spanakopita which interestingly, they called Spinach Pie. Portions were huge and tasty. More shopping and back to the ship by aerial tram where the tender is waiting to take you back to the ship.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Our tour guide was a nice man named Simone - It was over 100F but we had a nice Van with A/C to take our group of 6 around to the sites. The guy was very patient with our shopping wanderings and was very knowledgable about the areas - a great tour I would recommend highly.

Sander L USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

It was a very wonderful experience. Our tour guide was professional and give us a lot of photo opportunities!


4 star rating: Recommended July 2012

Guide was very good and had good knowledge of the island; a very pleasant experience in this beautiful place!

sbclark@ameritech.ne ... 

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2016

Santorini is a beautiful island but with 4 cruise ships in port on the same day, it was overwhelmingly crowded. We started our tour in Fira and took the cable car to the top of the cliff to reach the town. Our tour guide met us at the bottom and we rode up to meet the driver. It was early in the morning and our first stop was Mt. Profitis Ilias, the highest point and the location of a monastery. As we are driving for about 30 minutes, there was a lot of fog and once we reached the top, we could see nothing! The tour guide also told us that she had never been to the monastery when it was open so she wasn't sure we could get in. She should have told us this and offered another alternative than going to some spot with fog and nowhere to go! That was very disappointing. We would have preferred to spend the time in beautiful Oia. Oia was the highlight of the tour but it was very crowded due to the number of ships in port. The trip was also scheduled to last 4.5 hours but she took us back to Fira after 3 hours. She seemed to be in a hurry to leave us! Once in Fira, we had a wonderful lunch on our own overlooking the water and left to catch the cable car around 2 pm. The line was probably at least 2 hours so we walked down the donkey trail to catch the tender boat at the bottom. That was horrible! The smell and the number of donkeys was unbearable. The trail is also uneven and difficult to navigate, trying to avoid donkeys and their deposits along the route! Santorini is beautiful but these annoyances will probably be what we remember the most!

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