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Holy Monastery of Prophet Elias

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Santorini: Island Bus Tour with Oia Village Sunset

1. Santorini: Island Bus Tour with Oia Village Sunset

Tour the treasures of Santorini and get the best views of the island on a guided bus tour. Visit Prophet Elias Monastery, the fascinating Akrotiri Excavations, and charming local towns, beaches, and villages with free time to explore at your own pace. Start your tour at the Prophet Elias Monastery, soak up the breathtaking views from this iconic site. Next, discover Pyrgos village, one of the most picturesque villages on the island. Continue to Akrotiri Excavations, one of the most significant archaeological sites in the area. Learn about its vast structure and how it was once inhabited by 200 families and preserved under the volcano’s lava. Then, enjoy free time at the Red Beach and admire the colorful formations of the mountains and/or visit Akrotiri Bay for coffee or lunch with Greek traditional mezedes and ouzo at your own expense. Continue to Fira, the capital of the island, and visit the many shops and restaurants offering traditional Santorinian cuisine. Capture magnificent pictures of the Caldera as you explore. Finally, arrive at Oia village for the world’s most famous sunset.

Santorini: Villages Tour with Wine Tasting

2. Santorini: Villages Tour with Wine Tasting

Join a local wine tasting tour of Santorini. Explore Oia, visit the Profitis Ilias, and wander the Megalochori village. Top off your day with a tour of a local vineyard and a tasting of their wines. Meet your guide outside your hotel, and head straight to Oia, where you can snap the perfect picture of Santorini's famous blue domes. Once you've explored the streets of this famous village of Santorini, continue with your guide to Profitis Ilias. At the top of the highest mountain on Santorini, enjoy 360-degree views of the island and explore the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, or Prophet Elias. Head over to the nearby traditional village of Pyrgos, where you can wander the narrow streets and stop for a coffee break. Next, continue to a traditional winery, where you can learn about the bottling and maturing process of Santorini wines. After your vineyard tour, enjoy a tasting of 4 types of volcanic wine accompanied by a cheeseboard. Continue your tour with a walk through the beautiful cobblestone streets of Megalochori. Enjoy stunning views of the caldera and the many vineyards surrounding the village. Finish your tour with a visit to one of Santorini's black sand beaches.

Santorini: 5-Hour Private Shore Excursion

3. Santorini: 5-Hour Private Shore Excursion

On this private 5-hour tour of Santorini with a local experienced English guide, you will visit the beautiful village of Oia to experience incredible views and see the famous Blue Dome Church. Discover Santorini’s caldera and learn about volcanic activity on the island. Travel to the highest mountain of Santorini, and visit the monastery of Prophet Ilias. You will also explore the whitewashed village of Pyrgos or Megalochori. Learn about the volcanic vineyards and enjoy a wine tasting with stunning views of the caldera. Explore the volcanic beach of Perissa and Perivolos and enjoy an optional lunch. Santorini it is UNESCO World Heritage island with lots of hotels. It is a place to visit with friends, for honeymooners, couples and families. Discover the hidden parts and beauty of this island with this local tour operator. 

Santorini: Customizable Private Highlights Tour

4. Santorini: Customizable Private Highlights Tour

Enjoy Santorini at your own pace with a local driver leading the way. Customize your own itinerary to see the stunning natural wonders, idyllic towns, and traditional wineries of the island. From the black and red sand beaches of Jamari and Perissa to charming villages and incredible views, Santorini is renowned as the gem of the Aegean Sea. Meet your private driver at the location of your choice and discuss your ideal itinerary. Whether you have something in mind or would like your guide to take the lead with tips and recommendations, your interests are the top priority. Visit the villages of Pyrgos and Oia to explore their whitewashed houses and winding streets. See the archaeological site of Akrotiri, a prehistoric village preserved in volcanic ash, or head up to the Prophet Elias Monastery for stunning views of the Aegean coast and to meet the resident monks.

Santorini: 8-Hour Private Tour

5. Santorini: 8-Hour Private Tour

From the black sand beaches and picturesque caldera to the mountaintops and charming villages, Santorini is an island with much to see. Discover the marvels that make up of one of most charming Greek islands on this private full-day scenic tour. Your tour begins with a visit to the island's half-submerged caldera—a picture perfect setting. Strike a pose against the backdrop of the deep-blue Aegean Sea and take some memorable photos as your guide tells you about Santorini's volcanic history.  Continue to the iconic village of Oia—renowned for its whitewashed houses and idyllic sunset. Take a stroll around the streets and enjoy some free time to explore the village. For an insight into Santorini's sacred culture, venture up to the island's highest point, where the Prophet Elias Monastery is perched, at nearly 2,000 feet (565 meters) above sea level. Hear monks chant and admire the far-reaching vistas that span the entire region before sampling dessert wine and extra virgin olive oil made on-site. Next, venture around the island's countryside and enjoy the local stops away from the tourist crowds handpicked by your private guide. Have the opportunity to visit a traditional winery, where you can learn about the production of the local Assyrtiko wine or stop at a selected restaurant to sample some of the local foods Santorini is famous for. Round off your day on the Aegean waters with a visit to Kamari or Perissa, the longest black sand beaches on the island covered with black volcanic sand before returning back to your hotel or cruise ship.

Santorini: 5 Hour Customized Private Tour

6. Santorini: 5 Hour Customized Private Tour

Explore the villages of Santorini on this guided tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Thera. Travel in a comfortable and airconditioned van. Stroll through Oia, Firostefani, and Megalochori to see highlights and uncover hidden gems.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Thera and relax on the drive in a spacious van to the village of Oia. Follow your guide on the cobble stone pathways to see whitewashed houses and blue dome churches hanging on a steep incline with stunning views of the island's caldera.  Journey to the charming village of Firostafani that clings to the edge of the caldera. Admire the colorful rock formations and the most photographed blue dome chapel on the island where lots of couples come to get married. Head to the Monastery of the Prophet Elias which rests at 567 meters above sea level on the highest point of the island. View its 18th century architecture and breathtaking panoramas of the island. Find out the importance of this monastery to the island.  Visit the traditional village of Megalochori which is well-known for its historical homes, mansions, and the bell tower of its ‘Marmita’ church. Prehistoric settlements, vineyards, and a quaint central square are waiting to be photographed. Hear about local history and tradition from your guide.  Return to your accommodation in Thera by van at the end of your tour.

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What people are saying about Holy Monastery of Prophet Elias

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 284 reviews

This tour was above and beyond expectations. We were lucky to have a private tour with George and Tonia and at the end of the tour we felt like we had gained 2 new friends. They have shown us places we otherwise would have missed on our own and explained the history of all the sites. We also learned so much about the Santorini culture. As for the wine tasting, Tonia is the best. I highly recommend booking this tour for an amazing experience!!

The tour we took was a great way to see some of santorini’s best highlights as well a a few hidden gems. The warm and welcoming team at Santorini wine stories were an awesome part of the experience! The small group size and local knowledge you will get on this tour makes it quite special and George and Tonya do a fantastic job of sharing their love for Santorini with their guests. Book a tour with them and you will have a wonderful day!

Very hot day but Maria our guide was great, she made us take breaks quite regularly so as not to suffer too much, she put us in a good mood and gave us very good directions for times and meeting points. She was perfect. We were able to discover many main places of the island of santorini even with short moments it was great. I highly recommend, just remember to take something to hydrate yourself, that's the most important thing!

Maria was a terrific tour guide. She was professional, sweet and funny. We received a nice introduction to the different areas of the island. I would have liked to be given more information about the Akrotiri archaeological site, and perhaps more time. We actually missed the Red Beach walk because we were trying to read all of the postings in the Akrotiri exhibit. But overall, a well-organized tour and a beautiful experience.

It was a great tour that allowed us to see much of the island. Very fun day.