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Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

1. Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

Santorini is quintessential Greece. Discover the draw-dropping scenery, see old Greek ladies strolling along cobbled lanes, and satisfy your palate by tasting local wines on this all-encompassing tour. Yia Mas! After pickup from your hotel, board the luxury coach and drive to Profitis Ilias, the highest point on the island. Take in an incredible panorama of the entire island of Santorini, and the stunning deep blue color of the Aegean Sea while learning about the island´s fascinating volcanic history. Wander around the courtyard of the 18th-century monastery that sits on top of the mountain. Then visit the Saint Nektarios chapel and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Continue to the village of Pyrgos, a hidden gem of Santorini. Wander through its winding alleys and immerse yourself in its traditional atmosphere. See typical houses, blue-domed churches, and quaint shops. Walk up to its imposing castle for beautiful vistas of the surrounding area. The next stop is Emporio, where you will join a guided walk and visit the small Venetian fortress. Feel like you’re on the set of Mamma Mia as you discover the many doorways, windows, alleys, and arches of this picturesque medieval village. Continue to Perissa Beach, also known as Black Beach. Here, there will be plenty of free time to go swimming in the sea or have lunch at one of the Greek tavernas facing the beach. Take the opportunity to taste local Santorinian wine, one of the most famous products of the island. Learn about the winemaking process and enjoy a private wine tasting session of 3 wines made of local grape varieties. In the early evening, arrive at the cliff-top village of Oia with its famous blue-domed churches. Embark on a guided walk from Saint George's Church in the most peaceful part of Oia. Learn about Oia´s glorious maritime past and admire elegant captains' mansions and cave-like houses along the way. Once at the bustling castle area, enjoy some free time to take some photos, shop, or have a relaxing drink. Finally, watch an incredible sunset before meeting up with your guide opposite Platsani Church. Board the bus for a relaxing evening journey with drop-off back at your hotel.

Santorini Traditional Villages and Oia Sunset Tour

2. Santorini Traditional Villages and Oia Sunset Tour

Take a break from Santorini’s black sand beaches on a full-day tour of its Minoan excavations, traditional villages, ancient capital and buried settlements. End the day at Oia and watch the sunset from the island’s northernmost tip. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer by air-conditioned coach to the archeological site of Akrotiri. Explore an ancient city that was frozen in time after a volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago. Step inside with your guide and learn about the Minoan city before the devastating event occurred. Gaze in awe at the ruins of multi-storied buildings that date back to the 16th century, and admire the intricately designed drainage system that hints at a talented civilization far more advanced than its time suggests. Stroll along the main street, lined with old stores and warehouses from the ancient city. Learn about the traditional ceramic artifacts, such as pithoi (earthenware jugs). After that continue towards Perissa Beach and enjoy free time to have lunch and relax at one of the longest black sandy beaches in the Cyclades and the most popular beach of Santorini. The next stop will be at Emporio Village where you can explore one of the oldest and most authentic traditional villages of Santorini, built like a small labyrinth and visit its medieval fortress (15th century).  Afterwards, continue towards Santorini Winery. Taste Santorini’s distinctive wines and learn about one of the oldest vineyards in Europe while admiring the spectacular view of the volcano. Stop at Profitis Ilias Mountain next where you will finish your tour with a short stop at the highest peak of Santorini (567 meters) to admire the striking panoramic view of the entire island. Meet your guide again in the early evening for the transfer to Oia, a quintessential Greek village that’s known for its sugar cube houses and blue-domed churches. Join the legions who flock to Oia to watch the sunset, and stroll down streets nestled into the side of the cliffs overlooking the spectacular caldera. Follow your guide to the ruins of a Venetian castle, known as the Kastro of Oia, and gaze down from the village and caldera to the sea. Return to the coach for the transfer back to your hotel.

Santorini: Walking Photo Session with Private Photographer

3. Santorini: Walking Photo Session with Private Photographer

Capture your visit to one of Europe's most photogenic places with a 1-hour walking tour accompanied by a professional photographer in Santorini. Go from sight to sight for photo sessions in picturesque locations. Meet your guide in Oia, a scenic village built on the caldera cliffs. Explore the island's sun-bleached, whitewashed buildings overlooking the Aegean Sea. Take a walk through blue-domed churches, narrow streets, and volcanic rock formations of the caldera. Get your photos clicked by a professional portrait and landscape photographer who specializes in telling stories through photography. Your photographer guide will lead you to spots with the best natural light to capture stunning photos while giving you an insider's view of the island. This tour is great for couples, family, friends, and solo travelers. Whether you want to capture your love for each other, your love for the island, or both, your guide will tell your story in a series of intimate, personal shots. Capture memories with the island's unrivaled natural beauty as the perfect backdrop. Take home 40 edited photos of your visit to Santorini's prettiest locales.

Santorini: Oia Sunset Virtual Tour From Your Home

4. Santorini: Oia Sunset Virtual Tour From Your Home

Don't miss out on Santorini, even if you cannot make it to visit in person. Tune in live online from your home or from your cell phone on a virtual tour of Oia at sunset. See and hear a local guide as she wanders through images of charming streets and alleys that the island of Santorini is known for. Take a video walk amidst the amiable neighborhoods and join the local host walking past the most popular attractions of Santorini. Gaze at the golden sun slowly fading away in real-time. View the white-washed churches in Oia with the bright blue domes. As you hear your guide talking about the island and the history of Oia village, admire the caldera formations on the mind-boggling volcanic island. Observe local life and the traditional architecture of cycladic houses. With the help of the guide, get a good understanding of the island on your travel wishlist. As the tour comes to an end, catch a glimpse of the Ammoudi port below Oia in its full beauty. Take in the majestic views during the unforgettable Santorini sunset.

Santorini: Half-Day Guided Archaeological Walking Tour

5. Santorini: Half-Day Guided Archaeological Walking Tour

Explore the stunning island of Santorini, famed for its whitewashed houses, beautiful beaches, and archaeological monuments. Discover the myths and legends hidden behind each turn on this Cyclade island from your professional guide. Start your guided adventure at Oia castle and meet your local guide. Continue to explore the most interesting archeological sites in Santorini, like the Ancient Thira, which offers sweeping views over the Aegean. Then, arrive at the Akrotiri and marvel at what remains of this prehistoric city. Immerse yourself in the island's long history as your guide explains the events that shaped Santorini, like the volcanic eruption that covered the island in ashes and Santorini's hidden connection with Atlantis.

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What people are saying about Oia castle

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Such a brilliant day trip, we saw so much of this beautiful island and learned so much about its history from the wonderful guide Lilli. It’s so well planned, from the start at the highest mountain village, a lovely beach rest stop for lunch, wine tasting and ending in a breathtaking sunset in Oia, a perfect stress free and interesting day.

We came to Santorini on a girls trip for a short stay, and this was the perfect way to see the most sights in one day! Our tour guide (Lilly) was amazing and made the tour so much more interesting, and gave us insights which we would have never had if touring on our own. The value for money was excellent, we had the best day!

The tour was very good value for the money. Very interesting and a enjoyable day. Local guide Lilly a extremely knowledgeable and generally a very nice lady. Maria was our excellent driver for the tour. Site very easy to use we booked the day before and got information we needed to meet tour.

it was amazing. our guide alilly was so nice and knew a lot of history about the town's we went ro see. we had plenty of free time and nothing felt rushed. there is a lot of walking and some climbing but worth it.

Exceptional trip, our guide and driver were excellent and knew every detail of the town. Great transportation (Big bus) and accommodations. Recommended 100%