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Perivolos: Our most recommended tours and activities

Santorini: Car Tour with a Local

1. Santorini: Car Tour with a Local

Your tour starts as your local expert picks you up from your hotel or meeting place in Fira. After settling on a final list of stops, you will embark on your Greek experience in comfort and safety as you travel to Oia Village for a little souvenir shopping. Your party will have ample opportunity to capture pictures of some of the most photogenic places in Santorini on your journey.  Take in the stark, ancient ruins dotting the hillside and capture photos of sailboats. See many old castles and churches and the whitewashed homes of Santorini residents.  Your local expert will take you by some of the most stunning churches in Pyrgos before reaching the pinnacle of Santorini, the Profitis Ilias Monastery. Here, see the island and the sea from an awe-inspiring 360-degree view. Experience a safe and enjoyable tour that exceeds your idea of learning about Greece.  A short walk through Megalochori Village gives you time to stretch your legs and traverse the rich, culture and heritage of the island. Learn local secrets and fun treasures about Greece that only a local can provide. Stop off for a refreshing swim at one of the black, sandy beaches of Perivolos or Perissa Beach where you will see why the area is unique.  This is a tailored shore excursion and you can add other options to your tour, including an exploration of the Akrotiri prehistoric city that was covered by volcanic ash more than 2,000 years ago.

Archaeological Bus Tour To Akrotiri Excavations & Red Beach

2. Archaeological Bus Tour To Akrotiri Excavations & Red Beach

Discover the sights of Santorini on this guided tour in an airconditioned vehicle. Be picked up from centrally-located meeting points on Santorini. Visit sights like Akrotiri, the Prophet Elias Monastery, and the black volcanic sand beach of Perivolos.  Start with the breath-taking views at the Prophet Elias Monastery and visit this picturesque monastery. Then head to Megalochori village, an extremely charming traditional settlement that was almost abandoned after a major earthquake. Continue to Akrotiri Excavations where were preserved by volcanic ash. Purchase a ticket to uncover these well-preserved pieces of history on your own. Have free time at the Red Beach to simply enjoy the colorful formations or visit Akrotiri Bay where you can buy lunch. Make your way to the black sand Perivolos beach for swimming, exploring the area, or purchasing fresh-cooked fish from a local tavern. The last stop is one of the most popular wineries in Santorini, for a wine tasting experience.

From Heraklion Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

3. From Heraklion Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

Explore Santorini by boat on this day trip from Crete. Take part in a guided bus tour of the island, walk through charming villages, and witness stunning views. Your experience starts off from Crete on the luxurious high-speed catamaran "Champion Jet 2." On arrival at Thiras port, you'll board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus with your experienced guides who will provide information about the island and its history. Your first stop is the unique village of Oia. Built on the northern part of the Caldera rim, Oia offers magnificent views of houses studded along the volcanic rock hillside overlooking both the Mediterranean and Aegean sea. Next, visit the island’s capital Fira, where you will have plenty of free time to explore the picturesque alleys, admire the incomparable Aegean architecture, shop, or simply enjoy a drink. Then, you have the choice of spending more time in Fira, visiting the magnificent black beach of Perivolos, or taking a boat tour of the Caldera (subject to availability). Finally, you'll return to the port for the trip back to Crete.

Santorini: Traditional Sightseeing Bus Tour with Oia Sunset

4. Santorini: Traditional Sightseeing Bus Tour with Oia Sunset

Explore Santorini on a full day sightseeing tour by bus. Learn about the island's history and visit traditional villages. Stop at volcanic beaches and experience an Oia sunset. Tour Itinerary • Akrotiri excavation site: guided tour in this Minoan Bronze Age settlement buried by volcanic ash in the 17th century BC • Emporio village: Explore this quaint village with hilltop windmills, fortified medieval castles and centuries-old churches • Perissa Beach: Enjoy free time for lunch and a swim at the island's most popular black sand beach • Santorini Winery: Tour a traditional winery and taste Santorini’s distinctive wines • Profitis Ilias: Visit the island’s highest peak and admire views from the agricultural plains to the hilltop village of Oia • Oia sunset: Enjoy free time to experience a Santorini sunset at the most-photographed place in Greece

Santorini: Electric Mountain Bike Adventure

5. Santorini: Electric Mountain Bike Adventure

Start your adventure at the black sandy beach of Perivolos. Before cycling through ancient paths and trails that used to connect the old traditional villages that see far fewer tourists than other parts of the island.  Visit the old traditional maze village of Emporeio, and take a short tour inside the village with a refreshing freshly squeezed orange juice from the small local café. Continue your ride to the famous cliff view of Caldera, where you will visit a small chapel built inside a volcanic ash cave.  Afterward, you will take a 10-minute bike ride to the picturesque village of Megalochori, where you will visit the beautiful balcony restaurant "Feggera." Here you will be able to taste a famous local white wine and some other local products. Later, you will cycle back to the black sandy beach of Perivolos, overpassing Vlichada Port. You can enjoy and relax on a private beach with refreshments. At the end of the visit, a luxury minivan will transfer you back to your hotel.

Santorini: 2-Day Volcanic Cruise & Bus Tour Combo

6. Santorini: 2-Day Volcanic Cruise & Bus Tour Combo

Explore the highlights of the volcanic island of Santorini with a cruise to the three islands of the caldera as well as a popular sightseeing bus tour on the second day. Start your first day by setting sail for the lava islet of Nea Kameni. Once there, walk an ascending path to the crater of the still active volcano to enjoy incredible sights for 1.5 hours. Return to the boat to sail to the second lava islet, Palea Kameni. Jump off the boat and dive in the islet's hot springs, with green sulfur waters and warm therapeutic mud. The last stop of the day is the traditional island of Thirassia for 1.5 hours of free time. On your second day, take a bus tour around the entire island. Visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri. Walk in the Emborio village, swim at the Perissa beach, and taste local wine at an awarded winery. Marvel at the views from the Profitis Ilias mountain top. Experience the famous sunset hour in Oia Village.

From Heraklion or Agios Nikolaos: Full-Day Santorini Trip

7. From Heraklion or Agios Nikolaos: Full-Day Santorini Trip

Discover the beauty of the island of Santorini on a bus and catamaran tour from Heraklion or Agios Nikolaos. Capture pictures of the classic blue and white houses in Oia and have some free time to explore Fira in the shadow of the Santorini volcano.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up directly from your accommodation. Sit back and relax on the air-conditioned bus transfer to the high-speed catamaran in Heraklion harbor. Sail across the Mediterranean to the island of Santorini. Hop off the boat to take a tour of the beautiful island in a comfortable and climate-controlled bus. Listen to live commentary about the history of one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Travel to the village of Oia at the northernmost tip for magnificent views of the typical blue and white houses across the hillside and stunning views of rolling hills meeting the sea. Continue to the capital at Fira and have some free time to browse the shops or enjoy a drink at a bar with views of the volcano and the returning boat in the evening. Cruise back to Heraklion and transfer back to your hotel.

Santorini: Small-Group Highlights Tour of Venetian Castles

8. Santorini: Small-Group Highlights Tour of Venetian Castles

The tour starts late in the morning by picking you up from your hotel. After a short drive the small group will reach the traditional village of Megalochori and you will have the opportunity to visit the famous "symposion by la ponta" an amazing workshop of traditional Greek music instruments full of information about Greek mythology and music. Continue to Emporio village, stroll around the small picturesque streets and see the best preserved Venetian castle which used to be the medieval trade center of the island. Leaving Emporio you will have some free time to relax and enjoy a lazy break at the most famous black sandy beach of the island at Perivolos, where you can swim or even have lunch, tasting the local flavors. Later, the group will drive around the castle of Akrotiri and will have a short photo stop to enjoy the view of the castle the amazing caldera from the south part of the island. Afterward you will visit the village of Pyrgos which is built on the top of a hill, you will walk to the top where the Venetian castle overlooks the caldera and get a panoramic view of the island. After the walk to the castle you will relax in an old canava and taste local wines. Subsequently, the group will make a short stop in Firostefani, where you can take breathtaking photos of the famous Blue Dome and the Rock Of Skaros, where the capital of the island used to be during the Venetian period. The tour will finish in Oia village. Explore the narrow passageways and discover the old captain's houses, the unique cave houses, and the romantic chapels. Later you will watch the spectacular sunset over the caldera while being inside the Venetian castle of Oia. After such a lovely day you will be driven back to your hotel.

Santorini Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting

9. Santorini Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting

Journey to Oia to get panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and neighboring islands. Admire the white houses and blue domed churches, and get stunning views from the village of Imerovigli. Stop in Firostefani to see its blue domed church, and then make your way to the top of Prophet Ilias, 200 feet above sea level. Look inside the monastery at the top of the mountain. Visit the village of Pyrgos and stroll the narrow paths to the ruins of a Venetian castle.  Taste some rare wines in the Venetsanos winery and learn more about the island's wine making traditions. Head to Black Beach at Perivolos and get recommendations on where to enjoy lunch, or get dropped off at your hotel or in Fira.

Santorini: Cooking Lesson with Wine Tasting or Beach Visit

10. Santorini: Cooking Lesson with Wine Tasting or Beach Visit

With the help of a professional local chef, you'll get hands-on training and you will learn new cooking techniques that can easily be repeated at home. You'll discover our traditions and learn tips about the unique Santotinian and Mediterranean cuisine. Vegetarians are welcome. You can cook a fully vegetarian menu. THE MENU 1. Authentic Santorinian Salad. Santorinian cherry tomatoes, katsouni (local cucumber), spring onions, fresh goat cheese 2. Traditional tomato fritters Cherry tomatoes, onions 3. Fava (yellow split peas puree). Yellow split peas, dry onions, bay leaves 4. a. Pork fillets in Vinsanto wine sauce. Pork, spring onion, visanto wine b. Santorinian spaghetti (1st alternative to pork dish) Santorinian tomato paste, garlic. c. Mushrooms in Visanto wine sauce (2nd alternative to pork dish). Choose one of the options if you wish to combine your cooking class with a winetasting session with 5 PDO Santorini wines and a wine tour and/or with a visit to Perivolos black sand beach, where you will enjoy a cocktail and fruit salad as you recline on private sun-loungers. Santorini not only boasts of breathtaking views but produces a range of wines from 40 different indigenous grape varieties. The wine tasting session includes a tour of the winery cellars with an expert sommelier, followed by wine-tasting.

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What people are saying about Perivolos

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4.4 / 5

based on 1,615 reviews

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!

I really liked the tour. It condensed all the main attractions of Santorini into one day. Our guide was kind and informative and I enjoyed every stop along the way from the guided visit to Akrotiri's excavation site to the wine tasting (with vinsanto), to the inevitable trip to see the sunset in Oia. The tour guide also gave me great recommendations for the remainder of my trip.

As long as you are prepared for relatively quick stops, it’s a good overview of everything. The guides were very good as well. Bring your bathing suit and towel for the 2 hour beach stop. If you go to certain places, you can eat lunch and get beach time simultaneously.

My trip was amazing. Nick did a wonderful job and was very accommodating toy Must Sees. I was able to tell him my goals ahead of time and he planned a very effective trip. I appreciate all he did. highly recommend

Really great service. Bikes were good and customer service excellent. Would do this again if we happen to visit in the future.