Profítis Ilías, Santorini

Profítis Ilías, Santorini: Our most recommended tours and activities

Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

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

Embark on a full-day guided tour of Santorini's highlights. Visit the iconic blue-domed churches of Oia, admire the views from Profitis Ilias, and relax on the shores of Perissa Beach before some well-deserved wine tasting. 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 Sightseeing Bus Tour with Oia Sunset

2. 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 Traditional Villages and Oia Sunset Tour

3. 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.  Next stop 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).  Continue toward 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: 2-Day Volcanic Cruise & Bus Tour Combo

4. 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.

Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

5. Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

Get picked up from a location of your choice on Santorini and meet your private driver/guide. Decide with your guide which sights you would like to see on this fully-customizable tour. The below itinerary is just offered as an example.  First, stop in the traditional village of Firostefani famous for its blue-domed churches. See and learn about the geological formation of the island, and the genesis, and history of Santorini.  Continue through the scenic countryside to the village of Oia, the most photographed location in Santorini. Next, head to Profitis Ilias, which is the highest hill in Santorini. From its top at 567 m, enjoy the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea. There, you are able to visit the Monastery of Profitis Ilias and a Greek Orthodox chapel, listen to the sounds of Byzantine music and get a taste of their hand-made products.  Alternatively, opt to visit the ancient ruins of Akrotiri, an ancient Minoan village that was buried by the island’s colossal volcanic eruption. Don't miss the chance to see the incredible, well-preserved remnants of the settlement for yourself. Afterward, head to Red Beach, named for its distinctively colored sand. On your way to the south, stop to explore the famous black beaches and its nice viewpoint. Take many beautiful pictures of this unique landscape. Lastly, wind your tour down with an indulgent stop at a local winery. Santorini has produced its own wine since ancient times, and sampling its product is the perfect way to get a taste of the island's history.

Santorini Private Half-Day Instagram Tour

6. Santorini Private Half-Day Instagram Tour

Join a private guided excursion to the most beautiful locations around the island of Santorini. Come across picturesque villages and sceneries and snap incredible photos to show family back home or post on your social media. Choose between a daytime or evening tour. Start out with a visit to Oia and wander through the village's charming narrow paths. Admire the blue-domed chapels and the traditional white-washed houses built right into the rocks. Allow your guide to help you locate all of the photographic hot spots in the area. Continue to Firostefani, a village next to the capital of Fira. Snap pictures of the famous Blue Dome Church with the volcano in the background, often included in Santorini postcards. Head up to Prophet Elias Monastery, the highest point of the island, for even better photos from a vantage point. Move on to the south part of the island and stop at the Akrotiri Lighthouse, built in 1892. Relish in the endless blue of the Aegean Sea. Explore the mindblowing Red Beach and take in the volcanic landscape. Finally, visit Santo Winery to enjoy a glass of wine and a world-class view.

Santorini: Private Sunrise Tour with Breakfast and Oia Visit

7. Santorini: Private Sunrise Tour with Breakfast and Oia Visit

Your early waking up will be rewarded as soon as we get to our first stop, our secret observation spot in Imerovigli, the balcony of the Aegean. A blue dome church perched on the top of the cliff that offers you a double panoramic view both to the sunrise and the caldera. Admire the majestic changing colors of the sky before and after the sunrise. Your guide will prepare for you a traditional Greek coffee (or hot tea) and treat you to some ‘loukoumia’, a candy that will perfectly accompany your Greek coffee. Enjoy your coffee in the balcony of the Aegean as the sun rises, what a better way to start your day! It’s time now to visit Oia, the most famous village on the island and one of the most photographed places in the world. Thousands of people visit this small picturesque village every day, but when you get there it will be so quiet and peaceful that it will make you feel the real vibes of this amazing place. Wander in the charming narrow paths, admire the blue-domed chapels and the traditional white-washed houses built in niches in the rock. Take your time to capture the best pictures without being rushed or pushed by the crowds. Continue to Firostefani, a village next to the capital of Fira that offers an amazing view of the volcano and the caldera. Enjoy the view and take the famous picture of the Blue dome church with the volcano in the background, the one that has been depicted in so many images of the island. Next on our itinerary is Prophet Elias Monastery, the highest point of the island. From this vantage point, you can admire an exclusive view of the entire island and those around and take striking photographs. The last stop will be at Pyrgos village, the old capital of Santorini. Offering panoramic views of both sides of the island, Pyrgos is probably the most beautiful traditional village on the island. The traditional houses and paths are built around the old castle combining Cycladic and Venetian architecture. Explore the old capital and feel like you are walking in a maze. Finish your tour at a traditional café in the center of the village where you will be served a delicious breakfast.

Santorini: 6-Hour Classic Panorama Private Tour

8. Santorini: 6-Hour Classic Panorama Private Tour

Discover some of the most scenic locations on Santorini with a guided tour. Visit charming villages, see oddly colored beaches, and admire spectacular views of the island. After a convenient pickup from your hotel, first head to Oia village, one of the most photographed places in Greece. Known for its fantastic views, blue-domed churches, and a large shopping area, enjoy some time to explore with your guide. Next, travel to the traditional village of Megalochori and learn more about local culture. Wander through a settlement with hundreds of small white-painted houses, narrow alleys, bell towers, and beautiful blue-domed churches. Travel south and relax at Perivolos Black Beach. Swim in crystal clear waters and optionally enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant. Later, visit Red Beach, and take amazing pictures of the enormous volcanic rocks and steep cliffs. At the very southwest point of the island, visit the lighthouse situated on the edge of a high cliff right above the sea. Afterward, head up to the Prophet Elias Monastery on the island's highest point to admire a remarkable view over the entire island before ending your trip with drop-off at your desired location.

Santorini: Guided Wine Tour with Pickup and Snacks

9. Santorini: Guided Wine Tour with Pickup and Snacks

Discover Santorini's wine culture on this guided tour. Visit 3 different wineries, marvel at the rock-carved chambers of the historic Art Space Winery and Museum, and get views of the Santorini caldera from Venetsanos Winery. Begin with a hotel pickup and head into the Santorini countryside. Learn about the long history of wine cultivation on Santorini, beginning with the Venetian occupation of the island. Your first stop is Argyros Winery, one of the largest vineyards on the island. Discover how the volcanic soil affects the taste of the wine as you tour the winery and enjoy a wine tasting. Next, head to the Art Space Winery Museum Art Gallery. Explore this fascinating art center and winery, with chambers carved out of pumice rock in Exo Gonia, Santorini. See paintings and sculptures on display from contemporary Greek artists as you tour the winery and taste the wines. Continue to your last stop, Venetsanos Winery. This winery sits above the port of Athinios, overlooking the magnificent caldera of Santorini. The Venetsanos family has produced wine here since 1947 by the Venetsanos family. Tour the Venetsanos winery and finish with a delicious wine tasting. Upgrade your experience to include a 5-course-meal carefully paired with each wine tasting. Enjoy homemade smoked sea bass, an eggplant spread, fennel salad, grilled octopus and tabouleh, orzo with cuttlefish, and a brownie. Vegetarians can enjoy a delicious meat-free alternative menu.

From Santorini: 5-Hour Guided Highlights Tour

10. From Santorini: 5-Hour Guided Highlights Tour

Starting from the meeting point at Santorini's cable car, head to Firostefani for the first stop on your tour. See this famous blue dome church and enjoy a fantastic view of the nearby volcanic caldera. Next, you go to Oia, one of the top destinations in Santorini. Enjoy some free time to stroll around this traditional settlement and enjoy some refreshments by the caldera. Visit the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, which is over 300 years old. Located at an altitude of 560 meters, it offers a unique 360-degee panoramic view of the island which makes it the ideal spot to take great photos. While here, taste some of the local delicacies and hand made products. Next, stop at the village of Megalochori, a peaceful, picturesque settlement on the south side of the island. See its famous tripartite bell tower, pirate hideaways, and wine canavas. Learn how Megalochori has a long history of trading merchants and financial prosperity.  Finish the tour with a stop at Perivolos Beach, a black sand volcanic beach, where you can swim, do some water sports, or have a delicious lunch overlooking the Aegean Sea.

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What people are saying about Profítis Ilías, Santorini

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,343 reviews

The sites were great. Our tour guide was fabulous! We only wish she had given us other options to view the sunset in Oia other than right in the extremely touristy area. We ended up going to a restaurant about two blocks further, had a drink and took beautiful pics of the sunset.

This really was value for money. Learned so much about Santorini and Greece in General. The guide Elena was extremely knowledgeable, passionate and eloquent. Highly recommended! Thank you so much!

What a great tour! Our tour guide and tour were one of the best tours I've ever been on. She provided such great information that made the places come alive. Cannot recommend this highly enough!

Great tour of Santorini that shows you some of the authentic non touristy areas of the island. Our tour guide on the day was outstanding. Knew her history and made it interesting.

It was an amazing trip . Alena was so professional and the driver was so good . Very recommended trip Thanks