Symposion by La Ponta

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Santorini: Small-Group Highlights Tour of Venetian Castles

1. 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: A Mythical Musical Experience

2. Santorini: A Mythical Musical Experience

Immerse yourself in the local Santorini culture with a unique wind and string instrument show. Visit a former winery in the village of Megalochori and explore its history and singular architecture. Relax in the beautiful botanical garden while enjoying refreshing beverages and feel the calm environment of the village. Dive into the interactive musical journey which comes alive with mythological narration and fifteen hand-crafted wind and string instruments. For a full experience, participants can spend an extra hour in the workshop of the master instrument artisan building their own ancient Greek pipe from local cane and learning about the instrument’s historical significance.

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What people are saying about Symposion by La Ponta

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 21 reviews

The eight hour tour across the island of Santorini was very nice. We visited some of the Venetian castles, saw beautiful Greek orthodox churches, walked through small white streets and got great photo opportunities from our guide George, who was in a very good mood and told us a lot about the history of the island. We were supplied with water on the tour, also visited Black Beach for lunch and a chance to swim in the sea, attended a music session in Megalochori, visited a wine museum and arrived in Ia in time for sunset. Hotel pick up and drop off also worked well.

First of all, the guide Gregory was one of the best guides if not the best guide we ever had in a trip: knowledgeable, kind and genuinely a nice guy. About the tour, there is a difference between "seeing" and "knowing".. and after this tour we felt we already know everything there is to know about Santorini. It was an excellent choice to make and I couldn't recommend it more, especially it's done in a small group so it's much more comfortable that way.

This tour was amazing The first walk up to the castle is a little challenging but very doable The music experience was amazing The wine tasting was my least favorite experience but enjoyable all the same

Our guide Gregory took great care of us. At the end of the trip you will know a lot more about Santorini

This was one of the best experiences been on. It was so diverse! Amazing guide.