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Santorini Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

Highlights
  • Private Santorini highlights day trip with an expert local guide
  • Explore the archaeological wonders at Akroti, home to the relics of a 3,600-year-old Minoan town
  • See striking Red Beach and the Prophet Ilias monastery on Santorini’s highest peak
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Santorini Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour
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Overview
Get under the skin of Santorini on a private day trip, and experience its prettiest places and historical must-sees. As your guide chauffeurs you by comfortable, air-conditioned minivan, learn about the island’s history and culture, and explore the Minoan-era ruins at Akrotiri, the old capital of Pyrgos and Red Beach. Enjoy an optional lunch (own expense), check out the mountaintop Prophet Ilias monastery, and visit a winery to taste delicious Santorinian wines. Conclude at the cliffside village of Oia to enjoy its jaw-dropping views over the caldera.
What to Expect
Spend a day on a private-guided tour exploring excavations of Akrotiri, a prehistoric Bronze Age city, frozen in time by ash that fell during the Minoan volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago. Some speculate that this is the origin of the mythical city of Atlantis.

Admire the elaborate drainage system, sophisticated multi-storied buildings, magnificent wall paintings, and excavated furniture and vessels that show the former settlement's great prosperity.

Next, you'll head over to admire the Red and Black beaches. The red layer of sand at the Red Beach is a spectacular sight! The Black Beach is the largest beach on Santorini and is covered with black volcanic sand. Take in the spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and the nearby islands. Enjoy an optional lunch of fish or at a seaside restaurant.

You’ll then continue on and visit Emporio, the largest village of the Greek island of Santorini. You can look at the historic windmills and have an excellent view of the rest of the island. On the hill above the village, you’ll discover both the ruins of Kasteli, a fortress from the Byzantine period, and the ruins of Goulas.

Then, you'll make your way to the peak of Prophet Ilias, Santorini’s highest mountain that stands some 2,000 feet (600 meters) above the sea. Be amazed by the island vistas around you, and then follow your guide inside the ornate Greek Christian monastery perched at the mountain’s summit.

From here you’ll proceed to Pyrgos, the old capital, where you’ll take a guided walk along narrow paths to the ruins of the Venetian castle.

Our next stop is at a traditional Santo Wines Winery, where you will learn the secrets of winemaking and enjoy all the tastes of the famous traditional local wines.

On the way to the Northern part of Santorini, you will make a short stop in Firostefani to see the famous Blue Dome Church, the subject of so many Santorini postcards, and the caldera.

You'll visit the traditional village of Imerovigli, which is situated on a higher cliff. In front of the village is an enormous rock called Skaros, which used to be the best spot to look out for pirates.

Continue through the beautiful Santorini countryside to the village of Oia. Built on the northern part of the caldera rim, Oia is the most photographed location in Santorini and a place where many artists have found their inspiration in Oia’s beauty, the traditional architecture, and the amazing sunset.

Enjoy the stunning views of the caldera, where many dwellings are built into niches of the volcanic rock. You’ll also have a panoramic view of the rest of Santorini and the Aegean Sea.
Reviews (11)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Raya is the Best!!!

Where do I even begin! We completed the full day Santorini tour with Raya and she was top notch! Very knowledgeable, friendly, and made wonderful suggestions for us the entire day! Let me just say this, with the tour being a full day tour, I’m...More

6  Thank ruthashley
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile
Kevin was awesome

We booked a group tour with 4 other couples. Our tour guide Kevin was the best. It was non stop information and fun facts. The sights speak for themselves but the guide made all the difference. He was punctual and geared the tour to our...More

3  Thank Travelbuddy81
Reviewed 10 October 2018
Good Tour but Beware!

We did a 7 hour tour with this company called Santorini Sightseeing Tour. I booked this tour about 10 months before our visit and they were very responsive to my emails. We quickly worked out an itinerary for our day and they were great about...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank luvtravel88
Reviewed 27 September 2018
The Best of Santorini away from the crowds

I booked a tour of Santorini for 8 people getting off of a cruise ship. We went to all the tourist sights but also some of the little villages off the beaten path. We were even allowed to see a cave home that is being...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank DaleD12023
Reviewed 11 June 2018
Hidden spot away from Tourists for Sunset!

Our driver, guide Ian and Alex were very knowledgable about Santorini and they bought us to so many great "secret" spots away from the tourists for photos! These spots were hidden gem and we could never have found them without their guide! The driver and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank HuangY245
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