Welcome to Oia

Not surprisingly, Oia draws enormous numbers of tourists, and overcrowding is the price it pays for its good looks. Try to visit in the morning or spend the night here; afternoons and evenings often bring busloads from the cruise ships moored in the bay. At sunset the town feels like a magnet for every traveller on the island.

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$62.59 Cultural & Theme Tours

Santorini Private Customized Half- or Full-Day Tour

With a customized itinerary that is tailored to suit your needs and interests, spend your chosen five or eight hours on Santorini visiting the cultural, historical and natural landmarks that interest you the most. During your tour, speak with your private driver-guide about the types of things you would like to see, so that the logistics can be arranged.On the day of your tour, meet your driver-guide at your Santorini hotel, and then set off in a premium, air-conditioned vehicle. Transport is included, but all meals and entrance fees are at your own expense.During your custom tour, perhaps visit some of the island’s must-see attractions like the archaeological site of Akrotiri, or stretch out on the black and red sand beaches before watching the sunset at Oia village. Alternatively, ask your guide to take you to the places often missed by visitors.See the Itinerary for a sample tour. The activities and attractions mentioned are provided as examples only, and can be tailored to your interests and timeframes on the day by your private driver-guide.

$194.02 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Santorini Sunset Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ and Drinks

Our brand new luxury catamaran departs from the Vlychada port at 14:15-14:30 pm. There is a free round trip transfer from your hotel provided by our mini buses We first stop for 30 minutes at the Red Beach for swimming and snorkeling. Our catamaran will then sail to our second stop, the White beach, where we will spend 1 hour and you will be able to swim and snorkel. Enjoy an appetizing BBQ on board which includes Greek specialties like pork suvlaki, tzatziki, Greek Salad and baklavas while you sip on complimentary wine and soft drinks.  Next, we will be sailing close to Aspronissi and Akrotiri and stop for 30 minutes at the Hot Springs. Here you can swim and enjoy a mud bath. We will then head to our last stop, below Oia village, to watch the sunset from the best point on the island. The tour finishes in Amoudi and our mini buses will take you back to your hotel. Barbecue meal menu: - Barbeque (3 choices): pork suvlaki, chicken filet or vegetarian option - Greek Salad, briam, bread, tzatziki , Italian pasta, ntolmadakia, - Baklavas (traditional Greek sweets) and fruits with honey and cinnamon as desert. Complimentary drinks* (Santorinian white wine-selection Nychteru, water, soft drinks, coffee and tea, beers).

$87.62 Private & Custom Tours

Caldera, Winery, Oia Private Tour with Santorini Port Pickup

Meet your private guide by the top of the cable car in Fira or at your Santorini hotel, and travel to the island’s caldera for your first stop of the day. A spectacular geological formation, the caldera is the volcanic remains of the original island that collapsed beneath the sea after a volcanic explosion thousands of years ago. Stand at the edge of the caldera to pose for pictures against the backdrop of the Aegean Sea, and then continue by minibus to check out another of the island’s volcanic features: a dramatic-looking black-sand beach. If weather permits, take a stroll down Perissa – the longest beach on the island – and make the most of some free time to sunbathe on the warm shores and enjoy a bite to eat for lunch, if you wish. Or, if you prefer, you can skip the beach stop. Arrange with your guide on the day. Later, travel to the peak of Profitis Ilias, Santorini’s highest mountain that stands some 2,000 feet (600 meters) above sea level. Gaze out at the island vistas surrounding you, and then follow your guide inside the ornate Greek Christian monastery perched at the mountain’s summit. Walk around the chapel, listening to the monks chanting, and savor samples of the dessert wine, honey and extra virgin olive oil that’s made on-site. After learning about winemaking in the mountains, head down into the hills to visit a typical Santorini winery and volcanic vineyard where the local assyrtiko and vinsanto varietals are produced. Sample up to four glasses of the island’s distinctive light and acidic whites while learning how wine is produced in such a dry and unforgiving island environment. From the hills, continue to Santorini’s poster-child village of Oia, the iconic whitewashed village that’s graced many a postcard. Take a stroll around the streets with your guide to get your bearings and learn about the village history, and then enjoy some free time to sightsee and shop at leisure. After making the most of your free time, meet your guide, and then finish your day with a drop-off at the port. Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to Santorini Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$81.36 Private & Custom Tours

Santorini First Impressions Private Tour

After picking you up at a place of your choice, the tour stops at the edge of the caldera to show you the geological formation of Santorini: here you will learn about the genesis and history of the island. The First Impressions cover most of the northern village of Oia, famous for the traditional cave houses built in the pumice stone, the Venetian castle and the breathtaking sunset. You stroll through the village to the famous view point of the blue domed churches and give you the opportunity to explore this traditional village on your own. Next, you go up to the highest mountain of Profitis Ilias.From the top at about 2000 feet (600 m) you can admire a panoramic view over the Aegean Sea. You get to visit a Greek Orthodox chapel, listen to the sounds of Byzantine music chanted by the monks who live up here at a monastery. Then, head down to the famous black sandy beach, where you can dip your toes and marvel at the fascinating formation of the pumice stone. The last stop of our tour is a family owned winery. While sampling the award winning wines of Santorini and learning about the special art of wine making on this island, you get to enjoy the view over the volcanic islands of the winery's terraces, built in levels on the edge of the caldera cliffs.On the way, you'll gain insights about the local agricultural specialties and of course we'll inform you about the Greek traditions and religion.

$81.36 Private & Custom Tours

Santorini Private Escorted Half Day Island Tour

Explore Santorini in this 4-hour private tour of the island, with your English speaking driver. Visually, Santorini is the most spectacular of the isles in the Cyclades. With its brilliant flooded caldera, high cliffs and charming villages, it is the Greek Isle of everyone’s dreams. This tour will take you to Santorini’s highest peak, crowned by the Mount Profitis Ilias Monastery. At 883 feet, Mt. Profitis Ilias rugged landscape is largely composed of volcanic rocks as a result of hundreds of eruptions during the last two million years, some of them being large caldera-forming events. Here, in this remote spot, you’ll have an ideal photo opportunity to capture the beauty of this ancient island. Discover the village of Pyrgos, which was the capital of Santorini until 1800. Here you’ll be able to admire the beautiful old houses and the Venetian Fortress crowned by several churches.The other part of the tour will take us to one of the island’s most famous traditional wineries. Viniculture is an ancient art in Santorini, and the fact that vines thrive at all is amazing considering the fact that the island has limited water resources. But the volcanic soil is an excellent medium for producing grapes, especially the Assyrtiko grape – a rare, white variety.After your visit, you’ll drive through the countryside to visit Oia. This traditional Greek village of whitewashed cubes is perched impossibly high on cliffs at the north west tip of the island. Here, take in the stunning views of the island from one of the charming cafes or stroll above the rooftops of the homes carved into the cliffs and gaze into the deep blue waters of the caldera far below. Conclude your tour back in your centrally located hotel or agreed location in Santorini.

$133.53 Shore Excursions

Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Scenic Tour of Santorini, including Oia and Mt Profitis Ilias Monastery

When you arrive in the Santorini port, meet your local guide for a private shore excursion around the island. Your tour starts as you board a small boat and head toward Fira port, where your private guide will be waiting.In Athinios, a private car will be waiting to take you on a short trip to Profitis Ilias, Santorini's highest peak. Admire the rocky landscapes and vineyards as you drive to the top of the mountain. At 1,853 feet (565 meters) above sea level, the monastery boasts great views and is one of the oldest monasteries on the island. Beginning in 1806, the monastery ran a Greek school for almost 40 years. Today, it holds an important collection of bibles and icons of the Greek Orthodox religion.Next, proceed to the northernmost tip of the island to visit Oia. This small, dramatic village, built on a steep slope of the caldera, is home to dwellings that are nestled in niches hewn into the volcanic rock. As you walk through its narrow cobbled streets with your guide, you will come across many shops that offer a varied collection of handmade ceramic art, paintings and jewelry. Perched on the edge of the cliffs, Oia also offers spectacular views of Fira (Santorini's capital) and the volcano that gave birth to the island. Finally, make your way to Fira, where you’ll enjoy a short cable car ride down to the pier, where your ship is docked. Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Santorini port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.