While on board our luxury air conditioned mini bus, we visit some of the most prominent villages of Santorini, such as Oia, Megalochori and Emporio, a local winery to taste famous Santorini wines, and the renowned volcanic Red Beach. A tour that will let you experience Santorini away from the crowds of tourists.
Highlights • Professional guide - expert on Santorini’s hidden beauties • The picturesque village of Oia • Local wine tasting in a traditional winery • The traditional & less crowded villages of Megalochori & Emporio • The volcanic Red BeachItinenaryWe start our tour by picking you up from the location of your preference.Our First destination is the village of Oia.Driving to Oia is by itself a unique experience as the road taking us there is surrounded by cliffs and seascapes. Oia is located on the northern tip of the island, high on the ridge of a cliff, and has the best views of the island. In the village you can shop or walk around to discover the typical architecture of Santorini with its characteristic white houses dug into the volcanic soil.Next, we visit a local winery for some wine tasting.Santorini is an island with a long wine-making tradition. The volcanic soil and the special climate of Santorini give the local wine a unique taste, which has made it famous worldwide. Local varieties like Vinsanto, Nychteri & Mezzo can be found in various cellars around the world.Our next two stops give us the chance to break away from the big crowds of tourists and get familiar with the peaceful side of Santorini.The first stop is at Megalochori, one of the prettiest and quietest little villages of the island. A beautiful bell-towered archway welcomes you to Megalochori, which is located inland, away from the caldera cliffs.Megalochori is an actual maze of extremely narrow cobblestone streets winding through hundreds of traditional whitewashed houses and churches painted in bright blue shades, so typical of the Cycladic islands.We can relax at one of the two tavernas at the main square of the village.The second stop is at Emporio, a village situated near the popular beaches of Perivolos and Perissa.Emporio enjoyed its greatest days of prosperity during the Venetian occupation of the island, a fact that probably accounts for its name, since “emporio” is the Greek word for trade.As we walk through the narrow alleys surrounded by small, whitewashed houses dug into the rocks, we feel as if we took a trip back in time. “Goulas”, a square medieval castle by the entrance of the village and, “Kastelli”, a fortress settlement of the post-Byzantine era, are the tanglible remains of Emporio’s past glorious days.The last stop of our tour is one of Santorini’s favorite beaches, the famous Red Beach, which is very close to the ancient site of Akrotiri. The red and black volcanic rocks create a unique and somewhat eerie landscape, which makes the Red Beach a most popular destination.Our private tour concludes at the drop off point of your preference.