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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: Premium Catamaran Cruise with Fresh BBQ & Drinks

2. Santorini: Premium Catamaran Cruise with Fresh BBQ & Drinks

Climb aboard the 74-foot Ocean Voyager or the 80-foot Tahiti catamaran for a 5-hour cruise around Santorini in the Aegean Sea. Set off on a journey of discovery that will first take you to the hot springs, then the Red Beach, and finally the White Beach. Swim and snorkel and tuck into a delicious meal onboard. Start your adventure with a comfortable hotel pickup and set sail for beautiful Red Beach to swim and snorkel for 30 minutes. Continue to a secluded White Beach, only accessible from the sea, for more swimming and snorkeling in the shadow of the towering white cliffs. Onboard the catamaran, savor a barbecue supper of salads and grilled meat and veggie options. Continue sailing inside the crescent-shaped Caldera, close to the volcano, and enjoy a final dip in the Hot Springs, before sailing back to Oia as the day ends with a spectacular sunset.

Santorini: All-Inclusive Luxury Catamaran Small Group Cruise

3. Santorini: All-Inclusive Luxury Catamaran Small Group Cruise

Explore the clear Mediterranean waters of the Santorini Caldera on a brand new Lagoon 450 catamaran. Make 2 swimming and snorkeling stops, then feast on a barbecue meal.  Once out on the water, the first stop of the tour will be a 30-minute visit to Red Beach, so named for its bright sand. After some relaxed swimming and great snorkeling, get back aboard the sailboat and continue to White Beach, featuring equally striking rock colors and more excellent swimming and snorkeling.  After swimming, the crew members will serve a delicious barbecue meal onboard. From there, take some time to take in the views from the beach before sailing past the beautiful uninhabited islands of Aspronissi and Akrotiri.  The tour's last stop will be at the hot springs for 30 minutes of relaxation, with the chance to go for a soak in the springs. The tour finishes at the port where you'll board a minibus for a transfer.

From Heraklion: Santorini Island Guided Tour

4. From Heraklion: Santorini Island Guided Tour

Enjoy a roundtrip tour to Santorini. Travel comfortably on a modern boat and in air-conditioned buses while learning about this island's history and mythology. Capture pictures of Santorini's famous Aegean architecture and narrow, winding streets.  Travel to Heraklion port where you will depart on a high-speed boat for Santorini. Enjoy ocean views on the 2.5-hour cruise to the island and pickup a snack from the bar onboard.  Arrive at Port Athinios and hop aboard the bus for the guided tour. Travel 40 minutes to Oia, where you will admire the blue and white houses built over the cliffs. Learn about the city before enjoying free time to admire the volcanic caldera at your own pace. Next, travel 30 minutes to Fira, the main town of Santorini, built on the edge of a 300-meter cliff. Check out its narrow streets, white vaulted houses, and bright blue domes. Have the option to take a cruise from Fira in a wooden boat to the volcano and hot springs (for an additional charge) or spend more time exploring the city. Return to Port Athinios where your guide will help you board the return ferry.  Take in the late-afternoon views on the boat before arriving at Heraklion port.

Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

5. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

Be driven to the luxury catamaran and take a 5-hour cruise off the coast of Santorini. Hop aboard the catamaran and explore Santorini from the water on this relaxing cruise adventure. Choose from the daytime or evening option, and feast on delicious food as you go. Experience the beauty of the island as you set sail from the southern port of Vlychada. Follow the coast to the red sands of Red Beach. Take a swim in the shallow waters of a private beach.  Venture below the Indian Rocks and marvel at the sea caves and rock formations close to an old Venetian lighthouse. Admire the volcanic landscape as you travel through the middle of the caldera. Visit the hot springs for a healing mud bath before going to a private bay at Palea Kammeni Island. For the sunset option, journey out to open waters after dinner and watch a magnificent sunset in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Then, sail back to port, where a driver will wait to take you back to your hotel.

Santorini: Private Catamaran Cruise with BBQ Meal and Drinks

6. Santorini: Private Catamaran Cruise with BBQ Meal and Drinks

Explore the shores of Santorini on this cruise from Ammoudi Bay. Admire sights like Indian Rock and the Venetian Lighthouse. Have the option to choose between a sunset tour with dinner or a day tour with lunch. Sip on delectable local wine with your meal. Sail in a comfortable catamaran to the warm therapeutic waters of the volcanic hot springs. Head towards Aspronissi Island and pass by the Indian Rock formation and the 19th-century Venetian Lighthouse. Stop at Mesa Pigadia which is next to the unique White beach. Indulge in a Greek barbecue lunch or dinner and pair your meal with fine regional wines. Dive into the dazzling waters of the famous Red Beach and capture pictures of its reddish sand.

From Rethymno Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

7. From Rethymno Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

Ride on a high-speed catamaran from Crete to Santorini on this day trip. Board an airconditioned coach and take a guided sightseeing tour of the island. Visit the white-washed villages of Oia and Fira.  Hop aboard a catamaran at the Port of Rethymno and glide across the water to Thiras port. Transfer to a comfortable and spacious bus and listen as your guide provides you with information about the island and its history. Stop in the unique village of Oia which is built on the northern part of the Caldera rim, Oia offers magnificent views of houses studded along the volcanic rock hillside overlooking both the Mediterranean and Aegean sea. Head to the island’s capital Fira, where you will have plenty of free time to explore the picturesque alleys, admire the incomparable Aegean architecture, shop, or simply enjoy a drink.  Have the choice of spending more time in Fira, visiting the magnificent black beach of Perivolos, or taking a boat tour of the Caldera (subject to availability). Finally, eturn to the port for the trip back to the Port of Rethymno in Crete.

From Heraklion Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

8. From Heraklion Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

Explore Santorini by boat on this day trip from Crete. Take part in a guided bus tour of the island, walk through charming villages, and witness stunning views. Your experience starts off from Crete on the luxurious high-speed catamaran "Champion Jet 2." On arrival at Thiras port, you'll board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus with your experienced guides who will provide information about the island and its history. Your first stop is the unique village of Oia. Built on the northern part of the Caldera rim, Oia offers magnificent views of houses studded along the volcanic rock hillside overlooking both the Mediterranean and Aegean sea. Next, visit the island’s capital Fira, where you will have plenty of free time to explore the picturesque alleys, admire the incomparable Aegean architecture, shop, or simply enjoy a drink. Then, you have the choice of spending more time in Fira, visiting the magnificent black beach of Perivolos, or taking a boat tour of the Caldera (subject to availability). Finally, you'll return to the port for the trip back to Crete.

Santorini: Island Bus Tour with Oia Village Sunset

9. Santorini: Island Bus Tour with Oia Village Sunset

Tour the treasures of Santorini and get the best views of the island on a guided bus tour. Visit Prophet Elias Monastery, the fascinating Akrotiri Excavations, and charming local towns, beaches, and villages with free time to explore at your own pace. Start your tour at the Prophet Elias Monastery, soak up the breathtaking views from this iconic site. Next, discover Pyrgos village, one of the most picturesque villages on the island. Continue to Akrotiri Excavations, one of the most significant archaeological sites in the area. Learn about its vast structure and how it was once inhabited by 200 families and preserved under the volcano’s lava. Then, enjoy free time at the Red Beach and admire the colorful formations of the mountains and/or visit Akrotiri Bay for coffee or lunch with Greek traditional mezedes and ouzo at your own expense. Continue to Fira, the capital of the island, and visit the many shops and restaurants offering traditional Santorinian cuisine. Capture magnificent pictures of the Caldera as you explore. Finally, arrive at Oia village for the world’s most famous sunset.

Santorini: Luxurious Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

10. Santorini: Luxurious Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

A mini bus will take you from your hotel to Ammoudi port, where you will board one of the newest vessels of the fleet. Sail to Santorini's famous hot springs and swim for half an hour. Continue beyond Aspronisi Island, Akrotiri, the Indian rock and the Ancient lighthouse to reach the next stop at the Red Beach, where you can swim and snorkel for another half an hour.  Sail to the White Beach area in a 1.5 hour cruise and enjoy a barbecue feast before another round of swimming, snorkeling or relaxing on board the catamaran. Return to Ammoudi and, if enjoying the sunset tour, experience the sunset from the sea.

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4.6 / 5

based on 2,770 reviews

Maria was a terrific tour guide. She was professional, sweet and funny. We received a nice introduction to the different areas of the island. I would have liked to be given more information about the Akrotiri archaeological site, and perhaps more time. We actually missed the Red Beach walk because we were trying to read all of the postings in the Akrotiri exhibit. But overall, a well-organized tour and a beautiful experience.

What was not like. Clean catamaran, good friendly and informative crew, free drinks alcoholic and soft, great weather, nice places to swim, good scenery to watch go by, see Santorini from the sea, BBQ was excellent pork chicken prawns pasta salad all made onboard at a swim stop, beautiful sunset. Overall stunning and a must do. Would hate to have missed this

If you want to see a lot of the island and walk through cities that you may not be able to alone this is the perfect tour. We visited three different cities in Santorini as well as the famous Black sand beach, had a lovely wine tasting and ended the tour watching the sunset and Oia. Our tour guide Lily was lovely, would definitely recommend.

We had a wonderful day with Lilly (tour guide) and George (the driver)! It was such a lovely day and we felt like we learned so much about the lovely Santorini! Lilly was very knowledgable and super friendly, she made us feel at complete ease! Thank you Lilly and George!

Lilly was a great tour guide! She took us to some great spots and gave us time to explore areas on our own. She was ver knowledgeable!