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Santorini: Small-Group Highlights Tour of Venetian Castles

Santorini: Small-Group Highlights Tour of Venetian Castles

From US$ 97.19 per person

Experience the beauty of Santorini by joining this full day tour. Learn about the ancient and medieval history of the island and feel the local culture, taste the local wines, and finsh your day with an unforgetable sunset in Oia.

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Duration 8 hours
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  • Join a small-group tour and discover the magnificent Venetian Castles in Emporio, Akrotiri, Pyrgos, and Oia villages
  • Participate in an interactive music show with handmade instruments from ancient times
  • Chill out at the volcanic black sandy beach or even swim for a bit
  • Take free time for lunch and later taste some local wines
  • Enjoy the famous sunset from the edge of the beautiful village of Oia
Full description
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.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Small group tour (max. 15 persons)
  • Wine tasting
  • Tour escort
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Fuel cost and local taxes
  • Free time for lunch (not included)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • 10 entrance fee to La Ponta (optional)
  • Entry fee for the music show
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear

Know before you go

  • At the time of booking let the supplier know your hotel name and location; the local partner will email you with the pickup details
  • Pickup begins approximately 30 minutes prior to the tour departure time and is done from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a vehicle
  • Please expect to walk dor a moderate amount of time during the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 19 reviews

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This tour was great as was our tour guide/driver Gregory. He was on time for pick up. He drove that van like a pro. He told us so many interesting stories about the history of Santorini as well as some insights into modern day Santorini society. Audio in the van was good (loud and clear) and I'm somewhat hard of hearing. The winery we visit had the most amazing sweet dessert wine that I had to buy a bottle (and I'm not a wine person at all). The castles and their ruins were so interesting so see. Definitely take this tour, with Gregory if possible, to get a better appreciation for Santorini.

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November 22, 2022

A successful day with many highlights. The La Ponta symposium in particular was worthwhile, because everyone could play an active part on "their" instrument. The walks to be made to the castles were not difficult to manage for people without physical disabilities. Only the enjoyment of the sunset in Oia was neglected due to the numerous tourists. It is also advisable to take a warm shirt with you because of the temperatures and the wind in the evening. All in all a very well organized day with a tour guide who was able to provide a lot of information and responded to the needs of the excursion participants. The number of participants was also well chosen for this type of excursion.

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October 5, 2022

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.

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September 8, 2022

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