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Our most recommended Santorini Sightseeing Walking Tours

Santorini: Sea Caves Kayak Trip with Snorkeling and Picnic

1. Santorini: Sea Caves Kayak Trip with Snorkeling and Picnic

Discover the natural wonder that is Santorini’s caves, which turn blue when the lights hits the water. Red Beach is one of the best on the island. From here, you can explore the sights of the island, located in the south coast where your sea kayak activity will begin. Paddle along the coastline of Akrotiri, admiring many little caves and formations. You will reach Black Mountain. Explore sea caves along the way and enjoy snorkeling. Return to your starting point with a dose of adrenaline from cliff jumping at White Beach.

Santorini: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

2. Santorini: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

Choose custom locations in Santorini for your photo shoot, whether it be a family getaway, a romantic trip, or a livelier one with friends.  You will receive confirmation of all necessary information. On the day of the shoot, just allow the photographer to work their magic, capturing your travels in your own personalized style. Your Santorini vacation photographers are highly experienced local experts who will share their knowledge of the city with you like an old friend. Afterward, you will receive a link to your personal online gallery (password protected) within 5 working days, containing your professionally edited images, all free to download. This photo tour will provide mementos that will last a lifetime.

From Rethymno Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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: Local Drink and Food Walking Tour at Sunset

6. Santorini: Local Drink and Food Walking Tour at Sunset

Leave your flip flops aside, dress smart-casual, and experience a glitzy evening adventure of food and drinks in Santorini. Immerse yourself in the island's culinary culture on this walking tour to its most famed spots with the Santorini Caldera and the brilliant colors of the sunset as your backdrop. Walk through the charming cobblestone pathways perched on the edge of the caldera cliffs as you make your way to your first stop. Here, sip a refreshing local liqueur and sample a mouthwatering local sweet while enjoying superb views over the caldera and the Aegean Sea. Then, eat your way through Firostefani’s footpaths by tasting Santorini’s most ancient fresh seafood dish, admiring uninterrupted views and the blue-domed Virgin Mary Orthodox church — one of the most photographed spots on the island. Continue your walk through hidden back alleys and capture countless photos with the fabled Santorini sunset. Quench your thirst with an "explosive" local craft beer, a Santorini exclusive beer that follows a local-original procedure in the making, accompanied with local seasonal tapas. Later on, stroll around the characteristic Aegean-styled whitewashed streets before awakening your taste buds with a souvlaki, the most famous Greek street food. Visit a food concept store with flavors and products from every corner of Greece and enjoy unparalleled views from an off-the-tourist-radar spot with a glass of volcanic wine and a traditional Santorini seasonal dish. Under the moonlight, head to your last stop, a local bar where you participate in some local drinking traditions, sampling the absolute top three Greek spirits and learning about the local spirit culture in Greece. End your tour in buzzing Fira, Santorini’s capital that offers a vast array of leisure options. From here, continue your own personal exploration - your guide will be more than happy to advise you on your next move.

Fira: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour With Tastings

7. Fira: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour With Tastings

Start the day with a traditional Greek coffee after meeting with a local food guide in the square of Firostefani village (next to Fira). Walk towards the famous blue-domed church of Santorini (the perfect spot for photos) followed by a sample of local mezes in a traditional tavern. Walk towards Fira on a footpath on the caldera's edge with sea and volcano views. A glass of local beer is the perfect welcome to the capital of Santorini. Follow your guide through the historical alleyways and paths with several stops for samples of local treats, including olive oil and souvlaki. Visit the daily market with fresh fish and vegetables. Enjoy a midday meal at a tavern with caldera views. Try the sweetest Loukoumades. Experience both the Mediterranean and Santorini sides of Greek cuisine. Meet locals, from the tavern owners to local farmers, souvlaki griller to honey producers. 

Santorini: Akrotiri Prehistoric City Private Guided Tour

8. Santorini: Akrotiri Prehistoric City Private Guided Tour

Tour through Akrotiri, a settlement on Santorini that was covered in ash in 1500 BC, on a guided tour. During your tour, follow your guide through the city to see how it was organized. Hear about the tragic events that buried the city after a volcanic eruption, and learn why this contributed to it being well-preserved. Discover the way people lived 4,000 years ago as you stroll past private houses and public buildings and observe signs of a sophisticated infrastructure. You will also see some of the famous artwork, including pottery, furniture, and frescoes from the time, and find out about the other works stored at a nearby museum.

Santorini: 2-Day Volcanic Cruise & Bus Tour Combo

9. Santorini: 2-Day Volcanic Cruise & Bus Tour Combo

Explore the highlights of the volcanic island of Santorini with a cruise to the three islands of the caldera as well as a popular sightseeing bus tour on the second day. Start your first day by setting sail for the lava islet of Nea Kameni. Once there, walk an ascending path to the crater of the still active volcano to enjoy incredible sights for 1.5 hours. Return to the boat to sail to the second lava islet, Palea Kameni. Jump off the boat and dive in the islet's hot springs, with green sulfur waters and warm therapeutic mud. The last stop of the day is the traditional island of Thirassia for 1.5 hours of free time. On your second day, take a bus tour around the entire island. Visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri. Walk in the Emborio village, swim at the Perissa beach, and taste local wine at an awarded winery. Marvel at the views from the Profitis Ilias mountain top. Experience the famous sunset hour in Oia Village.

Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

10. Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

Get picked up from a location of your choice on Santorini and meet your private driver/guide. Decide with your guide which sights you would like to see on this fully-customizable tour. The below itinerary is just offered as an example.  First, stop in the traditional village of Firostefani famous for its blue-domed churches. See and learn about the geological formation of the island, and the genesis, and history of Santorini.  Continue through the scenic countryside to the village of Oia, the most photographed location in Santorini. Next, head to Profitis Ilias, which is the highest hill in Santorini. From its top at 567 m, enjoy the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea. There, you are able to visit the Monastery of Profitis Ilias and a Greek Orthodox chapel, listen to the sounds of Byzantine music and get a taste of their hand-made products.  Alternatively, opt to visit the ancient ruins of Akrotiri, an ancient Minoan village that was buried by the island’s colossal volcanic eruption. Don't miss the chance to see the incredible, well-preserved remnants of the settlement for yourself. Afterward, head to Red Beach, named for its distinctively colored sand. On your way to the south, stop to explore the famous black beaches and its nice viewpoint. Take many beautiful pictures of this unique landscape. Lastly, wind your tour down with an indulgent stop at a local winery. Santorini has produced its own wine since ancient times, and sampling its product is the perfect way to get a taste of the island's history.

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4.7 / 5

based on 185 reviews

The tour we took was a great way to see some of santorini’s best highlights as well a a few hidden gems. The warm and welcoming team at Santorini wine stories were an awesome part of the experience! The small group size and local knowledge you will get on this tour makes it quite special and George and Tonya do a fantastic job of sharing their love for Santorini with their guests. Book a tour with them and you will have a wonderful day!

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.

The tour was excellent. Our guide provided a honest insight to the island and helped with additional recommendations. Our guide made us feel extremely welcome. The variety of food and drink were great.

Very knowledgeable. Dimi was an amazing guide. She truly cared about the origin of this beautiful place. Food and drinks 10/10 would do this again!

Ari was an incredible guide and the tour was the best we have had!