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Santorini: Small-Group Highlights Tour of Venetian Castles

1. Santorini: Small-Group Highlights Tour of Venetian Castles

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 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 views of the island. After the walk to the castle you will relax in Megalochori and you will have the opportunity to visit the famous "symposion" an amazing workshop of traditional Greek music instruments full of information about Greek mythology and music. 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. Leaving Akrotiri 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. 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. Afterward you will visit the Koutsogianopoulos Wine Museum where you will taste the local wines and learn about the history of winemaking by visiting the unique underground museum 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.

Santorini: A Mythical Musical Experience

2. Santorini: A Mythical Musical Experience

Immerse yourself in the local Santorini culture with a unique wind and string instrument show. Visit a former winery in the village of Megalochori and explore its history and singular architecture. Relax in the beautiful botanical garden while enjoying refreshing beverages and feel the calm environment of the village. Dive into the interactive musical journey which comes alive with mythological narration and fifteen hand-crafted wind and string instruments. For a full experience, participants can spend an extra hour in the workshop of the master instrument artisan building their own ancient Greek pipe from local cane and learning about the instrument’s historical significance.

Santorini: Unexplored Culture Day Trip with Farm Visit

3. Santorini: Unexplored Culture Day Trip with Farm Visit

Did you know Santorini has an industrial past? Though! You explore it in the once tomato factory, transformed into the tomato industrial museum, in Vlychada. You see before your eyes the traditional methods of tomato producers, hand-in-hand with the museum’s exhibits. Of course, you enjoy the local producers’ unique products, famous for their quality and special taste! Visit a Ceramic studio, create unique handcrafted decoration and tableware ceramic objects using distinctive techniques. Their designs and forms are inspired from the life and  nature of Santorini. The black volcanic earth, the red terracotta, the blue of the sea, the white and the red-orange color of the sunset. Get impressed from a Folklore Museum where the workplaces and home rooms of the people of Santorini are recreated through the recent past. Every room is replicated using original items are tirelessly collected over the years. Visitors can walk through narrow paths get to the square and the cafe, see the distillation of a bygone era and see through half-open doors and windows the recent past of Santorini.

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4.8
(25 reviews)

Gregory was awesome! We learned so much about Santorini. We booked this tour after our catamaran trip was cancelled the day before due to weather and we wanted to make sure we still got to experience the island. We are so glad we did!! It was way better than the catamaran. We were able to see all the historical sites on the island including the black sand beach and enjoy a delicious lunch on the beach. I highly recommend this tour for anyone vacationing in Santorini.

This trip was great! Gregory's knowledge about Santorini and its history and all sights is excellent and his enthusiasm is really contagious. He told us not only many interesting scientific facts but also many details about everyday life here. We also admired his ability to speak and smoothly drive at the same time. The castles, ruins and all lovely small villages are beautiful and worth to see. We had a blast. :) I highly recommend this tour.

Gregory was very good and knowledgeable. He taught us all about the history of the island. We really enjoyed our day spent with them! Would definitely recommend 10/10. Thank you again Gregory and Kostas.

Excellent tour, the tour guide was able to share his knowledge of Santorini history and villages.

Fantastic tour. Great way to learn about the history of Santorini.