6 h. tour (Private tour)
(Transportation + guidance all the way + guided tour of Akrotiri + visit of Red Beach + beach getaway or wine tasting experience at a local winery + visit of Oia village)
Santorini is an island famous all over the world, not only for its beauty and unique location but also for its history and the great archaeological site of Akrotiri, where the excavations have brought to light some exquisite artifacts and frescoes from the prehistoric times. This island was once cursed to get totally destroyed by the volcanic eruptions, but is today blessed to have so many people from all over the world arriving to visit and photograph it. In addition to that the volcanic soil and the lack of water are responsible for the production of some of the most famous wines in the world. Therefore you will notice as you will be driving pass the fields that the vineyards are nothing like what you see in the rest of the world. They are kept low and just above the soil, so that they absorb every single drop of moisture that comes from it. The older plants look like handwoven baskets.
You could spend days on this island and still want to explore more and more of it. But since you will be stopping only for a few hours while on a cruise, we have designed this customizable tour, in order to help you make the most of your time there.
The tour will start as soon as you meet your tour guide at the designated area.
After an approximately 30 minute drive, arrive and enjoy a guided tour of the archeological site in Akrotiri. The usual duration of this guided tour is approximately 60 minutes, but is at your discretion to make it last longer with the help of your guide, if its history fascinates you. The site is covered by a large canopy, so you will be in the shade, even during summer.
After the visit of Akrotiri, you will drive to the nearby famous Red Beach for a short stop for photographs.
Your day will continue with one of the following activities that you can choose of, or if you don't delay getting off and getting around the rest of the places, you might combine them both:
A. Visit a famous local winery
You will proceed with the visit of either Venetsanos or Santo Canava winery. On the way, during August, you will be able to see the grapes being handpicked from the vineyards.The Venetsanos winery, the first industrial winery of the island built in 1947, is the culmination of a rich family tradition with the recently revamped buildings. The exceptional architectural structure is combined with the history of one of the most important wine producers in the Aegean. The winery is located in the most breathtaking location offering incredible vistas over the caldera and volcanic islands.
Santo vineyard is owned by the Agricultural Association of Santorini, so you will have the chance to also see the complete selection of the various natural local products such as the famous Santorini fava beans, the unique Santorini cherry tomatoes, the delicious honey and more. There you will have a guided tour of the winery and taste some of the most famous wines worldwide while enjoying the impressive view of the caldera gulf and the volcano islands.
You will have the chance to taste different wines and you will be offered a platter of locally produced treats.
B. Visit the Perivolos beach
Santorini is famous mostly for other things rather than its beaches. Still, the beaches found on the southern part of the island are unique due to the volcanic soil and covered with black rocks. Among other beaches, Perivolos is one of the most famous ones, where you can swim, enjoy the sun and relax by the seaside. There are also various sea sports available. In case you do not want to swim, you can enjoy lunch or a beer with "mezes" at a seaside taverna. The island is very famous for its cherry tomatoes, the fava beans, the white eggplants and many other products that come from the dehydrated soil. One of your best experiences will be to taste the tomato or fava bean balls, or the salads they make with their own local way, with a mixture of the aforementioned products.
Last but not least drive to the village of Oia and walk along its narrow streets, which typifies the white-painted houses of the Cyclades. In many cases they are built directly into niches which are cave houses used by the crew of the ships, on the lip of the volcanic crater, between which are narrow alleys and blue-roofed churches with cupolas and neoclassical mansions that used to be captain’s houses in the 19th century. Your tour guide will give you narrations and will let you explore the magnificent Oia and take "millions" of pictures.
Finally return to Fira where your tour will end. You can either spend time exploring Fira village on your own or you can take the cable car to return to your ship. Your tour guide will give you tips and suggestions so you will be able to make good use of your time. If you don't choose to have lunch somewhere during the tour, you can enjoy lunch or dinner in one of the many restaurants in Fira, overviewing the caldera gulf.