This private tour is designed for travelers who want to enjoy in a short time the top attractions of Santorini. Unlike some regular tours, the Santorini Private Shore Excursion offers you the flexibility to travel with your own company, family and friends at your own pace and focus on your specific interests.
Hop aboard a sprinter minibus for a comprehensive 5-hours tour of Santorini’s main must-see areas and attractions. Sit back and relax as you travel through Santorini Caldera, Akrotiri Excavations, Red Beach, Prophet Ilias, Pyrgos, Santo Wines, Firostefani, Imerovigli, Oia. Your guide will entertain you with fun facts and stories about the place you see as you enjoy views.
First, you will visit the Ancient site of Akrotiri, also known as Minoan Pompeii, which was destroyed and covered by the ashes of an enormous volcanic eruption in 1450 BC. The ancient Minoan city buried by the volcanic eruption 3600 years ago was discovered in 1967 nearby the modern village Akrotiri, remarkably well-preserved. Pottery, furniture, advanced drainage systems and three-story buildings have been discovered at the site. Many belief the disaster and the site itself as the inspiration for Plato’s story of Atlantis.
Living Akrotiri Excavations, you will continue to the most famous and beautiful beaches of Santorini. First, you’ll visit the red beach located only some steps away from the ancient site of Akrotiri. The red beach is well known for the unique color of the sand and the hill behind it. Soaring red lava cliffs which drop right to the sandy shore and into the clear blue sea make for a majestic setting and one to enjoy.
Then you will make your way to the peak of Prophet Elias, Santorini’s highest mountain that stands some 2000 feet above the sea. Be amazed by the island vistas around you and follow your guide inside the ornate Greek Christian monastery perched at the mountain’s summit.
From here you’ll proceed to the village of Pyrgos, the old capital of the island, where you’ll take a guided walk along the narrow paths to the ruins of the Venetian castle.
Your next stop is at the winery where you will learn the secrets of winemaking and enjoy all the tastes of the famous local wines.
On our way to the Santorini’s North Side, we will make a short stop in Firostefani to see the famous Blue Dome Church and the caldera, this church is the subject of so many Santorini postcards.
We will visit and the traditional village of Imerovigli, which is situated on the higher cliff. The name comes from the word “vigla” which means “day”. In front of the village is located an enormous rock called Skaros. It was used to be the best spot to look out for pirates. Until 1800, Skaros part of the land and had a castle on it where all the administrative offices of the island were located.
Continue through the beautiful Santorini’s countryside to the village of Oia, the town of the sailors. Built on the northern side of the caldera rim, it’s the most photographed place in Santorini and place where many artists have found their inspiration. It’s beauty, the traditional architecture, and the amazing sunset.
Free leisure time for shopping, refreshments/lunch and the chance to experience one of the world’s best sunset (including on the afternoon tour only).
The tour ends at your Hotel or at the Cable Car terminal, in Fira for Cruise Ship guests.
Duration: 5 Hours
1-4 Guests: € 60 per hour. So 5 hours tour will cost EUR 300
5-8 Guests: € 70 per hour. So 5 hours tour will cost EUR 350
9-12 Guests: € 85 per hour. So 5 hours tour will cost EUR 425
13-16 Guests: € 95 per hour. So 5 hours tour will cost EUR 475
17-20 Guests: € 100 per hour. So 5 hours tour will cost EUR 500
All rates include vehicle*
Knowledgeable guide and chauffeur*
Foreign languages guide available at no extra charge: English, Spanish, French, German, Russian
Cruise passenger pick-up
All cruise passengers with individual programs are taken to the old Port of Fira, by tender boats. From the port, you will take the cable car up to Fira town.
The journey with a cable car takes 3 minutes and costs €5. Approximate start of the tour should be 1 – 1.5 hour after the scheduled arrival of the cruise ship.
The meeting point for the tour is at the cable car’s exit in Fira town. Your guide will wait for you there, holding a sign with your name.
Please include the name and arrival time of your ship, and full name and mobile phone number when booking of the tour in order for your pick-up to be arranged.
Your guide will meet you at the hotel entrance door
Drop-off / End Point
Same as the meeting point
A deposit of € 50 per tour is required to secure your reservation with us. The remaining balance will be paid in cash at the end of the tour.
After you have made your booking we will send you an e-mail confirming.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
TOUR TYPE: Private Tour
DURATION: 5 hours
LANGUAGE: English, French, Russian, Spanish, German
HIGHLIGHTS: Akrotiri Excavations, Red Beach, Prophet Ilias, Pyrgos, Venetsanos Winery, Firostefani, Imerovigli, Oia