5-Hour Private Tour of Santorini's South Side

A private tour of the southern side of Santorini will give you an overview of the most spectacular and historical sites of the southern island. Come see the amazing views and historical places that will be sure to leave an impression.

Route

A SantoriniB Prophet IliasC PyrgosD AkrotiriE Red BeachF Black BeachG EmporioH MegalochoriI Venetsanos Winery

First, you visit the Ancient site of Akrotiri, also known as the Minoan Pompeii, which was destroyed and covered by the 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 believe the disaster and the site itself as the inspiration behind Plato's story of Atlantis.

Leaving the 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.

Next, you are off to feel the sand beneath your feet as you visit the famous black beach, with its crystal blue waters, on the southeastern coast of the island. Then you will continue to visit the village of Emporio, the largest village on the island of Santorini. You can look at the historic windmills and have an excellent view of the rest of the island. On the hill above the village, you'll discover both the ruins of Kasteli, a fortress from the Byzantine period and the ruins of Goulas.
The next stop is the village of Megalochori. Which is one of the most traditional villages on the island. Your guide will take you through the narrow streets where you will have the opportunity to admire the traditional architecture of the village.

Then you will make your way to the peak of Prophet Ilias, Santorini's highest mountain that stands some 2,000 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. After the wine tasting, you will board the vehicle which will take back to the starting point.

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees

MEETING POINT


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 2 minutes and costs €5 Euros. Approximate start of the tour should be 1 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.

Hotel pick-up

Your guide will meet you at the hotel entrance door

Drop-off / End Point

Same as the meeting point