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Itinerary
The adventures begin late morning with pickup near many island hotels. Head first to the renowned archaeological site of Akrotiri, considered the best-preserved Minoan ruins outside of Crete (entrance fees not included). Learn about the Bronze Age civilization that thrived here between 3000 and 1500 BC as you explore remnants of an ancient city preserved in ash from the eruption of Mt Thera.

Continue on to Perissa Beach, where you can swim and sun on the striking black sand and enjoy lunch nearby (own expense) during nearly 2 hours of leisure time. Next, get a glimpse of traditional Greek village life as you walk with your guide through the quaint and quiet streets of Megalochori. Climb back aboard the bus for a ride up to the 18th-century Prophet Elias Monastery, situated on the highest point of the island. Although the monastery itself is now closed to visitors, you can still admire sweeping views and snap photos from the church yard.

In the evening, relax over tastings of Santorini’s unique volcanic varietals and enjoy a picturesque view of terraced vineyards at Santo Wines, one of the island’s largest and most modern estates (tasting fee included). Finally, cap off the day with a visit to Oia village, considered one of the most photogenic places on Earth. Stroll through the narrow streets, browse local boutiques, and catch a spectacular sunset over the caldera before the 9-hour tour concludes with drop-off back at your departure point.
Locations visited
Monastery of Profitis Ilias
Perissa Beach
Akrotiri Archaeological Site
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Overview
Spend a full day discovering Santorini’s ancient history, local culture, and famous views on this great-value highlights tour. Explore the Minoan archaeological site at Akrotiri, swim at the black-sand Perissa Beach, and observe traditional island life in the village of Megalochori. You’ll also take in panoramic views from Prophet Elias Monastery, sip volcanic varietals at a winery, and finish the day with an unforgettable sunset from Oia village.
Highlights
  • 9-hour Santorini highlights tour by coach
  • Enjoy a stress-free day of sightseeing with a professional driver and guide
  • Explore the ruins of a Bronze Age civilization at Akrotiri
  • Swim and relax on the black sand at Perissa Beach
  • Observe traditional Greek village life in Megalochori
  • Snap panoramic photos from the island's highest point at Prophet Elias Monastery
  • Sip vino with a volcanic view at a local winery
  • Watch the sunset from picturesque Oia
  • Great-value option for those with limited time on Santorini
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Average tour

We started the tour at 11:40 am, which means we missed the tour in Thira because we were not informed from the beginning about the itinerary. The tour guide kept some people in the front of the bus entertained, but the voice is not clearly...More

1  Thank annasiswanto
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
An average and not value for money

We took the tour at 11.30 am and no where it was mentioned that it would end by 9 pm. So we missed a couple of places as we had a flight to catch. The tour guide was very boring and she did not give...More

2  Thank Khushbu A
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fascinating History and Beautiful Views!

Our tour guide Katie was an EXPERT when it came to the Akrotiri excavation site. She kept everyone completely engaged and had a wonderful sense of humor! The tour of site itself is worth the price and time for this excursion alone. We were able...More

Thank Lenni S
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great Tour!

This is a great tour to see the entire Island of Santorini. The pick up spot for us was right in the heart of Fira, so very easy to get it from our hotel. It was a long day but worth it. The guide was...More

1  Thank Kelly E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great day trip

The full day tour is a great way to see the island if you have limited time. Katy our guide was awesome and so knowledgeable. The Akrotiri tour is extensive and Katy definitely knows her stuff. Cost of entry €12 is on top of the...More

4  Thank Shmonie D
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Sandy K
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Response from taliward | Reviewed this property |
Not on the one we had but there are frequent stops.
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kezzpawley
August 7, 2018|
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Response from Shmonie D | Reviewed this property |
It’s a big tour bus, so you should be able to, but best to check with Notos Travel directly.
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