We were on a cruise and had only one day in Santorini, we knew the small town of Thira would be very busy so we did some research and looked for something different to do, and found the amazing SAFOWI tours, with Phenix, and booked for a wine tasting, and Greek Cookery experience. Phenix met us at the top of the cable car, and was immediately warm, friendly and imparting lots of very interesting knowledge of the island and its wines. We went to a vineyard and learnt all about the unique soil, and vines, growing low in basket shapes, then went to a renowned winery, for tasting (yum) Phenix was excellent as a tour guide.
Our Greek cookery was at Nichteri, a wonderful little taverna, on the black beach, and the Chef was just brilliant, he made what i consider to be Michelin star worthy cuisine, not what I imagine from a typical greek taverna! We had tomato fritters, squid, melt in the mouth pork cooked in the dessert wine, on yellow split pea puree. It was divine, followed up with a Greek honey pannacotta which was heavenly! I would highly recommend this tour, we even had free time afterwards in Thira before going back down to the ship - a magical day and one I will never forget.