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The Highlights of Santorini - Shore Excursions for Cruise Passengers

Santorini is the island of diverse beauty and enchanting sunsets, the stunning view from the villages hanging off the 1000 feet cliff, the volcano with the hot springs, the striking Black Beach and the famous wine tradition that goes back to the ancient years.


Destination: Santorini, Aegean, Cyclades,


Duration: 4 hours, 6 hours


Type of tour: Private Tours


Type of vehicle: chauffeured private car, coach, mini bus, minivan, taxi





Our top-rated tour that brings you the best of Santorini. This private tour includes not only a visit to Oia, the most famous and most photographed villages in the world, but also other aspects of the island. It is ideal for those who wish to explore all the highlights of Santorini and its surroundings; flexible enough to fit in all your desired additional activities and destinations. Bring this private tour to your measures by choosing among the local beaches, wineries and traditional villages.





Old Port – In Santorini, cruise ships anchor near the cliffs and tender boats will take you ashore to the Old Port called Skala Fira. From the Old Port, you will take the cable car to the town of Fira. There, at Fira town, your local tour guide along with your vehicle will be waiting to welcome you and together you will explore the unique attractions of the island.


Oia Village – Oia is located on the other side of the island and stands out beautifully and full of impressive traditional houses, art galleries and domed churches. It is one of the most famous and most photographed villages in the world. Capture the magnificent view of the volcano and the Caldera as you spend at least 1 – 1½ hours in Oia.Enjoy the tranquil environment of Oia village, have coffee and taste traditional Greek pastry, or enter some of its very exquisite fashion boutiques.


Black Beach – A stop for a refreshing dip or lunch at the renowned Black Beach of Kamari is a must for anyone visiting this mysterious, awe-inspiring island. It is arguably one of the most famous and beautiful beaches of Santorini. Its unique lunar landscape and the exceptional clarity of the Aegean Sea are simply superb. Cool off at the black volcanic pebbled beach and try the unique local cuisine, its exquisite cherry tomatoes and fava, in one of the tavernas of the area.


Fira Village – Back in Fira, your tour guide will give you tips and suggestions so as to enjoy the last moments of your Santorini experience. You can either spend time exploring Fira village at your leisure, watch the spectacular Santorini sunset from the cliffs of Fira accompanied by a drink or a snack with wonderful music in the background OR take the cable car to return to your ship.



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Venetsanos Winery – Your exploration of the island could continue with a visit to the famous Venetsanos Winery.  The Santorini vineyards have a long tradition; kept low and just above the soil, they absorb every single drop of moisture that comes from it. As you drive past the fields, notice the vineyards which are nothing like those elsewhere. At the winery, you will have the unique opportunity to enjoy a wine tasting experience in one of the canavas. The vine groves produce a wine rich in taste, but in limited production, therefore, not much of it is exported.


Pyrgos Village – From there, a short drive through the picturesque countryside of the island will bring you to the traditional village of Pyrgos. Pyrgos is a hillside village set on the highest point of Santorini. Wander through Pyrgos’ small winding cobblestone lanes and paths and discover its historic charm. Don’t miss the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, with its Cycladic architecture, offering panoramic breathtaking views of the island.


Santorini sunset – If you are on an afternoon tour, you may even watch the spectacular Santorini sunset, a palette in shades of colors, from the cliffs of Fira accompanied by a drink or a snack with wonderful music in the background !


Akrotiri Archeological Site – Enjoy a private guided tour in one of the first well-organized ancient cities of the Western World (3rd millennium BC), also referred to by some as, “The Lost Atlantis”. Learn all about the eruption of the Volcano of Santorini that took place thousands of years ago and how it affected the shape of the island and the whole of the Aegean Sea. Akrotiri is inscribed as a UNESCO monument and attracts millions of visitors each year.


Megalochori Village – Explore the lesser-known and more authentic part of the island, that of the south. It is one of the most traditional, picturesque villages of Santorini.  Admire the distinctive architecture of Santorini as you walk through the cobblestone alleys. If you seek an alternative, visit the quaint shops in the village.


Cooking Lessons –  Participate in a cooking lesson especially prepared for you! Become initiated into the local cuisine and culture and learn all the secrets of the local cuisine. Be a chef for a while, try all the dishes prepared right before your eyes and take the recipes home along with the “apron” as a souvenir!!



Accompanied throughout by local guide


Transportation by deluxe air-conditioned vehicle


Professional driver


Insurance coverage during bus transfers


Mobile contact number for any emergency available 24/7


Not included:

Drinks, snacks, appetizers, lunch (unless otherwise mentioned)


Entrance fees, cable car




Private tender to Athinios Port (upon request)



Why book The Highlights of Santorini Shore Excursion


Reserve your shore excursion with our Santorini team on a hassle-free and time-saving journey while avoiding the inconveniences of the crowded coaches.


Upon arrival, your tour director will welcome you, holding a sign with your name.


Travel in luxury and comfort in a brand-new air-conditioned Mercedes vehicle.


Our team provides certified tourist guides by the Greek Ministry of Tourism with the license to conduct tours within archaeological sites & museums in Greece.


We guarantee a 100% safe and punctual return to the port.


Combine services and enjoy a discount of 10% on your Olympia tour if you book more than one tour OR/AND transfer.

How to book


Complete the online booking form


Our tour specialist will look into your request and will send you a PayPal payment request for a small deposit


After the deposit has been made, you will receive your payment confirmation along with a voucher, a map and all the details of your meeting point


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Extra Information


Venetsanos Winery: 10€ per person
Cable car: 5€ per person (one way)
Akrotiri Archeological Site: 12€ per person
Reduced ticket: senior citizens with EU passport
Free of charge: students with EU student ID and under 18 years old


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