Full Day Bus Tour
The all-time classic bus tour in Santorini! At first you visit the Akrotiri Archaeological site and learn about one of the most important prehistoric settlements of Greece! Next station of the tour is Perivolos beach where you can swim into the crystal-blue waters and have a nice sunbath on the hot black volcanic sand or enjoy your lunch there! Megalochori village is the next destination, famous for its narrow street paths surrounded by excavated houses. Tour continues with the Profitis Helias mountain and monastery! After we drive through Pyrgos village and then you visit the Santo Wines Winery to learn all about the art of wine making and taste some of the best local wines! Last station is Oia village where you have free time to walk around the village and watch the famous sunset!
after the sunset
Excellent combination of sightseeing, archaeological monuments and stops for swimming, lunch and wine-tasting. We will first visit Akrotiri Archaeological site, which is one of the most important prehistoric settlements of Mediterranean. Along with a professional guide, you will learn the secrets of this town, which was initially inhabited during the late Neolithic time in the 4th millennium BC. While at his peak of development in Minoan Bronze Age, it was destroyed by the Great Theran Eruption (17th century BC) and buried under tons volcanic ash, the layers of which preserved the famous frescoes (wall paintings) of Akrotiri, artworks and objects of everyday life. It is believed that Akrotiri might be the inspiration of Plato’s story about lost Atlantis city. 1.5 hours.
Our next stop is at Perivolos black sandy beach, where we have a free time for swimming into the crystal-blue waters, have a nice sunbath on the hot black volcanic sand or enjoy lunch in one of the waterside little restaurants. Perivolos is located just next to Perissa beach, just below to the mountain Profitis Helias. 2 hours.
We continue to Megalochori village. That’s a fine example of a 18th century hillside settlement. Small, narrow streets, excavated dwellings, old canavas (buildings used for wine making and storage) and lot of churches of various architectural patterns offer a nice walk within that village. 40 minutes.
Next station the highest point of the island (565 meters high), Profitis Ilias mountain (where the homonymous monastery of the 18th century is located). That point offers panoramic views of Santorini. You will be able to see also the close-by islands Anafi, Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros and in some days with good visibility levels, you might be able to see even further, Milos, Amorgos and Naxos. 20 minutes.
After visiting Profitis Ilias, we drive through Pyrgos village and then we stop at “Santo Wines” winery in Pyrgos, where you can have a tour to learn the secrets of wine making and taste different kinds of Santorinian wines. Founded at 1947, Santo Wines produces Appellation of Origin Santorini of High Quality wines made of the indigenous varieties of Assyrtiko, Athiri, Aidani, Mandilaria, Mavrotragano and Voudomato. Wine making as key element of Santorini’s development is also a nowadays challenge for many locals pursuing a natural way of living. The anhydrous land of Santorini, mineral elements, layers of volcanic ash and porcelain combined with the traditional techniques and state-of-the-art machinery result in excellent wines with distinctive characteristics. There, you may find also local products as the tomataki (small cherry tomato), caper and fava. 40 minutes.
Our last stop is at Oia village where you will have free time to walk around the traditional village, enjoy your coffee while admiring the view of the caldera and watch the famous sunset!
The tour finishes after sunset time and the coach will take you back from the point you were collected.
Note that incase you want to, you can choose to end your tour in Fira town at around 18:30 and not to follow the rest of the group in Oia for the sunset!
Included: Official licensed guide, winery entrance fees & wine tasting, bus transfers
Not included: Lunch (if any), entrance fees to Akrotiri Archaeological site (12€ per person for the period Apr 1st-Oct 31st and €6 per period Nov 1st-Mar 31st
Languages: English every day
Rates : 43€/adult - 21.5€/child (age 3-12) - Free (age 0-2)