It has been said that the sunsets in Santorini
are the best in the world. From the Caldera breathtaking views of the volcano & neighbouring islands. From the east, miles of dark sandy or pebbled beaches. Everywhere one sees small domed churches and remnants of days gone by.
This is Santorini seen through the eyes of people who know & love it ...
Cousteau looked for the lost city of Atlantis here.
Crescent-shaped Santorini (or Thíra), the precious gem of the Aegean, is actually a group of islands consisting of Thíra, Thirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea and Nea Kaméni in the southernmost part of Cyclades.
Did you know that the whole complex of Santorini islands is still an active volcano (the same as Méthana, Mílos and Nísiros) and probably the only volcano in the world whose crater is in the sea? The islands that form Santorini came into existence as a result of intensive volcanic activity, and caused the collapse of the volcano’s central part creating a large crater (caldera).
Santorini is considered to be the most sought after place for a romantic getaway in Greece, since there are not many places in the world where you can enjoy exquisitely clear waters while perched on the rim of a massive active volcano in the middle of the sea!
A visit to Santorini is the ultimate gastronomic experience, as the island is a true culinary paradise! Treat your taste buds to some famous traditional products like cherry tomatoes, white egg plants, fava, caper and “hloró tyrí”, a special kind of fresh goat cheese found on the island, or why not try some of the exceptional wines produced from grapes grown in the volcanic soil of the island! Assyrtiko, Athyri, Aidani, Mantilaria and Mavrotragano are just some of the distinctive varieties that you can taste at the island’s famous wineries (some of them operate as a museum as well) or at restaurants.
Cruise Ships do not dock at Santorini Island. They use tender boats to get guests onto the
Old Port and then use the Cable Car to get off at Fira Town. For our group we will charter a tender boat of our own to get the group to Athinios Port and then end the tour at Fira Town and leave the guests time to enjoy the town on their time and use the cable car by their own – get on the Cruise ship’s tender boats from the Old Port back to the ship
Getting off the cruise ship we embark on tender boat and we
get off at Athinios Port, where our Private Bus will be waiting to take you to Akrotiri, known as the “Pompei of the Aegean”. It is considered to be one of the most fascinating and important archaeological sites on the entire island. It reveals part of an excavated city that flourished thousands of years ago, nearly 20 centuries BC. Similar to Pompeii, it was buried by the ash of a large volcanic eruption that occurred on the island in about 1613 BC and is thought to be one of the most important sites not only in Greece but in the entire region of southeast Europe.
Visitors can glimpse this ancient world in the Minoan period with its elaborate architecture and incredibly detailed frescoes. It’s thought that the 40 buildings that have been uncovered are just 1/30thof what remains to be discovered. Here you’ll tour the ancient city streets, lined with stores and warehouses, including many large earthen jars with traces of olive oil and fish left behind.
After Visiting Akrotiri we drive to Faros (the Lighthouse). It is one of the most visited lighthouses of the Aegean Sea. The view from there is spectacular. One of the few spots where you can view the whole island. We stop for a short while to enjoy the view and take some photos. Leaving Faros we continue to Argyros Mansion to revive a day of a Santorinian family of 19th century. It is the only mansion open to the public on the island of Santorini and the most elegant witness of the 18th and 19th century architectural lines
After our visit we continue to Ia. The village where all those famous sunset photos of Santorini come from. We walk through the village. We board again on the bus and drive to the port exactly below Ia, where all the famous fish taverns are – at Ammoudi Port. Here is the best fish of the island. We enjoy our lunch and continue onto Fira – The capital of the island – where we have a walk through the village
Feel free to use your time at Fira and walk to the cable car. Reach the old port and board on the cruise ship’s tender boat on your own free time
Akrotiri is closed on Mondays
Argyros Mansion is closed on Mondays and Thursdays
EUR 135 per person for minimum 12-14 persons (mini bus 17-seats)
EUR 125 per person for minimum 15-20 persons (bus 35 or 48 seats depending on availability)
Including: Private Bus & Driver, Guide Licensed English Speaking, Entrance fees to Akrotiri and Argyros Mansion, Lunch at Dimitris Fish Tavern 4-course and mineral water
Not Including: Gratuities, extra hrs, beverages or drinks during lunch, whatever not mentioned as included