This private Santorini tour combines the top sites on Santorini including the village of Oia, the Prehistoric Museum in Fira, a panoramic driving tour and a wine tasting.
You will transfer from the ship by colorful local kaiki (tenders) to Fira port, where you will meet your private guide. Together you will go up the cliff to Fira by cable car where you will be lead to meet your driver and private vehicle.
Your private guide will explain the history of the island as your drive to the Antoniou winery. The building which houses the Antoniou winery has been salvaged and preserved in order to show the old way wine was once produced using the island's natural elements. Carved into the volcanic rock are the cave like vats which once held wine awaiting transport by pipes to ships hundreds of feet below in the port. Antique presses have been restored and are a classic example of post WWII engineering.
After a guided tour of the winery, you are invited to sample some of the wines with local cheese and traditional snacks. You will be impressed not only by the flavors but by one of the best views on the island.
Next you enjoy a panoramic driving tour with a stop at the highest point on this most beautiful island. You enjoy wonderful views from this vantage point as your guide explains the island's unique situation. From here you gain a full understanding of the unique volcanic shape.
Next you drive to the northern most point on the island to visit the village of Oia. This dramatic village, built on a steep crest of the caldera, has many of its dwellings nestled into niches hewn from the volcanic rock.
The village was once the home of wealthy seafarers, a fact still evident in their two story mansions painted pastel colors. Your guide will walk with you among the narrow cobbled streets where you'll come across many tiny shops of local ceramic art, paintings and semi precious jewelry. Coffee shops perched on the edge of the cliffs offer spectacular views of Fira and the volcano below.
While you are in Oia, you enjoy free time for lunch (meal not included).
Later you return to the capital city of Fira where your guide will lead you through the Prehistoric Museum. This museum is considered one of the best museums in Greece and the top attraction in Fira. You'll see the treasures that have been discovered at the excavation site of Akrotiri.
Akrotiri is the main town which was buried in the volcano that erupted around 1450 BC. The excavation site is not open to the public, but this museum shows its amazing discoveries.
Highlights include an oven, bath tub, the beautiful House of Ladies frescoes and the Gold Ibex Figurine. This tiny figurine is small and in some ways may seem unimportant, but when you realize that the town of Akrotiri dates to the 16th century BC, making this object about 3,500 years old, you will be able to appreciate its beauty.
When you are done with your tour, you may choose to remain in town at your leisure, or return immediately to the ship by taking the cable car to the pier far below the cliff's edge.
Mobility: NO wheelchairs
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