Points of Interest
- Santorini Crater
- The Mountain of Prophet Elijah
- Winery Tour
Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.
Transfer from ship to shore via tender and board your motorcoach to begin your tour of the villages and vineyards of Santorini. Your knowledgeable guide will point out the local sights en route to a local winery for an opportunity to sample the fruit of the vine. Tour the unique vineyards and learn the history of wine production on the island, which dates back as far as 1700 B.C. Assyrtiko grapes are the leading variety grown, as they thrive in the rich, volcanic soil and microclimate. White wines produced here have an appealing citrus aroma and the dessert wines are barrel-aged for a minimum of two years, and are celebrated for their smooth palate and honey color.
Pronounced "Eee-ah," the village of Oia is perched high atop the cliffs of Santorini's northern terminus. Known for its quiet beauty and spectacular sunsets, this spot boasts superlative views of neighboring volcanoes. Stroll through the narrow, cobblestone lanes, view the brilliantly whitewashed buildings, shops, sun-bathed cafés and blue-domed churches. The natural beauty and tranquility of Oia's landscape has inspired artists from around the world, and numerous galleries can be found nearby. In addition to a guided tour of the area, you'll have time to explore on your own, browse for souvenirs, enjoy refreshments and marvel at the incredible views.
The village of Fira, the capital of Santorini, is known for its striking mix of Cycladic and Venetian architecture. The main square of Fira is "Plateia Theotokopoulou," a colorful meeting place. From here, one can easily walk to shops, jewelry stores and tavernas. You may remain in the town for independent sightseeing and shopping or to visit the archeological collection at the Prehistoric Museum. At the end of your day, take a steep walk to the upper portion of town and meet the aerial cable car ride (ticket provided), your transportation to port to meet your tender. Other ways back to the ship include a strenuous walk down steep steps.
Special Notes:The visit of Oia & Fira involves walking through narrow cobblestone streets with numerous flat steps, so low-heeled comfortable shoes are recommended.
The return to the ship will be by using the cable car in Fira Town to reach the port and then a tender. The cable car is reached by a long walk across Fira upper town along narrow cobble-stoned streets with an incline and steps. Low heeled shoes are recommended and passengers with physical limitations are requested to take this into consideration. Passengers should also expect lines at the cable car; the wait can be in excess of 60 minutes if multiple ships are in port.
Some stores, tavernas and cafés in Fira and Oia close during the month of November.
Travel Tip: Oia is pronounced "Eee-ah."
Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.