Ultimate Santorini- A Discovery Exclusive

7 hours | Santorini | JTR-155
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$ 179.95
Medical restriction (See special notes)
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Points of Interest

  • Palaia & Nea Kameni - Santorini Volcano
  • Oia
  • Fira
  • Winery Tour
Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Santorini, the lustrous "Black Pearl of the Aegean," is considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world. See all of its legendary highlights on a Discovery Exclusive full-day tour that takes you on a panoramic whirlwind adventure featuring all the sights, sounds and tastes of its charms.

Board your motorcoach and relax during a scenic drive through the island's quaint villages set against a backdrop of azure sea and sky.

Begin with a visit to the remnants of a Bronze Age civilization, the ancient site of Akrotiri. Unearthed in 1967 after being shrouded for over 3,000 years, Akrotiri is remarkably preserved and offers great insight into the island's ancient history. Your knowledgeable guide will escort you through this unveiled city, considered one of the most important prehistoric settlements in the Mediterranean and often referred to as the Minoan Pompeii. Archaeologists have discovered sophisticated multilevel buildings with elaborate plumbing systems and an array of pottery, clay vessels, furniture and home furnishings from this once prosperous seaside village.

Continue to the picturesque village of Oia. Pronounced "Eee-ah," the village is perched high atop the cliffs of Santorini's northern terminus. Stroll through the narrow cobblestone lanes on a guided tour, and 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 in the area.

Next, visit the neighboring village of Kamari for an opportunity to sample the fruit of the local vine. Learn the history of wine production on the island, which dates back as far as 1700 B.C. Enjoy a tasting served with meze – typical Greek snacks.

Then take in the dramatic views of Mt. Prophet Elias, the highest point on the island, 2,000 feet above sea level.

Pause for a traditional Greek lunch, then travel to the famed black-sand shores of Perissa Beach. Put your toes in the sand (careful, it can be hot!) and capture this stunning phenomenon in photographs.

Conclude at Fira, the capital of Santorini. Perched on the edge of a dramatic cliff, Fira boasts a stunning combination of Cycladic and Venetian architecture and outstanding views of the submerged volcano. The cultural and commercial center of Santorini, the city is well suited for tourists and has a number of galleries, museums and cultural attractions as well as a large shopping center and a variety of dining venues all lining the cobbled streets that ribbon their way through town. The main square of Fira is "Plateia
Theotokopoulou," a colorful meeting place. At the end of your day, take a steep walk to the upper portion of town and meet the aerial cable car for the ride back to port.

Special Notes:

Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.

Medical Restriction:

Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or those with mobility limitations.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Board motorcoach for drive to the Akrotiri excavations

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
49
Travel time:
00:20
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No

Explore Akrotiri excavations

Time at site:
01:00
Free time at site:
10
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Reboard motorcoach for drive to Fira

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
49
Travel time:
00:20
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No

Time at Fira

Time at site:
00:55
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
No
Steps:
40
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Reboard motorcoach

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
49
Travel time:
00:25
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No

Stop at the Oia Village

Time at site:
00:55
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Reboard motorcoach; enjoy photo stop at Mt. Prophet Elijah

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
49
Travel time:
00:35
Time at site:
00:15
Inside visit:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Stop for lunch at local restaurant and winery

Time at site:
01:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Tour Concludes in Fira; steep walk to the upper portion of town takes you to the cable car for the ride back to port.

Transport type:
Aerial Tram
Transport Capacity:
49
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
00:15
Inside visit:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes