Santorini Highlights and Venetian Castles Small-Group Day Tour

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Full Day Santorini Highlights and Venetian Castles Small Group Tour
  • 10 to 11 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


With this full-day tour, you won’t need a crystal ball (or a guidebook) to find Santorini’s historical and cultural highlights. Skip the crowded tour buses and strangers getting in your postcard-perfect photos and explore the island in style aboard an air-conditioned minivan. Visit remarkable Venetian castles in Emporio and Akrotiri, marvel at the ocean views from Firostefani, watch the sunset over the picturesque village of Oia, and much more.
  • Sample locally produced wines in the village of Pyrgos
  • Relax on one of Santorini’s striking black-sand beaches
  • Convenient hotel transfers are available across most of the island
  • Enjoy sleeping in: Hotel pick-ups begin in the late morning

What's Included

  • Free Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Small-group tour maximum 18 persons
  • Wine tasting
  • Tour escort/host
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Entrance Fee at symposion 13€pp(Interactive music instrument presentation). For 2024 is Included.
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

10:30 AM

Pickup details

At the time of booking let us know your hotel name and location and we will email you with the pickup details 24 hours before travel date. The pick up includes ALL SANTORINI HOTELS & AIRBnB apartments. Regarding cruise ships clients, please check If timing is convenient with your cruise ships tender schedule. In any different case you should consider of cancellation or upgrade to a private tour ( free cancellation up to 24h prior starting time)

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • November to end of March We do not visit the music workshop of Symposion
  • October we do not stop at Firostefani. The day is shorter and you will not have the time to explore Oia.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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343 reviews
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Great tour of Santorini
Ricki_M, May 2024
This was a great tour. Gregory our tour guide is very knowledgeable and patient. There was some steep climbing that had to be done and I never felt rushed. The stop at the wine museum was great. Our last stop in Oía was beautiful, but so, so packed with tourists; it’s nearly impossible to walk. Our tour ran from 10 am to 10 pm by the time we were dropped off at our hotel. It was tiring, but worth it.
Perfect Santorini day
Lauren_S, Apr 2024
This tour was such a perfect way to spend a day in Santorini. Gregory took us to so many places and knew so much about the history, geology, culture, and architecture of the island. Whether you have limited time in Santorini or are there for longer, you should definitely do this tour. The tour operators are a small family business and you can tell they really care about the experience of all the people in the tour and they select memorable and fun activities and stops. I can't recommend this enough!
Wonderful day trip in Santoniri
TakKam_C, Apr 2024
The tourist guide (also the van driver) is very experience to explain historical information clearly
This tour hits all the highlights!
Tammy_B, Apr 2024
This was the perfect introduction to a variety of wonderful sights on this beautiful island! Our tour guide was amazing. We loved the music experience, lunch by the beach and seeing all the castles and learning about the history of this island.
Soak in the history of Santorini
A_W, Apr 2024
A very full day filled with castle tours, beach visits and a lovely sunset in Oia. Our guide Gregory was very knowledgeable about the history and present of Santorini. It was early in the tourist season so we were informed that the musical performance would be replaced by a visit to the Red Beach, which was terrific and I actually preferred. I saw and learned so much on this tour. Highly recommend this!
A wonderful experience with a great guide !
Kim_R, Apr 2024
Our guide was the absolute best ever ! This tour was amazing ! I would highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to learn more about Thai wonderful island !
Castles, orthodox churches and Catholic Churches with a great sunset
Patricia_A, Apr 2024
Gregory was awesome. We stay literally next door To his house so pick-up was easy. His knowledge and pace were good, and even the oldest person in our group participated fully.
Worth it
Tuyen_P, Apr 2024
I learned so much about Santorini from this tour. There were only 3 people on it so it was practically a private tour. Gregory was so knowledgeable and friendly. I would definitely recommend this tour over one with a huge group and tour bus. Well worth the money.
Amazing experience by small mini bus across the island
Elena_L, Apr 2024
We had an amazing day of visits and discovery through the island thanks to our guide’s experience, knowledge and sense of humor. We truly reccomend Gregory as he really entertain us with stories and information, keeping important moments of freedom to do shopping and pictures. We visited several unexplored part of the island, not as commercial as OIA and we loved them.
Santorini beyond the bars n beaches.
RAVI_K, Apr 2024
A small group has the glorious advantage of a quick turnaround at every halt and a van accesses those spots that the big bus can never reach. It becomes more personal as the guide handles the 18 strong group( typically 6-7 sub groups), with personal attention to any queries and most importantly assists in taking photographs of the sub group. Selfies don't always do justice. Grigori, the driver guide was extremely articulate, humorous and interesting while recounting the history of the region. Also find time to locate and visit Megalochori Bell tower, caves and the " Heart of Santorini", some walking invoved. There are places, even small vans can't reach
Great small group tour!
Chelsea_S, Mar 2024
This tour was so nice and even in the off season, we felt like we got the best experience of Santorini. Our group was small, and our tour guide Gregory was so amicable to all. He knew so much and answered all our questions. While there is walking on this tour, it is not particularly strenuous and as long as you can climb stairs, this tour is a must!
Amazing time in Santorini
Jose_I, Feb 2024
We really enjoyed our experience in this full day tour, it’s worth what you have paid for. Our driver/tourist guide Gregory has been fantastic and this is highly recommended.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Dear Jose Thank you so muh for your review! Enjoy the rest of your holidays! Wish you all the best!
Unbelievable views from everywhere you look!
Omayra_L, Feb 2024
We had a different tour scheduled but it was canceled, we ended scheduling this one instead and we are glad it worked out that way. Gregory made this trip an unforgettable one. He is so knowledgeable of the island and its history. During this time of the year not everything is open but we didn’t feel like we missed out on anything. Gregory was very accommodating. Would highly recommend this experience.
Fanstastic overview of Santorini History and culture
Deb_h, Nov 2023
Our guide Gregory was happy to stop and answer any of our questions about the history of the island. Really well informed on the Venetian castles, geology and lifestyle.
A must do excursion.
Elizabeth_J, Nov 2023
This tour exceeded our expectations. Gregory was a fantastic tour guide, very personable and knowledgeable. We visited too many sites to list and certainly many places we would have never found on our own. His recommendation for lunch was on point. We ended the day watching the sunset in Oia. This tour was a highlight of our time on the island.
Recommended. Knowledgeable, caring and very pleasant guide.
SANJAY_A, Nov 2023
This is a real nice way of seeing the best of Santorini in a day. Both of us are senior citizens and visited in Oct 2023. Our Tour guide was a very pleasant and knowledgeable person (the name, unfortunately, slips my mind) who made our group feel very comfortable and took great care to explain to us the nuances of the places we visited. It was a small group in a comfortable mini bus and the pace was quite relaxed. The tour started with a nice interactive musical session at an interesting museum of musical instruments maintained by a talented man and included visit to Castles, lunch at beachside (expenses not included), a wine tasting trip and concluded with sunset at Oia. It included hotel pick and drop. Overall we got what we expected. Recommended.
Was great tour
Hung_N, Oct 2023
The tour was great . George was awesome . Telling about the history of the island . The tour wasn’t crowded , about 13 people . Which made it perfect.
Excellent Day
Wanda_M, Oct 2023
Gregory was an amazing guide. He was friendly, had so much local knowledge, and looked after the safety of the group. We really enjoyed the full day tour. The musical Symposium, Perivolos beach, and Emperio Castle.
All About Santorini in 1 day
Kevin_V, Oct 2023
Why is Santorini all white with a little blue? Who built the castles and why? What's it like from a local's perspective? When and how did the island get so many cliffside hotel rooms? Where's the best place to see a sunset? Why are vineyards in Santorini different than any place in the world? Find out answers to these questions and more and see parts of the island most tourists don't get to see. Our tour guide, Gregory was everything we could have hoped for. Plus shopping, plus photo ops, plus wine; It was a quite a day.
Good tour, but AVOID the music "symposium!"
Brian_B, Oct 2023
Our guide, Gregory, was GREAT! Unfortunately, for us, the most memorable part of the tour was a negative. We were told that after Oct. 15 the tour would not be going to the music symposium. This suited us just fine, as we had NO INTEREST in it. Part way through the tour we were surprised to be escorted into a courtyard and told that now it was time for the music symposium. The venue was beautiful, but the symposium itself consisted of enduring a 30 minute talk by an overly dramatic lady, followed by a self absorbed performance by her musician husband. At one point, he handed out drums and instructed us to beat them while he marched in front of us and played the flute WITH HIS NOSE! It was abysmal, but we were a captive audience left with no other option. With a triumphant bow, the musician congratulated us on becoming a band and, mercifully, the "presentation" ended but the pain did not. A set of doors opened up and his wife reappeared, credit card reader in hand, to collect 13 euros per person and offer souvenirs for sale. At the end of the day, we were out 26 euros for a "performance" that we DID NOT WANT and were told WOULD NOT occur. As for the husband and wife team, they made 377 euros from our 19 person tour plus whatever refreshments and souvenirs they sold. Not bad for a little over an hours work! I understand that some people probably loved the symposium and to each their own, but we didn't appreciate this being sprung on us at an additional cost and given NO other option!

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