Santorini

Santorini Must-See Highlights: Private Sightseeing Tour

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Santorini Private Minibus Sightseeing Tour

From $237.45

Price varies by group size

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 5 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

The ideal introduction for first-time visitors to the island, this private, half-day driving tour covers all of Santorini’s most spectacular sights. Travel comfortably between locations in a chauffeured, WIFI-equipped vehicle, stopping at iconic landmarks, from postcard-perfect Oia to the famous red-sand volcanic beach. Tours include an optional visit to Akrotiri Archaeological Site plus free time for lunch or a swim.
  • A half-day, private chauffeured minibus tour of Santorini
  • Bring your camera: the tour guarantees stunning photo opportunities at multiple stops
  • Drive up the caldera’s craggy coastline, from the southernmost point to the northern edge
  • Ditch the crowds and enjoy a customized travel experience, unique to you and your party

What's Included

  • Hotel or cruise port pickup (top of cruise port's cable car)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • WiFi on board
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees at optional visits (Wineries & Museums)
  • Cable car tickets for cruise ship travelers

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Santorini Cable Car - Upper Station
    Ipapantis 10, Thira 847 00, Greece

    We kindly request your presence at the upper station of the cable car at the departure time. Upon your exit from the cable car, your guide, holding a sign displaying your name, will be awaiting your arrival. If any delays are anticipated, we kindly request you to get in touch with us directly.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Oia

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Oia's Main Street

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Three Bells of Fira

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Firostefani

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Monastery of Profitis Ilias

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Pyrgos (Pass By)

Red Beach

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Akrotiri (Pass By)

Lighthouse

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Akrotiri Archaeological Site (Pass By)

Perissa Black Sand Beach

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Sunset in Oia (Pass By)

Santorini Tours (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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.

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DouglasAllen_B
The scenery is beautiful. Tasos, our guide, made the history of Santorini come alive. He showed us all the sights but also was knowledgeable on the geography and the special adaptations the locals have made to survive and thrive in a desert location that gets very little rain. We came after the tourist season, so things were more relaxed with fewer crowds. We loved having Tasos as our guide. A very good way to see the whole island in 5 hours

Reviews

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Beautiful Santorini
Mark_R, Dec 2023
What a wonderful day. Like many others, we took this tour as an alternative to what our cruise ship was offering. Our guide (Nikolas) meet us as planned at the top of the cable car. After a nice introduction to Santorini, off we went to explore the island. I found Nikolas to be a knowledgeable and friendly guide who was great at detailing the history and importance of every location we visited. If visiting Santorini on your own, or if arriving on a cruise ship, I would highly recommend this private tour. Nikolas, the short stop at the brewery and the nice lunch location made our day. Thanks for everything.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for leaving us this wonderful 5✨ review ! Our hearts are filled with gratitude for your meticulous review and your glowing praise for one of our guides and our company overall. Team works hard to exceed your expectations and we're thrilled it shows. Hope to be your hosts again in the future.
Great tour
Christopher_B, Nov 2023
Great tour! We were met promptly at the top of the cable car by our guide Aphrodite Marie. She had an incredible amount of knowledge about the Island of Santorini. We got a complete tour of the Island including Oia, the Red sand beach, black sand beach, a local winery and more. We literally travelled the complete length of the island both high and low. There were plenty of stops along the way as she knew all the best places to get the most amazing views and pictures. If I had to give a criticism, it would be in Oia. She gave us a briefing of where everything was in town, and then let us explore on our own, some may want the guide to accompany them through the town, although it was very easy to navigate and find all the sites she told us about. Overall, great tour. Much better than those being offered by the cruise ship.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Dear Guests, We're deeply thankful for your meticulous 5✨ review and your high praise for one of our guides. We're overjoyed to learn that you've gained lots of knowledge and got a real feel for our island's culture. Our guides are dedicated to taking you beyond the usual tourist spots and immersing you in the true essence of Greek hospitality, complete with homemade food treats. We're extremely happy to know that we've managed to create a memorable Santorini adventure for you, forever remembered in great photos. Sending our warmest wishes to you!
Tasos was an amazing tour guide !
Mary_S, Nov 2023
Tasos did an amazing job giving us a private tour of Santorini. He was adaptable and arrived an hour earlier once we arrived to the top of the cable cars in Fira. We got to see all parts of Santorini besides Fira and Ola. His knowledge of Santorini and Greek history was amazing . The private tour was a highlight of our Mediterranean cruise.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your warm review. We were truly honored to host you during your island getaway. Sending our best wishes your way!
HIGHLY recommend!
Angela_L, Nov 2023
Our guide George was amazing! Very knowledgeable with the history in Santorini. He took us to all the spots, and we were able to avoid crowds. We got fabulous photos throughout the day and information of the island. With an hour left of our tour, I realized I lost my passport and went into panic mode as we were flying to Athens the next morning. George was very calm and took us to a few spots to back track our steps and call places that I made purchases. In the end, a local found it and drove it to the police station. George then drove us 30 minutes to go pick it up. Not only was he very comforting, but his boss also said "don’t leave her until she finds it" which was his plan anyway. This is the company you want to book with. Would give 10 stars if I could. We missed the black beach and the winery with a great view BUT our trip was no longer delayed due to a missing passport. Now it’s been about 5 hours, our tour time was up but George took us to a nearby winery with was 5 min from our hotel so we could relax. We offered to tack a cab to the hotel, and he insisted on waiting and telling us to take our time and enjoy the winery. He even checked in with us later in the evening to make sure I had calmed down and able to enjoy our last night in Santorini. Thanks to George and the amazing local, I can’t wait to come visit Santorini again. What a beautiful island with caring people that live within.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your generous 5✨ review and recommendation of our services! We are delighted that our team was able to fulfil your requirements and deliver an exceptional service.  We're looking forward to creating more amazing memories with you in the future.
Ok at best, I am sure people can get better for a lot less $.
Paul_J, Nov 2023
The car ride up the mountain with the driver, with no guide. Old town tour was good but very short, not worth the money we paid for this package. This was the fifth tour with aviator in the last 6 days, all the others were great, this one barely ok. Paul Jubinville Canada
Steps and History - Not for the Faint of Hear
Bob_S, Nov 2023
Visiting the view from the top of the caldera with our guide Nickolas, visiting the red and black beaches, going to local areas versus tourist areas. Nickolas was amazing in sharing different historical bits of information about how Santorini changed due to an earthquake thousands of years ago, showing the geological make-up of the island.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Your brilliant 5✨ review is proof of our team's hard work and careful attention. They've catered to your needs with precision and focus, thereby meeting your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back and aim to go beyond your expectations once again.
Great tour and loved our guide Tasos. Great way to see the whole island in half a day
DouglasAllen_B, Nov 2023
The scenery is beautiful. Tasos, our guide, made the history of Santorini come alive. He showed us all the sights but also was knowledgeable on the geography and the special adaptations the locals have made to survive and thrive in a desert location that gets very little rain. We came after the tourist season, so things were more relaxed with fewer crowds. We loved having Tasos as our guide. A very good way to see the whole island in 5 hours
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thanks for sharing your 5* rating with us and writing such a detailed review for our community. We're so glad to know that you picked up lots of new things and that this tour was perfectly arranged to match your likes. Until we see each other again, we wish you safe and enjoyable travels.
Santorini highlights in a few hours.
Laraine_M, Oct 2023
What a fantastic day we had with Nick in Santorini. He took us all over the island, to all the significant places and gave us a great deal of information along the way. Would thoroughly recommend this tour to everyone. Thanks Nick.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We're overjoyed to hear your fantastic 5✨ review and thank you for recommending us to other travelers. Our team works hard to exceed your expectations and we're thrilled it shows. Until we meet again, wish you safe and enjoyable travels.
Best of Santorini is THE BEST,
Carsten_H, Oct 2023
Nicholas, our tour guide/driver was amazing. He had a great day planned for us and changed few things for us as he saw what we really liked. He taught us so much about Santorini and history. We had fun day and he even took it in stride that I got car sick😩. He was sweet and checked on me even day after. Highly recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
We are incredibly thankful for your exceptional review and glowing recommendation of our company to other travelers. Our team pours their heart and soul into personalizing this tour to your preferences, making it as seamless and enjoyable as possible, so we are over the moon to hear that you had a blast! We look forward to the possibility of hosting you again on one of our tours in the future.
A day at Santorini
Laura_R, Oct 2023
We thoroughly enjoyed our private tour of Santorini. Ascending the gondola was breathtaking from the port. Our guide drove us to Oia, Fina, and his home town of Kapaka. We loved the small town feel and the beautiful beaches. We were able to visit Santos Wines for a tasting before heading back to our ship.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for gifting us a 5* review!  We were truly honored to welcome you during your brief sojourn on our beautiful island.  We send our best wishes your way and eagerly await your return visit!
Perfect Day in Santorini
Nicholas_S, Oct 2023
If you will be visiting Santorini, and want to see everything that Santorini has to offer, look no further! Santorini was one of the stops on our Greek Isles & Italy cruise, and we had about 8 hours to explore. This private tour allowed us to maximize every minute of those 8 hours and see everything we wanted to, and nothing we didn't. Excellent communication from the tour operator prior to our tour date, and communication with our guide (via WhatsApp) the day of the tour (prior to the tour starting) was seamless. Our tour guide Aphrodite was the absolute best. She was very welcoming & kind, and also very knowledgeable about Santorini, as she provided fabulous insights and background about everything we saw during our tour. She full customized the itinerary based on what we wanted to see, and made recommendations accordingly. She was even able to reserve for us one of the best tables at a local winery so we could watch the sunset from a cliff-side vantage point high above the Caldera. This provided a viewing experience that was just as good, if not better than any view you would get if you watched the sunset from Oia, all without having to fight the crowds that gather to see the sunset from Oia. We had the perfect day in Santorini with memories that will last a lifetime. This stop on our cruise ended up being our favorite, and this all thanks to the tour operator, and our guide Aphrodite.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Our hearts are filled with gratitude for your meticulous review and your glowing praise for one of our guides and our company overall. We're elated to discover that you amassed a wealth of knowledge and that this tour was adeptly customized to cater to your needs. Our delight is boundless, knowing we've succeeded in crafting a memorable Santorini journey for you by guiding you to the island's best sunset spot, far from the bustling crowds.  We're looking forward to creating more amazing memories with you in the future.
Best tour of the trip
Brian_K, Oct 2023
Our group of 4 had a private tour with a great tour guide who drove us to different parts of the island. He had a degree in history so he was very knowledgeable and very friendly. He also asked us what we wanted to see/do to make sure that it was included in the tour. We had a few minutes on our own to have a glass of local wine. Plenty of time for pictures at all the great spots. Overall this was probably our favorite tour of our trip because the guide was really the best.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
We are gratified by your outstanding 5-star review and the fact that you've deemed this tour as the pinnacle of your trip. It brings us immense pleasure to learn that this tour was entirely tailored to your preference and that it provided you with a multitude of insights about our island. We look forward to the opportunity to accomodate you again in the future.
Great Guide, Great Tour
Thomas_T, Oct 2023
Fantastic tour. Our guide (Tomas) was knowledgeable, entertaining and flexible. We saw all the highlights and weee able to spend time doing the actowe all wanted to experience.
Delightful
Jill_C, Oct 2023
Riding the donkeys up to the city was a blast. Private local guide showing us around to the places tourists don't get to go. The winery
Great Private Tour
Tiffany_S, Oct 2023
Our tour guide Thomas was great! He made sure we covered as much as we could during our 1 day (cruise stop) in Santorini. We had an amazing lunch at the beach & our unexpected wine tasting experience was a lot of fun. This is great tour for those who don't like to tour in a large group.
Perfect Guide
Kelly_T, Oct 2023
The guide, Bobby, was wonderful. He tailored the tour to our handicap needs and we had a wonderful time.
The best way to see Santorini
Anne_C, Oct 2023
This tour was perfect - a low stress tour, with information about all the sights, but with some time for ourselves to explore in Fira. George was the perfect host, and being picked up from the hotel and delivered back again was perfect.
Great host! Great tour!
April_M, Oct 2023
George was a great guide and spoke really good English. Very knowledgeable. Took us to the best picturesque locations possible and showed us the entire island.
Awesome!!!
Julie_N, Oct 2023
Our tour guide Zafiris was the best!! He customized our tour to make it memorable and so fun! He was conscious of our time restraints and made sure we got to all of all sites.
Wonderful tour of Santorini
Kimberly_B, Oct 2023
Bobis was a great guide. We saw the whole island of Santorini from the highest point at the monestary to each little village. He explained the history and had pictures comparing how the island used to look vs. what we were seeing. Beautiful island and the best guide!!
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