Book now half day tour of Santorini’s south side
Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Duration: 5 Hours
Departure Time: Flexible
Departure Point: Cable Car in Fira, Hotel, Airport, Port
Languages: English, French, Russian, Spanish, German
Highlights: Akrotiri Excavations, Red Beach, Black Beach, Emborio, Megalochori, Prophet Ilias, Pyrgos, Venetsanos Winery
|1-4 Guests:||€ 300|
|5-8 Guests:||€ 350|
|9-12 Guests:||€ 425|
|13-16 Guests:||€ 475|
A private tour of the Southern part of Santorini will give you an overview of the most spectacular and historical sites of the island. Come see the amazing views and historical places that will leave you with the best of impressions.
Half Day Tour of Santorini’s South Side
Firstly, you can visit the Ancient site of Akrotiri, also known as the “Minoan Pompeii”, which was destroyed and covered by the ashes of an enormous volcanic eruption in 1450 BC. The ancient Minoan city was discovered in 1967 nearby the homonymous modern village of Akrotiri; it was found remarkably well-preserved. Pottery, furniture, advanced drainage systems and three-story buildings have been discovered at the site. Many believe the disaster and the site itself are connected to the inspirational Plato’s story of Atlantis. Visitors are welcome to explore the archaeological site of Akrotiri at their own pace. An average visit can take 30 minutes.
Leaving the Akrotiri excavations, you will continue to the most famous and beautiful beaches of Santorini. First, you will visit the Red Beach located only some steps away from the ancient site of Akrotiri. The Red Beach is well known for the unique color of the sand and the hill behind it. The soaring red lava cliffs which drop right in the sandy shore and into the crystal clear blue sea make a majestic, breathtaking landscape.
Next, you are off to feel the sand beneath your feet as you visit the famous Black Beach, on the Southeastern coast of the island. Then you will continue to visit the village of Emborio, the biggest village on the island of Santorini. You can look at the historic windmills and have an excellent view of the rest of the island. On the hill above the village, you will discover both the ruins of Kasteli, a fortress from the Byzantine period and the ruins of Goulas, a famous medieval tower.
The next stop is the village of Megalochori, one of the most traditional villages on the island. Your guide will take you through the narrow streets where you will have the opportunity to admire the traditional architecture of the village.
Then you will make your way to the peak of Prophet Ilias, Santorini’s highest mountain that stands some 2,000 feet above the sea. Being amazed by the island vistas around you, your guide will take you inside the ornate Greek Christian monastery perched at the mountain’s summit.
From here you will proceed to the village of Pyrgos, the old capital of the island, where you will take a guided walk along the narrow paths to the ruins of the Venetian castle.
Your next stop is at the winery where you will learn the secrets of winemaking and enjoy all the tastes of the famous local wines. After the wine tasting, you will board the vehicle wich will take you back to the starting point.
Pick up from your Santorini hotel, the airport, ferry or cruise port, or a location in Santorini where you would like to start.
Half Day Tour of Santorini’s South Side
Please Note Prices are per tour and not per passenger.
|Your Group Size||Price Per Hour||The total amount for the 5 hours tour|
|1-4 Guests||€ 60 per hour||So for a 5-hour will cost € 300|
|5-8 Guests||€ 70 per hour||So for a 5-hour will cost € 350|
|9-12 Guests||€ 85 per hour||So for a 5-hour will cost € 425|
|13-16 Guests||€ 95 per hour||So for a 5-hour will cost € 475|
|17-20 Guests||€ 100 per hour||So for a 5-hour will cost € 500|
All rates include vehicle*
Knowledgeable local guide and chauffeur*
Foreign languages guide available at no extra charge: English, Spanish, French, German, Russian
Cruise passenger pick-up
All cruise passengers with individual programs are taken to the old Port of Fira, by tender boats. From the port, you will take the cable car up to Fira town.
The journey with a cable car takes 3 minutes and costs €5. Approximate start of the tour should be 1 hour after the scheduled arrival of the cruise ship.
The meeting point for the tour is at the cable car’s exit in Fira town. Your guide will wait for you there, holding a sign with your name.
Please include the name and arrival time of your ship, and full name and mobile phone number when booking of the tour in order for your pickup to be arranged.
Your guide will meet you at the hotel entrance door
Drop-off / End Point
Same as the meeting point
A deposit of € 50 Euros is required to secure your day with us.
You will pay the balance in cash after the end of the tour.
If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
October 12, 2017
Our family had an amazing tour of the highlights of Santorini with knowledgeable, warm and friendly guide Kristina and driver Spiros who both spoke fluent English. They were great fun, teaching us basic Greek words and phrases. We traveled in a comfortable, large air-conditioned van, and they created a custom tour for us. They brought us to a great restaurant for lunch at the black sand beach. Highly recommend this tour, logistics were easy – easy booking, highly worth every penny.
October 9, 2017
Took a tour with Santorini Unique Experience Tour and we all really loved it. The tour guide Konstantinos explained everything so well and he was so friendly and welcoming. They even modified the itinerary to fit us and how we wanted to do it, even giving us some extra time here and there. Overall a lovely trip that I highly recommend to anybody who only has a few hours to see everything.
October 9, 2017
Our drive Alex and tour guide Stefanos were great and we enjoyed the tour. They showed us some areas we would not have otherwise know about. Highly recommended!
—Stella & Joe H
Response from Santorini Tours
Thank you for your lovely review. It’s always great to read about our guest’s wonderful trips. We hope to see you soon again in Santorini.