This tour is ideal for you, if you stay in Oia or if you do not wish to include Oia in your tour. You will see one of the most famous blue domed churches in Firostefani overlooking the volcano.
We will visit the village of Pyrgos with its castle-like medieval architecture and the 39 churches, and if you are in a walking mood, we will follow the steps up to the top of the hill to enjoy the panorama to the whole island. Pyrgos is a village whose center cannot be accessed by car. In case you find it hard to follow the steps to the top of the hill where the oldest part of Pyrgos is situated, we will drive around the village and visit Megalochori village instead, that is a more comfortable walk.
If you are interested in seeing a volcanic beach, we could have a photo opp of the red or the black beach. You will then have the chance to explore the extraordinary prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri in a guided tour of the excavation. Santorini has a long history starting, according to the up to nowadays research, about 7000 years ago and the most important settlement of the time is Akrotiri. The volcanic debris that covered it during the eruption of the 17th century BC sealed the town and preserved it in a perfect condition for about 3600 years. The excavation that is still carried out revealed a brilliant civilization with technology advanced in all aspects and especially in construction: multi-storey houses, decorated with avant-garde frescoes and equipped with a very advanced sewage network and all these. . . during the Bronze Age! Follow us on a journey to this incredible era and allow yourselves to "meet" the society that reached this high level of achievements approximately 3600 years ago!
Last but not least, we will include a stop at a winery where you are going to learn about the unique ways of viticulture, the local varieties, the traditional and modern methods of vinification and you are going to have the chance to taste some of the most famous wines of the island (or all!)
If you are interested in history, if your hobby is photography, if you prefer to get a more in-depth knowledge of a place following an off the beaten track itinerary, if you love wine, then this tour will perfectly meet your needs.
Firostefani (photo stop)
Pyrgos or Megalochori (you can choose which one of the two villages you wish to see)
Red or black beach (photo stop)
|Duration : 6 hours|
|Minimal to moderate|
We use an A/C Mercedes van with a separate driver for both your convenience as well as safety reasons.
Dimitria is by far the best tour guide I have ever had on a trip and I have taken dozens. As a native and a scholar, she knows the history, the culture, and the best kept secrets of her country. She also knows EVERYONE. Everywhere we went with her, s...Read More...
I have been taking tours around the world for more years than I’d care to reveal. In no uncertain terms Dimitra was the best guide I ever had the pleasure to work with. I hired her for the to take my 11 and 13 year old daughters and me around Santo...Read More...
All I can say is WOW!! We booked a tour with Dimitra based on the advice of some of our friends that had also taken this tour, and we were not disappointed in any way. First, it’s not a tour that’s canned, Dimitra will listen to your desir...Read More...
We are almost speechless. Yet every question we had (and we had plenty) was answered with depth and passion. She brought the entire island and its culture alive - past and present. Every step and word was intentional. She brought Akrotiri to life - a...Read More...