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Santorini Island Tour Excursion Reviews

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Become acquainted with the ancient island of Santorini -- known to be the site of the lost city of Atlantis -- with a city tour of its charming villages and best sightseeing spots.

fabnfortysomething

7 reviews

fantastic tour with Santorini taxi tours with Kostas-very good overview of island


Provider: Independent Operator

bjrivers

1 review

FANTASTIC high light of tour. So good beautiful place. BUT the cable car going up is not for the faint hearted and coming back we queued in midday heat no shade for over an hour. There were near riots with people trying to push in. Older people fainting. Only way to get there apart from walking a high that is practically perpendicular or going on an aged donkey that is not so sure footed and with no guide to help them only at beginning and end. My son walked down and found that it was next to impossible with the amount of donkey poo everywhere. We then waited another hour again in the heat for the tender. If the cruise liners want to keep stopping here they need to sort this out somebody will die if not 100%fit.


Provider: Independent Operator

FLSuep

2 reviews

Great place to visit, must take a tour and see as much as you can. Had been here before so did the Island tour. Guide was good.


Provider: Holland America Line

canuck1669

1 review

Island is beautiful and the sunset reflecting on the mountain and roof tops was amazing.
Suggest riding the Gondola to the top. Donkeys may be fun for those under 40 but definitely slower and smellier.This was one of the independent tours we took. It was smaller 10 people and more intimate than the larger Cruise Tours (40+). Better opportunity as well to ask questions and our bus driver was able to stay one step ahead of the regular Cruise tours.


Provider: Independent Operator

Pugdom@verizon.net

1 review

Entitled "Santorini: Akrotiri - The Lost City of Atlantis", this was a scenic drive of this beautiful island and stop to tour Akrotiri, a Minoan city that is still undergoing excavation. This is the highest point on the island and offered terrific views and photo ops. Everything about this excursion was wonderful!


Provider: Cunard Line

trexdex

1 review

Highlight was getting off the Bus and touring Fira on our own. Bus tour doesn't want you to take the cable car back down as they save money on cable car tickets on unused tickets which are paid for on this tour.

Provider: Princess Cruises

HickoryShampoo

1 review

Part of the private car we hired. Took us everywhere we wanted to go.

Provider: Independent Operator

HickoryShampoo

1 review

Hired a private car, because all the cruise tours involved wine and none involved the beaches. Took us to red sand beach near Akrotiri and black sand beach at Perissa. Also took us to Oia, then back to Fira. Booked via internet, but can't remember the site.

Provider: Independent Operator

Kellie Poodle

6 reviews

Santorini is one gigantic photo op. It's gorgeous. We had a fantastic tour guide who gave us so much insight into the history, politics and culture of the island. We visited all the most photogenic sites as well as a few off-the-beaten-path places that tourists don't usually go.

Provider: Independent Operator

ozeannie

1 review

We went on this tour as a "blind date" with 8 other people from Cruise Critic. We had basically the same group again for 2 other tours and despite the misgivings of whether it would work or not, on this occasion everyone got along really well and it was definitely the better option over a ship's tour. We were to meet Dimitri at 3pm, however we got a very early tender and were able to get to the top at 2.30 - our group leader rang ahead and Dimitri was there not too long after us. We had a good overview tour of the whole island which included Santos winery, Ana's homemade stall, the Black sand beach and of course Oia. We didn't see too much of Fira at the start as we took off more or less straight away. One of our group was an older lady not as sure on her feet and there was a bit of a steep walk down stairs to where the van was parked, but she managed with help. Be aware that all the streets are uneven and there are many stairs everywhere. Dimitri was very affable and gave good local inside information on the workings of the island. The van was very new, air-conditioned and extremely comfortable. We felt though that we probably spent a bit too much time in getting to Oia which is after all the highlight of the trip. It was already getting dark when we got there and whilst we were wanting to see the sunset, it would have been good to have arrived a little earlier to get some brighter pictures as well. The only thing we would change would be to request more time in Oia. We then returned to Fira but not really with any time to see it or do any shopping before going back to the ship. Would like to have spent more time in both places. If you are coming via cruise ship, try your best to get one of the early tenders. Dimitri's wife had another group and they didn't start their tour until a couple of hours after us as they got a much later tender off the ship. They basically went straight to Oia as there was no time for anything else, at least I assume so as they were already there when we arrived.

Provider: Independent Operator

tenby50

1 review

Dimitris was excellent, organised for 16 of us in his new minibus and wasn't disappointed. Great value and excellent knowledge of his island.

Provider: Independent Operator

vs8864

4 reviews

Simply beautiful.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

wismergirl

3 reviews

As we checked http://www.cruisetimetables.com (a very important & useful site, check and plan accordingly!!) and knew that there were 3 other cruise ships docking there on the same day, we decided to join the ship excursion SO01 (CA$79.75 per person) - Village of Oia and Santorini Island - to take advantage of visiting Oia first, instead of taking the cable car or donkey to Fira with the crowds. Besides, there was no need to queue up early for the tendering tickets. The wine tasting was good and the view was incredible! IMO, Oia was more beautiful than the well-known capital, Fira. Both thumbs up for this tour!

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

brijsood

1 review

Good tour but expensive - 800 euros for 14 people for a 5-hour tour. The vehicle had room for 22 so when we added two, the company asked for 100 euros more(!) but eventually relented and did not charge any extra. Santorini is beautiful. We rode up on the donkeys - enjoyed it. Went down on the funicular. Walked around the little town after the tour. Pictures: https://picasaweb.google.com/110446672587444099861/VeniceCruiseSantorini?locked=true

Provider: Independent Operator

EATPRAYTRAVEL

1 review

We booked a 10 person van for a 5 - 6 hour tour with Private Santorini Tours & Transfer, for a tour of the whole island, and were met at the top of the cable car at the designated time. We had a driver and a guide, Julia, who gave the group an introduction of the island, its people, its life. The van that was provided was actually a 16 person van, making it very comfortable for the ten of us. A brief intro later, we headed to the usual tourist spots for photo shoots, then wound our way around the island, making a longer stop at Oia Village, which was very very charming. Wish we could have stayed longer, but we need to cover other areas, so we continue on our journey. Along the way, we passed by small villages, vineyards, and then had lunch at a restaurant by Red Beach. It was a very relaxing, simple lunch, with a gorgeous view of the beach and beyond. After lunch, we visited Akrotiri, an ancient city buried underneath lava many many years ago. It is a much much smaller scale than the other similar ruins in Europe, but equally interesting. After this, we ventured back to Fira, for some wine tasting. Although we did not participate in the wine tasting, the view from the veranda looking out into the ocean was so breathtaking, I could sit here a whole day and not get bored with the scenery.

Provider: Independent Operator

mokopuna2

2 reviews

Was met at the top of the cable car on our arrival and driven all over the island. Had plenty of stops for photo opportunities plus time on our own to walk around Oia. Also stopped at Santo Wines for a wine tasting. Very happy with our tour. Although we got back to the cable car in plenty of time to catch the tender it would be wise to allow plenty of time to allow for the huge queue waiting to go down. We waited for at least 1-hour at the top cathcing the last scheduled tender but there were many more people waiting behind us. I guess they all made it back on-board OK.


Provider: Independent Operator

msupovitz

1 review

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