Knowledgeable and entertaining driver. it was a full 16 seater minibus, so a little cramped, but we had a great day seeing the island including Oia (Ia), Venetsianos Winery and a stop at the black sand beach for lunch.
with all the other ships in port this day we booked Alex private boat tours. Found another couple to split the cost with. He picked us up at the tender drop off thus avoiding the 3 hour cable car or long hot donkey trail. Was the best day of the vacation. Panos and Demitiris were excellent. Went snorkeling, swimming in the volcanic area, had lunch, good music and great hosts.
Beautiful place! Tiny cobblestone streets. Best to go early before the crowds. Another "steer" to a winery. If you fear heights don't look when you get in cable car! Long lines for it but it moves quickly
The Alrontiri village part was great. I give it a 4.5 out of 5. The crowds in Ola were terrible and things got dangerous in narrow streets we had to pass through. Things got worse when we had to return to the ship from Fira by cable car. We were taken to Santorini by launch from the ship to the port of Santorini where we met the bus. But we were not returned to the port. We had to wait 90 minutes in the hot sun for our turn to take the cable car down from Fira to the catch a launch to the ship. This spoiled the entire day for us and others. F- to Celebrity for this.
tour was good and the city was OK. Kind of smelly and dirty. My friend who wanted to see Santorini was disappointed that there weren't more blue painted roofs which is shown in travel brochures. I didn't think it was much of a destination getaway.
The so called vineyards have grapes which look like srcub brush. Very different from regular vineyards. An island which is not very pretty...
We booked a private tour with Kostas at Santorini-private-guide.com. Kostas gave us very clear directions on catching the cable car and our meeting point. He was born on the island and lives in his grandparents home with young family. Van was clean and Kostas took us from Fira to Oia to Akrotiri. He was great host and guide .
In theory it sounded good - a tour of the island including Oia, a winery, and Fira. It was too much to do and not enough time at any one place.
Although Oia is beautiful (home of the blue-domed churches), 2 negative experiences left me with a bad taste - one was an attempt by a pickpocket to lift a fellow passenger's wallet while he was taking pictures (which I witnessed and then started screaming telling him to back away). Upon reflection, I don't believe I ever saw 1 police office in Oia.
Also in Oia, there were so many tour buses that the parking lot became jammed up and it took our bus almost 20 minutes to depart.
Finally be aware that if your tour includes a cable car ticket back down to the dock, you need to give yourself AT LEAST an hour to get on the cable car. Our tour guide did give us this advise and I was very appreciative as it was clear others had not. Also, make sure you have water while you wait. The sun was blazing hot and there was no shade to be found.
Imagine passengers from 2-3 ships trying to get back at the same time and the cable cars only hold 36 passengers on a trip. An alternative would be the walk down the donkey trail, which takes about 20 minutes.
Tour SO01 terrible experience. Spent most of the time on the bus or in a winery. Tour left at 11:15 which was too late to see what was promised.. We arrived in Fira with barely enough time to make the cable car. Tour was highly misrepresented by R C.
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