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Santorini Oia Village Excursion Reviews

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Visit Oia, a pretty village of pastel-tinted houses set into the cliffside of Santorini’s highest peak. Look for paths in the village that will guide you to one of the two black-sand volcanic beaches.

adkirk25

1 review

Took the Oia speed boat transfer (booked on Facebook SantoriniPlanet) to Oia to avoid cable-car and donkeys on the way up the mountain. Oia is beautiful and must see! Walked around Oia, took pictures, shopped and had lunch. Transfer includes bus ride back. Boarding buses was chaotic, crowded and people were cutting. We made it on the bus and then got stuck in a traffic jam for 45 minutes because the roadway back to Santorini is not big enough for 2 tour buses to pass each other at the same time. Back in Santorini walked around the beautiful small town, shopped and then stood in line for 30 minutes waiting on the cable car back to the dock around 2pm. When we got back down to the dock, storm was starting to blow in and we jumped on the first tender we saw and we are lucky we did. The shut down tendering after ours for 2.5 hours after due to gusting 70 mph winds. Cable car was also shutdown. Folks were required to be back on board by 5PM and that was extended because people were stuck at the pier. Tons of people had to walk down the long path way that is shared with the donkeys and many elderly or disabled people were injured on the way down. The ship waited for all crew and guests to make their way back onboard after the storm died down around 5PM.


Provider: Independent Operator

TRUEBLUE66

3 reviews

One of the most beautiful places we have ever seen!!!
Took the excursion early to village of Oia, perched on the cliff edge, with the white houses and blue roofed churches.Quiet time of day. The photo's don't do it justice. Incredible! Just walked around and basked in the atmosphere and views. Wine tour on way back waste of time apart for toilet stop as Greek wine not to most people's liking.Dropped in main village of Fira for own explore and more incredible views and walks along the coastal path.One of the last to go down on the cable car to port for tender ride back to ship. Didn't want to leave!


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Mrs.JSparrow

1 review

More then enough time to walk around, unless you want to do some real shopping. narrow streets wear comfortable shoes as the roads are not flat.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

pedrocampa

1 review

Excellent if bried tour - loved the views.


Provider: MSC Cruises

tmt3698

1 review

Again would have liked more time in Oia, the winery was just ok. I mainly took this short excursion because I read the folks who take the shore excursion get to leave the ship first(to get on the tender) I guess we did I don't know and also read how hard it was to take the cable car down. It wasn't that big of a deal we stood in line about 30 mins. but we were running out of time the last tender was at 7pm so we probably should have allowed more time to stand in line for the cable car. Oia was gorgeous the pictures you see online don't do it justice. Unbelievable place!


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

CARMAD65

1 review

Lovely picturesque village


Provider: Independent Operator

TonV

1 review

Very short, guide was talking very loud and in Spanish and English. Was a way to see the island but I did not like it very much. Little time ,all rather hectic.

Provider: MSC Cruises

HickoryShampoo

1 review

Part of the private car we hired. She dropped us off and we met later. Just what we wanted.

Provider: Independent Operator

Darshan1

10 reviews

Great. Santorini is beautiful as its reputation. Do believe your excursion personnel when they tell you to think twice about walking down to the pier instead of the gondola. The gondola looks scary from outside, but is not at all. Meanwhile, the path doesn't look that bad from a distance, but apparently it's rather difficult to avoid "donkey business" and you end up needing a shower the moment you're back on board. The owner of a great art and souvenir shop, Delphini, in Oia Village helped us find our way to some great views of the classic blue domes. Our guide Joy (I think with Navigator tours) was friendly and informative. Santorini was great!

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

winniebago

1 review

Fantastic views,nice coach trip,lovely little quaint villages,long walk down with the donkeys if the cable cars are busy,great tour guide.

Provider: Costa Cruises

sammygoose

1 review

A must see.

Provider: Holland America Line

cognos18

1 review

Santorini is beautiful and our excursion consisted of a bus ride to Oia. We were left to wander at our leisure. Not worth the money Costa Cruises charged and most likely cheaper if we hired a taxi.

Provider: Costa Cruises

Blighty770

1 review

Informative tour, with a wine tasting stop en route to Oia. Too little time in Oia, but it was far too hot to really think about it too much. Great to be the first to disembark. Ship tendered us directly to where the coaches were waiting, so we weren't in the scorching heat for very long. Had a terrific lunch in Fira on our own, and enjoyed the fast cable car journey back to the port.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Heilanman

3 reviews

A very pretty little village, where we had about 1.5 hours of free time to wander and take photos, probably one of the most photographed villages in the Greek isles. We then drove to Fira where the tour ended and we had to make our own way back to the cable car station.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

wismergirl

3 reviews

We drove from the winery to the town and went past lots of beautiful sights. After dropping us off at a parking lot, we were allowed to explore on our own in the Village of Oia and had ample time to take pictures and walk around. It's unfortunate that we had to leave the village before sunset, as I heard that Oia has the most beautiful sunset in the world!

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

RobTexas

3 reviews

Oia and Fira Santorini was my favorite stop of all. It is both interesting and charming. The tour we took included: Bus to Oia Walk around Oia Bus around the island to Fira Walk around Fira Cable car down to the ship We were lucky that we were the only cruise ship in the day we went. There have been as many as 11 ships in at the same time.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

amydelaware

1 review

Amazing. This stop is the highlight- do not miss a thing here. Island is easy to get around and you need to see all the sights.

Provider: Holland America Line

Summerpls

1 review

Such a beautiful city sitting on top of the mountain. The only way up and down is either in cable cars or up the steps and they do have donkeys if you want to rent one. It's well worth the trip up. The scenery from our boat as we were anchored off shore was so beautiful. The water so blue and flat ... so many other boats, yachts and beautiful sail boats.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

mmeachm

3 reviews

Lousy guide, so-so tour.

Provider: Princess Cruises

EATPRAYTRAVEL

1 review

Oia Village is a very quaint, chic village with lots of alleys and unbelievable views and photo opportunity. Truly a photographer's heaven. Plenty of shops and nice tavernas, and one could spend all day and still not cover the whole area. Scenery is breathtaking, walks are uneven, so it can be challenging to those with impaired mobility. Would love to stay a few days here just to explore the area more and take in the glorious sunset.

Provider: Independent Operator

mokopuna2

2 reviews

Had a great time walking around this beautiful village. Loved the little shops and restaurants, would have loved more time there


Provider: Independent Operator

esb7

1 review

This tour was amazing! We walked through the village stopping at a restaurant to get baklava, crepes and cappuccinos. The views were so beautiful. The tour guide was very informative. The last stop was at a winery for wine tasting which was really fun. The views from the winery were also breath taking.

Provider: MSC Cruises

DonRobertoSanJuan

2 reviews

Best part was walking around Oia and Fira by ourselves. Took the tour to get on an early tender off the ship.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

msupovitz

1 review

Peter Wise

1 review

This was a "highlights" tour through beautiful villages and scenery and finishing in Thira. If you like expensive jewellery this is the tour for you.

Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

LaughCali

1 review

Loved the tour and we stopped at a restaurant and sampled the local food and wines and locals performed the traditional dances.

Provider: MSC Cruises

PegasusGM

4 reviews

Sunsets were beautiful as promised, along with the beautiful blue domed buildings.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

VEGAS-CRUISER

1 review

On return from Oia we got off the bus in the capital - everything OK - walk to and rode the tram down to landing rather than walk which would have been OK and mule ride maybe more exciting. Path very wide. Walking to tram quite picturesque - most beautiful island of Greece - would visit there by itself in the future

Provider: Holland America Line

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