Santorini Island Tour Excursion Reviews

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.
We took the RCL island tour, which included Oia, Fira along with wine tasting.
We took the RCL island tour, which included Oia, Fira along with wine tasting. On the plus side, we disembarked early on a tender to the old port. Some passengers tried to sneak off with the RCL excursions, and were turned back. We got ... Read More
We took the RCL island tour, which included Oia, Fira along with wine tasting. On the plus side, we disembarked early on a tender to the old port. Some passengers tried to sneak off with the RCL excursions, and were turned back. We got to Oia early, before other tour buses (and even before some stores opened) and got to experience the beauty before crowds showed up. By the time we left, the bus parking lots were full and you could barely walk through the town. At Fira, the guide started walking before the bus was fully unloaded. Chasing her through crowded streets and up a hill was a physical challenge. If she said anything about Fira, no one in the back of her 50 passenger tour could hear. She was not clear about how to get back to the ship, and defensive when people didn't understand her. Fira was packed with tourists (3-4 other ships in port). The 600+ uneven steps down to the port stank of donkey urine & poop. The alternative was to stand in line for an hour+ line in the sun to get to the cable car. There was no place to sit, and people were pushing, complaining, hot & tired. The MSC passengers standing around us were panicking about getting down before their ship sailed. No one was managing the line. We heard there was a physical fight at one point when someone tried to cut in. We saw a woman being helped through the line since she had turned an ankle on the uneven cobblestones or steps. Fira gift shops were full of touristy-junk, and prices seemed high compared to other islands. The churches we saw were closed to tourists when we were there (I am Orthodox and had wanted to light a candle). As our bus drove from Oia to Fira, we saw a lot of garbage such as plastic water bottles eveywhere along the roads. I had looked forward to seeing Santorini the most, so this was a disappointing port for me. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Perfect weather, the friendly hospitality of the greeks and an Island paradise perched high on a ...
Perfect weather, the friendly hospitality of the greeks and an Island paradise perched high on a cliff. A very enjoyable day. The cable cars are great but truthfully - the island is earning enough to double the amount of cars. They have to ... Read More
Perfect weather, the friendly hospitality of the greeks and an Island paradise perched high on a cliff. A very enjoyable day. The cable cars are great but truthfully - the island is earning enough to double the amount of cars. They have to do at least double or more to help tourists avoid losing an hour and sometimes up to 2 hours waiting for a seat. In the end, I chose to walk down the cliff which personally, was more satisfying. Crossing paths with the donkeys was an experience and the view spectacular. But you have to have good legs, string feet and the right footware. Some people took the steps down out of frustration (avoiding the 90 minute wait for a cable car seat) and this proved difficult fr them and injuring some unfortunate travellers. Twisting an ankle or breaking a wrist isn't what you want at the beginning of a 3 week cruise! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Santorini is beautiful and picturesque.
Santorini is beautiful and picturesque. There were a lot of people at the big touristy spots but our tour guide took us to some other spots that the big buses couldn't go which was nice. We had a 6 hour tour that went to a winery ... Read More
Santorini is beautiful and picturesque. There were a lot of people at the big touristy spots but our tour guide took us to some other spots that the big buses couldn't go which was nice. We had a 6 hour tour that went to a winery and to the very top of the islands' biggest mountain (hill!). Try to book a smaller tour so you can see more of the island. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Loved Santorini.
Loved Santorini. This was a very beautiful tour. We got an early start, which was good because we got to see a lot before the big crowds came. We had a good amount of free time to explore, which we liked.
Loved Santorini. This was a very beautiful tour. We got an early start, which was good because we got to see a lot before the big crowds came. We had a good amount of free time to explore, which we liked. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
incredible guide who grew up on the island and gave us an insiders view.
incredible guide who grew up on the island and gave us an insiders view. Santorini was way too crowded and the wait for the cable car was a little over 2 hours. Pick pockets were every where
incredible guide who grew up on the island and gave us an insiders view. Santorini was way too crowded and the wait for the cable car was a little over 2 hours. Pick pockets were every where Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Took tender to new port.
Took tender to new port. No need for steps or to wait 2hrs for cable car down as bus took us back to port, but do have option to stay on in Fira and make own way back. Beautiful Island and incredible spots for pics but thats it. We were ... Read More
Took tender to new port. No need for steps or to wait 2hrs for cable car down as bus took us back to port, but do have option to stay on in Fira and make own way back. Beautiful Island and incredible spots for pics but thats it. We were first big ship to arrive..expected 12000 tourists on island with pop of 10000. Again wall to wall people in small streets. Saying that, would have liked more time at each town, Guide was excellent and very informative...wine tasting was good and again a beautiful location. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Rode a coach bus to multiple cities for mostly self-guided walking tours.
Rode a coach bus to multiple cities for mostly self-guided walking tours. Glad we did it, but it was very much a one-and-done experience. August is peak season and VERY crowded.
Rode a coach bus to multiple cities for mostly self-guided walking tours. Glad we did it, but it was very much a one-and-done experience. August is peak season and VERY crowded. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Windstar Cruises
Our guide was funny and informative, and the stops we made provided great photo opportunities.
Our guide was funny and informative, and the stops we made provided great photo opportunities. A lunch was included and a stop at a winery where we were able to purchase one of our favourite wines.
Our guide was funny and informative, and the stops we made provided great photo opportunities. A lunch was included and a stop at a winery where we were able to purchase one of our favourite wines. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Our tour covered the whole island in a brief time!
Our tour covered the whole island in a brief time! First we went to Akritori to see the ancient ruins, then to Oia to see the blue roof houses, and finally back to Thera. On our own we visited the small prehistoric museum to see the ... Read More
Our tour covered the whole island in a brief time! First we went to Akritori to see the ancient ruins, then to Oia to see the blue roof houses, and finally back to Thera. On our own we visited the small prehistoric museum to see the detailed murals and also had time to eat lunch and then take the cable car back to the ship. So nice to have the bus transport us all quickly and efficiently. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great private tour of the island.
Great private tour of the island. Tour guide picked us up in a nice Mercedes van. Great information of the island history and its its people. Nice ending with a stop at a winery during sunset.
Great private tour of the island. Tour guide picked us up in a nice Mercedes van. Great information of the island history and its its people. Nice ending with a stop at a winery during sunset. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We scheduled a private driver and guide from Santorinitours.org.
We scheduled a private driver and guide from Santorinitours.org. Being the first of 4 ships into port was key to getting up to Fira via cable car without the crowds. We were on the first tender off the ship and on the first cable car. ... Read More
We scheduled a private driver and guide from Santorinitours.org. Being the first of 4 ships into port was key to getting up to Fira via cable car without the crowds. We were on the first tender off the ship and on the first cable car. Our driver met us by the cable cars and our party of 15 enjoyed a Mercedes mini-bus and a custom tour. Our highlights: getting to Oia early!! The place is packed but we were able to explore before the big crowds came. From there, we went to the Venetsantos Winery for a snack and wine tasting overlooking the beautiful sea. We then went to the Black Sand beach and had a wonderful lunch and swam for a bit. Our 6 hr. tour ended at Fira where we shopped. The line for the cable car had to be 2 hrs. long and with a 4:00 last tender, we didn't want to chance to wait in line. We did the horrendous 587 steps down, dodging donkey poo (which broke my heart seeing these mules go up and down in the 90-degree heat) and so much other pedestrian traffic. It was slippery at times, but, in the end, the smart decision to get back to tender. Overall, a beautiful place and one of the greatest times we had at port with our friends. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Saw Pyrgos Village and toured the island.
Saw Pyrgos Village and toured the island.
Saw Pyrgos Village and toured the island. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Okay, the views are spectacular.
Okay, the views are spectacular. But THE CROWDS! There were four cruise ships docked at the same time - the kinds that hold 3000+ passengers. It was like sardines in the streets. I'd say don't miss the views from Oia but set ... Read More
Okay, the views are spectacular. But THE CROWDS! There were four cruise ships docked at the same time - the kinds that hold 3000+ passengers. It was like sardines in the streets. I'd say don't miss the views from Oia but set your expectations accordingly. It won't be peaceful. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Very intersting, but walked about 8 miles, seemed like it was all uphill.
Very intersting, but walked about 8 miles, seemed like it was all uphill. I think it was probably a bad choice on our part and if I had a mulligan, I'd go to Oia instead.
Very intersting, but walked about 8 miles, seemed like it was all uphill. I think it was probably a bad choice on our part and if I had a mulligan, I'd go to Oia instead. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Not enough time -too much time spent waiting to leave and for bathroom breaks and lunch stop.
Not enough time -too much time spent waiting to leave and for bathroom breaks and lunch stop.
Not enough time -too much time spent waiting to leave and for bathroom breaks and lunch stop. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
tour guide fantastic, gondola ride back down to sea level was scary
tour guide fantastic, gondola ride back down to sea level was scary
tour guide fantastic, gondola ride back down to sea level was scary Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The highlight of this tour was the prehistoric village on the south end of the island.
The highlight of this tour was the prehistoric village on the south end of the island. It was buried by a volcanic eruption about 1600 BC and a lot has been excavated. It is all under cover. We also visited the cliff top villages of Oia ... Read More
The highlight of this tour was the prehistoric village on the south end of the island. It was buried by a volcanic eruption about 1600 BC and a lot has been excavated. It is all under cover. We also visited the cliff top villages of Oia and Fira. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Toured the island, visited Oia and Thira, had a wine tasting, went up to the Mountain of Prophet ...
Toured the island, visited Oia and Thira, had a wine tasting, went up to the Mountain of Prophet Elijah. Very good tour. The only down side was waiting over an hour in line for the tram ride down to the harbor.
Toured the island, visited Oia and Thira, had a wine tasting, went up to the Mountain of Prophet Elijah. Very good tour. The only down side was waiting over an hour in line for the tram ride down to the harbor. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
We were driven all around the island by a professional photographer, stopping at great sites for ...
We were driven all around the island by a professional photographer, stopping at great sites for pictures as well as hearing the history of the island
We were driven all around the island by a professional photographer, stopping at great sites for pictures as well as hearing the history of the island Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Overall trip took us to Akrotiri, back around to Oia for a (too brief) run-around visit, and then ...
Overall trip took us to Akrotiri, back around to Oia for a (too brief) run-around visit, and then back to Fira. Felt rushed much of the time, and the heat/humidity was pretty intense. The line to the cable car down to the tenders to our ... Read More
Overall trip took us to Akrotiri, back around to Oia for a (too brief) run-around visit, and then back to Fira. Felt rushed much of the time, and the heat/humidity was pretty intense. The line to the cable car down to the tenders to our ship was very long (another larger cruise ship was departing just ahead of us). Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Star Clippers
Met after we got on top of the island via cable car we had a lovely afternoon., unfortunately ...
Met after we got on top of the island via cable car we had a lovely afternoon., unfortunately everywhere was very crowed and HOT but this is expected in the summer and only time grandchildren can travel.
Met after we got on top of the island via cable car we had a lovely afternoon., unfortunately everywhere was very crowed and HOT but this is expected in the summer and only time grandchildren can travel. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Well organized, drop off near Thera a long up hill grind to gondola in feel like 40 degrees
Well organized, drop off near Thera a long up hill grind to gondola in feel like 40 degrees
Well organized, drop off near Thera a long up hill grind to gondola in feel like 40 degrees Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We rode electric-assist bikes all around the town.
We rode electric-assist bikes all around the town. It was our favorite activity of the week, yet not our favorite city. Athens is like any big city, dirty, polluted and run down.
We rode electric-assist bikes all around the town. It was our favorite activity of the week, yet not our favorite city. Athens is like any big city, dirty, polluted and run down. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
too much driving and jams on narrow streets where two coaches couldn't pass
too much driving and jams on narrow streets where two coaches couldn't pass
too much driving and jams on narrow streets where two coaches couldn't pass Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
This was the best day of the trip.
This was the best day of the trip. it was rainy but warm and the food we ate was amazing as was the island itself. I would go back to see this again.
This was the best day of the trip. it was rainy but warm and the food we ate was amazing as was the island itself. I would go back to see this again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises