Santorini Oia Village Excursion Reviews

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.
Excursion was called Santorini Panorama - Traveled to the highest point of the island to see the ...
Sail Date: October 2018
Excursion was called Santorini Panorama - Traveled to the highest point of the island to see the views below, then to Oia Village, & finally to Thira, ride down to Fira on the cable car, back to ship via tender. It was a nice overview ... Read More
Excursion was called Santorini Panorama - Traveled to the highest point of the island to see the views below, then to Oia Village, & finally to Thira, ride down to Fira on the cable car, back to ship via tender. It was a nice overview of the island. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Extremely crowded, cruise description was not even close to what was described.
Sail Date: October 2018
Extremely crowded, cruise description was not even close to what was described. Spent over half the allotted time on a bus or in line to get onto the cable cars to get back to the ship. To top it all off, grossly inflated prices in at ... Read More
Extremely crowded, cruise description was not even close to what was described. Spent over half the allotted time on a bus or in line to get onto the cable cars to get back to the ship. To top it all off, grossly inflated prices in at least some of the businesses in the sales guantlet that has to be ran to get to the cable car line (47 euros for a bottle of beer, a glass of wine and two appitizers). Santorino is like combining the worst aspects of Europe with the worst aspects of Central America. Would never go again. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Oia was Very Crowded.
Sail Date: October 2018
Oia was Very Crowded. About 30 mins free time to get a drink or shop
Oia was Very Crowded. About 30 mins free time to get a drink or shop Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Oia's a beautiful village.
Sail Date: October 2018
Oia's a beautiful village. But, the overwhelming number of shops, lining the narrow streets, with the same touristy stuff distracted from our enjoyment of it. The guide ran on ahead at the end of the tour, leaving us not sure which ... Read More
Oia's a beautiful village. But, the overwhelming number of shops, lining the narrow streets, with the same touristy stuff distracted from our enjoyment of it. The guide ran on ahead at the end of the tour, leaving us not sure which way the cable car was. Also, it's a long hot stair climbing walk to the cable car. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
way too rushed for us but enjoyed the day.
Sail Date: September 2018
way too rushed for us but enjoyed the day. Santorini has changed since our visit 10 years ago. where are all the blue tops that were in Finra? best part of the day was walking down the donkey path at the end of the day as the line for ... Read More
way too rushed for us but enjoyed the day. Santorini has changed since our visit 10 years ago. where are all the blue tops that were in Finra? best part of the day was walking down the donkey path at the end of the day as the line for the cable car was way too long. I am serious! It was hard but the trail is wide and its a great workout. some nice restaurants and shops as you first descend. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
neat city, like Mykonos.
Sail Date: September 2018
neat city, like Mykonos. Had just enough time to race through to the less crowded areas, have a nice cafe experience, and then wander back. Might return to stay a few nights. another hour would have been great. Afterwards, were dropped ... Read More
neat city, like Mykonos. Had just enough time to race through to the less crowded areas, have a nice cafe experience, and then wander back. Might return to stay a few nights. another hour would have been great. Afterwards, were dropped off in Fira, and wandered there and had lunch. The line to get back down to the dock for the tender was CRAZY so be sure to leave extra time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Incredible how easy this lifestyle is to get used to.
Sail Date: September 2018
Incredible how easy this lifestyle is to get used to. Perfect scenery and it doesn't get any better than seeing the views here.
Incredible how easy this lifestyle is to get used to. Perfect scenery and it doesn't get any better than seeing the views here. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
WAAAAY to crowded - made it a little unbearable.
Sail Date: September 2018
WAAAAY to crowded - made it a little unbearable. But we were definitely warned about this. Absolutely stunning place though. We went to lunch at a restaurant that was really expensive and the service was terrible. So maybe do some research ... Read More
WAAAAY to crowded - made it a little unbearable. But we were definitely warned about this. Absolutely stunning place though. We went to lunch at a restaurant that was really expensive and the service was terrible. So maybe do some research on that beforehand. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Bus met us to the south of the island (tender port) and drove to Oia in the north.
Sail Date: September 2018
Bus met us to the south of the island (tender port) and drove to Oia in the north. It was very hot and cramped in the bus. OIa was hectic, with a huge crow of tourists. We only had a short time to look around and take some photos, then ... Read More
Bus met us to the south of the island (tender port) and drove to Oia in the north. It was very hot and cramped in the bus. OIa was hectic, with a huge crow of tourists. We only had a short time to look around and take some photos, then off to the black sand beach for a swim and lunch (which was nice), before coach took us back to the tender. I really don't understand the hype around Santorini. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Great excursion in Oia with a nice guide, bus and free time
Sail Date: August 2018
Great excursion in Oia with a nice guide, bus and free time
Great excursion in Oia with a nice guide, bus and free time Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Costa Cruises
Fabulous visit to a beautiful village followed by free time in Fira where we had the time to have a ...
Sail Date: August 2018
Fabulous visit to a beautiful village followed by free time in Fira where we had the time to have a lovely lunch over looking the bay and some shopping. Stunning and an excellent guide. Just an early start having to be in the theatre for ... Read More
Fabulous visit to a beautiful village followed by free time in Fira where we had the time to have a lovely lunch over looking the bay and some shopping. Stunning and an excellent guide. Just an early start having to be in the theatre for 6.45am - ouch Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Needed more time there but transport too bad and caused delays.
Sail Date: July 2018
Needed more time there but transport too bad and caused delays.
Needed more time there but transport too bad and caused delays. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Beautiful from start to finish everything we expected and more.
Sail Date: June 2018
Beautiful from start to finish everything we expected and more. A very good guide.
Beautiful from start to finish everything we expected and more. A very good guide. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We did Oia on Your Own, and it was probably the best way to see it.
Sail Date: June 2018
We did Oia on Your Own, and it was probably the best way to see it. It was plenty of time in Oia and Fira. Both were very crowded, junky shops lining every walkway, and we were there on a light day! I would have liked to try a wine ... Read More
We did Oia on Your Own, and it was probably the best way to see it. It was plenty of time in Oia and Fira. Both were very crowded, junky shops lining every walkway, and we were there on a light day! I would have liked to try a wine tasting as part of the excursion, people enjoyed the ones that stopped at a winery. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
Saw the ruins at Akrotiri and pretty much toured the island by bus getting to the ruins site.
Sail Date: June 2018
Saw the ruins at Akrotiri and pretty much toured the island by bus getting to the ruins site. Stopped at Eia and then Fira with our guide. Really nice, knowledgeable. Blue and white domed Churches and white buildings are nice to see.... Read More
Saw the ruins at Akrotiri and pretty much toured the island by bus getting to the ruins site. Stopped at Eia and then Fira with our guide. Really nice, knowledgeable. Blue and white domed Churches and white buildings are nice to see. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
When you get off the tender boat, there are several tour operators that will take you to Oia by ...
Sail Date: June 2018
When you get off the tender boat, there are several tour operators that will take you to Oia by boat. We took one of these boats to Oia, then a short bus ride to the town. We were able to walk around there for a while, and then we took ... Read More
When you get off the tender boat, there are several tour operators that will take you to Oia by boat. We took one of these boats to Oia, then a short bus ride to the town. We were able to walk around there for a while, and then we took another bus ride back to Fira, and then waited in the long line for the cable car back down to the tender boat. It was beautiful, but I felt that we spent a lot of the day in transport. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
We did the Oia Village with stop at winery and then finishing at cable car town.
Sail Date: June 2018
We did the Oia Village with stop at winery and then finishing at cable car town. It was awesome and had we had a great time on this tour. I highly reccommend it.
We did the Oia Village with stop at winery and then finishing at cable car town. It was awesome and had we had a great time on this tour. I highly reccommend it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Our tour guide told some of us to be back for 0930 and others for 1030 then disappeared!
Sail Date: June 2018
Our tour guide told some of us to be back for 0930 and others for 1030 then disappeared! Too many people in small village where shops not even open yet! It is very picturesque.
Our tour guide told some of us to be back for 0930 and others for 1030 then disappeared! Too many people in small village where shops not even open yet! It is very picturesque. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Oia and Fira were excellent - so was the tour guide.
Sail Date: May 2018
Oia and Fira were excellent - so was the tour guide. However what was stressful and spoilt the excursion were the horrendous queues to use the cable car to get back to the tender. Costa had advised us not to walk down.
Oia and Fira were excellent - so was the tour guide. However what was stressful and spoilt the excursion were the horrendous queues to use the cable car to get back to the tender. Costa had advised us not to walk down. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Costa Cruises
Great guide, one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Sail Date: May 2018
Great guide, one of the most beautiful places on earth. Glad for tour, the crowds would have made visit very stressful.
Great guide, one of the most beautiful places on earth. Glad for tour, the crowds would have made visit very stressful. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was by far our favorite island.
Sail Date: May 2018
This was by far our favorite island. We booked through RCCL (Island of Santorini and Village of Oia). Do not miss the village of Oia. It's like a postcard! This excursion included a stop at a winery and dropped you off in Fira. Also ... Read More
This was by far our favorite island. We booked through RCCL (Island of Santorini and Village of Oia). Do not miss the village of Oia. It's like a postcard! This excursion included a stop at a winery and dropped you off in Fira. Also included cable car tickets for the way back to the ship. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We visited Akrotiri, which was interesting but the guide took too long.
Sail Date: May 2018
We visited Akrotiri, which was interesting but the guide took too long. Then we drove 40 minutes to Oia, which was disgustingly crowded and completely unenjoyable. They should NOT allow so many tour buses there at once! We only had one ... Read More
We visited Akrotiri, which was interesting but the guide took too long. Then we drove 40 minutes to Oia, which was disgustingly crowded and completely unenjoyable. They should NOT allow so many tour buses there at once! We only had one hour - NOT ENOUGH. Then we drove 30 minutes to overcrowded Fira and had a group lunch with 2 other tour buses. The restaurant didn't even serve traditional Greek food, which was a huge disappointment. Afterward the tour was done, and many had to go stand in the 2 hour line for the cable car. We hiked the cliff path up to Firostefani and were so glad to get away from all the people for an hour! Then we hiked back to Fira, and took the awful 600+ steps down the 'donkey trail'. I'm not sure what was worse -- those horrid steps, or seeing how they treat those poor donkeys, with NO water, NO shade - hauling tourists up and down those steep steps all day long. Disgusting - please DO NOT patronize them by giving them business! Anyhow, even if you're physically fit, the steps are still a challenge as they're steep and slippery. Numerous people were hurt on our 30-minute trek down. This is a terrible experience - the cruise lines need to put pressure on the Greeks to find an alternate solution. I've been to Santorini a couple times before NOT on a cruise and it's a magical place. But this experience on a day with 4 ships in port was anything but magical due to massive crowding and the awful options to get back to port. Be warned! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We enjoyed the excursion, with the tour guide, he was quite good but kept up a running commentary ...
Sail Date: May 2018
We enjoyed the excursion, with the tour guide, he was quite good but kept up a running commentary with barely stopping to draw breath. The previous day we had visited the island and hired a vehicle and toured many interesting sights. this ... Read More
We enjoyed the excursion, with the tour guide, he was quite good but kept up a running commentary with barely stopping to draw breath. The previous day we had visited the island and hired a vehicle and toured many interesting sights. this is a beautiful island Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises
Amazing how much we could see in such a short time.
Sail Date: April 2018
Amazing how much we could see in such a short time. Fortunately, we were able to take the first tender and hopped right on the funicular, meeting our guide and driver at the top. We were whisked to Oia so beat all the ... Read More
Amazing how much we could see in such a short time. Fortunately, we were able to take the first tender and hopped right on the funicular, meeting our guide and driver at the top. We were whisked to Oia so beat all the crowds.....absolutely critical as the hoards were there as we left. Chara Abelioti took us all over the island including her home village for lunch and to a fantastic cliffside winery for wine-tasting. Could not have been better. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We love Oia and Fira.
Sail Date: March 2018
We love Oia and Fira. We had been there before. A lovely experience on a beautiful island. Again, walking is a challenge for anyone with walking difficulties.
We love Oia and Fira. We had been there before. A lovely experience on a beautiful island. Again, walking is a challenge for anyone with walking difficulties. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises