Profitis Ilias Monastery
The first destination of our tour is Profitis Ilias Monastery, a must-see attraction for any traveler, built in 1711, on the summit of Mount Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elijah) – about 600 meters above sea level – the highest point of Santorini. It has been characterized as a place of great historical significance with its churches, chapels, bell tower and wealth of numerous religious artifacts from the 18th century. From this point, there are no words to describe the spectacular view of the island, the caldera and the neighboring islands.
Akrotiri Archaeological Site
Then, we will visit Akrotiri Archaeological Site which is one of the most significant prehistoric settlements of the Aegean. Luckily, the ash has preserved structures that allow the visitor to recognize this specific wonder of antiquity.
Leaving the Akrotiri excavations, we head towards the famous Red Beach just to get a glimpse at the red volcanic rocks.
Furthermore, our native driver – guide will take you to the Lighthouse in south-west side of the famous Santorini’s Caldera. It is constructed in 1892 and is one of the best lighthouses in Greece. Ideally, this location should be visited during the sunset when the view is fantastic.
According to the tour-schedule, our driver – guide will next take you to the unique Vlychada Beach with its overwhelming natural carved cliffs, relatively shallow waters and dark volcanic sand and pebbles. Here we also come across the Sailing and Yachting Center, at the small port close to the beach, where you can gaze at small yachts and boats, relax and enjoy a meal at the local fish-taverns. It is, in fact, the most atmospheric beach you can find in the whole island.
Our next visit will be the village of Megalochori which has been characterized as one of the most picturesque and traditional villages of Santorini. The mansions and restored houses of vernacular architecture, the high walls and the pirate hideaways are the highlights of this preserved old settlement.
Afterwards, Venetsanos Winery will give us the opportunity to taste the local wine varieties the island is famous for while enjoying the stunning views of the Aegean Sea. If you opt to do this tour at afternoon you will have the chance to watch unique santorini’s sunset on Venetzanos Winery terrace boasting superb views of the caldera, the volcano and the endless blue of the aegean sea.
* Please note that the above sample itinerary may be instantly tailored according to your preferences and needs in order to include or exclude additional stops as long as the total duration of our tour remains up to 5 hours. As an alternative, we may also extend your tour-schedule.
So whether you have something in mind or would like your driver – guide to take the lead and make recommendations, feel free to make a request – Your wish is our command!!
** Please keep in mind that anytime you feel hungry there will always be a place in the course of our tour to grab a snack. Otherwise, our tour may incorporate a lunch break at a local restaurant, off the main towns of Santorini, to taste and experience the traditional food.