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A Santorini holiday offers the most luxurious Greek experience imaginable. Choose one of our 100% customizable trips and enjoy all the island group has to offer. For the most authentic experience and optimal service, Trip.me will help you book with a local agency. These destination experts can work with you to put together fully personalized Santorini vacation packages!
Santorini, Greece, guided tours can be part of a longer stay in the country of Greece, or Santorini is a worthy destination all on its own. Boasting whitewashed houses against blue skies, Santorini is a perfect picture of what most people imagine when they think of Greece. Both city life and idyllic beaches make Santorini a wonderful location for all vacationers.
The capital city of Fira is bustling, due to the abundance of tourists, but the higher tourist traffic also makes it a hub for exciting nightlife. If a quieter atmosphere is what you seek, visit Pyrgos, Santorini’s former capital and a more preserved Greek village. Don’t leave Santorini without also traveling to the island of Therasia, the second largest island in Santorini’s volcanic island group. Here you can explore the village of Manolas, go swimming, or snap photos of the traditional architecture.
For most travelers, a trip to Santorini is incomplete without visiting one or more of its famous wineries. Have your guide schedule a wine tasting, so you can learn more about the local wine culture. Explore the beautiful vineyards and take stunning photographs of the landscapes.
The beaches of Santorini are difficult to beat. Enjoy the typical beach scene, or skip it entirely in favor of one of Santorini’s most famous beaches—the Red Beach, whose color is a result of volcanic activity. Though swimming can be dangerous, you won’t want to forget to bring your camera to capture this unique setting.
Santorini is also known for its delicious local restaurants and excellent shopping. Take home souvenirs for yourself and others! Enjoy all of this while surrounded by the beautiful scenery.
If history is what excites you, look no further. Cycladic architecture, Byzantine churches, castles, and fortresses make Santorini a destination worthy of the historian as well.
But these are only some of the things the stunning Santorini has to offer. Allow local experts to put together a private experience—tailored specifically to your interests! You will surely talk about this Greek vacation for years to come.
If you are wondering what to do in Santorini, our local experts can give you many suggestions based on your holiday preferences. Below we have included just a few items that will make Santorini vacation packages unforgettable.
History and Culture
One place you will not want to miss is Akrotiri, known for being one of the most important prehistoric settlements in the Aegean. History buffs will enjoy taking in the archaeological excavations.
Pyrgos, another noteworthy town, allows the opportunity for exploring Byzantine churches and a Venetian Castle. Take in the Cycladic architecture, and enjoy the slower pace of this village. At the highest point of the island—565 meters above sea level—you will find the 16th century Monastery of Prophet Elias. Enjoy the panoramic view of the island.
Nearby is the traditional village of Megalochori, where you can wander the narrow cobblestone streets, admire the work of the local masons, and snap photos of the traditional architecture.
Some of the best Santorini day tours end on the northern part of the island in the town of Oia, which boasts a beautiful view, especially at sunset.
Santorini winery tours are staples of any great vacation to this beautiful locale. Stop by the Santo Wines winery in the village of Pyrgos, where you can taste different wines and learn about the local vineyards.
Fira, the island’s capital, is known for its restaurants and nightlife. You can enjoy a walking tour of the city, stopping in the various shops to choose souvenirs for everyone on your list.
If you are interested in an idyllic island holiday, let our destination experts put together a package that includes a trip to a perfect Santorini beach. With many options for sunbathing and relaxing, the beaches will not disappoint.
Boat tours in Santorini allow visitors to take in even more of the island group. You can sail to the volcanic islands of Thirasia, Nea Kameni, and Palea Kameni, where you will have the opportunity to visit the hot springs and experience the green sulphur waters.
You can also enjoy swimming and snorkeling excursions at the Red Beach (though parts of the beach may be closed due to landslides) or the White Beach.
With all of these options (and more!) open to you, luxury Santorini tours are favored options for new and experienced travelers.
Most trips to Santorini will begin in the city of Athens, Greece. Even if Santorini is your primary destination, travelers will likely fly into the main international airport in Athens before making their way to Santorini. Tours from Athens to Santorini can be arranged as part of a longer trip to the country as well.
If you are looking for the most picturesque experience, a boat is the best way to travel to Santorini. Ferries leave from the port of Piraeus in Athens daily. For the most comfortable ferry experience, choose the 8-hour ride on the larger ferry. High-speed ferries are also available. The trip can be as short as 5 hours, but the high-speed ferry rides are often bumpier. Travelers worried about seasickness may want to avoid the high-speed ferries.
The fastest way to get to Santorini is to fly from Athens into the Santorini airport. The flight is about 45 minutes long. The plane ride also offers breathtaking aerial views of the Aegean Sea and the Santorini volcanic island group.
However you wish to travel, our destination experts will be sure to handle all the details of your Santorini private tours.
Though the country is a great destination all year long, you may want to avoid Santorini during its slower months—November through March—as some of the hotels, restaurants, and businesses are closed. The weather is also colder and not conducive to swimming. December sees the most rain, while January is the coldest month of the year.
However, if you would prefer to experience Santorini without as many tourists, you may choose to avoid the busiest season. The month of August is typically the most crowded, but high season is anywhere from June to September.
Though busy, the best time to visit Santorini, Greece, if you are hoping to enjoy the beaches is June through September. These are the warmer months and the most ideal months for swimming and lounging outdoors.
For milder weather, shoot for the months of May and October—these are great months if you are visiting primarily for the vineyard tours and wine-tastings. However, you may see more rain once you get into October.
Regardless of when you plan your trip, our travel experts will be sure to plan appropriate activities that fit your interests and preferences. You are sure to have the experience of a lifetime.
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