I highly recommend this wine tour in Santorini. Our guide was perfect and the small group of 5 people was small enough to ask questions and also keep the tour moving. The information about the wineries was very inclusive and the last stop with wines, small plates and the beautiful Santorini sunset was incredible, This was very much worth the cost and I say don't miss it!
You can visit all the places from the list or pick only the ones you like. Just inform your driver about your choice before the ride. During the stops you can do whatever you want: visit the landmarks, take pictures, ask your driver about the place e.t.c. Take as much time as you want within the overall time limit of the trip.
Starting Point / Your Accommodation
Your Welcome driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Santorini at a convenient time of your choice.
Akrotiri is a Minoan Bronze Age settlement on the volcanic Greek island of Santorini.
The Union of Santorini Cooperatives, SantoWines was founded in 1947. Today, it consists of the largest organization of the island representing all the cultivators.
Wine Museum Koutsoyannopoulos
The Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum presents the history of wine and the life of vine-growers in Santorini since the 1600s.
Starting Point / Your Accommodation
Wine Museum Koutsoyannopoulos
About the ride
If you want an in-depth look at the most popular vineyards in Santorini, while still getting a taste of this island's fascinating history, then the ‘Santorini History and Wine Tasting Experience’ is the tour for you. At the beginning of the tour your Welcome driver will pick you up directly from your accommodation and take you on your tailor-made journey through the most iconic, historically significant and beautiful sites in Santorini. Although your tour is completely customizable and points of interest can be added or taken away, the following itinerary is one we suggest.
You will start your tour at the fascinating Akrotiri Excavations, a prehistoric Bronze Age city that is said to be the inspiration behind the mysterious city of Atlantis. What makes this site so interesting is that a volcanic eruption, over 3600 years ago, covered the city of Akrotiri in ash, meaning everything was frozen in time at the exact moment the volcano erupted. At this site, you will have the opportunity to take a journey into the past and see the magnificent wall paintings, elaborate drainage systems, and excavated furniture vessels of the former settlement.
Enjoy your travel to a maximum
You will be picked up by a personal driver at a convenient place and time
Enjoy your trip in a nice air-conditioned vehicle with Wi-Fi
Pick the stops and the time you spend on each one
Spend less time finding locations and waiting, and more time enjoying your travel
We hand-pick the best, friendliest and most knowledgeable drivers in the city
Our customers rate us excellent on Tripadvisor and other platforms
Driving around Santorini, you see the harsh scrubby landscape and lots of volcanic rock, so the idea of grapes surviving this harsh environment is in itself close to miraculous. The tour helped to explain the low profile vineyards and production, and we visited three with excellent pairings with various cheeses and meats (nibbles size, not a meal). The wines on Santorini are excellent, and George was a very knowledgable guide with perfect English and a genuine enthusiasm with a touch of humor. We did the highly recommended wine tour (totally agree), though for safety, take a jacket even if it seems hot when you start. The winds can be wicked and cold. Also, which I really appreciated, there was no sales pitch — often times, you end up placing orders, this was not the case. Very professional.
We had a fantastic day of wine tasting, learning and exploring various areas around Santorini. The mix of wines and various wineries along with a very pragmatic approach to wine tasting made the experience truly enjoyable. All of this was surrounded by fantastic vistas and scenery. We very much enjoyed the experience.
My husband and I took the wine tasting tour with George as our driver. This tour rivaled our wine tour experiences in Napa Valley this past May. Our guide was unbelievably knowledgeable about wine, having dedicated his life to the study of wine and sharing his passion as a teacher. I never would have imagined how important the wine industry is to the island. The grape growing process is unique due to the climate. All of the information was fascinating. The tasting was also exceptional as Evan demonstrated why food pairings make a difference in the taste of wine. He explained the science behind drinking wine that I will surely use going forward. And the sunset view was spectacular. Overall exceeded our expectations.
Included in the price
- Entrance fees and wine sample to tree wineries (Venetsanos, Koutsogiannopoulos, Santo Wines)
- Hotel pickup and dropoff
- Well-maintained car with an English-speaking driver
- Free wifi onboard
- Fuel and Tolls
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Water and Snacks
- Entrance fees for Historical Monuments
- Official tour guide (you can include one after the booking)
- Other beverages and meals
- Tips and gratuities
Frequently asked questionsExpand
What happens after I book?
Once you complete your booking you will receive an email with more details about the Santorini History and Wine Tasting Experience tour, your Welcome driver, and any more information you need to know regarding this experience. Feel free to reach out to our customer service team at firstname.lastname@example.org for any specific questions regarding the experience.
Can I customize the tour based on my needs?
Of course, that is one of the main benefits of having a Welcome experience. You can customize every last bit of the experience, from points of visit to time spent per landmark to adding in an extra food stop.
Will there be an official tour guide?
An official tour guide is not included because the overall experience is centered around the driver and the local’s perspective. Although the drivers are very knowledgeable regarding the points of visit, at no point can they be compared with a licensed tour guide who can give more in depth information regarding historic facts and information. If you would like to include an official tour guide in the experience please let us know via email after the booking is completed.
Do I need to be in a good physical shape?
The drivers are trained to adapt the experience depending on the type of participants. Whether you have kids or elders participating, the drivers know exactly how to handle special requests and provide an enjoyable experience accordingly.
Dress Modestly for Religious Monuments
When visiting religious monuments please dress modestly, or bring extra layers to cover up at that particular point of the tour.
Comfortable Clothes & Shoes
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes since certain areas, may have uneven or rocky ground.
BE AWARE OF THE SUMMER HEAT
In the summer months be sure to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and perhaps a hat, to shield yourself from the sun. We also recommend staying hydrated throughout the tour with the water provided.
Bring cash in the form of local currency (Euros), as many of the local vendors don’t accept card payments.
ACCESIBILITY & SPECIAL NEEDS
Please let us know if anyone in your group has special needs, or specific accessibility require-ments, and we will be sure to accommodate your needs and tailor the tour accordingly.
Terms of serviceExpand
- Please note that the Welcome Drivers are not licensed to be your official tour guide at the local attractions and therefore will not accompany you into the sites. You may, however, hire a professional tour guide at an extra cost.
- Your Welcome Driver will provide you with their local knowledge and personal recommendations between stops. Since your safety is Welcome’s top priority, please refrain from distracting the driver during demanding driving conditions.
- Your Welcome Driver will drop you off and pick you up as close as possible to your stop whilst always respecting local traffic laws.
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