About the ride
Your experience will begin with a timely pickup by your English-speaking Welcome driver directly from your chosen airport or port. After all your belongings are safely stored in the spacious vehicle, you will set off on your tour of the most popular historical sites and landmarks, on the way to your accommodation. Throughout the day your Welcome Driver will share with you his local knowledge and personal recommendations in each area you choose to visit or pass through. By pre-planning your itinerary, the tour is completely customized to your own interests and you may choose where, if and for how long you wish to stop at each place. We suggest having a map or notebook with you, so you can jot down places you may wish to return to once your tour is complete.
You will start your tour at the stunning Red and Black beaches of Santorini so you can get a feel for which one you would prefer to visit later. The Red Beach is world famous, and definitely a wonderful photo opportunity while on the island. The Black Beach of Perivolos is the largest beach on Santorini, and gets its color from the black volcanic pebbles that cover its shores.
Your driver will then take you on a trip back in time to the fascinating Akrotiri Excavations, a prehistoric Bronze Age city frozen in time by volcanic ash over 3600 years ago. If you have the time you can also walk through the grounds and marvel at 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
Included in the price
- Airport/port pickup and hotel 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 all attractions
- Official tour guide (you can include one after the booking)
- Lunch, 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 Orientation and Planning 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.
No worries about your luggages
Your luggage will be securely stowed in the trunk of the car, and watched over by your driver for the duration of your tour. However, If you need to drop something off at the hotel beforehand, your driver will happily take you there first.
COMFORTABLE CLOTHES & SHOES
We recommend that you wear comfortable and light clothing in the summer months (May to October) as well as good walking shoes in the case that you decide to step out and explore certain places of interest.
In the summer months be sure to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and perhaps a hat, to shield yourself from the sun when popping out to view the sites. 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.
Accessibility & Special Needs
Please let us know if you are travelling with children, or if anyone in your group has any special needs, or specific accessibility requirements, 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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