We traveled from one end of the island to the other. Wewanted to walk part of the way to Oia from the funicularand our guide let us off the minibus and pick us up at the end of the trail. We then visited Oia, ate a very good gyro, went to a winery and drove to the other end of the island near the lighthouse.
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 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.
Oia, pronounced Ia, is the most famous of all villages of Santorini. It is known throughout the world for its quiet life and a fantastic sunset.
The Union of Santorini Cooperatives, SantoWines was founded in 1947. Today, it consists of the largest organization of the island representing all the cultivators.
The former capital of Santorini and the best-preserved medieval settlement on the island, the village of Pyrgos retains an unruffled air of easy grace.
Starting Point / Your Accommodation
About the ride
If you want an in-depth look at the most popular landmarks and historical sites in Santorini, and are looking to maximize your time in the city, then the ‘Best of Santorini’ is the one for you. At the beginning of the ride 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 ride is completely customizable, and points of interest can be added or taken away, the following itinerary is one we suggest.
You will start 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
The driver cum guide Mr George is outstanding. Very lively,lots of knowledge and ability to convey in a very interesting manner. Not a minute of boredom in 8 hours.
We had our day tour with George, who was so knowledgeable and sweet! We really enjoyed seeing Emporio, Oia and Akrotiri. The Venetsanos winery was wonderful and we learned so much about the unique vineyards of Santorini. It was a very good tour to have on our first full day on the island because we learned of all the information and highlights of Santorini, which helped us revisit areas that we wanted to see more of on our own time. Also, George has some great photography skills we must say! He was so sweet to offer to take our photos throughout the tour. Thanks George for such a great tour!
Great day in a special place. Saw all the highlights and then some , accommodated us with a few special request that was not on the itinerary. Had authentic Greek Gyro at a small family eating establishment which was fantastic and also had time for a quick wine tour
Included in the price
- Fuel and Tolls
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Hotel pickup and dropoff
- Well-maintained car with an English-speaking driver
- Free wifi onboard
- Other beverages and meals
- Entrance fees for all attractions
- Tips and gratuities
Frequently asked questionsExpand
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.
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.
What happens after I book?
Once you complete your booking you will receive an email with more details about the Best of Santorini 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.
Comfortable Clothes & Shoes
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes since certain areas, may have uneven or rocky ground.
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.
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.
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.
Bring cash in the form of local currency (Euros), as many of the local vendors don’t accept card payments.
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.
- 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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