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Private Half Day Bus Tour of Santorini's North Side

5 hours
Private: Only you & your group
English speaking tour assistant
Free pickup & drop-off You will be picked up from your stay or the nearest accessible point, by minibus
Electronic voucher (e-Ticket) Show the voucher on your mobile device to enjoy the activity
Free cancellation Up to 100% refund according to the cancellation policy
Book Now & Pay Later Secure your spot while keeping your plans flexible. Pay a few days before your experience.
Departure point Your Santorini hotel or a meeting point close to the cruise ship port.
Departure timePlease advise your preferred departure time or the arrival time of your cruise ship upon booking.
Discover the charm, wonder and history of Santorini, one of the top destinations in the world, with Marinakis Tours. Let Marinakis Tours, which was founded in 2000, assist you in the most beautiful Santorini experience. Our staff can offer all the essentials of the perfect holiday: exceptional value for money, destination knowledge and attention to detail. The agency generously provides pick up from and to your cruise ship, the airport or your hotel. Let's get started!

Your tour begins with a stop at the island's iconic caldera, a striking viewpoint. Enjoy views of staggered cliffs and rock layers dotted with whitewashed houses and blue domes. Then we head to Firostefani for a quick 15' stop, a traditional village filled with many tiny churches, for more insight into the island's history. We gaze the volcano ahead of us, Imerovigli and Oia. The journey continues to Imerovigli where we can see and take pictures of the caves, the place where the old inhabitants of the island used to live. Then, we head to the edge of Imerovigli to see the well-known Skaros, an UNESCO protected mountain that really floats in the air and take pictures of the region. On the way to Oia, we can witness red, black and yellow volcanic lava on the left side of the mini bus. On the right side we see the Caldera and the Aegean Sea and the second volcano of the island, Columbo, which is underwater. Our tour ends at Oia, where we see many old, blue-roofed traditional churches, old houses, traditional coffee shops, boutiques and art galleries and you get the chance to try a bite of the traditional Greek baklava as you drink your coffee. We head to the old Venetian Castle which is located on the edge of the island to admire the beautiful view of Oia and take some time to visit the local shops (optional choice). Then we head back to your hotel or other destination of your choice.
What you will see/visit
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Tour Details
  • Transportation from/to your stay with an A/C mini-bus
  • Professional coach driver
  • All taxes
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary on the spot, to include additional stops for shopping or relaxing
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private: Only you & your group
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Airport pick up
Additional info
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
Reviews by real customers for Marinakis Tours
Excellent based on 32 reviews
Dibbendu G. United Arab Emirates, 31 Dec 2022
Fabulous tour

A great experience!, Well organized!, Wonderful experience!, Our guide was awesome!, A must do.

Marinakis Tours

Thank you very much for the nice words you wrote for me you were a wonderful family and I had the best day with you

Edna R. United States, 6 Dec 2022
Magical, professional and perfect!!!!

Our tour was more than what we expected, it was absolutely beautiful, every single detail was perfect and the places cover were amazing and breath taking. We loved it every second!!!

Randy T. United States, 24 Nov 2022
Outstanding tour

I made a group reservation for 19 people on our ship when we stopped there Nov 8. I wanted an all-day tour, 7 hours, ending at sunset. The cost per person for the tour depended on the number of people in our group. The bus held 20 people, and the cost per person was right at $50. Ship's tours for only 4 hours were costing twice as much. My questions about such things as hours of operation for the Gondolas and other logistical questions during the months leading up to the cruise were answered promptly. If you are visiting Santorini from a cruise ship, you will be tendered in at Skala port, then you must ascend to Fira above. Once you are at the top, it was a 5 minute walk to the pickup point, along the edge of the caldera. Because we had time to kill, we stopped at a little outdoor restaurant for coffee, with a stunning view below. We were met at the pickup point by the owner of Marinakis Tours, Nikolas Marinakis, who would be our tour guide for the next 7 hours. After making some last-minute adjustments to our itinerary (at my request), we were on our way. "Nick the Greek" entertained us with facts, trivia about Santorini, as he showed us the beautiful sights. We visited the highest point on the island, Red Beach, then Black Beach, with plenty of commentary regarding geological makeup of the cliffs, sand, etc. We were unable to visit the Akrotiri site, as it was closed that day. There were other normal tour stops that were closed for the season, so we bypassed them for other points of interest. We visited Firastefani, Imerovigli, and a quick lunch at a street gyro stand. We stopped at Santos wines, a winery with a beautiful view of the island. I had requested that we finish the tour in Oia, for sunset, so we headed that way late afternoon. Along the way, Nick had the driver stop at a small store, and emerged 10 minutes later carrying a sack with 2 bottles of wine, for our consumption. We viewed sunset from Oia Castle, arguably the best spot on the island for that activity, sipping wonderful Greek wine. Aftewrwards we were returned to the pickup point, and Nick made sure we all knew how to get back to the Gondola. I can't recommend this tour highly enough, if I ever return, Nick is my "goto guy"!

Theodore M. United States, 2 Nov 2022
Great must do Tour!

Our Guide was Iro and the Driver Demetri. They were outstanding telling us all about the island history, climate and demographics. They took us to several stops including Windmills, village , Basillica and Agrari beach. They moved at our pace and we never felt rushed during the day. While at the beach they provided a snack and a sample of their local liquor Ouzo which was similar to tequila. They also suggested a Wine tasting at Santo Wines with a beautiful view before we headed back to our ship. I would highly recommend this company for a tour.

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Once your booking is complete, you will receive the voucher, which includes the meeting point, time and supplier’s contact information, at your email address. You need to have it with you, in paper form or in digital form.


If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled date, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 7 day(s) of the scheduled date, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee of the advance payment.

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