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Santorini Highlights Private Bus Tour

5 hours
Private: Only you & your group
English, French, Italian or Spanish
Professional tour guide
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 timePlease advise your preferred departure time or the arrival time of your cruise ship upon booking.
A private bus tour is a special way of exploring Santorini both as a solo traveler and when traveling with family or friends. It offers the perfect combination of sightseeing and learning about the beautiful island from highly knowledgeable and experienced tour guides.

On this private tour, you’ll be picked up from the airport, port, or your hotel and escorted to the most popular attractions in Santorini Island by a luxury minivan or minibus. On this five-hour tour, a personal driver or local guide will accompany you.

Your guide will await you in Santorini to start your private sightseeing tour. They will discuss the whole itinerary with you and you may request a change in the schedule if needed. Typically, your guide will suggest you explore Prophet Elias Mountain first, which is the highest point of the island. There, you will learn the history and interesting facts about Prophet Elias Monastery along with enjoying scenic views of the island from the top.

Optionally, your next destination can be the Akrotiri Excavations, a well-preserved prehistoric settlement in the Aegean (entrance fees and a site-guided tour are not included). So, if you’re a history lover or just someone who admires ancient structures and monuments, you’ll get the chance to explore the place on your own, feel the imposing atmosphere, and have a great time. Not far away from there lies the beautiful Red Beach. By walking down a path for approximately 20 minutes, you will discover the impressive volcanic scenery there, and have the chance to capture numerous pictures of the landscape or yourself, which will be added to your summer albums.

This will be followed by a rather short stop at Perivolos Beach where you can simply unwind and relax on the black sand by the serene waters. The local guide will then drive you to Oia while stopping at one of the famous wineries of Santorini along the way. You can taste and savor the flavor of the local products, including Visanto wine. (Please note that for a visit to the wineries, you will need to proceed to a reservation at the winery of your choice). From there, you will be taken to the Blue Dome Church in Firostefani, which offers breathtaking views of the volcano.

Finally, you will arrive at the northern side of Oia where you can enjoy a wholesome lunch while taking in the exquisite beauty of the island. You can also shop around for some local souvenirs to gift to your loved ones back home or decorate them in your room as a keepsake. This will mark the end of your private tour. From there, you will be transferred back to your hotel, port, or airport for your departure.

What you will see/visit
Booking options
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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
What to bring
  • Digital Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees for Akrotiri (12€ approx./person)
  • Guided tour of the Akrotiri excavations
Additional info
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Please note that for a visit to the wineries, you will need to proceed to a reservation at the winery of your choice
  • To reach the famous Red Beach, it is necessary to walk for approximately 20 minutes
Reviews by real customers
Excellent based on 19 reviews
Peter H. Canada, 24 May 2023
Overview of the island

This tour gave us a good overview of the island. It was our 2nd trip to Santorini, and we wanted to see more than just the town off the port. Would recommend this to anyone wanting a more intimate way of seeing the island areas that a big tour bus does not normally visit.

Barbara M. United States, 24 May 2023

For the price, I would have liked a bit more structure. I provided ideas but there appeared to be little upfront planning done prior to our getting in the car and deciding what to do first, etc. Our driver was very good and willing to help (including securing a reservation for us at a brewery), but the guide offered little input - perhaps because English was his third (or fourth language). It also seemed to be a surprise that the monastery was closed - I would have thought this would have been confirmed ahead of time. We did get to round out our Santorini experience, however, so the trip met expectations.

Michelle S. United States, 1 May 2023
Wonderful experience

This half day trip was a wonderful. Our guard- Joan(?) and great looking driver- Theo made us so comfortable. They had guarded to whole island, explained everything you could think of it. They both provided great photo places, best Gyro restaurant with Greek wine. If you will be in Santorini, definitely recommend to this team.

LAKIBA R. Bermuda, 14 Jan 2023
Wonderful Private Tour

This was a fantastic way to experience Santorini with our adult children. Our guide was knowledgeable and kept us highly entertained! A must do.

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Good to Know


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 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled date, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled date, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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