Visit a stunning local village on the edge of the caldera, sample some local wines and enjoy a traditional Greek luncheon.
The village of Oia is perched on top of Santorini’s caldera. Walk up the narrow, cobblestone lanes, passing the brilliantly whitewashed buildings and domed churches. There will be some free time to explore on your own. Coffee shops perched on the edge of the cliffs offer spectacular views of Fira and the volcano.
The rich volcanic soil in Santorini is particularly favourable to viniculture, and you will have a chance to enjoy a tour of one of the local wineries. The vineyards of Santorini reflect a centuries-old tradition of local wine making. The Assyritico grape, a rare white variety, is grown here and, after the tour, you are invited to sample several of the local wines and snacks.
Panagia Episkopi Church is the oldest remaining Byzantine church on the island. Dating from the 11th century, it has withstood raids by pirates, earthquakes, volcano eruptions and a fire in 1915. It was believed that the Virgin Mary herself protected the Holy Icons from the fire.
Marvel at the surrounding beauty from the Mountain of Prophet Elijah, the island's highest point, before travelling to a local tavern for a traditional Greek luncheon.
Your tour will end in Fira where you make your way back to the ship, using the cable car ticket provided.
Note: The excursion involves one hour of walking over cobblestones with uphill inclines in places. The tour ends in Fira with a walk of 1500 yards to reach the cable car station. In the event of inclement weather the cable car operation may be closed and guests will be required to walk down the steep road. Guests under the age of 18 years are not permitted to sample the wines.