A trip to the Santorini southern side is not complete without seeing traditional villages and spending time on the beach. See them all with a private tour.
Half Day Tour of Santorini’s South Side
It is hard to see all that Santorini’s south side has to offer in just a half day. By taking a private south tour in Santorini, you will have the opportunity to see and experience so much of what the island has to offer.
You will have a chance to personalize the tour to see the areas that are of most interest to you, whether you care more about the history around the island or prefer to spend more time looking at the stunning views or enjoying the beaches. Your dedicated expert tour guide details the history of each site so that you walk away fully informed of the importance of what you are seeing.
A Santorini half day tour is not complete without a stop at a traditional winery. Indulge in the fine local wines and become privy to the secrets of winemaking. Many visitors choose to close their tour with the winery so that they have more time to enjoy the wine tasting experience.
The Santorini southern side is home to some charming villages that are stops on your half-day tour. The village of Pyrgos is home to ruins of an old Venetian castle. You can walk around the paths on a guided tour and see the remnants of the village that was once the island’s capital.
Tour the village of Megalochori to experience the traditional culture of Santorini. The village still has many buildings build in the traditional architecture that you will see as you walk around the streets.
The final village that will be part of your south tour in Santorini is Emporio, which is also the largest village. As part of your tour, you will not only get to walk around the village, but you also see some stunning views of the island. There are also historic windmills and nearby ruins worth a look. There is the remnants of a famous tower that dates back to the Medieval times, known as Goulas, as well as the ruins of a Byzantine fortress, Kasteli.
No trip to Santorini is complete without visiting the beaches. One the south side there is the Black Beach and the Red Beach. The Red Beach offers unique views, named due to the color of the sand. The cliffs behind the beach feature soaring red lava that goes right into the shore and majestic blue sea for a truly stunning view.
The Red Beach is close to Akrotiri, which you might know as the Minoan Pompeii. Some say that Plato’s story of Atlantis is connected to the story of the ancient town of Akrotiri. Similar to Pompeii, a volcanic eruption destroyed the town in 1450. The volcanic ash kept the Minoan city well-preserved. Archeologists discovered three-story buildings, furniture, pottery and even an advanced drainage system.
As you embark on your 5-hour Santorini half-day tour around the southern side of the isle, you will experience so much of what the island has to offer. You also have the chance to hike up the famous peak of Prophet Ilias, which is the highest mountain on the island at 2,000 feet above sea level. It leaves you breathless from the amazing views, and you have the chance to walk inside the Greek Christian monastery at the summit.
With a private tour of the island, you have the chance to visit each of these locations, focusing on the experience that you wish to gain from your tour. You have a professional guide and will be picked up and dropped off from the point of your choice.
Choose your pickup point from either your hotel, the cruise ship terminal or another spot in Santorini to get your Santorini South Side Tour off to the perfect start.
Season: All year
Schedule: Every Day
Start Time: At a time of your choice
Starting Point: Pick up and drop off anywhere in Santorini
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinter Minibus
Included in the tour
Santorini South Side Tour – Rates for the 5-hour private tour
|Your Group Size||Price included||Price|
|1 to 4 Guests||Private tour with driver and guide||€250|
|5 to 8 Guests||Private tour with driver and guide||€325|
|9 to 12 Guests||Private tour with driver and guide||€375|
|13 to 16 Guests||Private tour with driver and guide||€425|
|17 to 20 Guests||Private tour with driver and guide||€475|
21+ (Bus with driver and guide): Contact us for a quote
For your comfort and safety, we use new Luxury Mercedes Mini Busses
Our tour prices include pick-up and drop-off from designated meeting point: from Santorini Hotels, Cable Car in Fira town for cruise passengers, Airport, Port (Athinios).
Reservations are via our secure online booking using any credit card.
A deposit of € 20 per tour will reserve your day with us.
Cancellation: Full refund if we receive your notice at least 3 days before the tour date, 100% cancellation fee otherwise
Immediately after submitting your reservation, you will receive a receipt of booking via email.
Please present your printed ticket to your guide or driver upon pick-up for this tour.
The meeting point for the tour is at the cable car’s exit in Fira town. Your guide will be waiting for you there, holding a sign with your name.
Your guide will be waiting in hotel lobby
Airport / Ferry Port Pickup
Your guide will be waiting for you in the arrival area holding a sign with your name
Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Duration: 5 hours
The tour is available in the following languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Russian
Tour Highlights: Akrotiri Excavation, Red Beach, Black Beach, Emborio, Megalochori, Prophet Elias, Pyrgos, Venetsanos Winery
From € 250 per group of 4 Guests or less