As you come ashore to the port of Athinios you will be captivated by the hues of deep blue in the sea and by the vista of the graphic island of Santorini ahead. Enjoy a scenic ascent via the colorful rocky sides of the caldera, affording a spectacular panorama of the island.
Drive to Oia, passing by many traditional villages, the crowning glory of peace and tranquility. Built on the northern part of the caldera rim, it is here where many artists have been inspired due to its magnificent location. Walk through the village along cobblestoned streets, marveling at the wonderful panoramic views and admiring the traditional architecture. Enjoy some free time on your own, and browse in tiny shops selling ceramics, paintings and jewelry.
After Oia, continue to a local winery for wine tasting. The island's vines differ from the norm because of the unique way in which the vines are trained in a design reminiscent of a woven basket; an art which the local growers have developed to deal with the unusual prevailing climatic conditions. The major indigenous grape is the "Asirtico", but the "Athiri" and "Aidani" varieties are also used in the production of the island’s lively white wines and the famous Visanto.
The tour ends at Fira, the picturesque capital of Santorini perched on the volcano's caldera. Here you will have the option to either stay in town for further exploration or climb Fira’s narrow lanes to the cable car station and descend to the pier where the water shuttles will take you back to the ship.
Good to Know: The return to the ship is by cable car from Fira Town to the port and then a water shuttle. The cable car is reached by a long walk across Fira upper town along narrow cobble-stoned streets with an incline and steps. Low heeled shoes are recommended and passengers with physical limitations are requested to take this into consideration. Passengers should also expect lines at the cable car; the wait can be in excess of 60 minutes if multiple ships are in port.