Day 4 Santorini, Greece - Thursday, May 12, 2005 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description Travel to Akrotiri village, once an important Minoan settlement destroyed by a catastrophic eruption 3,500 years ago. Excavations unearthed ancient streets, a triangular "square" and the remains of the extraordinary two- and three-story buildings with workshops and storage facilities. Next, the drive to Oia will acquaint you with the volcanic nature of the island. This picturesque town with its blue domed churches, mansions, and narrow streets offers endless opportunities for exploration, but you might want to browse in the tiny shops selling ceramics, paintings and jewelry. Oia is a great spot to experience the true beauty of this stark and lovely island. Returning to Fira, you can independently explore, shop or browse. The funicular will return you to the port. Notes Not available on Mondays.
Description Embark your motorcoach and head to the tour's first stop at the Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elias) Mountain, offering the best views on the whole island?a perfect photo opportunity. Descending the mountain, you will stop on the way to Oia Village to visit a winery. Here, you will have the opportunity to see how the wine is made from the unique Santorini grapevines. The drive to Oia will definitely acquaint you with the inspiring volcanic nature of the island; the views from various different angles are quite spectacular. This picturesque town features blue-domed churches, old two-story mansions, and narrow cobble-stone streets lined with tiny shops selling hand made ceramics, paintings and semi precious jewelry. This is an ideal location to capture the beauty of this remarkable island.
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Description From the Mountain of Prophet Elias, enjoy the best views of this gorgeous island. You're headed to Oia, and along the way you will learn of the inspiring volcanic nature of the island. Oia is a picturesque town with blue-domed churches, old two story mansions, narrow cobblestone streets lined with tiny shops selling hand made ceramics, paintings and semi-precious jewelry. This is an ideal location to capture the beauty of this remarkable island. Returning to Fira, walk with your guide to the cliffside road where you may proceed to the cable car at your own leisure.
Description The first stop on your tour will be the new Prehistoric Museum in Fira Town. This small museum, which opened just a few years ago, has several frescoes from ancient Akrotiri along with many finds from the site and objects originating from Crete and the Northeastern Aegean islands. Some of the pots, cups and jugs are delicately hand painted with motifs familiar from the wall paintings. Next, the traditional winery-museum of Antoniou awaits you. Here you will have the opportunity to taste different wines from cliff-hanging balconies and view an underground winery. Your tour ends at Fira Town, where you are free to browse the many shops, enjoy a drink at one the cafés on the cliffside, or take a cable car ride down to the pier. Notes Children may not drink alcohol on this tour.