Santorini Private Scenic Shore Excursion: Oia, Mt Profitis and Ilias Monastery

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Santorini Private Scenic Shore Excursion: Oia, Mt Profitis and Ilias Monastery
from AUD $550.47
While you’re in port in Santorini, discover the beauty of the island on a private shore excursion. Your private guide will lead you around the island on a scenic sightseeing tour, showing you rocky landscapes, vineyards and fabulous views of the beautiful coastline. Visit the highest peak of the island, Profitis Ilias, where a monastery of the same name sits. Discover the small village of Oia, built on a steep slope of the volcanic caldera, and wander around its little shops that offer traditional, handmade products. Then in Fira, the capital of Santorini, enjoy a short cable car ride to the pier.
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In Brief

Moni Profitou Iliou, Greece
4 hours 30 minutes
All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
Free port pickup and drop-off included
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Monastery of Profitis Ilias, Epar. Od. Pirgou Kallistis 3 km from Pyrgo Thira, Moni Profitou Ilia, Moni Profitou Iliou 847 00 Greece

You will be transferred from the ship by a colourful local boat to Athinios where you will join the waiting motor coach. A short journey brings you to Santorini’s highest peak, crowned by the Mt. Profitis Ilias monastery. Here you will have an ideal photo opportunity to capture the beauty of this island.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Oia, Oia, Santorini, Cyclades, South Aegean

Proceed to the most northern tip of the island to experience the unique village of Oia. This dramatic small village built on a steep slope of the caldera has many of its dwellings nestled in niches hewn into the volcanic rock. As you walk through its narrow cobbled streets, you will come across many tiny shops which offer a varied and unusual collection of hand-made works of ceramic art, paintings and semi-precious jewelry. Oia, perched on the edge of the cliffs offers spectacular views of Fira and the volcano.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Fira, Fira, Santorini, Cyclades, South Aegean

After your tour, you will be taken to Fira town. You will have some time to explore Fira and take some pictures. Then, enjoy a short cable car ride down to the pier.

Duration: 30 minutes


  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by private air-conditoned vehicle and professional driver
  • Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Cable Car Transfers roundtrip


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance fees (approx. 3 euros)
  • Boat to Fira harbor
  • Entry/Admission - Monastery of Profitis Ilias

Departure Time

Tour start time will be adjusted to your ship's arrival. You must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
You must contact the local service provider at least 48hrs before tour to be informed on the exact
pickup time (meeting point will be provided on your confirmation voucher)

Santorini cruise port

Returns To

Same as departure point.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • At time of booking, Cruise Ship passengers must provide the following details under Special Requirements: Ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Please enter your preferred pickup time in the Special Requirements box at the time of booking, and reconfirm 48 hours prior to the tour’s departure time
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children who do not occupy a seat are free of charge. Children who occupy a seat and are up to 11 years old, benefit from a discount
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.14 out of 5 based on the last 14 recent reviews

We enjoyed our tour in Santorini and our guide Marina was very good. The day was very hot and crowded with tourists but she managed to get us to the best locations with the least people and we took some beautiful photos. She provided just the right amount of information and manged to get us into a nice restaurant for lunch after the tour. Thanks!
• Submitted 18 Jul 2019
An awesome tour. Our guide met us at the bottom of the cable car with out ticket for the ride up. A short walk to our driver and van. Andrea was a very knowledgeable guide and did an excellent job!
• Submitted 10 Nov 2017
Great excursion
• Submitted 20 Sep 2017
Constantina was an amazing tour guide. She made us feel like family. Santorini was the highlight of our vacation thanks to her. I would highly recommend Viator and ask for Constantina. You will not be disappointed.
• Submitted 27 Jul 2016
Zina was excellent and new everything about this beautiful island. I wish we could of had her longer though. She even called ahead and got us a amazing table for lunch
• Submitted 12 Nov 2015
Wonderful and informative. The only way to see and experience the island
• Submitted 10 Oct 2014
Simone is an excellent guide: courteous, informative, and sensitive to our needs. He met us on the pier at 8.30am (we were scheduled at 9.00am). Santorini is a "tendered" port so we took a boat early enough to make it by 9.00am. We rode the aerial tram up to Fiar and walked through the town (shops) to the van waiting for us at the bottom of the hill ( I was thinking that the hill was a breeze going down but the trip back would be hard and that is correct). We drove first to the highest point of Santorini and visited the chapel there looking over spectacular can see the entire island which is actually one edge of the caldera. Then on to Oia (eea). This is where most of the pictures that are seen worldwide are taken of the white buildings and churches with the blue domes sitting on a side of a cliff with the blue, blue, Aegean Sea in the background. Fantastic scenery. Again, not easy for the walking challenged but well worth going through the efforts. The gelato there is mahvelous. Back to Fiar for lunch and shopping. Ate at the Volcano Blue restaurant and finally had a taste of authentic Spanakopita which interestingly, they called Spinach Pie. Portions were huge and tasty. More shopping and back to the ship by aerial tram where the tender is waiting to take you back to the ship.
• Submitted 11 Oct 2013
Our tour guide was a nice man named Simone - It was over 100F but we had a nice Van with A/C to take our group of 6 around to the sites. The guy was very patient with our shopping wanderings and was very knowledgable about the areas - a great tour I would recommend highly.
• Submitted 10 Sep 2012
It was a very wonderful experience. Our tour guide was professional and give us a lot of photo opportunities!
• Submitted 27 Jun 2012
Guide was very good and had good knowledge of the island; a very pleasant experience in this beautiful place!
• Submitted 20 Jul 2012
Santorini is a beautiful island but with 4 cruise ships in port on the same day, it was overwhelmingly crowded. We started our tour in Fira and took the cable car to the top of the cliff to reach the town. Our tour guide met us at the bottom and we rode up to meet the driver. It was early in the morning and our first stop was Mt. Profitis Ilias, the highest point and the location of a monastery. As we are driving for about 30 minutes, there was a lot of fog and once we reached the top, we could see nothing! The tour guide also told us that she had never been to the monastery when it was open so she wasn't sure we could get in. She should have told us this and offered another alternative than going to some spot with fog and nowhere to go! That was very disappointing. We would have preferred to spend the time in beautiful Oia. Oia was the highlight of the tour but it was very crowded due to the number of ships in port. The trip was also scheduled to last 4.5 hours but she took us back to Fira after 3 hours. She seemed to be in a hurry to leave us! Once in Fira, we had a wonderful lunch on our own overlooking the water and left to catch the cable car around 2 pm. The line was probably at least 2 hours so we walked down the donkey trail to catch the tender boat at the bottom. That was horrible! The smell and the number of donkeys was unbearable. The trail is also uneven and difficult to navigate, trying to avoid donkeys and their deposits along the route! Santorini is beautiful but these annoyances will probably be what we remember the most!
• Submitted 20 Jun 2016
Although tour and guide were good, we were very disappointed that it was not as advertised. Excursion was supposed to begin with a boat ride from harbor to Actinios. We specifically chose this excursion for that reason, to avoid the cable car ride (or donkey ride, or walk) up to Fira. When we arrived, our guide, Simone, claimed to know nothing about the boat ride, and we took the cable car to the top. Very disappointing.
• Submitted 02 Nov 2012
Communication between Viator was VERY poor. We were at the dock at 8:15am , early since our tour was scheduled at 9:00am and excited to see and spend time on the island, but no one showed up from Viator until almost 11:00am. I will call Viator because we did not get the tour we payed for. We did not start the tour with a "private shore excursion around the island." Your guild were very good but there was a major mix up as to where we were meeting, several trips up and down the Tram at 4 euros/ person, and lots of frustration and time wasted on this beautiful island. We were left with limited time to spend on our own to shop.
• Submitted 21 Jun 2012
Guide was 'ok'... Not too much info provided, was pleasent.. Too much money for this tour! Not worth it.
• Submitted 15 Jul 2014

In Brief

Moni Profitou Iliou, Greece
4 hours 30 minutes
All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
Free port pickup and drop-off included
Private guide for a more personalized experience