Leaving the port of Athinios, you'll head to the picturesque town of Oia. Built high up on the ridge of red rocks, it offers breathtaking views of the blue Aegean and the caldera below. Take a stroll around the narrow streets with free time to visit the art galleries, antique shops and perhaps enjoy a cup of coffee in one of the coffee and pastry shops.
Note: Tour involves walking for approximately ½ mile on level and cobblestone streets. Not recommended for guests on wheelchairs. Temperatures can reach extreme highs during summer months; we recommend that you drink a lot of water and use suitable sun protection. Most tours end in Fira where you'll board a cable car to return to the pier (cable car ticket will be provided). Lines for the cable car are very long, especially during summer months or when there are several ships in port; please allow sufficient time to return to the tender landing pier with sufficient time.
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4 of 5(80%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
We were surprised to find that in the Greek Islands not many independent operators were waiting in the ports to offer excursions, as they do in Alaska. This tour was reasonably priced given the distance of Oia from the port in Fira; taxis are expensive so it's good to have the transportation, and our guide was quite pleasant and provided lots of interesting history and information about the island along the way.
Sure the view was spectacular, but the Oia village was NOT charming. It was store after store of the same items. VERY OVERPRICED where Gelato was 5 euro! Too much time on our own for 1 1/2 hours and then we waited 30 minutes to get the bus driver to open the bus and another 45 minutes for the Cable Car? Are you kidding? How about the cruise line chipping in for our cost to use the toilets?
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Review 3 for Charming Oia Village
Location:San Juan PR
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:July
Favorite port:Santorini, Greece
Date:August 5, 2012
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This was simply amazing to do. Hop in a bus for a 35 minute drive to Oia and enjoy the afternoon taking pictures and enjoying the view. We were given almost 2 hours or more of free time when we got there, and trust me it's quite enough. The tour ends in Fira, where you will also get free time to roam around and even have time to eat. Enjoy the town!!!!!
While the village of Fira is nice, Oia is the gorgeous site that I imagined Sanatorini to be! I highly recommend that anyone traveling to Santorini be sure to visit Oia! Our guide was very nice and helpful, and gave us plenty of free time in the village of Oia. The tour also includes a free cable car ticket, so that you can spend as much time as you wish in the village of Fira at the end of the day, before taking the cable car back to the port.
The only warning I would give about this tour is that it seemed to require quite a bit of physical activity for a "Level 2" excursion. In order to get to the village of Oia from where the bus drops you off, you must walk down several steep stairs (and back up them at the end of your time in Oia). Similarly, in order to get to the village of Fira at the end of the tour, the group had to walk very quickly up a long, steep hill.
Our family of 4 took this excursion and it is highly recommended. Fira, the town that you visit is very nice, but it is Oia that looks like the Greece that you've wanted to see. After a short bus ride, you arrive there and after some brief history are left to wander and enjoy this beauitiful village. While you're given roughly an hour and 1/2, you'll feel rushed. Don't forget your camera as the scenery and views are breathtaking. Afterwards you reload on the bus back to Fira and some more free time. Wait to grab a drink or food until you get to the restaurants next to the cable car boarding. The views are spectacular at the open-air restaurants there. Highly recommend the excursion for adults and older teens.