Do not need an excursion here. Very small island
Visited: Mar 25, 2017
Although the views from Santorini are absolutely breathtaking, the stand out to memory I have of thid Port is climbing the stairs to the top. There is the choice to take the cart, but it was extremely busy so we decided to walk. Although this was not the only option, as you could also travel by donkey. We decided not to do this, as not only does it look incredibly dangerous, but the poor animals appear to be mistreated, malnourished and tired. We couldn't bring ourselves to add to their suffering. The walk took us over an hour, on which we were almost trampled by donkey's coming back down. (I swear one donkey protected me when I looked scared, but my boyfriend thinks I imagined it. 😂) I certainly did not recommend travelling to the top this way, unless you are extremely fit and enjoy very steep steps. Although we were very tired once we got to the top, it was certainly worth it. The views were breathtaking, and Santorini is a very quaint place.
Highlight of the trip - walked up and back on the donkey track! Top marks to P & O literature for recommending not using the donkeys for welfare reasons, it was apparent that very few English used them, mainly American and Japanese.
Visited: May 14, 2017
Tender service very good but get off early to avoid queues. Took the cable car up to Fira centre at 6 EUR per person each way. Easiest and fastest route. Once at the top you can either explore Fira or get bus/ taxi to other parts of the island. We took a taxi to Oia which was approximately 30 EUR one way and explored the lovely shops and the excellent views. Definitely worth the 30 minute journey as the views are stunning. You probably want 3-4 hours to properly explore Oia, take lots of photos and have a spot of lunch. Once you have finished, just head to the bus station located in the centre of the town and get one of the waiting taxis or call the number on the sign. Very easy and much cheaper than the cruise excursions which waned about £90 pp.
Our favorite stop for this cruise. Santorini is the typical Greece that you see in movies or TV. The white buildings and churches with the blue dome roof. The ship docks at sea and you have to take a tender to get to shore. We took the ship's excursion to visit the Village of Oia and wished we had more time. Beautiful views driving up the mountain and we saw donkeys crossing the street. Lots of cute shops and places to eat. We enjoyed brunch and then walked the cute little streets of shops. Our bus took us to Thira which is located at the top mountain/cliff. Breathtaking views, deep blue water with more restaurants, shops galore, pedicures (with little fishes in the water). The tour included a ride down from Thira to the sea level on a gondola which they call a "cable car" takes you from the top down to sea level. The ride down takes about 5 minutes but the line waiting for the ride down can get very long in the afternoon. The ship recommends you do not take the donkey's or walk down.
Visited: Jul 09, 2017
The most gorgeous island I have ever been to. We all absolutely loved Santorini!!
Visited: Jul 10, 2017
Just gorgeous and clean. No one hustles you to buy anything, and the greeks are friendly!
Visited: Jul 10, 2016
I did an excursion to Oia, that is a must.
Visited: Apr 15, 2018
From tender pier take the local tour boat to Oia for blue domes as seen on travel posters, then bus to Thira (included). Walk down with the donkeys to tenders, ride a donkey, or wait in a long line for cable car.
Visited: Apr 02, 2017
Santorini had to be my most favorite port. We just had to deal with the tenders again, and well with this trip, the water was very rough and they suspended tender service for a bit. Threw a wrench in our plans as we had an independent tour and we didn't want to miss it. We eventually got to our tour guide 1/2 hour late; they were without people so they had to wait. All ships had the same issue as us. So we departed about another 1/2 hour after that but still saw everything on our tour, to include a winery. Took the sketchy trip on a donkey back down the stairs. It was either that, walk next to said donkeys on poop laden slick stairs, or take a cable car where the lines took an hour for some to get through. But Oia was beautiful, as was the rest of the island and I'll never forget it.
Visited: May 24, 2018
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