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Fira Tours

Fira
With gleaming white-and-blue buildings perched on a clifftop overlooking the glittering Aegean Sea, Fira (or Thera) is every bit the postcard star of Santorini. The island capital, the main port of call for holidaymakers, is famous for its stunning views, lively nightlife, and archaeological museums.

The Basics
Fira is the starting point for Santorini shore excursions, and there are ample options for day trips, with the coastal town of Oia, the archaeological site of ancient Akrotiri, and the Akrotiri lighthouse all just a short drive away. Boat tours also set sail across the caldera from Fira, cruising around the volcanic islands of Palea and Nea Kameni and often stopping for swimming and snorkeling breaks. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wi-Fi and cell phone service can be patchy on Santorini, so check in advance with your hotel or tour provider.
  • Temperatures can climb above 30°C (86°F) in summer, so be sure to pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a sunhat.
  • Some boat cruises, hotels, and ferries are wheelchair accessible—check in advance. 

How to Get There
Fira is on the west coast of Santorini, 6.5 miles (11 kilometers) south of Oia, about 25 minutes by bus or taxi from the island’s airport. Cruise ships will either dock at the New Port, a short bus ride away, or at the Old Port, which is directly below the town at the foot of the cliff. You can acsend by cable car, on foot (via 588 steps), and even by donkey. 
 
When to Get There
The most popular time to visit Fira is in summer, when sunny weather and warm waters make for a perfect beach vacation; at that time, tours, ferries, and accommodation book up quickly, so book in advance. If you’re visiting in winter, check ahead to be sure hotels and attractions are open, and be prepared for cooler weather and some rainy days. 

A walking tour of Fira
Fira’s small size makes it easy to get around on foot; the town’s small center is full of handicrafts shops, family-run cafés, and traditional Greek restaurants. Visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thira to discover the ancient wonders of Akrotiri, then learn more about Santorini’s history at the Santorini Archaeological Museum. After exploring the museums, walk down to the Old Port, visit the 19th-century Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, or head to the Santos Winery for a tasting. In the evening, make your way to one of the seafront bars to sip cocktails as you watch one of Santorini’s famous sunsets. 
Address: Fira, South Aegean, Greece
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Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Oia and Fira, including Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Wine Tasting

Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Oia and Fira, including Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Wine Tasting

Check off Santorini’s premier sights on this private, half-day shore excursion. After meeting your guide at Santorini port, travel by private, climate-controlled vehicle to a local winery, where you’ll pamper your palate with a wine tasting. Visit, too, the Prehistoric Museum Thira (or Thera) and see exhibits from the exavation of Akrotiri. Soak up postcard-perfect views of the caldera and the Aegean Sea from charming Oia, and make the most of free time to explore bustling Fira before returning to port by cable car.
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  • 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$654.81
Price varies by group size
From
$654.81
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Accessible Santorini Private Tour

Accessible Santorini Private Tour

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An ideal private tour for seniors or mobility impaired persons. Visit the highlights of one of the most beautiful islands in the world without having to worry about accessibility issues. We use a mini van equipped with a special ramp that will transport the wheelchair user safely and comfortably to Santorini’s best attractions. Our Tour Leader will accompany you throughout the whole tour and make sure you enjoy this magnificent island in the best possible way. You will experience amazing views without having to climb stairs, be able to reach famous volcanic beaches, or enjoy a meal/drink at an accessible restaurant/cafe. -------------- Our van can accommodate one wheelchair user that can board it through a ramp, without having to leave the chair. We can accept more disabled passengers, as long as they use folding wheelchairs. Please let us know in advance the exact number of passengers & the types of wheelchairs they will use.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$535.63
per group
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$535.63
per group
Taking safety measures

Historic Heritage Tour of Santorini (Akrotiri)

Historic Heritage Tour of Santorini (Akrotiri)

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Discover Santorini’s ancient, mythic past on this half-day history tour of the island. Meet your guide at a location that works best for you, and travel in a luxury, air-conditioned minivan. Your first stop is the archaeological site of Akrotiri—a settlement that was destroyed in an ancient volcanic eruption, and which is thought to be the origin for the story of Atlantis. Learn more about its history when you visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, drop by the village of Emporio, and more.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$297.76
Price varies by group size
From
$297.76
Price varies by group size

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