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Oia Tours and Activities

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Oia
Perched on the steep edge of the caldera, looking out over the glittering Mediterranean, Oia (pronounced “ee-yuh”) is famed for its dreamy sunsets. Oia is also one of the most picturesque villages in Santorini, with its striking white buildings, blue-domed churches, and atmospheric cave houses burrowing into the volcanic rock.

The Basics
Oia is a popular inclusion on Santorini sightseeing tours, shore excursions, and boat tours, and most excursions time their visit to catch the sunset. Combine a tour of Oia with nearby attractions like the archaeological site of ancient Akrotiri or the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, a visit to traditional villages like Pyrgos or Fira, or a Santorini wine tasting. Alternatively, set sail around Thirassia island, enjoy snorkeling at Red Beach, or take a soak in the hot springs on Nea Kameni island. Then, sail past Oia on a sunset cruise. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Free Wi-Fi is available at most hotels and restaurants in Oia.
  • The hilly streets of Oia can be challenging for wheelchair users; it’s best to organize accessible transport and accommodation in advance.
  • Summertime temperatures can soar in Oia so wear sunglasses and sunscreen, and bring along plenty of water.

How to Get There
Oia is located at the northwestern tip of Santorini island, about 6.5 miles (11 kilometers) north of Fira. Without your own transport, the easiest way to visit Oia is with a guided tour. However, it’s also possible to arrive by taxi or take the local bus from Fira. Hikers can also walk the coastal trail between Fira and Oia, a scenic 3- to 4-hour walk along the top of the caldera. 

When to Get There
There’s no doubt that the most atmospheric time to visit Oia is at sunset and the small village can be suddenly overrun by crowds at dusk. To experience the quieter side of the village, plan to spend a night at one of Oia’s boutique hotels or visit during the winter months, when you’ll have the sunset to yourself. 

A Walking Tour of Oia Village
Oia’s beautiful architecture and vast ocean views are best enjoyed on a walking tour, and the maze of narrow streets are full of shops, art galleries, and cafés. Stop to visit the tiny Naval Maritime Museum, admire the historic captains’ houses, and explore the ruins of Oia’s Venetian Fortress, then follow the 300 steps from the top of the caldera down to the fishing port of Ammoudi. 
Address: Santorini, South Aegean, Greece
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Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini

Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini

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See an idyllic Oia sunset from the Kastro  — the Venetian castle ruins atop Santorini. Take a break from Santorini’s beaches as a professional guide whisks you away for the day. You'll discover the archaeological site at Akrotiri (admission at own expense) and learn the significance of these Minoan excavations as you stroll along its main street. Then enjoy free time to explore Santorini’s beautiful village Emporeio, before watching the sun descend over the Mediterranean Sea.
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  • 9 hours
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Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia

Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia

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Enjoy a day of discovery on Santorini island on this tour from Fira. With an itinerary that covers all the must-see sights, the tour lets you find your own favorite spots on the island. Visit the volcanic Red Beach, Akrotiri Archaeological Site, a winery, the Prophet Elias Monastery, and then finish on a high note as you watch the sun slip into the sea from Oia village. A tasting of Santorini’s distinctive wine is included.
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  • 10 hours
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$66.55
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Santorini Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer

Santorini Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer

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Cruise the waters off Santorini during this 5-hour boat journey. Step aboard the luxury catamaran and relax in one of the comfortable seating areas as you sail out of Amoudi port. Stop first at the volcano to take a dip in the hot springs or indulge in a mudbath. Sail past one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece, Akrotiri, then go to the Red and White beaches area. Swim, relax and enjoy a traditional Greek barbecue meal. Food, snorkeling equipment, open bar and round-trip hotel transportation are provided. This Viator exclusive tour is not available anywhere else. 
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  • 5 hours
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Santorini Sunset Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, drinks, transfer

Santorini Sunset Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, drinks, transfer

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Experience the volcanic beauty of the Aegean and an unforgettable Santorini sunset on this afternoon catamaran cruise. Travel in style and comfort aboard a luxury catamaran, stopping to bask on Santorini’s red and white sand beaches, snorkel among crystalline waters, and soak in volcanic hot springs. With included hotel transport plus a fresh Greek barbecue and unlimited soft drinks, beer, and local wine served onboard, it's a decadent way to enjoy the island’s famous sights.
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  • 5 hours
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Santorini Blue Dome, Imerovigli and Oia Sunset Tour

Santorini Blue Dome, Imerovigli and Oia Sunset Tour

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This half-day tour takes you to several Santorini neighborhoods including Firostefani, Finikia, Imerovigli, and Oia. Visit popular sightseeing and photo destinations like the Blue Dome, Skaros Rock, the Santorini caldera, and Oia Castle, which is considered one of the best places on the island to view the sunset. Along the way, learn about island life and history from your local guide.
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  • 4 hours
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$36.30
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Firostefani & Oia Village Minibus Panoramic Tour

Firostefani & Oia Village Minibus Panoramic Tour

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Discover two of Santorini’s most famous villages during this panoramic minibus tour. Climb aboard your air-conditioned minibus and travel to the iconic blue-domed church in Firostefani, stopping for photo opportunities before heading to Oia. Then, see the white-washed houses, castle ruins, and stunning views that are characteristic of Oia as you explore the village. Make sure to bring your camera to capture all of the beautiful scenery.
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  • 3 hours
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$72.60
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Santorini Volcanic Islands Cruise: Volcano,Hot Springs,Thirassia and Oia Sunset

Santorini Volcanic Islands Cruise: Volcano,Hot Springs,Thirassia and Oia Sunset

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Get away from the crowds on Santorini with this day-long cruise around three small volcanic islands nestled in Santorini’s natural harbor. Sailing from spot to spot on a traditional Greek sailboat, explore the volcano at Nea Kameni; relax in the sulfur hot springs at Palea Kameni; and walk around the striking white-and-blue village of Manolas on Thirassia.
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  • 11 hours
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Sunset Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ and Drinks

Sunset Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ and Drinks

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Make the most out of your time in Santorini aboard this relaxing and tranquil sunset sail on a catamaran. Enjoy the splendid views from the catamaran as it sails around Santorini. Swim and snorkel in the blue sea and indulge in a delicious barbecue dinner prepared onboard. Imbibe unlimited drinks such as local wine and water.
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  • 5 hours
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Oia Sunset and Fira By Night Half Day Small Group Tour

Oia Sunset and Fira By Night Half Day Small Group Tour

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Save hours researching where to spend an evening in Santorini by going on this small-group evening tour. You won’t have to organize transport as pickup and drop-off is included. Stop off at a scenic spot near Oia Castle to view the sunset and learn about the island’s history along the way. You won’t have to worry about being rushed as there will be time to explore the alleyways and go shopping. After Oia, you’ll discover the wonderful bars and sights of Fira.
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  • 5 hours
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Santorini Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Santorini Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Spend a full day discovering Santorini’s ancient history, local culture, and famous views on this great-value highlights tour. Explore the Santorinian villages, visit the Red Beach, swim at the black-sand Perissa Beach, take in panoramic views from Prophet Elias Monastery, and learn details about the wine heritage of the island. Finish the day with an unforgettable sunset from Oia village.
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  • 8 hours
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6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience

6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience

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Succumb to Santorini’s charms on a private tour to see its highlights. Traveling by luxury, air-conditioned vehicle with a guide, learn about Santorini’s history and culture as you explore. Stop at Red Beach, view the Minoan ruins at Akrotiri independently, see Oia, visit the village of Megalochori, and more. An optional winery visit is also possible.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes to 6 hours
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Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Full Day Tour

Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Full Day Tour

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Experience Santorini’s nature and history on this all-day guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, explore Akrotiri, a well-preserved Bronze Age settlement buried in ash nearly 3,600 years ago in a volcanic eruption. Then head to the cliffside village of Oia and admire a magnificent sunset—along with the famous Blue Dome Church, Prophet Elias Monastery, and other sites.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Santorini Volcano Cruise Including Hot Springs, Thirasia and Optional Oia Sunset

Santorini Volcano Cruise Including Hot Springs, Thirasia and Optional Oia Sunset

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Sail across Santorini’s beautiful ‘caldera’ (flooded crater) and visit the islands of Nea Kameni and Thirasia on this half-day cruise. Board a sightseeing boat at Athinios port, and admire Santorini’s cliffs and sugar-cube towns as you cruise to Nea Kameni. Enjoy free time to walk around its volcanic crater, bathe in the warm springs, and then cruise to peaceful Thirasia. Explore and have lunch here at leisure before cruising back to Santorini. Upgrade to stop off at Oia to witness its famously stunning views of the sunset over the caldera.
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  • 12 hours
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Private Custom Tour: Santorini in a Day

Private Custom Tour: Santorini in a Day

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Explore beautiful Santorini the way you wish on this private tour. Traveling by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, make the most of the custom itinerary and let your guide know what you want to see and do. Perhaps visit highlights such as the village of Oia, famous for its stupendous sunsets; the Minoan ruins at Akrotiri, a traditional winery, or simply relax on a black sand beach. Choose from a half- or full-day tour and ssk your guide for insider tips on off-the-beaten-track gems.
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  • 5 hours
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Explore Akrotiri and Oia Private Tour

Explore Akrotiri and Oia Private Tour

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Get more out of your time in Santorini by going on a private tour of the island. You’ll save hours researching highlights by having a full itinerary organized for you, and you won’t have to book transport as pickup and drop-off is included. See the picturesque village of Oia, drive through the main town of Fira, and visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri.
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  • 4 hours
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$598.96
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Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer

Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer

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Spend the day sailing around beautiful Santorini on a catamaran. Imbibe unlimited amounts of white wine, soft drinks, and water and indulge in a delicious barbecue prepared onboard the catamaran as you sail in the gorgeous blue waters of the sea off the shore of Santorini.
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  • 5 hours
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Romantic Sunset Catamaran Caldera Cruise incl. Meal & Drinks

Romantic Sunset Catamaran Caldera Cruise incl. Meal & Drinks

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Get views of Santorini from aboard a catamaran during this boat excursion. Sip unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks while taking in glimpses of the island's beaches and volcanic landscape. Make stops at the White Beach, soak in some local hot springs, go snorkeling, and watch the sun dip below the horizon in Oia. Barbecue meal and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 5 hours
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$121.00
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Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Oia, Fira and the Akrotiri Excavation

Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Oia, Fira and the Akrotiri Excavation

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Discover beautiful Santorini — from the bustling capital of Fira to postcard-perfect Oia — on this private, half-day shore excursion. Meet your guide and private vehicle off of your cruise ship at Fira port, and then set off to explore the sun-kissed Greek isle. See the ruins of one of the region’s most important prehistoric settlements at Akrotiri; be wowed by views of the caldera and the Aegean Sea; and enjoy ample free time to explore both Oia and Fira.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Santorini First Impressions Private Tour

Santorini First Impressions Private Tour

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New to Santorini? Be introduced to this spectacular Aegean island on a private morning or afternoon tour, with a local guide. With a flexible itinerary customized to your interests, call at the clifftop village of Oia to admire its castle, cave-like houses and breathtaking caldera views. Visit the mountaintop Prophet Elias monastery, sample the monks’ hand-crafted products, and explore Pyrgos, the picturesque former capital, as your guide shares insider tips and facts about Santorini’s history and geology. Conclude by tasting some Santorinian wines at a stunning cliffside winery.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Semi-Private Luxury | Santorini Catamaran Cruise with BBQ on board and Drinks

Semi-Private Luxury | Santorini Catamaran Cruise with BBQ on board and Drinks

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Experience the Aegean in style on this sailing trip from Santorini aboard a luxury catamaran. Start by heading out to the volcanic area just off of Oia, with plenty of time to soak in the hot springs before moving on past the Venetian Lighthouse. Then stop at the White Beach to swim while the crew prepares a sumptuous barbecue of meats, seafood, salads, and local white wine. Set sail for Red Beach, where wrap up your experience with more swimming and cocktails.  The sunset sail follows the same itinerary in reverse.
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  • 5 hours
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Winery - Oia Sunset Private Tour

Winery - Oia Sunset Private Tour

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Tantalize your taste buds and feast your eyes on a private 5-hour wine and sunset experience on Santorini, with an itinerary customizable to your interests. Accompanied by a sommelier guide, visit two traditional Santorini wineries, famous for producing delicious wines from the volcanic soil. Stroll by vineyards to see the vines trained low to the ground, explore the production facilities, and sample and discuss a total of eight varietals. Finish with a late afternoon trip to the clifftop town of Oia to experience the legendary views of a radiant Santorini sunset.
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  • 5 hours
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Santorini Popular Destinations

Santorini Popular Destinations

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Santorini is famous for its white-washed towns, beautiful beaches, and dreamy sunsets. On this tour, enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide and customize your itinerary to your preferences. Choose to visit popular attractions such as the villages of Oia and Megalochori, explore historic monuments such as the Monastery of Profitis Ilias and Pyrgos Castle, or cool off with a swim Perivolos Beach.
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  • 6 hours
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Santorini Classic Highlights Tour

Santorini Classic Highlights Tour

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Experience the best of Santorini in one day on this excellent-value round-island trip. Travel in air-conditioned comfort to breathtaking viewpoints, traditional villages, volcanic beaches, and to the island’s Wine Museum where you’ll enjoy a tasting of local varietals. Soak up views from the Monastery of Profitis Ilias and finish up in time to catch the sunset in Oia.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full Day Santorini Highlights and Venetian Castles Small Group Tour

Full Day Santorini Highlights and Venetian Castles Small Group Tour

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With this full day tour, you won’t need a crystal ball (or a guidebook) to find Santorini’s historical and cultural highlights. Skip the crowded tour buses and strangers getting in your postcard-perfect photos; explore the island in a small group, getting around in an air-conditioned minivan. Visit remarkable Venetian castles in Emporio and Akrotiri, marvel at the ocean views from Firostefani and Skaros Rock, and watch the sunset over the picturesque village of Oia.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.80
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