- Private day tours and tour guides in Santorini are more expensive than group tours but they’re just about always worth the extra cost. (Even the most expensive tours will still be a small portion of what you paid to get here – yet will likely be the most memorable part of your trip.)
- Book early. It’s easy to get last-minute tours as part of a group but there are surprisingly few private tours on Santorini and they get booked early for visits from June to September.
- All the tours I’ve listed below are great but if you only have time for one then do a boat tour of the caldera – the cliffs and the caldera are what makes Santorini so fantastically unique.
The 9 Best Private Tours in Santorini
All these tours include hotel pickup and drop off (which doesn’t sound significant but is super helpful).
This is not truly a private tour but there are only 10 spots on the boat so if you want it to yourself just book all ten. It’s a great boat tour and super fun for all – even if you’re not into fishing. Sail around the Santorini waters on a local fishing boat. Fresh seafood lunch or dinner served on board (eat what you catch and get from the nets). The daytime tour is best for families and serious fishermen. The sunset tour is best for couples.
Wonderful boat tour of the volcano, hot springs, and caldera cliffs with swimming and snorkeling. Go pretty much anywhere you want with your private tour guide and captain. If this isn’t the highlight of your trip I’d be surprised. Starts at 10am (day cruise) or 3pm (sunset cruise). Delicious BBQ meal, unlimited drinks, and hotel pickup and drop off are included. Cheaper option: Small Group Cruise by Luxury Catamaran.
Not a true private tour (it could have up to 8 people) but such a wonderful experience that I’m including it here. A great way to learn about the island and its culture. Easy going and super fun.
Incredible wine tour of Santorini’s best wineries with plenty of tastings, cheese, olives, and snacks. There’s a 10am departure and a 4pm. Both visit a winery with great caldera views. The later tour will include sunset views. Cheaper option: Santorini Sunset Wine Tour
Great tour around the highlights of Santorini – from Akrotiri in the south to Oia at the northern most tip. In between you’ll visit beaches, churches, wineries, and historical sites. Professional guide is top notch.
Phenomenal views of the caldera, volcano, cliffs, beaches, and neighboring islands. Very cool and highly recommended (though obviously expensive).
If you want to get incredible shots of Santorini this is how you do. Olaf (the guide) is super friendly and an A-plus-plus photographer – be ready to learn a lot whether you’re a beginner or advanced photographer. But he’s also one of the best Santorini tour guides in his right. You’ll see the most spectacular views from all over the island. The tour starts at 9:30am and there’s a 5-hour or 6-hour option available. This is as much a sightseeing tour as a photography tour, so if one person is really into photography and the other more interested in sightseeing it still works great.
Explore the fantastic ruins and explorations of the ancient village of Akrotiri. The guide is very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. (Having a guide is essential for touring Akrotiri.) Then visit 3 different wineries and learn about local wine-making and wineries. Taste 12 wines from Santorini and other parts of Greece. There are 9am and 3:15pm start times. If you only want Akrotiri then this private tour of the incredible historical site is great.
Not your typical private tour but an incredible experience if you’re looking for something a little more active. My one-word review: Amazing!