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Updated: February 3, 2021

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Kid-friendly private tour of volcano in Santorini.

My two boys on a boat tour through the caldera and to the volcano. Good times!

Private Tours on Santorini: What to Know

  • 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 reserve last-minute group tours, but there are surprisingly few private tours offered 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).

1. Day or Sunset Boat Tour: Private Romantic Catamaran Cruise

Private boat tour of Santorini Caldera.
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.

2. Santorini Cooking Class and Wine-Tasting Tour

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.

3. Private Santorini Wine Tour

Wine tour of Santorini Wineries.
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

4. Best of Santorini 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.

5. Private Helicopter Flight

Private helicopter tour of Santorini.
Phenomenal views of the caldera, volcano, cliffs, beaches, and neighboring islands. Very cool and highly recommended (though obviously expensive).

6. Highlights of Santorini Photography Tour

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.

7. Akrotiri & 3 Wineries with Tastings

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.

8. Santorini Fishing Tour

Best Santorini Private Boat Tour
This isn’t 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.

9. Santorini Jet Ski Tour to the Volcano

Not your typical private tour but an incredible experience if you’re looking for something a little more active. My one-word review: Amazing!

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  1. Boat Tours Fully Booked for September

    We’ve heard wonderful things about the Best of Santorini tour but unfortunately it’s sold out for our dates in early September. Can you recommend a different tour that is similar? Thanks!


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Tour is also excellent. It’s basically the same tour but 2 hours longer and visits Oia, Imerovigli, Firostefani, Akrotiri, Red Beach, Black Beach, Emporio, Megalochori, Prophet Ilias, Pyrgos, and a Winery with caldera views. You’ll love it.

  2. Santorini Day Trip in February

    February travel to Athens and I want to do a day trip to Santorini. I’d love a walking tour and a wine tasting. What are the possibilities of that in February? I am going to be part of a group of 6 women.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      You would need to fly obviously. Catch an early flight to Santorini and one of the last flights back to Athens. It would be a very full day to do both a wine tour and a walking tour but it’s doable. Try this wine tour (which will run in February) and one of these walking tours.

  3. How To Book Santorini Tours

    Hi Dave, your website is very helpful. I will be in Santorini on 1st week of October and would like to do the Santorini: Sunset Catamaran Sailing Cruise in Caldera. Please advise where I can buy the ticket for this tour?


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Book through Get Your Guide. Good prices, easy and reliable, and you have a 3rd party to take up disputes with if there’s any problem.

  4. Kid Friendly Private Tour in Santorini

    Visiting Santorini in early September. Seems like everything is just about fully booked but have found a space for the private catamaran tour. Just wanted to confirm that this is a kid and family-friendly tour of the caldera with swimming and fun stuff.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Yes, definitely. Kids will love it! Just an amazing experience (for any age).

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