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Monastery of Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou) Tours and Activities

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Monastery of Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou)
The monastery of Mount Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou) is perched on the mountain of the same name, the highest point on Santorini at 1,853 ft (565 m) above the Aegean Sea in the south of the island. Built in the early 18th century out of sizeable stone and resembling a fortress, the monastery was dedicated to the prophet Elijah and initially enjoyed great wealth. It once also functioned as a secret school of Greek culture during the dark days of Turkish occupation of the country, but its power began to decline in 1860 and it was badly damaged by the earthquake in 1956. Today Profitis Ilias is successful once more; its three domed church has become a museum hosting an exceptional and significant collection of Greek Orthodox icons, early, hand printed books and bibles, wrought-iron artwork, wooden carvings and elaborately embroidered clerics’ robes. The resident monks put on displays of traditional carpentry, shoemaking, local cooking and wine making as well.

The monastery courtyard and gardens are a popular spot to watch Santorini’s fabled sunsets and it is possible to see right to the hilltop village of Oia from the top of Profitis Ilias. Panoramas also take in the patchwork of plains and vineyards sit in the mountain’s lee, sheltering the young vines from hot winds blowing in from North Africa.

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Pyrgos, Santorini. Open Apr–Oct daily 10am–4pm. Admission €3. A long hike up hill or best accessed by car or guided tour from Fira up an extremely winding road. Dress appropriately, covering legs and shoulders.

Address: Pyrgos, Santorini, Cyclades, Greece 847 00, Greece
Hours: Open daily 10am–4pm Apr–Oct
Admission: €3
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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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Private Classic Santorini Panorama: Visit the most popular destinations!

Private Classic Santorini Panorama: Visit the most popular destinations!

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Explore Santorini’s most iconic landmarks on this private trip. Visit the island’s highest peak, the Red and Black beaches, small villages and family farms, the Akrotiri Lighthouse, and the famous village of Oia. For the afternoon departure, spend the day soaking up the atmosphere of the island and admiring the views of the Aegean Sea before ending the tour with a beautiful sunset in the village of Oia.
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  • 6 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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Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour

Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour

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See the attractions of Santorini on a private sightseeing tour with a driver-guide who introduces you to the island's natural, cultural, and culinary delights. You can visit locations like hillside villages and volcanic beaches, or customize your itinerary to check out specific places that interest you. Any food, drinks, activities, and entrance fees are at your own expense.
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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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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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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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Half or Full Day Private Custom Santorini Island Tour

Half or Full Day Private Custom Santorini Island Tour

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Experience Santorini like a local on this private island tour and maximize your time with a custom-made itinerary and a choice of four different tour lengths. Perhaps experience island life with a visit to villages such as Oia, Imerovigli, and Firostefani; admire the views from Profitis Ilias;
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Private Half-Day Tour of Santorini North Side

Private Half-Day Tour of Santorini North Side

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Spend half a day in the company of a private guide exploring Santorini's North Side. Watch the sunset while visiting Oia, Imerovigli, the Prophet Elias Monastery, and the Venetsanos Winery. Round-trip private transport included.
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Private Shore Excursion: Best of Santorini Customized Tour

Private Shore Excursion: Best of Santorini Customized Tour

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If you’ve only got limited time in Santorini, it’s important to make the most of your stay. See the spectacular Greek island your way on a private shore excursion that allows you to customize your itinerary according to personal preferences. Port pickup and drop-off means you’ll begin your tour as soon as you step off the boat, and a private guide guarantees that you’ll receive undivided attention and have ample time to ask questions.
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  • 4 hours
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Amazing Santorini - Full-Day Private Tour

Amazing Santorini - Full-Day Private Tour

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With its white-washed villages, volcanic caldera, and wineries, Santorini easily commands several days worth of exploration. On this tour, you’ll see and taste the highlights—including the cliffside village of Oia—in just one day. Let someone else handle driving the windy, crowded roads as you relax and enjoy the scenery. Plus, because your tour is private, you’ll get plenty of individualized attention along the way.
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Santorini Private Scenic Shore Excursion: Oia, Mt Profitis and Ilias Monastery

Santorini Private Scenic Shore Excursion: Oia, Mt Profitis and Ilias Monastery

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Discover the beautiful island of Santorini with your own personal guide on this private shore excursion. See the highest peak of the island, Profitis Ilias, where a monastery sits; explore the village of Oia, built on a steep slope of the volcanic caldera; and enjoy a short cable car ride in Fira to return back to the pier. Learn the rich history behind the Greek island as you follow your guide past the rocky landscapes, vineyards, and views of the coast.
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Santorini Winter Panorama

Santorini Winter Panorama

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Explore Santorini's most important landmarks with this 7 hours trip. Experienced staff. Small groups offering a memorable experience.
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Santorini Sightseening Tour

Santorini Sightseening Tour

All tours are carried out by a Greek professional local and friendly guide who grew up on Santorini and know all the island very well. We use a new luxury and air-conditioned Mercedes - Mini Van for the tour.
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Santorini Photo Safari Top Places

Santorini Photo Safari Top Places

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Of all the islands in the Mediterranean, Santorini is one of the most photogenic. This photo safari tour takes travelers from sight to sight for a combination of well-known attractions and hidden gems. With stops at all of the island’s most picturesque locations, this is the perfect tour for amateur and experienced photographers alike.
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Private Santorini Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

Private Santorini Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Get under the skin of Santorini on a private day trip, and experience its prettiest places and historical must-sees. As your guide chauffeurs you by comfortable, air-conditioned minivan, learn about the island’s history and culture, and explore the Minoan-era ruins at Akrotiri, the old capital of Pyrgos and Red Beach. Enjoy an optional lunch (own expense), check out the mountaintop Prophet Ilias monastery, and visit a winery to taste delicious Santorinian wines. Conclude at the cliffside village of Oia to enjoy its jaw-dropping views over the caldera.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes to 8 hours
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Panoramic Views Santorini Private Tour with Minimum Walking

Panoramic Views Santorini Private Tour with Minimum Walking

Grasp the backbone of the island’s beauties with the quintessential Santorini private tour. Behold the amphitheatrical view in Firostefani with the houses unfolding one by one next to some of the most picturesque blue dome churches in all of Greece. Value the awe-inspiring Aegean sea panorama from Profitis Ilias, the highest peak, and listen carefully to the guide’s stories that narrate you through the island. Admire Oia, built on the caldera, and let the warm sunset colors astound you as they paint the sky behind the Venetian castle. Envisage the volcano and its key role in the island’s geological formation, as well as the traces visible almost everywhere, especially at the beaches featuring black sand, and the farms with the intense flavors of products made here. Taste traditional delicacies and Santorinian wine, and uncover the naturally ornate treasures one by one with one of the most elaborate private tours in Santorini.
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Around Santorini - Semi Private Tour

Around Santorini - Semi Private Tour

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An ideal Shore Excursion for the Cruises passengers, our "Around Santorini" tour offers you the chance to visit some of the best places in the island, like Oia, Firostefani, Profitis Ilias (with a 360o panoramic view), Megalochori and a black volcanic beach. Enjoy the breathtaking views of this beautiful island while our guide will be sharing with you intimate knowledge of the history, culture and customs of Santorini.
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  • 5 hours
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Santorini Private Minibus Sightseeing Tour

Santorini Private Minibus Sightseeing Tour

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The ideal introduction for first-time visitors to the island, this private, half-day driving tour covers all of Santorini’s most spectacular sights. Travel comfortably between locations in a chauffeured, WIFI-equipped vehicle, stopping at iconic landmarks, from postcard-perfect Oia to the famous red-sand volcanic beach. Tours include an optional visit to Akrotiri Archaeological Site plus free time for lunch or a swim.
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  • 4 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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Half-Day Santorini South Coast and Akrotiri Tour from Fira

Half-Day Santorini South Coast and Akrotiri Tour from Fira

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Take in the highlights of Santorini’s southern shore on this half-day tour from Fira. Visit the Monastery of Prophet Elias and the traditional village of Megalochori; stroll the black sand beach of Perivolos; and explore the Minoan archaeological site of Akrotiri.
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  • 6 hours
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Santorini Highlights: 5-Hour Private Tour with Wine-Tasting

Santorini Highlights: 5-Hour Private Tour with Wine-Tasting

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Go from caldera to cloud-piercing peaks with this Santorini shore excursion that leaves from Fira. Led by a private guide, the tour includes a visit the famous Santorini caldera — a half-submerged volcano — as well as a trip to the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, perched on Santorini’s highest mountain. Sample local produce that’s grown by the monks and enjoy a wine tasting at a volcanic vineyard. Then spend time in the idyllic village of Oia before your return to Fira.
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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 Sightseeing Private & Custom Made Tour

Santorini Sightseeing Private & Custom Made Tour

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Experience the best of Santorini, all in one day: this multi-part, private tour provides the perfect introduction to the island’s highlights. Following pickup from your hotel or port, hop aboard your luxury Mercedes. Venture first to the village of Firostefani and admire views of the caldera and the famed blue-domed church. You’ll also discover the artistic town of Oia, will see evocative ruins, will visit the Perissa and Red beaches, will enjoy a tasting session at a local winery, and much more.
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  • 5 hours
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Monastery of Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou) hours of operation: Open daily 10am–4pm Apr–Oct. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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