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Monastery of Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou) Tours

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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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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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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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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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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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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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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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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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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 hours
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Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting from Fira (small group up to 10)

Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting from Fira (small group up to 10)

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See Santorini’s highlights quickly on this tour from Fira. See the charming village of Oia, with its white houses and scenic terraces set on the cliffside over the blue waters of the caldera, along with the picturesque towns of Pyrgos and Megalochori. First-time visitors can get an overview of the island, including a wine tasting, and because it’s a small-group tour, receive plenty of personal attention.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour

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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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  • 7 hours
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Half or Full Day Private Custom Santorini Island Tour

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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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  • 4 to 6 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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Private Shore Excursion: Best of Santorini Customized Tour

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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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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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  • 3 hours
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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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Notos Day Tour from Thira

Notos Day Tour from Thira

Joining this tour you will discover the most important archaeological site of Santorini, details about the wine heritage of the island as we will visit the only Wine Museum of Koutsoyanopoulos Winery, amazing caldera landscapes, a stop at the highest spot of the island and the Monastery of Prophet Elias, and you will have the opportunity to enjoy your lunch by the sea. The Notos Day Tour concludes with Santorini’s most treasured moments as we will take you to the village of Oia to enjoy the magnificent sunset!
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  • 8 hours
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Panoramic Small Group Tour with Minimum Walking

Panoramic Small Group Tour with Minimum Walking

Discover the most beautiful Greek island on this Shore Excursion accompanied by a fun guide and without walking a lot of steps or steep paths. After meeting at the cable car station we make our way to the highest peak of the island to capture fantastic views and postcard picture like photos. Here we've got the whole island at our feet and it is easy to understand the genesis and history described by your guide. Next stop is the famous black sandy beach of Kamari. If you bring your swim suite you can dive in the Aegean Sea or you can just enjoy the feeling of vacation in one of the numerous beach bars along the promenade. Oia, the northernmost village is next on our drive. Discover the unique cave houses, gaze at the amazing view and enjoy some free time. Before we head back to Fira and the cable car station we stop in Firostefani, where you can find the most photographed and picturesque blue domed church of Santorini.
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  • 4 hours
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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 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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  • 5 hours
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Santorini Private Tour by Luxurious Minivan for Cruise Ship Travelers

Santorini Private Tour by Luxurious Minivan for Cruise Ship Travelers

When your cruise ship docks in Santorini, explore the island’s highlights and hidden treasures on a private, customizable 5-hour tour. Meet your driver-guide at Fira, hop inside a luxury minivan and experience the island’s attractions as you wish, with tips from your guide. Behold the stunning caldera from cliffside Oia, enjoy shops of Fira and see the blue-dome church at Firostefani. Or, discover tucked-away sites that some visitors never see, view the Minoan archaeological ruins at Akrotiri, or relax at a beach or traditional taverna — it’s down to you!
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  • 5 hours
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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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  • 4 hours 10 minutes to 4 hours 30 minutes
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Santorini Classic highlights tour

Santorini Classic highlights tour

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Santorini Classic Highlights Tour is an all-day pure Santorini experience that you can’t miss! Joining this tour you will discover an authentic Santorinian villages, details about the wine heritage of the island, amazing caldera landscapes and volcanic beaches, and you will have the opportunity to enjoy your lunch by the sea escorted by an English and Spanish speaking guide. The Santorini Classic Highlights Tour concludes with Santorini’s most treasured moments as we will take you to the village of Oia to enjoy the magnificent sunset! Embark on a tour that will take you only to the best of Santorini!
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  • 8 hours
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$75.18
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Private Santorini bus tour. Visit the most popular destinations !!

Private Santorini bus tour. Visit the most popular destinations !!

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Enjoy a 5 hours private journey through the entire island on a luxury and comfortable minivan. Your experienced local driver/guide will pick you up at the time and place of your choice and share his knowledge of Santorini’s culture. Head up to the Prophet Elias Monastery and admire the most breathtaking view from the island's highest point. Continue your trip by the traditional village of Megalochori. This settlement is made of hundreds of small white painted houses. tiny alleys, tower bells and beautiful blue domed churches. Next destination is the Red Beach, the most unique natural beach of the island, where you will take amazing pictures. Visit the Lighthouse. Built in 1891. Walk by the cliffs around it and take memorable pictures admiring Santorini's famous Caldera. Relax in Perivolos Black Beach, with the amazing seaside restaurants and crystal clear waters. The end visit Oia is on the top of an impressive cliff and offers a spectacular view over the volcano.
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Santorini: Private Scenic Tour of the Island

Santorini: Private Scenic Tour of the Island

Experience Santorini’s volcanic scenery on a private tour. Drive through the rocky interior past vineyards and villages, and visit Mt. Profitis Ilias, the island’s highest point. Absorb the bird’s-eye views before heading for Oia, the whitewashed clifftop own on Santorini’s north coast. Marvel at the sea-filled caldera from the cliffs, browse the arty shops, and finish with free time in Fira. Air-conditioned minivan transport and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$518.33
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Santorini Top 5 Destinations: Private Sightseeing Tour with Wine Tasting!

Santorini Top 5 Destinations: Private Sightseeing Tour with Wine Tasting!

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Get a comprehensive overview of the famous Greek island of Santorini during this private sightseeing tour. See famous landmarks, such as the blue-domed church in Firostefani, the village of Oia, and the black sand beach, as well as a local vineyard to sample some of the island’s ancient appellation. This tour is ideal for first-time visitors and cruise ship travelers who want a taste of Santorini.
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  • 5 hours
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$180.42
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What are Monastery of Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou) hours of operation?
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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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