Thira (Santorini), Greece
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Approximately 5¼ hours
Experience the best of Santorini with a visit to the beautiful village of Oia, followed by delectable Greek cuisine during a cooking class at a well-known local taverna.
Tender ashore and board a comfortable motorcoach to begin your ascent of the colorful, rocky caldera wall. Outside your window are breathtaking panoramic views the whole way up. As you reach the top, you'll head north through traditional villages. Along the way, your guide will point out the different layers of volcanic lava produced at various phases of the volcano's activity.
In Oia town, stroll with your guide through the cobblestone streets, admiring the world-famous Cycladic architecture and the beautiful old mansions perched on the cliffside. You'll also have magnificent views of the caldera and other smaller Cycladic isles.
Relax on the scenic drive to the Akrotiri area, where you'll stop at the Aeolos Taverna. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a chilled glass of wine or ouzo (traditional aniseed flavored liqueur) and samples of local Santorinian specialties, as well as some of the more popular Greek dishes. A cooking demonstration by the master chefs at this acclaimed taverna will showcase local ingredients and unforgettable techniques that are sure please the palate. After the demonstration, enjoy the chef's creations in the form of a sumptuous lunch.
At the conclusion of the tour, re-board your motorcoach for the drive back to the town of Thira. Guests who wish to stay in town to shop or explore are welcome to do so, but must return to the ship on their own. It's a three-minute walk to the cable car that will take you back down to the pier.
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.