There are several things you can do during your short Santorini Port visit. We did Fira, Oia and Santo Wines at Pyrgos and spent an amazing day! Below are however some options you could choose from –

Santorini Shore Excursion Ideas – Independent Cruise Passengers

How did we spend our day at Santorini?

After we came to the port taking our tender boat (btw, we got the 23rd tender boat), we took the most talked about Santorini’s Cable car up to Fira.

Read on the ways to get to Fira from the tender port –

How to get to Fira from Santorini Cruise Port?

As we reached up, we walked towards the Bus Station and took a bus to Oia. According to my thoughts, this was the best choice to go to Oia! The views were beautiful and the Bus journey was convenient.

Buses in Santorini


Upon reaching Oia we started walking towards the Blue dome Church (there are many churches in the island and all have a blue dome). We then walked a bit to an altitude to take some pretty pictures of Oia. We walked and walked and got lost in some beautiful lanes!

Lanes in Oia Santorini
Lanes in Oia Santorini

We spent some amazing time with stray cats! Oh, I can’t tell you how much I loved being in Oia! It was stunning with nothing alike to compare!

We had some coffee and picked a souvenir. I however saw that things were a bit overpriced.

Souvenir Shops in Oia, Santorini
Souvenir Shops in Oia, Santorini
Souvenir Shops in Oia, Santorini
Souvenir Shops in Oia, Santorini

A small Tip – If you plan to go to Athens, then pick all your souvenirs there as you will get stuff at least 20%-40% cheaper.

If Oia is your only area of interest, you can go there directly from the Tender port too. Read on how to reach Oia –

Santorini for Cruisers – How to go to Oia?

Once Oia was done, we took a bus back to Fira (1.5 EUR). From Fira, we took another bus (1.5 EUR) towards Pyrgos because we wanted to experience some wine tasting at Santo winery. Fira to Santo Winery is less than 10 minutes in the Bus!

Tip – At the Fira bus stand, just ask one of the bus drivers about which bus would go to Santo Wines! They will be glad to help. The bus will drop you right in front of Santo Winery and it is that easy! On the way back however, you will have to cross the road for the return bus to Fira. Just a lane ahead, you will get one of the flying buses to Fira.

Santo Winery, Pyrgos

Santo Wines Santorini
Santo Wines Santorini

I am glad we came to Santo Winery because absolutely nothing I write will ever justify the stunning views of the island from Santo Winery. We tasted a flight of 12 wines with some mezze (cost us about EUR 27) which kept us occupied well over the sunset.

View of the Sunset at Santo Wines, Santorini!
View of the Sunset at Santo Wines, Santorini!

We picked a bottle of wine (about 10 EUR) from their store. The store is very inviting and they have ample choices of wines, cheeses, olives and the like! We sadly couldn’t see around the shop long enough as we were running late. We had to hurry a bit here because we had to take a bus back to Fira and then take the cable car down to catch out last tender before 8:30PM!

The Best Sunset Location in Santorini – Santo Wineries!

What did this DIY excursion cost us?

For the both of us, touring Santorini along with wine tasting and buying a bottle of wine came to about EUR 55 (Inc. souvenir for 2 of us). The Cruise ship sold a similar excursion (without a major wine tasting activity or a bottle of wine) for EUR 75 per person which was a discounted price they said! That would have made it EUR 150 for the two of us. Even this would have been thrice of what we spent including souvenir shopping!

There are several things to do in Santorini if you have already ticked off Oia from your bucket list!

Santorini Shore Excursion Ideas – Independent Cruise Passengers

Please, however, do the Cruise ship’s guided excursion if you think you won’t be able to manage your time well.

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  2. I would love to visit Santorini one day, but am not sure an afternoon there would be enough for me! I’d need a week, maybe longer 😉

  3. I loved reading this guide to Santorini! I’ve seen so many photos of this place, and it’s so high up on my bucket list. I love the blue and white theme they have.

  4. This is so cool! I’ve always assumed Santorini would be quite a hassle to get to .. Oia is right up there in my dream destinations!

  5. Santorini is so on my bucketlist and I have long been enchanted by its dreamy locales. Very informative post. I am following you so that I can use your blog as a guide when I plan my travels to Santorini someday soon.

  6. I stayed for three days in Santorini, but I am a firm believer that even one day is better than no visit at all! The early mornings are very calm on the island, so for this purpose I would recommend still staying one night.

  7. Thank you for the souvenir tips and the lovely photos… I would love to have a glass of wine with that sunset in the background!

  8. I’d absolutly love to visit Santorini, it looks like such an amazing destination. It sounds like you managed to squeeze a lot into your trip – Doing it yourself is such a good way of saving money! xo

  9. Santorini looks like such an incredible place! Thank you for sharing your experience, I will be saving this for my travel planning.

  10. Santorini is just like no other place! Thank you for reminding me of that amazing experience 🙂

  11. This is a great guide for touring Santorini and the other little cities in just a day! If I ever do a cruise, I’ll definitely use this as a guide!

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