Santorini Oia Village Excursion Reviews

Visit Oia, a pretty village of pastel-tinted houses set into the cliffside of Santorini’s highest peak. Look for paths in the village that will guide you to one of the two black-sand volcanic beaches.
We went to the village of Oia by boat and returned by bus...
Sail Date: July 2019
We went to the village of Oia by boat and returned by bus... its not easy to get up to the village and it was very busy but absolutley worth it. the cable car back down had a huge queue so we decided to walk... wish i had had runners on ... Read More
We went to the village of Oia by boat and returned by bus... its not easy to get up to the village and it was very busy but absolutley worth it. the cable car back down had a huge queue so we decided to walk... wish i had had runners on because i nearly killed myself in sandals!!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
From Oia, Pyrgos and Fira, everything was great.
Sail Date: July 2019
From Oia, Pyrgos and Fira, everything was great. The lunch in Pyrgos was a blast. We chose to walk from Fira to the port. 600 steps is no joke but it was an experience. Especially moving past the donkeys. Would've liked to have ... Read More
From Oia, Pyrgos and Fira, everything was great. The lunch in Pyrgos was a blast. We chose to walk from Fira to the port. 600 steps is no joke but it was an experience. Especially moving past the donkeys. Would've liked to have the tour shorter so we could've returned to ship for sunset. We saw it from the tender, so it wasn't missed. But would've preferred to view from our balcony. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was supposed to be a 7.5 hours tour but we probably spent 2 hours for traffic, waiting for ...
Sail Date: July 2019
This was supposed to be a 7.5 hours tour but we probably spent 2 hours for traffic, waiting for others to get ashore. Too many things packed to do in short time. Tour guide didnt seem to care, just kept walking and she only talked to a ... Read More
This was supposed to be a 7.5 hours tour but we probably spent 2 hours for traffic, waiting for others to get ashore. Too many things packed to do in short time. Tour guide didnt seem to care, just kept walking and she only talked to a few guests while ignoring the rest. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
The village was quaint and interesting.
Sail Date: July 2019
The village was quaint and interesting. Found where I could take a picture of the blue roofs. The tour guide was exceedingly unhelpful. She basically walked us to a square and said walk around and meet us back at the bus. OK there were 30 ... Read More
The village was quaint and interesting. Found where I could take a picture of the blue roofs. The tour guide was exceedingly unhelpful. She basically walked us to a square and said walk around and meet us back at the bus. OK there were 30 buses in the parking lot had a very hard time and a bit of a panic trying to find the bus. We were then waiting 20 minutes for another couple who could not find the bus And then half an hour to get out of the parking lot. It was a mess Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Done this before only went to please family, santorini is over rated and very little to do apart ...
Sail Date: June 2019
Done this before only went to please family, santorini is over rated and very little to do apart from shop. The queue for the lift was long.
Done this before only went to please family, santorini is over rated and very little to do apart from shop. The queue for the lift was long. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This tour was worth it for the iconic photos we were able to take in Oia.
Sail Date: June 2019
This tour was worth it for the iconic photos we were able to take in Oia. We also stopped while there for drinks and snacks. Had the most delicious tomato fritters! The tour took us by bus to Oia, gave us plenty of free time. It was ... Read More
This tour was worth it for the iconic photos we were able to take in Oia. We also stopped while there for drinks and snacks. Had the most delicious tomato fritters! The tour took us by bus to Oia, gave us plenty of free time. It was very crowded but worth it. The tour took us back to Fira where we had all the free time we needed to explore the town. We were given tickets for the tram that took us down to the port, and the ride was fun. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Th tour guide spoke very good English and I was engaged in her commentary for the most part whilst ...
Sail Date: June 2019
Th tour guide spoke very good English and I was engaged in her commentary for the most part whilst on the bus to Oia. Oia is stunning but so packed with tourists we could not explore it properly, nor had the time to adventure there ... Read More
Th tour guide spoke very good English and I was engaged in her commentary for the most part whilst on the bus to Oia. Oia is stunning but so packed with tourists we could not explore it properly, nor had the time to adventure there properly. We snapped the appropriate pictures- the blue top churches but this whole experience is just ruined by the masses. Such a shame allowing 6 cruise ships in on on day. We visited Santa wines winery- stunning view-terrible wine-very average nibbles, although the olives were good (as you would expect.) Into Fira next- we abandoned the walking tour again because of the crowds and just found our own place to have lunch and then boarded back on the bus. The tour guide made it very clear that we had the option to take the cable car back down and find ur own way back to the port but stipulated that the queues for the cable could be horrendous and we could be in danger of not getting back t port in time so demised this part as well. In fact the whole bus of passengers on the tour chose to miss the cable car ride infer of missing the ship. On speaking to other passengers on the ship that evening many took the cable car and loved it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Five cruise ships on the same morning as we did.
Sail Date: May 2019
Five cruise ships on the same morning as we did. It was far too busy, getting on the cable car and walking about the town oil village was slightly better but not much. I think the tour would be okay if there was only one or two ships in ... Read More
Five cruise ships on the same morning as we did. It was far too busy, getting on the cable car and walking about the town oil village was slightly better but not much. I think the tour would be okay if there was only one or two ships in but on this occasion it was a huge disappointment for us as we had been looking forward to the visit. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Should have visited on our own.
Sail Date: May 2019
Should have visited on our own. Guide was forgettable and had to be reminded of lunch, didn't wait for cruisers, left lost cruisers.
Should have visited on our own. Guide was forgettable and had to be reminded of lunch, didn't wait for cruisers, left lost cruisers. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
The tour guide Jacob was very good, very attentive and always reminded people about staying close ...
Sail Date: May 2019
The tour guide Jacob was very good, very attentive and always reminded people about staying close and looking out for pick-pocket. We were just not very impressed with some of the shops in Santorini given it is a tourist hotspot.
The tour guide Jacob was very good, very attentive and always reminded people about staying close and looking out for pick-pocket. We were just not very impressed with some of the shops in Santorini given it is a tourist hotspot. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Extremely crowded (4 ships/ 8000 people in port that day).
Sail Date: May 2019
Extremely crowded (4 ships/ 8000 people in port that day). Vey rushed. I barely bought a postcard. Too many stops and not enough time. 3 stops- Oia 1 hr, Fira 1 hr, Winery 45 min). Felt like we were being herded like cattle.
Extremely crowded (4 ships/ 8000 people in port that day). Vey rushed. I barely bought a postcard. Too many stops and not enough time. 3 stops- Oia 1 hr, Fira 1 hr, Winery 45 min). Felt like we were being herded like cattle. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Our guide for this port was less helpful than all the other guides we used on this trip.
Sail Date: May 2019
Our guide for this port was less helpful than all the other guides we used on this trip. However, even with its crowds (several shops in port with us) the guide attempted to direct our day to lessen the crowd impact. Santorini is gorgeous.... Read More
Our guide for this port was less helpful than all the other guides we used on this trip. However, even with its crowds (several shops in port with us) the guide attempted to direct our day to lessen the crowd impact. Santorini is gorgeous. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Seeing the beautiful churches in Oia was great, but in all honesty taking a picture of the 3 blue ...
Sail Date: May 2019
Seeing the beautiful churches in Oia was great, but in all honesty taking a picture of the 3 blue domed churches appeared to be the only reason people were there.
Seeing the beautiful churches in Oia was great, but in all honesty taking a picture of the 3 blue domed churches appeared to be the only reason people were there. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We took the excursion with MSC in order to be able to have time to see Oia since the tender service ...
Sail Date: April 2019
We took the excursion with MSC in order to be able to have time to see Oia since the tender service without an excursion on MSC wastes hours. Oia is beautiful and we also went to a winery with a beautiful view. The exursion left us in Fia, ... Read More
We took the excursion with MSC in order to be able to have time to see Oia since the tender service without an excursion on MSC wastes hours. Oia is beautiful and we also went to a winery with a beautiful view. The exursion left us in Fia, where we had to walk a long distance to get the cable car and waited for almost an hour in line for the cable car down the mountain. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
SANTORINI: This was our only MSC excursion of the trip (we had OBCs to spend), which is pricey @ ...
Sail Date: April 2019
SANTORINI: This was our only MSC excursion of the trip (we had OBCs to spend), which is pricey @ 76 euros ($65 if you pre-book); however, you get off the ship first and go directly to the port where you get on tour buses that whisk you ... Read More
SANTORINI: This was our only MSC excursion of the trip (we had OBCs to spend), which is pricey @ 76 euros ($65 if you pre-book); however, you get off the ship first and go directly to the port where you get on tour buses that whisk you to Fira, on the other end of the island. The lower your excursion # the faster you get there--we were #2 and beat most of the crowds. You spend about an hour wandering thru the white-washed town seeing the sites and taking pictures. Then it's back on the bus and thru the countryside (full of donkeys) to a winery for snacks, tastings and a FREE bathroom. After about 30 mins you head to the main town of Oia and are led on a breakneck-paced tour to the cliff, overlooking the bay. This is where you are released and directed to the tram (ticket provided) which takes you down to another port where your tenders are located. The walk along the cliffside is spectacular, with its hanging doors, restaurants, shops and all sorts of tourist stuff . There are a couple of churches along the way. The line for the tram was 20 mins long and probably got worse as the day progressed??? Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Our tour guide was great, told us exactly where to go to get great shots of the village and was ...
Sail Date: April 2019
Our tour guide was great, told us exactly where to go to get great shots of the village and was very impartial when telling us where to eat. She was great and the tour was fantastic!
Our tour guide was great, told us exactly where to go to get great shots of the village and was very impartial when telling us where to eat. She was great and the tour was fantastic! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Since we had to tender and then take a funicular to get ot the port, it was good to to be on this ...
Sail Date: April 2019
Since we had to tender and then take a funicular to get ot the port, it was good to to be on this tour because we took a bus directly to Oia. It is a beautiful, interesting town.
Since we had to tender and then take a funicular to get ot the port, it was good to to be on this tour because we took a bus directly to Oia. It is a beautiful, interesting town. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Excursion was called Santorini Panorama - Traveled to the highest point of the island to see the ...
Sail Date: October 2018
Excursion was called Santorini Panorama - Traveled to the highest point of the island to see the views below, then to Oia Village, & finally to Thira, ride down to Fira on the cable car, back to ship via tender. It was a nice overview ... Read More
Excursion was called Santorini Panorama - Traveled to the highest point of the island to see the views below, then to Oia Village, & finally to Thira, ride down to Fira on the cable car, back to ship via tender. It was a nice overview of the island. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Extremely crowded, cruise description was not even close to what was described.
Sail Date: October 2018
Extremely crowded, cruise description was not even close to what was described. Spent over half the allotted time on a bus or in line to get onto the cable cars to get back to the ship. To top it all off, grossly inflated prices in at ... Read More
Extremely crowded, cruise description was not even close to what was described. Spent over half the allotted time on a bus or in line to get onto the cable cars to get back to the ship. To top it all off, grossly inflated prices in at least some of the businesses in the sales guantlet that has to be ran to get to the cable car line (47 euros for a bottle of beer, a glass of wine and two appitizers). Santorino is like combining the worst aspects of Europe with the worst aspects of Central America. Would never go again. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Oia was Very Crowded.
Sail Date: October 2018
Oia was Very Crowded. About 30 mins free time to get a drink or shop
Oia was Very Crowded. About 30 mins free time to get a drink or shop Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Oia's a beautiful village.
Sail Date: October 2018
Oia's a beautiful village. But, the overwhelming number of shops, lining the narrow streets, with the same touristy stuff distracted from our enjoyment of it. The guide ran on ahead at the end of the tour, leaving us not sure which ... Read More
Oia's a beautiful village. But, the overwhelming number of shops, lining the narrow streets, with the same touristy stuff distracted from our enjoyment of it. The guide ran on ahead at the end of the tour, leaving us not sure which way the cable car was. Also, it's a long hot stair climbing walk to the cable car. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
way too rushed for us but enjoyed the day.
Sail Date: September 2018
way too rushed for us but enjoyed the day. Santorini has changed since our visit 10 years ago. where are all the blue tops that were in Finra? best part of the day was walking down the donkey path at the end of the day as the line for ... Read More
way too rushed for us but enjoyed the day. Santorini has changed since our visit 10 years ago. where are all the blue tops that were in Finra? best part of the day was walking down the donkey path at the end of the day as the line for the cable car was way too long. I am serious! It was hard but the trail is wide and its a great workout. some nice restaurants and shops as you first descend. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
neat city, like Mykonos.
Sail Date: September 2018
neat city, like Mykonos. Had just enough time to race through to the less crowded areas, have a nice cafe experience, and then wander back. Might return to stay a few nights. another hour would have been great. Afterwards, were dropped ... Read More
neat city, like Mykonos. Had just enough time to race through to the less crowded areas, have a nice cafe experience, and then wander back. Might return to stay a few nights. another hour would have been great. Afterwards, were dropped off in Fira, and wandered there and had lunch. The line to get back down to the dock for the tender was CRAZY so be sure to leave extra time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Incredible how easy this lifestyle is to get used to.
Sail Date: September 2018
Incredible how easy this lifestyle is to get used to. Perfect scenery and it doesn't get any better than seeing the views here.
Incredible how easy this lifestyle is to get used to. Perfect scenery and it doesn't get any better than seeing the views here. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
WAAAAY to crowded - made it a little unbearable.
Sail Date: September 2018
WAAAAY to crowded - made it a little unbearable. But we were definitely warned about this. Absolutely stunning place though. We went to lunch at a restaurant that was really expensive and the service was terrible. So maybe do some research ... Read More
WAAAAY to crowded - made it a little unbearable. But we were definitely warned about this. Absolutely stunning place though. We went to lunch at a restaurant that was really expensive and the service was terrible. So maybe do some research on that beforehand. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line