Disembark from the ship and transfer by local tender to the old port of Santorini (Gialos Port). Meet your guide and take the cable car up to the town of Fira and join your private vehicle. No visit to Santorini would be complete without a journey into the interior with its sleepy villages and terraced fields. Pyrgos, a small village 8 km south of Fira, was once the island's capital, and is where the remnants of a large Venetian fortress overlooking the village testifies to its former status. Further inland stands the historical monastery of Profitis Ilias (closed to visitors), which was formed in the beginning of the 18th century and provides commanding views over Santorini Island. After a photo stop in the Profitis Ilias area, you will return to visit the village of Pyrgos that is a traditional village with fine old houses and the remains of a Venetian castle sitting on the hilltop. Join your guide on a walking tour through the narrow, ascending streets that encircle the village. Your walking tour will conclude at a local tavern where you will enjoy local specialties and unlimited wine. Your tour terminates at Fira Town, where you are free to enjoy yourself with independent sightseeing, shopping or browsing. When ready to return to the ship, take the cable car (ticket provided) and descend independently to the old port. A local tender will ferry you back to the ship, which will be anchored offshore.
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