DurationHalf-Day (10:00 – 13:30)
RunsMonday to Sunday
Meeting PointMuseum of Prehistoric Thera
For all its modern day beauty and splendor, Santorini has always been a wild, challenging place to survive. From adverse weather to the looming threats of pirates and conquerors, existence on Santorini has tested the resolve of those who have ventured to call it home for thousands of years. Yet these hardships have also yielded great beauty that is visible everywhere you look across the island, from grand displays of defiant faith to works of art that celebrate the triumph of the human condition.
Our Grace and Beauty tour traces the religious residues in Santorini and invites guests to familiarize themselves with the hardships of life on this isolated rock as well as to witness the incredible ways in which our fellow humans have learned to overcome them.
The tour requires a high degree of walking and can be considered physically demanding.
Meet your guide at the Museum of Prehistoric Thera.
- 10:00 – 10:20
Transfer to Mesa Gonia.
- 10:20 – 11:00
Visit to the Church of Panagia Episkopi, a Byzantine-era cathedral that dates back to the year 1115 AD and many accounts attribute the commissioning of the church to Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos. Today, the church boasts a treasured collection of frescoes and iconography, the crown jewel of which is a 12th century icon known as Panagia Glykofilousa.
- 11:00 – 11:10
Transfer to Vothonas settlement. On the way travelers will observe the many settlements built into caves that once protected Santorini’s residence from harsh weather and pirates.
- 11:10 – 12:00
Visit the rock-curved Church of Panagia Sergena. This outstanding church is only accessible via a wooden ladder that could be retracted when enemies were nearby. Today, the church serves as the site of many festivals during the year.
- 12:00– 12:15
Transfer to the village of Pyrgos, the home to the island’s most impressive historical and cultural sites, which happens to provide breathtaking panoramic views of the entire island.
- 12:15 - 13:15
Visit to the Spira Marble Art Gallery (S.M.A.G.) where you will meet the famed sculptor Grigoris Kouskouris. Grigoris will demonstrate the traditional techniques of his craft, and showcase how he has built on these time-honored practices to create his own unique style and art. Witnessing Grigoris’ skill and grace, you will conclude the tour with a taste of Santorini hospitality over some delectable mezedes.
Transfer to ending point
Ending Point: Museum of Prehistoric Thera.
With the expert guidance of your licensed tour guide, explore the mysticism and spirituality of the Byzantine Empire which for over a thousand years, cultivated various arts in orthodox churches to engage the viewers’ senses and transport them to a more spiritual place as well as to underline the divine power of the emperors.
Take a private guided tour in Spira Marble Art Gallery!
You will meet an internationally known local artist who will introduce you to a complete series of his artwork that manifest his interest in the natural beauty of stone and marble.
- Private, state-licensed tour guide
- Entry fees for all the sites mentioned in the itinerary
- Private transfer
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