Posted February 26th, 2012, 03:13 PM
Hi-First NCL cruise, first European time too
Has anyone done the above tour with NCL? It seems as if they tender you to directly to a bus so you don't do the cable car/donkey/walk up to Fira then they bus you to Oaia giving you a bit of a tour, leave you on your own to explore then take you back to Fira where you can take as much time as you want then you take the cable car down. Does that sound about right?
The tour is listed as a 3 hour trip leaving at 2:30, since we're in port until 10pm that should give us lots of time to get dinner in Fira I'd assume?
We like just walking around and seeing things-it will be all new to us after all.
We cruised in the Med on the Gem in July 2010. DW and I did the Oia and Winery excursion, while the remaining 8 in our group did Santorini on their own.
The winery is nothing special, except that you get to go back and drink as many samples as your like. More importantly, the winery building is located in a wonderful place on the edge of the escarpment and you can see both sides of the island. The winery is located in the south part of the island up hill from the docking (not the same dock as where the cable care and donkeys are).
After the winery, we drove to Oia up the eastern side of the island, spent time seeing Oia, then on to Fira, where we were given a cable car pass to get down to the dock. It turned out to be a great tour and day.
The other eight never left Fira. It took them a while to get up the escarpment, some taking donkeys, some cable car. I know others have taken the bus and/or taxis, but our 8 gave up trying to find the bus and could not find a taxi. It was July and the island was crowded.
I think our tour was well worth the price. Santorini is a special place and you should make the most of your time there.
Any restaurant recommendations in Fira?