My suggestion is to do a private tour - take the cable car up when you arrive and go on the tour first then spend some time in town when you are back from the tour. It takes some time to get back down to the ship in the cable cars and then back to the ship so you want to give yourself enough time. If you do not want to do a tour you can get cabs from that area to take you to Oia on your own time. One of the tours I have highlighted that is private.
Santorini is the largest island in a circular archipelago about 200km (120 miles) off the coast of Greece and is part of the South Aegean Volcanic Arc.
Your private tour guide will pick you up from the cable car station and take you to the edge of the caldera where you can see the island’s formation and the blue lagoon separating the main island from the smaller island of Therasia.
Learn about Santorini’s fascinating history and discover how the caldera was formed. Continue to the traditional village of Oia with its cave houses built into the landscape.
From there you will ascend the 600m (2000ft) mountain of Profitis Ilias and be rewarded at the top with breathtaking views of the archipelago and the Aegean Sea.
Step into a Greek Orthodox chapel and listen to monks chanting Byzantine music then sample their local wares. At the traditional village of Pyrgos you can navigate its narrow, labyrinth pathways and examine the ruins of the medieval Venetian castle.
Your tour ends with a visit to a local farm where you will have a lesson in the special art of winemaking and sample homemade wines and local delicacies.
This tour is the perfect introduction to this remarkable island and a great opportunity to learn about Greek tradition and religion.
Please Note: Your private 4-hour tour includes food and wine samples. Guests must be able to walk to the tour sites. Wheelchair access not available. Children up to 10 years of age are free. A bottle of water and wine tasting are included. We recommend wearing comfortable, sturdy walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.
At this stop you can just get off the ship and enjoy a day of walking around the town - everything is right there off the ship. So much to see. I really think you will enjoy this stop. You could take a tour around the island if you wish but there is a lot to do right in the main area.