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Santorini: Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit

1. Santorini: Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit

Sail from Athinios Port to small islands that are home to volcanos, hot springs, and traditional villages. Enjoy some free time on each island, enjoy the fantastic views and charming atmospheres of typical Greek countryside. Set sail from Athinios and enjoy live commentary on board throughout the journey. First stop at Nea Kameni where you can take the path to the crater of the active volcano as you enjoy free time to explore the island. Next, head to Palea Kameni, and swim in the volcanic hot springs. Return to the boat for a short sail to Thirassia, where you’ll have free time to explore this charming village. Then, visit Manolas, accessed by winding stairs, or by a donkey ride up to the village. There is the option of extending the tour in Oia to admire the panoramic views and a spectacular sunset. If this option is selected, after the end of the boat ride you will be transferred to Oia. Please meet your bus at the meeting point 15 minutes after the sunset.

Santorini: Small Group Romantic Catamaran Cruise

2. Santorini: Small Group Romantic Catamaran Cruise

Take a relaxing catamaran cruise and see Santorini from the water. Select the day cruise for spectacular views, or opt for the evening option for a romantic atmosphere. If you choose the morning cruise, you'll set off at approximately 10:00 AM from Ammoudi Bay into the island’s famous caldera before enjoying a therapeutic dunk in its thermal springs. Once you feel thoroughly relaxed, return to the boat and continue towards Aspronisi Island, taking in views of Indian Rock and the Venetian Lighthouse as you go. The tour continues with a stop at Mesa Pigadia Beach, which serves as a scenic backdrop for a Greek barbecue lunch. After your meal, admire the vermilion sands of the Red Beach and go for a swim in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea before ending your cruise at Marina of Vlychada. The evening cruise sets off from Vlychada Marina at approximately 3:00 PM. Red Beach is the first port of call, where you’ll have time for an afternoon swimming and snorkeling session, before venturing to the nearby White Beach, renowned for its striking cliffs. You’ll continue on past Indian Rock and the Venetian Lighthouse, and into the heart of the caldera. During the cruise, the crew will prepare for you a Greek barbecue meal which will introduce you to local flavors (and local wine). After the meal, relax in the natural spa and mud baths of Santorini’s hot springs, before returning to the ship and heading for the bay of Eptapedes, where you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable sunset vista. Once night falls, return to the Bay of Ammoudi, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel. Classical Menu: Appetizers: seafood, pasta, Greek salad, tzatziki, and dolmadakiaBBQ: Pork, chicken, or vegetarianOpen Bar: Santorini white wine, beer, ouzo, juice, sodas, and mineral water  Comfort Menu: Appetizers: Pasta with tomato sauce, Greek salad, tzatziki, and dolmadakiaBBQ: Pork, chicken, or vegetarianOpen Bar: Santorini white wine, juice, sodas, and mineral water 

Santorini: Luxury Small Group Catamaran w/ Meal & Open Bar

3. Santorini: Luxury Small Group Catamaran w/ Meal & Open Bar

Drop anchor on a luxury catamaran tour around the Santorini caldera while enjoying a delicious traditional meal with refreshing drinks from the open bar. Sail in the morning or at sunset on a cruise with a maximum of 20 guests. After being picked up from your hotel, unwind as you’re taken straight to the port. Take advantage of the snorkeling opportunity with a half-hour stop off the coast of Red Beach, plus 1.5 hours to snorkel in the sea caves of White Beach. Bathe in the lagoon’s hot springs and snorkel in clear waters. If you choose the morning option, start your day off with a light breakfast onboard the catamaran. Sip on some coffee, tea, and orange juice, with toast and spreads. Taste the flavors of Greece on board a menu of local Santorini delicacies for lunch or dinner, depending on the time of day you choose, with meat and vegetarian options. The menu includes barbecue skewers, dolmadakia (rice-stuffed vine leaves), Greek salad, and other local dishes. Sit back and unwind with a post-meal cocktail and music. Stay refreshed with unlimited drinks on board, including local white wine, Greek beer, and soft drinks. Continue past the two uninhabited volcano islands of Palia Kameni and Nea Kameni and take in other sights such as Aspronisi island and the Akrotiri lighthouse. Later the cruise sails in the caldera below the town of Fira and past the old port. If you chose the late afternoon option, stop below the village of Oia and be wowed by the striking sunset lights adorning the skies with vibrant, pastel colors. This is sure to be an unforgettable highlight to an already unforgettable cruise experience. At the end of your Santorini excursion, relax as your minibus driver conveniently drops you back at your hotel.

Santorini: Premium Catamaran Cruise with Fresh BBQ & Drinks

4. Santorini: Premium Catamaran Cruise with Fresh BBQ & Drinks

Climb aboard the 74-foot Ocean Voyager or the 80-foot Tahiti catamaran for a 5-hour cruise around Santorini in the Aegean Sea. Set off on a journey of discovery that will first take you to the hot springs, then the Red Beach and finally the White Beach. Swim and snorkel and tuck into a delicious meal onboard. Start your adventure at the Ammoudi Port of Oia or at your hotel, if you upgrade to include a hotel pickup and drop-off service, and set sail for beautiful Red Beach to swim and snorkel for 30 minutes. Continue to a secluded White Beach, only accessible from the sea, for more swimming and snorkeling in the shadow of the towering white cliffs. Onboard the catamaran, savor a barbecue supper of salads and grilled meat and veggie options. Continue sailing inside the crescent-shaped Caldera, close to the volcano, and enjoy a final dip in the Hot Springs, before sailing back to Oia as the day ends with a spectacular sunset.

Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Lunch & Open Bar

5. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Lunch & Open Bar

Sail along the coast of Santorini on a half-day cruise from Vlychada Port. View Red Beach, White Beach, and the stunning Venetian Lighthouse. Swim in crystal-clear waters and soak in the therapeutic volcanic hot springs. Enjoy a delicious meal, snacks, and drinks onboard. Be picked up from your hotel in Santorini and set sail from the pier at Vlychada port. Snap pictures of the reddish hue and wild cliff formations at Red Beach. Make a stop at stunning destination where you can take a dip in the sea or relax on the beach. Continue past the sandy shores of White Beach, surrounded by bright limestone cliffs. Admire views of the 18th-century Venetian Lighthouse of Akrotiri. Go for a dip in the volcanic hot springs where you can relax in the water and view the caves. Cruise to Mesa Pigadia Beach, which is often considered Santorini's best-kept secret. Dive into the crystal clear waters and work up an appetite for your onboard lunch or dinner. Pick from a menu of BBQ chicken, Neapolitan pasta, Greek Salad, Vegetarian meals, Greek Ratatouille, Greek fruit salad, and an unlimited bar with white wine, soft drinks, and water. Return to the port in Vlychada and transfer back to your accommodation in Santorini.

Santorini: All-Inclusive Luxury Catamaran Small Group Cruise

6. Santorini: All-Inclusive Luxury Catamaran Small Group Cruise

Explore the clear Mediterranean waters of the Santorini Caldera on a brand new Lagoon 450 catamaran. Make 2 swimming and snorkeling stops, then feast on a barbecue meal.  Once out on the water, the first stop of the tour will be a 30-minute visit to Red Beach, so named for its bright sand. After some relaxed swimming and great snorkeling, get back aboard the sailboat and continue to White Beach, featuring equally striking rock colors and more excellent swimming and snorkeling.  After swimming, the crew members will serve a delicious barbecue meal onboard. From there, take some time to take in the views from the beach before sailing past the beautiful uninhabited islands of Aspronissi and Akrotiri.  The tour's last stop will be at the hot springs for 30 minutes of relaxation, with the chance to go for a soak in the springs. The tour finishes at the port where you'll board a minibus for a transfer.

Santorini: Sunset Cruise with Swim Stops, Dinner, and Drinks

7. Santorini: Sunset Cruise with Swim Stops, Dinner, and Drinks

Explore the coastline of Santorini on this sunset cruise. Soak in the volcanic hot springs and swim through the waters of Red beach. View White Beach and the Black Mountain Beach. Watch the sunset over the sea while eating an authentic Greek dinner.  Sail along the southern coastline of Santorini and admire the lunar-like coastline of the island. At the picturesque Red Beach, dive into the crystalline waters for a swim or snorkel to explore the rich seabed. Continue sailing with views of White Beach, the Black Mountain Beach, and the Venetian lighthouse south of the Caldera. Next, stop to take a relaxing dip in the therapeutic volcanic hot springs.  Admire the impressive beauty of the sunset, while a dinner of traditional Greek mezzes, barbeque, and plenty of vegetarian options is served. Sip on local wines and finish your meal with a sweet dessert. Return to your accommodation in Santorini at the end of your tour. 

Fira: The Greek Wedding Show

8. Fira: The Greek Wedding Show

Enjoy a night of interactive theater, Greek culture, and delicious food. Enter a 200-year-old building situated in the capital town of Fira. Accept your invitation to a Greek wedding taking place during the post-war years of the 1940s. The show consists of an interactive performance of approximately 90 minutes, with singing, dancing, acting, and live Greek music. Your theater experience begins inside the home of the Greek family. There you’ll have a chance to get to know your hosts.  Afterward, move out onto the patio where the guests are seated. After being brought to your table you’ll be served cold traditional mezedes, water, and local wine. Enjoy the food, singing, dancing, and plate-breaking of the party. Mezedes Tzatziki with carrot sticks Anthotiro cheese mixed with roasted red pepper Greek salad with Feta cheese Melitzano-salad, Mavromatika Greek homemade beans Potato Salad Fresh fruit Bread Unlimited Wine

Santorini: Guided Winery Tour

9. Santorini: Guided Winery Tour

Learn about the history of winemaking in Santorini and what makes it so unique and famous all over the world. Visit both traditional and modern wineries, and have the chance to witness how Santorinian winemaking has grown throughout time. At each winery, taste different signature wines. Koutsoyannopoulos hosts important artwork by Greek and foreign artists in its old winery dating back to 1861. In its endeavor to continue the winemaking tradition, the grounds also include a modern winery offering renowned products of high quality.  Venetsanos winery provides incredible views over the Caldera and volcanic islands. First built in 1947, take the chance to discover the history and traditions as well as new winemaking techniques. Also visit Roussos, one of the most traditional wineries in Santorini.

Santorini: Horse Riding Trip from Vlychada to Eros Beach

10. Santorini: Horse Riding Trip from Vlychada to Eros Beach

Begin your horse riding adventure by having an expert show you the basics and provide you with all the necessary equipment. After starting your journey at the magical dunes of Caldera Beach, you’ll be guided to the Santorini mountains to admire the unblemished beauty of nature, taking in panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and the local culture. Next, your path will lead you to the black beach of Eros, where you’ll ride along the shoreline dipping in and out of the water’s edge. Here you’ll have the chance to stop and take photos of the surrounding landscape and to appreciate the picturesque sand dunes all around. Finally, you’ll continue along a route that takes you back to your stable, finishing your journey where you began but enriched with memories that will last a lifetime.

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What people are saying about Santorini

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 13,242 reviews

If you only have time for one excursion please make sure that the one to Thirasia with Nicole is the one. she is such a knowledgeable guide and an incredible person. I enjoyed so much hearing about the story of her island, visiting little farms, the cave houses and meeting her friends Yannis and Manuel. We foraged too, which was great and I had a delicious home cooked Greek feast.. I cannot recommend this tour more. Thanks Nicole, you have been amazing!

If you have the opportunity, do not hesitate! It’s an amazing experience, Selena and Léa were very nice, the landscapes are breathtaking and the horses are really beautiful and kind. Even if it’s your first time horse riding, they will help you! The meeting point is very clear and the staff is very kind. Go for it!!

This trip is an absolute must! The hosts were so kind, and they taught us so much. Our meal went from the sea to the grill, and it was the best fish I’ve ever eaten.

It was an enjoyable adventure from start to finish. I’m a bit older than most who do the flying dress photo shoot, but he made me feel just as young as the others.

Wonderful experience, Yiannis was an excellent host and we would highly recommend him.