Things to do in Aegean Sea

Our most recommended things to do in Aegean Sea

Santorini: Catamaran Caldera Cruise with Meal and Drinks

1. Santorini: Catamaran Caldera Cruise with Meal and Drinks

Enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Caldera and the beautiful Santorini sunset, while sailing with a luxury catamaran. Select from the Day Cruise or Sunset Cruise options which both offer a unique chance to admire Santorini’s beauty, sailing through the deep blue waters of the island. Start your Day Cruise journey from the old port of Ammoudi and head to Thirassia Island, a fishermen’s island ideal for swimming and admiring the unique view of Manolas village. Explore the unmanned volcanic beaches or sunbathe on the deck. Feel the energy of the volcano while heading to the hot springs. Sail towards the Black Mountain and the big light house south of the Caldera, as you head to the White Beach and the Red Beach for a swim when anchored, a delicious lunch is served onboard with wine and dessert. The Sunset Cruise begins with a stop at the Red Beach for a refreshing swim and stops at all the same locations as the Day Cruise. On the Sunset Cruise, enjoy dinner with wine and dessert served onboard.

Santorini: Scuba Diving Experience in the Volcanic Caldera

2. Santorini: Scuba Diving Experience in the Volcanic Caldera

Enjoy scuba diving in Santorini and dive into the biggest volcanic caldera in the world with your instructor. Swim around and explore the dramatic ocean landscape. See where volcanic eruptions took place under the sea. Begin the activity by meeting your instructor. Next, get kitted out in your scuba gear and head to the dive site. Have a quick briefing on everything you need to know including the equipment, body, environment, and diving hand signals. Next, when you feel comfortable, dive into the volcanic reef inside the caldera of Santorini. Admire the colorful Mediterranean marine life as you breathe underwater. Dive for around 45-minutes before finishing.

Santorini - 5 Hours Most Attractive Sightseing Island Tour

3. Santorini - 5 Hours Most Attractive Sightseing Island Tour

You will be collected early in the morning from your hotel on Santorini Island and driven in a luxury, modern, minivan with WiFi and air conditioning to the most attractive sightseeing spots on the island.  Augmented reality maps will be provided for free to passengers in order to give you the opportunity to get more information via your mobile phone about the sites. Your first stop is the Akrotiri Archaeological Site and museum in Akrotiri where you can feel the atmosphere of the island's volcanic eruption days and also see ancient ruins.  Then you will drive to the nearby Red Beach which is popular because of its amazing pure and volcanic red rocks formation. Here you can take some time to swim and relax. Then, you will head to Black Beach in Perissa to swim, relax, or have a meal at one of the seafront bars. Next up, enjoy a wine tasting in Venetsanos Winery. You will have the opportunity to try some of the most excellent local wines in quality and flavor, such as Vinsanto, Nichteri, and Assyrtiko. End the tour with stops in Pyrgos and Oia, the most traditional villages in Santorini.  Here, you'll have enough time to explore and admire the Cycladic architecture and Greek hospitality, walk in the narrow pathways next to blue and white old and traditional houses, go shopping, or relax and admire the breathtaking views of the island of Caldera.

Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour

4. Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour

Spend a day on a private-guided tour exploring Akrotiri Excavations, a prehistoric Bronze Age city, frozen in time by ash that fell during the Minoan volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago. Some speculate this is the origin of the mythical city of Atlantis. Admire the elaborate drainage system, sophisticated multi-storied buildings, magnificent wall painting, and excavated furniture and vessels that show the former settlement's great prosperity. Next, you will head over to admire the Red and Black beaches. The red layer of sand at the Red Beach is a spectacular sight. The Black Beach of Perivolos is the largest beach on Santorini and is covered with a black volcanic pebble. Take in the spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and the nearby islands. Enjoy an optional lunch at a seaside restaurant. Continue your visit at the village of Emporio, the largest village on the Greek island of Santorini. You can look at the historic windmills that have an excellent view of the rest of the island. On the hill above the village Emborio, you will discover both the ruins of Kasteli, a fortress from the Byzantine period and the ruins of Goulas. Then, you will make your way to the peak of Prophet Ilias, the highest mountain that stands some 2,000 feet (600 meters) above the sea. Be amazed by the island vistas around you (360 degrees), and then follow your guide inside the ornate Greek Christian monastery perched at the mountain's summit. From here, you will proceed to the village of Pyrgos, the old capital, where you will take a guided walk along narrow paths to the ruins of the Venetian castle. The next stop is at a traditional Venetsanos Winery, where you will learn the secrets of wine making and enjoy the tastes of the famous local wines. On the way to the northern part of Santorini, you will make a short stop in Firostefani to see the famous Blue Dome Church, the subject of so many Santorini's postcards. You will visit the village of Imerovigli, situated on a higher cliff with an incredible view. In front of the village is an enormous rock called Skaros, which used to be the best spot to look out for pirates. Continue through the beautiful Santorini countryside to the village of Oia. Built in the northern part of the Caldera Rim. Oia is the most photographed location in Santorini, and a place where many artists have found their inspiration in Oia's beauty, the traditional architecture  and the amazing sunset. Enjoy the stunning views of the Caldera, where many dwellings are built into niches of the volcanic rock. You will also have a panoramic view of the rest of Santorini and the Aegean Sea.

1-Day Boat Trip: Santorini Volcano, Thirassia & Oia Sunset

5. 1-Day Boat Trip: Santorini Volcano, Thirassia & Oia Sunset

Take the bus from your hotel to the port of Athinios. Then climb aboard the boat and start your journey. First visit the volcanic island of Nea Kameni. Follow a bumpy trail to an active volcano crater. Then continue your journey to the island of Palea Kameni. The boat will take you within 50 meters of the thermal springs. Swim, splash or relax in the green sulfurous water. Discover the island of Thirasia, once part of Santorini before a volcanic eruption. On the beach you can swim, eat or explore the old village of Manola with its spiral staircases and quaint houses. Find somewhere to enjoy a snack or take a swim on the island's beach. Leaving Thirasia Island, King Thiras will sail under Oia on the way back to Athinios Port, where you can snap some wonderful photos of the cliffs and the breathtaking scenery. The tour continues with a bus transfer to Oia Village for the sunset. The tour ends 30 minutes after the sunset. You will gather at the pickup point in Oia where the bus will be waiting to take you back to the meeting point.

Santorini: Premium Catamaran Cruise with Fresh BBQ & Drinks

6. 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 with a comfortable hotel pickup 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: Romantic Sunset Caldera Cruise with Dinner

7. Santorini: Romantic Sunset Caldera Cruise with Dinner

Soak up breathtaking views of the Santorini Caldera on a sunset sightseeing cruise from the port of Athinios. Sip on welcome drinks and savor the flavors of authentic Greek cuisine with a buffet dinner served onboard. After pickup, go to the port of Athinios by bus. Then, hop on board the King Thiras and enjoy a welcome drink. Sail under the caldera as your captain takes you to the best spots to enjoy the view and take spectacular pictures of the volcano. Next, savor a delicious buffet dinner prepared and served onboard by the crew. Before the sun starts setting into the sea, sail to a spot to catch the sunset of Santorini. After watching the sunset, head back to Athinios port where the bus will be waiting to take you back to the starting point of the excursion.

From Crete: Santorini Full-Day Tour by Boat

8. From Crete: Santorini Full-Day Tour by Boat

Visit Santorini on this full day-trip from the island of Crete. After pick-up from your hotel, head to the harbor and begin your sightseeing boat tour on the Cretan Sea. Upon arrival, see the white houses of Fira that lie high above the edge of the crater, and decide whether you would like to spend more time on this volcanic island. Wander the small town of Fira or visit the picturesque town of Oia. Enjoy the leisurely Greek lifestyle and visit a taverna or two. Relax on the beach, enjoy the day by the sea, and simply leave your cares behind.

From Paros: Iraklia and Schinoussa Sailing Cruise with Lunch

9. From Paros: Iraklia and Schinoussa Sailing Cruise with Lunch

Experience the thrill of sailing aboard a spacious boat departing from Paros Island. Navigate out to the Aegean sea with an experienced skipper and discover the nearby islands of Iraklia and Schinoussa. Enjoy the chance to swim and snorkel in crystal-clear waters, then taste a delicious lunch. Depart from the port of Piso Livadi on the Eastern coast of Paros island. After a brief safety briefing, set sail for the first stop in Iraklia. Arrive at the secluded beach of Alimia, where you can snorkel and explore the sunken hydroplane from World War II, or simply swim in the clear water. Continue on to the serene island of Schinoussa. Jump into the crystal clear sea and surrender to the exclusive calmness and serenity of this small destination. Taste a delicious fresh lunch, served on board while you enjoy the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. On your way back, make a stop on the south side of Naxos, where you will enjoy dessert and fruit. After one last swim, sail back to Piso Livadi.

Santorini: Luxurious Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

10. Santorini: Luxurious Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

Sail along the caldera and explore the scenic beauty on a luxurious catamaran cruise. Dive into the waters of the Red and White beaches of Santorini for swimming or snorkeling before marveling at the magical sunset colors of the skyline. Sail to Santorini's famous hot springs and swim for half an hour. Continue beyond Aspronisi Island, Akrotiri, the Indian rock, and the Ancient lighthouse to reach the next stop at the Red Beach, where you can swim and snorkel for another half an hour.  Sail to the White Beach area on a 1.5-hour cruise and enjoy a barbecue feast before another round of swimming, snorkeling, or relaxing on board the catamaran. Return to Ammoudi and, if enjoying the sunset tour, experience the sunset from the sea.

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What people are saying about Aegean Sea

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This was amazing tour! The boat was very comfortable (20 people but plenty of space) and the crew was so lovely and so friendly…everything was organized very well. You could tell they’ve done this 100 times but made it a point to make sure it was special and everyone had a great time. Just a beautiful experience, even if you’re not a boat person or haven’t enjoyed boat tours in the past. (just do it!) I would recommend this to family and friends and would do it again if I was in Santorini.

Our catamaran tour was everything we'd hoped it would be. With a small group of travelers (9 of us in total) we had plenty of room to mingle if we desired or find a spot to keep to ourselves on the boat. Our boat was in excellent condition, the crew were very kind & attentive, all our wants & needs were met. The lunch was divine & HUGE. We are thrilled that we booked this & highly recommend it to any other Santorini visitors.

The entire experience went smoothly from pick up at the hotel to disembarkment. Food was great, service was excellent, scenery was spectacular!

The food was great, the tours was great and the staff was very friendly. I'd highly recommend this tour!

Amazing - would recommend and we made great friends!