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

1. 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. 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: Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Open Bar

2. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Open Bar

Cruise aboard a spacious and luxurious catamaran and experience views of Santorini’s landscape. Stop at the day at the famous Red Beach. Start with pickup and travel by minibus to the marina of Vlychada where the half-day cruise begins. Meet the crew and be welcomed on board with a glass of wine or a soft drink. Set sail towards the island's colorful beaches while the guide on board will share insights into the history of Santorini and the geological events that created Santorini’s rugged landscape and its surrounding islands. Your first stop of the day will be at the famous Red Beach. Enjoy time to swim, snorkel, and take pictures of its reddish hues and wild cliff formations. The first mezedes (finger food) are offered when you get back on board to continue your trip. Admire stunning views of the sandy shores of White Beach, surrounded by bright limestone cliffs, followed by a short stop for pictures of the caves and impressive rock formations of the Indian Rocks, which can only be reached by boat. Cruise past the 18th-century Venetian Lighthouse of Akrotiri, located on the southwestern tip of the island, and continue your sailing journey by entering the waters of Santorini’s caldera. Head towards the renowned volcano for the second stop of the day at the sulfur-rich hot springs. Take a relaxing dip into its healing and detoxifying waters. Back on board, enjoy the view of Santorini, a postcard-perfect portrait of the villages on the cliff. Set sail again towards the last stop for another swimming and snorkeling opportunity in the crystal-clear waters of Mesa Pigadia. Meanwhile, the crew will be setting the table for the delicious lunch for you to enjoy after your swim. The menu features BBQ chicken, Neapolitan pasta, Greek Salad, vegetarian meals, such as Greek Ratatouille, a traditional Greek dessert, and an open white wine bar that also serves unlimited soft drinks, and water. Then, sail back to Vlychada where your driver will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation in Santorini.

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

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

Explore the coastline of Santorini on this sailboat 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. 

Santorini: Private Catamaran Cruise with Food & Drinks

4. Santorini: Private Catamaran Cruise with Food & Drinks

Discover the stunning Santorini coastline on this catamaran tour from Vlychada Marina. Sail to sights like Red Beach, White Beach, and the volcanic hot springs. Enjoy a delicious meal paired with local wine and beer. Embark on a day trip around Santorini starting with convenient pickup (with extra charge) from your accommodation and a transfer to your catamaran. Discover unique parts of the island that are not reachable by car and uncover worlds under the waves with the included snorkeling gear. Depart from the Vlychada Marina in the morning or afternoon. Along the way, there will be many beautiful spots to relax, swim, and snorkel at Red Beach, White Beach, and Mésa Pigádia beach. Admire views of Indian Rock and the 18-century Venetian Lighthouse Keep your camera ready to capture the magical sunset onboard if you choose the sunset cruise. Enjoy lunch prepared onboard of fresh seafood, chicken fillet, and salads, or a vegetarian meal (upon request). Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

Santorini: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Drinks

5. Santorini: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Drinks

Set sail on a luxury catamaran cruise either in the morning or evening to witness the glorious Santorini sunset. Savor authentic Greek food and swim in the tranquil waters. After being picked up from your hotel, a luxury minibus takes you straight to the marina/bay where your cruise will begin. Sail straight to Thirassia Island for your first swimming stop and dive into its deep blue crystalline waters. Then, head to the historic volcanic islets and take photos of their deep black lava, and yellow and white rocks, and feel the salt in the water. On the morning cruise, enjoy a greek traditional BBQ with fresh chicken or fish, appetizers, salads, and fresh fruits on the Nea Kameni islet. After your lunch you head towards and pass through the Old Harbour of Fira for a brief stop for photos and then Armeni bay, before the disembarkation. On the sunset cruise, the cruise goes on after the stop at the Volcanic Islet, as you will sail towards the Lighthouse, pass through the famous Indian Face Mountain and drop the anchor on Mesa Pigadia Beach where you will snorkel in turquoise waters. Capture with your lens the crystalline white rocks of the White Beach and the scarlet ones of the famous Red Beach. Spend approximately 1 hour at the Red Beach and enjoy a proper greek traditional BBQ made with fresh products while sipping unlimited local dry white wine, beer, soft drinks, or water. After your dinner, sail back with open sails towards the Old Harbor of Santorini and Armeni bay. The cruise ends with the highlight of the tour, Santorini's magnificent and unique sunset. Sit back and enjoy it while listening to soothing and relaxing music. Arrive at Ammoudi bay where you'll board one of the minibusses which will take you back to your accommodation.

Santorini: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

6. Santorini: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

Discover Santorini's highlights on a cruise on a luxury catamaran. Marvel at the natural scenery, and stop to swim, snorkel, and experience volcanic hot springs. Savor a Greek lunch or dinner, stay refreshed with an open bar, and admire the sunset if you choose the sunset option. After pickup at your accommodation on Santorini, travel in air-conditioned comfort to the cruise starting point. Board the catamaran and sail to the must-see spots around the island. Begin by sailing past the Red and White Beach. Make your first swimming stop at the hidden coves of Black Mountain. Then pop your goggles for snorkeling time. Continue the guided cruise to pass under the Venetian Akrotiri Lighthouse at the southern end of the caldera. Then, enjoy a stop at the famous volcanic hot springs. Take your time to absorb the geothermal energy of the volcanoes, and swim in the sulfuric coves. Heading back toward the port of Vlychada, get ready for a Greek feast for lunch or dinner, depending on which tour option you choose. Get more time for swimming and snorkeling at the famous Red Beach before returning to your accommodation at the end of the tour.

Santorini: Premium Catamaran Cruise with Fresh BBQ & Drinks

7. 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: Catamaran Cruise with Food and Open Bar

8. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Food and Open Bar

Set sail on a cruise along the shores of Santorini on this catamaran tour. Visit top sights on the island like Red Beach and the volcanic hot springs. Swim at a breathtaking locations. Savor an authentic Geek meal aboard and sip on white wine, beer, soft drinks, and water from the open bar Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and transfer to Vlychada. Cruise aboard a catamaran to your first stop at Red Beach. Enjoy its unique colors and the beauty of its wild cliffs. Combine sightseeing with swimming and snorkeling. Admire views of the limestone rock formations at White Beach and the 18th-century Venetian lighthouse of Akrotiri.Stop by the volcano hot springs to soak in the therapeutic waters. See the stunning caves and volcanic beaches. Reach Thirasia Island, one of Santorini's best-kept secrets. Go for a dip while your delicious lunch or dinner is prepared. Eat finger food, ΒΒQ chicken and pork, seafood pasta, Greek salad, Greek anchovy meze (γαύρος), a vegetarian meal (Greek ratatouille), and a Greek fruit salad. Delight your senses with a glass of Moschato D’Asti sparkling wine while watching the sunset. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

Santorini: Caldera Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Drinks

9. Santorini: Caldera Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Drinks

Discover the beauty of Santorini from a catamaran on a relaxing cruise. Swim at the iconic Red Beach among its scarlet rocks, see Nea Kameni's lava rocks and sulfuric water and enjoy a traditional Greek barbeque. Board a comfortable minibus at your hotel, and head to the Vlichada Marina. Sail to Red Beach and dive into the crystal-clear blue waters among the bright red rocks. Next, head to the secluded White Beach and snap photos of the looming cliffs and smooth sand. Cruise to Mesa Pigadia Beach and hop into the water to snorkel among the colorful fish. Continue past the famous Indian Face Mountain and the Akrotiri Lighthouse. Head to Nea Kameni and dive into its deep blue waters near the black lava and feel the sulfur and salt in the water. Return to the boat and enjoy an authentic Greek BBQ made with fresh products. Choose from chicken, beef sausage, fresh seabream, or a vegetarian option while sipping unlimited local dry white wine, beers, soft drinks, or water. After your dinner, head towards the Old Harbor of Santorini. If you choose the evening tour, relax and enjoy a stunning view of Santorini's sunset as you sail back. For those who prefer the morning option, sunbathe while listening to soothing music while you return to Vlichada Marina. At the marina, board a minibus and head back to your hotel.

Santorini: Sea Kayaking with Light Lunch

10. Santorini: Sea Kayaking with Light Lunch

With a transfer arranged for you, arrive at Mesa Pigadia, the black beach on the south coast of the island where your sea kayak tour will begin. Paddle along the coastline admiring beautiful rock formations and cave houses built into the cliffs. You will reach Black Mountain and the Akrotiri lighthouse, exploring a sea cave along the way. Paddling east, pass by White Beach named for the imposing white cliffs above, and continue to Kampia Beach. Enjoy a fresh, nutritious snack at the traditional tavern at Kampia Beach and go swimming. Back in your kayak, paddle to Red Beach and marvel at the colors, a vivid evidence of volcanic activity. Return to your starting point at Mesa Pigadia beach and sit down to a traditional Greek lunch at a local taverna. Following the meal, you will be driven back to your pick-up location.

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What people are saying about Akrotiri Lighthouse

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 5,049 reviews

This was exactly for what we were hoping when booking this cruise. A well-sized catamaran with both outdoor and indoor areas, accompanied by the open bar and great food. We stopped at different areas and had opportunities to swim and/or snorkel as desired. Meeting other vacationers was a great part of the experience and, by the time we reached sunset viewing time, the whole crowd became friends. Highly recommend this experience!

I booked this as a gift, it was perfect and definitely worth the cost in my eyes. The food and drinks were plenty too. the sightseeing and swimming opportunities were great. The people we went with were friendly which made the experience in itself. Would highly recommend.

I do not do reviews but i has to in case someone is thinking of purchasing this experience. Do it! 100% do it! The cleanliness on the boat, the food they prepare, the beautiful islands we pass by, the turquoise water, everything was perfect and better than expected.

We had a fantastic experience on this cruise this past June. We got to swim in two different spots, and snorkel as well. Our tour guides were knowledgeable, fun and served a yummy meal too!

Amazing experience with great food and a lot of sights