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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.

From Mykonos: Cruise to Delos and Rhenia with Lunch

2. From Mykonos: Cruise to Delos and Rhenia with Lunch

Experience the beauty of the islands of Delos and Rhenia on this cruise from Mykonos. Explore the ruins of an ancient Greek civilization on Delos and relax as you sail with complimentary drinks Savor a delicious lunch of Greek specialties. Climb aboard at Mykonos Old Port and set sail to explore the ancient archeological site of Delos on this cruise from Mykonos. Visit Delos, one of the most sacred sites in ancient Greece, as it is was the birthplace of the Greek gods Apollo and Artemis. Due to its mystical location, the island became home to the first multicultural civilization and was an important trade center in Ancient Greece. Discover the houses of Dionysus and Cleopatra, and see beautiful mosaics and statues. Choose to explore the ruins at Delos or relax in the Aegean sun on the neighboring island of Rhenia, where a private beach is waiting just for you. Swim in the crystal clear waters or take a walk on the shore. Try local flavors with a cold plate lunch of stuffed vine leaves, olives, turkey cold-cuts, tomatoes, feta cheese, tzatziki, and bread. Sip on beer, wine, ouzo, soft drinks and water throughout your cruise.

Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Lunch & Open Bar

3. 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: Small Group Romantic Catamaran Cruise

4. 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 

Milos Highlights: Full Day Sailing Cruise in a Small Group

5. Milos Highlights: Full Day Sailing Cruise in a Small Group

Starting from Adamantas and sailing close to the east coast of the bay, you will pass the Christian catacombs, the colorful villages of Skinopi, the capital of ancient Milos and the place where the famous statue of Venus de Milo was discovered.  You will then reach Cape Vani, the bay which was home to one of the first metal mines in Milos. After seeing the old 19th-century mines, you will have the first swim at the bay of Kalogries in crystal clear turquoise waters. After swimming and having some fresh fruit, cakes and refreshments the skipper will set sail for Sykia, the biggest and most impressive cave of Milos. After a quick swim, you will take the small motor-boat under a low passage made of lava rocks and visit the cave.  Head back to the boat and enjoy some ouzo with a variety of Greek homemade tapas. Finally, you will reach Kleftiko, the old pirates-lair. Snorkeling here is an amazing experience due to the underwater passages, caves and an unsurpassed water clarity. Back on the boat, refreshments and ice-cold beers will be waiting for you, followed by a delicious meal and dessert. After you eat you can take the dinghy and go explore the unique Kleftiko caves and passages.  Later, the boat will head east towards Gerakas bay, after a short swim, enjoy fresh fruit back on the boat. The cruise ends in the beautiful tranquil bay of Provatas around 7:00 PM. From there, you will travel back to Adamantas in just 15 minutes. 

From Mykonos: Delos Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

6. From Mykonos: Delos Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

Discover the ancient ruins on the island of Delos with this boat tour from Mykonos. See sights like the house of Dionysus, the Colossus of the Naxians, and the Temple of Apollo. Step back in time as you stroll through the ruins of a market. Start your morning tour with a 30-minute boat ride from Mykonos to Delos. Once you arrive on Delos you will receive an introduction to the ancient and sacred site. With your guide, you will explore the narrow city streets. Marvel at the impressive house of Dionysus and the exceptional mosaics, well-preserved marble columns, and wall paintings. See other monuments in the urban area, including the Theater of Delos. Take a walk along the main street to the market and the sanctuary zone. Here you’ll find the Stoa of Phillipe, the Propylaia, the Colossus of the Naxians, and the Temple of Apollo.

From Adamas Port: Day Cruise to Kleftiko Caves with Lunch

7. From Adamas Port: Day Cruise to Kleftiko Caves with Lunch

Your sailboat, La Pomme Bleue, sets sail from Adamas Port at 9:00 AM. As you sail in the Adamas Gulf you will pass traditional fishing villages, then head towards the famous Bear Rocks and finally cross the breathtaking Cape Vani. After leaving Adamas Gulf your exploration of the inaccessible west coast of Milos will begin as you will stop four times to thoroughly enjoy the volcanic landscapes and turquoise waters. Your first stop in Agathia Bay where you will be able to dive into the deep blue waters of Milos. From there you will travel to Kleftiko Bay where you will stay for 2-hours where you can explore the landscapes including the caves in the bay and enjoy lunch onboard. Then head to your third stop, the astonishing Sykia Cave, where you will explore the cave in a dingy boat and swim in the cave. Your final stop will be at Agios Dimitrios Bay on your way back to Adamas where you can enjoy a fresh fruit salad and swim in front of the oldest church in Milos.

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

8. 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

9. 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.

From Mykonos: Delos & Rhenia Islands Boat Trip with BBQ

10. From Mykonos: Delos & Rhenia Islands Boat Trip with BBQ

Explore the islands of Delos and Rhenia on this cruise from Mykonos. Choose to explore the archeological sites on Delos or to soak in some sun on the deck. Dive into the crystal-clear waters of the island of Rhenia. Savor a delicious local meal onboard the boat. Select a tour with transfer from your accommodation, or meet at Ioannis Diakoftis pier in the morning. Board the ship and take in the views on the way to Delos. Choose a tour with a guided visit to the ancient area of Delos, or stay onboard and swim from the boat.  At Delos, uncover ancient temples, mosaics, a theater at the local archaeological site. Learn about what life was like in the past with the help of your local guide. Continue to the the remote beaches of Rhenia island where you can spend time playing in the turquoise water. Explore the underwater worlds with the high-quality snorkeling equipment. Sit down to a delicious lunch of Greek barbeque before returning to Mykonos in the afternoon.

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From the pick up from our hotel through to dropping us back was really well organised. The staff were all happy to assist you. They couldn’t do enough for us. There was only 7 of us which was very relaxed and informal. The open bar was great and the food was excellent, varied and plenty of it too. Well done Sunset Oia. Well worth the money.

This was such an amazing experience and wish we could do it again. They arranged transportation, the crew was knowledgeable in sharing stories/history of Santorini and were very friendly. The food was delicious too. If you have a chance, book this tour! It’s worth the money and fun to see Santorini from a different perspective.

Our tour guide Gibson was very informative and entertaining. We made all he stops as listed in the website. The van was comfortable. For the price, I feel it was a good value and a great way to see parts of Naxos we wouldn't have seen otherwise.

Great crew on an intimate boat. Great hospitality & delicious lunch.

They were at pier ready to go, excellent service !