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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: Mythical Day Trip to Akrotiri with Volcano Cruise

2. Santorini: Mythical Day Trip to Akrotiri with Volcano Cruise

Explore Santorini from land and from the sea on a day trip across the island. Visit the ancient city of Akrotiri, learn about the lost city in the Lost Atlantic Museum, hike up the Santorini Volcano, and relax in nearby hot springs. Meet your guide at the pickup point nearest you and enjoy a comfortable transfer to your first stop, the prehistoric town of Akrotiri. This ash-encased Minoan town inspired the Lost Atlantis myth. Explore the ancient city with your guide and learn about its tragic destruction. Next, continue to the Lost Atlantis Museum, where history and myth become one. Discover every aspect of one of the world’s greatest mysteries. Archaeology, geology, and technology join forces to introduce you to the Minoan past of Santorini and the myth of Lost Atlantis. Take the time machine to the world of Atlantis and walk along its streets with its inhabitants. Experience the great eruption, feel the earthquake and tsunami with all your senses, and see the destruction of mythical Atlantis before your eyes in a 9D experience. Next, drive to the port and board a traditional wooden boat. After a short cruise, arrive at the base of the Santorini Volcano. For the next 90 minutes, enjoy some free time around the volcano. Follow the path to the top where active craters are or relax at the base. After returning to the boat, cruise to the island of Palea Kameni, where you can relax in the hot springs and the island's famous mud baths. After a 30 minute soak in the spring, return to the port and finish your tour.

Santorini: Caldera Trail Guided Hike and Sunset Viewing

3. Santorini: Caldera Trail Guided Hike and Sunset Viewing

With this hiking tour you get to walk along the rim of the beautiful caldera of Santorini and through the villages of Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia with plenty of chance to take photos of the breathtaking views. Along the way you pass through beautiful villages with the distinctive white-washed houses, stop at panoramic view points and pass by beautiful churches. On the way from Fira you hike over the caldera and you pass in front of Skaros, a separate rock, where the first fortress was built on the island. Now you can see only what is left of it. Pass by Firostefani, the monastery of St. Nicholas, and the charming settlement of Imerovigli.Sweeping Mediterranean scenery surrounds you at every angle as you pass by the Prophet Elias chapels, where your group stops for a rest and enjoys a delicious picnic lunch featuring fresh fruit, a sesame bar and a fresh smoothie. The terrain of the path varies: Some parts are paved sidewalk, some parts are cobblestone, other parts follow just a dirt track. The hike takes around 3 hours depending on walking pace and how many breaks you have.                

Santorini: Private Motorboat Cruise and Volcano Hike

4. Santorini: Private Motorboat Cruise and Volcano Hike

Enjoy a cruise on the Aegean Sea by motorboat with a local guide and seasoned captain. Ride in complete comfort and make a stop at the Santorini Volcano. Choose to make the hike up the hill, admire the view from the top, and soak in the delicious hot springs. Meet your guide and board the boat at Ammoudi Port. Explore the surrounding Aegean Sea of the Island, and learn about the volcano eruption in the 15th-century that devasted the settlements that were once there. After hearing about this active volcano and its history, make a stop and hike to the top. Pay a small entrance fee and take in beautiful scenic views and soak in the funny-smelling hot springs. Once you've finished swimming, head back to the port to finish the tour.

Santorini: Caldera Hiking Tour from Fira to Oia

5. Santorini: Caldera Hiking Tour from Fira to Oia

Take part in a scenic hiking tour in Santorini that provides you with views of the island’s unique volcanic beauty. Hike from Fira to Oia alongside a guide while learning about local traditions and life. Get in touch with the nature that surrounds you. Get picked up from your accommodation, then begin your tour in Fira, the island’s capital. Lace up your shoes and hit the trail as you make your way north, up the coast. Unravel the beauty of traditional villages such as Firostefani and Imerovigli. Admire their blue-domed churches and iconic whitewashed houses. Take a moment to look out onto the seemingly endless horizon and snap some pictures in order to cherish the scene forever. As you hike, notice colorful wildflowers, the jagged cliffside, and the unique volcanic nature of Santorini. Ask your guide about the volcanic eruption that completely transformed the island thousands of years ago. Later, reach Oia, the crown jewel of Santorini. Take in breathtaking views out over the Aegean. At the end of the hike, stay and spend the rest of your day exploring Oia or choose to be taken back to your accommodation.

Santorini: Night Hike, Wine Tasting, and Greek Dinner

6. Santorini: Night Hike, Wine Tasting, and Greek Dinner

After a convenient pickup from your hotel, take a relaxing drive with your guide to the Prophet Elias chapel located on the top of a hill. Admire the spectacularly orange sun sinking below the horizon. When night falls, light your torch and embark on a 2-hour hike towards Fira. Use some parts of the world famous Fira-Oia hiking trail, which during the day can get very crowded. In the evening, you will find that nearly nobody is around so you can enjoy the privilege to experience the scenery without any obstructions. As you hike along the trail, enjoy stops at a variety of viewpoints that let you marvel at the thousands of lights which illuminate Santorini by night, and the still very visible volcano to the right. When you reach Fira, be welcomed at Assyrtico Restaurant for a well-deserved relaxing evening. Start by tasting 4 unique Santorinian wines, including the world famous “Vinsanto”. Learn about the local wine culture and history. After the wine tasting, savor a delicious homemade dinner featuring local recipes. At the end of the meal, take advantage of the convenient transfer back to your hotel.

Santorini: Cooking Class and Easy Hike

7. Santorini: Cooking Class and Easy Hike

You will get transfered from your hotel to the starting point of the hike, near the church of the Dormition of Holy Mary, located outside the traditional village of Akrotiri at the Southwest part of Santorini. The trail, offering incomparable views to both sides of the island – in and out of the formation of the caldera - also passes through old vineyards and deserted chapels that give you the feeling that you are walking through the past of Thira. After arriving on the beach of Mesa Pigadia, you go swimming as the beach transfer arranged for you, leads you to a traditional local chef who is willing to reveal all the good, hidden treasures of Greek cooking. After taking the lesson and preparing all the lovely dishes, you enjoy your homemade meal before being transferred back to your hotel.

Amorgos: Guided Hike of the Panagia Hozoviotissa Monastery

8. Amorgos: Guided Hike of the Panagia Hozoviotissa Monastery

Follow the ancient route from Auegiali Bay once used for trading and make the pilgrimage to the Panagia Hozoviotissa Monastery, nestled among the cliffs. Revitalize the body and mind and listen to important cultural history from your guide, before witnessing the breath-taking views of the sea. Depart from Potamos, a village above Auegiali port and enjoy a moderate and peaceful hike. Visit the abandoned and dry-stone rural settlement of Asfondilitis, and explore where monks once lived in natural caves in Kapsala. Admire the unrivaled sea-view before entering the iconic Monastery of the Virgin Mary. Stroll through the beautiful village of Chora afterwards, and experience a well-deserved lunch in a local taverna.

Amorgos: Hiking Along the Ridges of Mt. Krikelos with Lunch

9. Amorgos: Hiking Along the Ridges of Mt. Krikelos with Lunch

Start early to avoid the heat of the sun. Travel from Amorgos to the charming town of Lagada to start your group hike to the mountain ridges of Krikelos to see a small church nestled into the cliffs. Take in exceptional sea views from the cliffs. Walk a path that the shepherds once used to take for reaching their fields up in the mountains, and on a trail strewn with prickly pears, cactuses and fiscus. Pass above the small settlement of Stroumbos with no electricity or running water. See the recently renovated Agios Ioannis Theologos monastery at an altitude of 515m. Admire its byzantine architecture and listen to the silence of this place. Make your way up steep and uneven terrain to explore rocky cliffs before reaching Stavros church to snap some pictures of the stunning views. After building up your appetite, stop at a traditional taverna in Lagada for a hearty meal.

Andros: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

10. Andros: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Start your tour by meeting your guide at the local partner's office in Batsi. Your first stop will be at the village of Paleopolis where you will witness views from high above the ancient capital of Andros. Get to learn the history of the village and see the remains from an aerial perspective - a truly great vantage point for fantastic photos. Whilst travelling to your next stop, take in breathtaking views of the villages of Pitrofos and Stavropeda. Arrive at your destination of the village of Menites. There, you will see the famous lion springs and the walnut forest. Witnessing a forest on a Cycladic island is a very rare sight, but one you will get to experience on this tour. Continue on your tour to the village of Strabouries, here, you will get to see the Pithara waterfalls after a 15-minute hike. Pithara waterfalls are a one of a kind spectacle and a great opportunity for photos.  Travel on to the Foros Cave or Aladinou Cave, a small but really exciting cave that you will get to explore with a professional cave guide. Learn about the many different rock formations and hear of the legends and myths that have existed since medieval times. Continue on to the modern capital of Andros, Chora. Walk around the graphic and romantic pavement paths of Chora and its market. You will get to see and learn the history of the "Unseen Sailor" monument and the Venezian castles. After the mini tour, you will have 45-minutes of free time before your next stop.  To finish up your day, head to the village of Korthi, a small graphic village that has romantic alleys and an original Cycladic style. Learn the history of the old Korthi and Korthi bay. After that, you will enjoy some free time to yourself before heading back to the local partner's office in Batsi.

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Our guide was the most knowledgeable youg lady ever. She made the caldera hike one of the highlights of our holiday . The timings of our hike were immaculate . Will definitely recommend future travellers to your company, thankyou for making our Santorini an experience we will never forget.

You have to see Santorini at night and this is a great way to do it! Add in a little bit of a history lesson, great local wine education and sampling; some traditional food and our wonderful guide Leah. This was a great tour - do it if you get the chance.

Wonderful from start to finish! It was a beautiful hike with great views and so much information. Katherine was so knowledgeable about the culture and the history of the island. So much better having done this with a tour guide.

Super great tour guide.. have lots of fun during our hiking trip (hidden spots for photos and also a great spot to view sunset without the crowds) and also gained a lot of knowledge about the history of Santorini

Leah was a friendly and knowledgeable guide. Her positive energy really made the tour that much more enjoyable. I also highly recommend the tour for its stunning scenic views.