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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: Horseback Riding Experience at Sunset

6. Santorini: Horseback Riding Experience at Sunset

Begin your tour at the stables in Megalochori village, the most traditional village of Santorini. Ride along the paths of the traditional village, out toward the Caldera cliff. Be impressed by the amazing views and the steep cliffs. Ride along the rim of the caldera, see the ravines and gorges created by the eruption thousands of years ago. From the cliff top admire the amazing sunset or the morning sunlight sparkling on the water. This ride celebrates nature in all its glory. Visit an ancient quarry carved into the cliffside and see the different layers of stone that make the island’s geology unique. Your guide will show you remains of the Minoan civilization that were here over 3,500 years ago. During the ride commemorative photos will be taken of you and your horse, capturing your memorable experiences at all the best places.

From Heraklion Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

7. From Heraklion Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

Explore Santorini by boat on this day trip from Crete. Take part in a guided bus tour of the island, walk through charming villages, and witness stunning views. Your experience starts off from Crete on the luxurious high-speed catamaran "Champion Jet 2." On arrival at Thiras port, you'll board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus with your experienced guides who will provide information about the island and its history. Your first stop is the unique village of Oia. Built on the northern part of the Caldera rim, Oia offers magnificent views of houses studded along the volcanic rock hillside overlooking both the Mediterranean and Aegean sea. Next, visit the island’s capital Fira, where you will have plenty of free time to explore the picturesque alleys, admire the incomparable Aegean architecture, shop, or simply enjoy a drink. Then, you have the choice of spending more time in Fira, visiting the magnificent black beach of Perivolos, or taking a boat tour of the Caldera (subject to availability). Finally, you'll return to the port for the trip back to Crete.

Santorini Volcano and Thirassia Islands Tour

8. Santorini Volcano and Thirassia Islands Tour

Your first stop on this tour will be the lava island Nea Kameni, where you'll have the opportunity to walk up the soil path and approach the crater of the still active volcano. Then, return to the boat which will take you to the second lava island, Palea Kameni, where you'll find the amazing hot springs - the boat will make a stop about 50 meters from the opening, so you can swim in the green sulfur waters of the hot springs, wet your feet, or just enjoy the view! After the hot springs, the tour continues to Thirassia Island, which was once part of the island of Santorini before the volcano's explosion. Spend two hours on this amazing island and do some swimming, hang out on the beach, have lunch next to the sea, or explore the village of Manolas with its winding steps and traditional houses. On the way back to Athinios port where the tour ends, you'll cruise on the King Thiras yacht under Oia where the best pictures can be taken of the amazing cliffs and breathtaking scenery. Once you arrive at the port, the bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

Santorini Volcano and Thirassia Sunset Dinner Cruise

9. Santorini Volcano and Thirassia Sunset Dinner Cruise

Benefit from pickup at your hotel, and then drive to Athinios Port to board a boat. Cruise to the island of Nea Kameni and get the chance to climb to the top of the volcano. Continue to Palia Kameni to dive and swim in the hot springs created by the underwater powers of the volcano. Sail above the underwater craters to Thirasia Island, and anchor close to the shore. Relax with a buffet dinner of pork rolls, chicken rolls, rice, and baked potatoes, along with Greek salad, tzatziki, bread, and seasonal fruit, all served with local wine. Set sail as the sun begins to sink into the sea and experience the true romance of Santorini from the water.

Santorini: Traditional Wooden Boat Tour with Meal and Wine

10. Santorini: Traditional Wooden Boat Tour with Meal and Wine

Marvel at Santorini's natural beauty on a cruise around the island in a traditional wooden boat. Stop to swim, snorkel, and visit the hot springs. Relish an included Greek lunch or dinner with local white wine. Choose the sunset option to admire Santorini's famous sunset too. Start your tour with a convenient pickup service from your hotel on Santorini. Meet your driver-guide, then get transferred to the port in an air-conditioned van or minivan. Upon arrival at the port in Vlychada, hop aboard the wooden boat and enjoy a welcome drink. Sail close to the Red and White Beach before making your first stop ashore by the Black Mountain for a swim. Put your goggles on and experience the crystal-clear water. Next, continue past the Venetian Akrotiri Lighthouse, entering the majestic caldera of Santorini. Hear about the island from your guide, and fix your eyes on the spectacular volcanic area of colorful cliffs. Head toward the hot springs, and let the energy of the volcano fill you up as you swim in the geothermal waters once there. The next stop is Thirassia island, a fishermen’s island ideal for swimming and snorkeling. After, restore your energy levels with a menu featuring chicken fillet, traditional Greek dips, beans, stuffed vine leaves, Greek salad, and fruits. End the cruise in the old harbor of Ammoudi, though there might be some spare time for a pit stop at Agios Nikolaus before disembarkation too. The sunset option visits the same places but in reverse order, beginning in Ammoudi and ending in Vlychada. On the sunset cruise, enjoy your meal in the hidden coves of the Black Mountain before marveling at Santorini's magical sunset.

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What people are saying about Santorini

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,286 reviews

A tour that outdoes the reviews and a sunset that outdoes any others. The cruise was so professional from start to finish and some of the best service we had in Santorini. The sunset cruise followed an amazing route - red beach, white beach, hot springs, thira and oia. You don’t feel rushed at each point. The food is pretty basic but good home cooking and delicious bbq, and your drinks are always filled. The catamaran is spacious so you can sit with your group without being on top of the other people on the tour. The music - which is key! (as you’re on there for 5 hours) really was the perfect vibe! And the staff super friendly and knowledgeable. Really so so worth the money! Enjoy!

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 tour was incredible! The crew was super friendly, and the boat was lovely. We really enjoyed the freedom of being able to stop wherever we wanted for as long as we wanted. And the food was amazing! I highly recommend this activity.

Great experience. The guide was perfect, had a perfect command of French and had enriching explanations. The boat was not too full, we were a small group. The shuttle system was great too. Everything was great.

Awesome boat for a very fair price with good food and enough wine! Great for couples and young people!