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Santorini: 5-Hour Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

1. Santorini: 5-Hour Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

Be driven to the luxury catamaran and take a 5-hour cruise off the coast of Santorini. Hop aboard the catamaran and explore Santorini from the water on this relaxing cruise adventure. Choose from the daytime or evening option, and feast on delicious food as you go. Experience the beauty of the island as you set sail from the southern port of Vlychada. Follow the coast to the red sands of Red Beach. Take a swim in the shallow waters of a private beach.  Venture below the Indian Rocks and marvel at the sea caves and rock formations close to an old Venetian lighthouse. Admire the volcanic landscape as you travel through the middle of the caldera. Visit the hot springs for a healing mud bath before going to a private bay at Palea Kammeni Island. For the sunset option, journey out to open waters after dinner and watch a magnificent sunset in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Then, sail back to port, where a driver will wait to take you back to your hotel.

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Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Lunch & Open Bar

2. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Lunch & Open Bar

Set sailing off the coast of Santorini on a half-day cruise from Vylchada Port. Visit various picturesque beaches, and enjoy traditional Greek food along the way. After departing from the pier (Vlychada port), you will sail toward your first stop of the day, the famous Red Beach. The mesmerizing Red beach, with its unique colors and wild cliff formations, is truly a sight to behold. While here, combine sightseeing with swimming, snorkeling, or simply lay around on the beach.  On your tour, you will also pass by the stunning White Beach, the bright and wild beach covered in limestone. Close by, you'll be offered stunning views of the Venetian Lighthouse of Akrotiri, a landmark that offers plenty of spectacular photo opportunities for everyone.   Your next stop is at the Santorini Volcano, a volcanic hot spring that has water containing healing properties and is full of astonishing caves and volcanic beaches. Stop at Mesa Pigadia beach, often considered Santorini's best-kept secret. Enjoy a spot of swimming before feasting on a delicious lunch or dinner. Choose between meals like finger food, BBQ chicken, Napolitana pasta, Greek Salad, Vegetarian meals, Greek Ratatouille, Greek fruit salad, and an unlimited bar with white wine, soft drinks, and water.

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Santorini Volcano and Thirassia Islands Tour

3. 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.

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Santorini Caldera: Panorama Winter Cruise

4. Santorini Caldera: Panorama Winter Cruise

Enjoy a unique winter sailing experience in the Caldera of Santorini, visiting this sea area’s highlights but also admiring the beauty of the magnificent sunset. This area remains an all-seasons spectacular snapshot, providing incredible views of the sunset. The cruise route starts from the port of Vlychada, passing by the red and white beach. You will take a short stop at Black Mountain, before sailing close to the lighthouse south of the Caldera. Afterwards, you will be directed to the hot springs of the volcano. Your next stop will be in Thirassia, where the lunch will be served. Continuing towards the port of Ammoudi, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views of Oia. From here you will begin your return route, stopping to browse inside the Caldera and taking in beautiful views of Fira. Your trip culminates with an amazing sunset shot, before re-entering the port of Vlychada.

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Santorini: Traditional Boat Cruise with Meal

5. Santorini: Traditional Boat Cruise with Meal

Start your unique Mediterranean experience with a convenient, pick-up service from your hotel on the island of Santorini. At the agreed pick-up time, your friendly driver/guide will be waiting for you in the lobby of your hotel. Your pick-up time will depend on whether you choose the day cruise, or the sunset cruise. After a short meet and greet with your driver you will head off to the port. On the day cruise, you will enjoy a wonderful and relaxing way to sail along Santorini as you admire the unique beauty of Caldera onboard a traditional wooden boat. Start by sailing along the beautiful coastline and take a dip at the Red Beach, admire the black and red rocky background, the White Beach, and the big Light House. Be enchanted by the imposing beauty of the Volcano, one of the most famous sceneries in the world. Swim at the Hot Springs, and immerse yourself in the warm volcanic waters that possess therapeutic properties. Next, sail to Thirassia Island where you can enjoy a swim and meal. After lunch, continue on your route to Ammoudi bay for disembarkation. For those who select the Sunset Cruise, your tour starts from the old port of Ammoudi, where you will set sail to Thirassia island and continue on to Palea Kameni for a therapeutic dip in the Hot Springs with views of the stunning Volcano. Cruising south, you will see the Light House, the Black Rock of the Indian, the White Beach and the Red Beach as you enjoy the best sunset of the Mediterranean before entering the port of Vlychada. 

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Santorini: Private Catamaran Sailing with BBQ Meal & Drinks

6. Santorini: Private Catamaran Sailing with BBQ Meal & Drinks

Set sail from the southern port of Vlihada and follow the coastline until you reach the Red Beach in Akrotiri, one of the most beautiful beaches of the island with a distinct red color caused by the mineral rich and iron soil. Then, head to the White Rocky Beach, which you can only access by boat. A stop for swimming and snorkeling is highly recommended since it is difficult to resist the crystal clear blue waters with the rich underwater environment and reefs.  Leaving the White Beach and heading to the Venetian lighthouse, sail below the Indian rocks through caves and rock formations, characteristic of the Aegean landscape. After sailing below the lighthouse, the yacht will turn and enter the caldera of Santorini. There, you will see everything opening in front of your eyes. The picturesque white houses hang from the cliffs like grapes off the cliff formations and the volcanic islands of Palea and Nea Kammeni. There, you will have the chance to sail below the traditional villages of Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and the overwhelming rock formations consisting of basalt and pumice. From there, head to the crater of the volcano and sail around it to have a full view of it and stop at the thermal springs for swimming at the sulfurous waters, that offer a natural spa. Palia Kammeni, an inhabitant volcanic island next to the volcano, offers unique private bays and beaches, ideal for swimming and snorkeling, and perfect to enjoy your own privacy away from crowded locations. As you enjoy yourself, the attentive crew will prepare on-board a delicious fresh meal (lunch or dinner) consisting of a full menu with BBQ chicken fillets, fish fillets, shrimps, Greek salads, tzatziki dips and appetizers all accompanied with local wine, beers and cooling beverages.

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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 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.

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Santorini: Volcanic Sunset Cruise

8. Santorini: Volcanic Sunset Cruise

Sail from Athinios Port on a local caique, a boat traditionally made by master craftsmen in wood. Stop at the volcano and the hot springs, if you like, then head to a beautiful spot for magnificent views of the sun setting over the horizon. With nothing blocking the magical view you will have a lasting memory of your holiday in Santorini and one of the most famous sunsets in the world. It is a breathtaking experience to watch the hue of colors spreading across the width of the sky and reflecting upon the unique caldera of the island. Cherish the moments of complete relaxation and serenity with a glass of local white wine on board. There will be plenty of opportunities to take enviable photographs.

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Santorini Volcano and Thirassia Sunset Dinner Cruise

9. Santorini Volcano and Thirassia Sunset Dinner Cruise

Benefit from pick-up 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 to relax over a dinner buffet 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.

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Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Lunch and Open Bar

10. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Lunch and Open Bar

After departing from Vlychada Port, sail to your first stop at the Red Beach. Enjoy its unique colors and the beauty of its wild cliffs. Enjoy sightseeing combined with swimming and snorkeling. Sail by the White Beach covered with limestone and the Venetian lighthouse, where you can take photos with the 125 year-old Venetian Lighthouse of Akrotiri. Stop by the volcano hot springs to swim in waters with healing properties. See the stunning caves and volcanic beaches. Your last stop is Thirasia Island, one of Santorini's best-kept secrets. Enjoy swimming followed by a delicious lunch or dinner. The menu includes a variety of finger food, ΒΒQ chicken and pork, seafood pasta, Greek salad, Greek anchovy meze (γαύρος), a vegetarian meal (Greek ratatouille), and a Greek fruit salad. Enjoy an open bar with white wine, beer, soft drinks, and water. Moschato D’Asti sparkling wine is an also an option at sunset.

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What people are saying about Santorini Volcano

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,966 reviews

The crew was very nice and easy to talk with. They prepared amazing food and the drinks were good. The open bar was only wine, which is fine with me but others might be disappointed by that. There was a very chill vibe with a wonderful view of Santorini only able to be seen by boat. Highly recommend this experience. You wont be disappointed with the swimming opportunities near the black beach and the hot (slightly warmer...) springs.

Great experience and staff on the boat was friendly. An overall amazing trip.

Perfect, apart from the two passengers who have vanished during the trip

Friendly crew and excellent service. Enjoyed the tour.

Excellent tour with friendly hosts and good catering.