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Explore Santorini’s picture-perfect capital and find streets steeped in history alongside stunning sea views.

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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: 4-Hour Small Group Wine Tasting Tour

3. Santorini: 4-Hour Small Group Wine Tasting Tour

Visit the most acclaimed wine estates on the island of Santorini and sample 12 different wines produced in the local wineries. Learn about the 3,500-year history of wine making on the volcanic island, starting at a vineyard located on the unique soils with traditional basket vines. Hear about the local viticulture that makes Santorini a world heritage site for wine production. Visit 3 distinct wine estates, such as the Argyros estate or Art Space Winery, the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum, Venetsanos Winery or Gavalas Estate Winery. Taste organic wines, such as Nykteri, Assyrtiko, and Vinsanto, with local delicacies including cheese and olives.   

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From Heraklion, Agios or Nikolaos: Full-Day Santorini Trip

4. From Heraklion, Agios or Nikolaos: Full-Day Santorini Trip

Climb aboard a luxury high-speed catamaran in Heraklion harbor for the 2.5-hour crossing to Santorini. Upon arrival, take a tour of the beautiful island by air-conditioned bus and get an informative commentary about the history of one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Travel to the village of Oia at the northernmost tip for magnificent views of the typical blue and white houses across the hillside. Continue to the capital at Fira and get some free time to browse the shops or enjoy a drink at a bar with views of the volcano. Go for a stroll along a black sand beach at Perissa or Perivolos before the return boat departure at 5:45 PM.

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Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

5. Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

Santorini is quintessential Greece. Discover the draw-dropping scenery, see old Greek ladies strolling along cobbled lanes, and dive underground to try local wines on this all-encompassing tour. Yia Mas! After pickup from your hotel, board the luxury coach and drive to Profitis Ilias, the highest point on the island. Take in an incredible panorama of the entire island of Santorini, and the stunning deep blue of the Aegean. Wander around the courtyard of the 18th-century monastery that sits on top of the mountain, then visit the Saint Nektarios chapel. Make a quick photo stop at Caldera Beach in Akrotiri. Admire the views of the former volcano and learn about the island's fascinating volcanic history. Continue to Red Beach, one of the most famous beaches on the island. Admire this striking beach of black and red volcanic sand, made from the bright red cliffs behind it. The next stop is Perissa Beach, also known as Black Beach. Here there will be plenty of free time to go swimming in the sea or have lunch at one of the Greek tavernas facing the beach. Continue to Emporio, where you will join a guided walk and visit the small Venetian fortress. Feel like you’re on the set of Mamma Mia as you discover the many doorways, windows, alleys, and arches of this picturesque medieval village. You'll then head to the Santorini Wine Museum, housed in an extraordinary underground cave. Join a guided tour of the winery and learn about the winemaking process. Then it will be time to enjoy a private wine tasting session of 3 wines made local grape varieties. In the early evening, you will reach the cliff-top village of Oia with its famous blue-domed churches. After some time at leisure, meet up with your group for a guided walk through the village and hear all about its glorious maritime past. Finally, watch an incredible sunset before returning to the bus and being dropped off back at your hotel.

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Fira: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour With Tastings

6. Fira: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour With Tastings

Start the day with a traditional Greek coffee after meeting with a local food guide in the square of Firostefani village (next to Fira). Walk towards the famous blue-domed church of Santorini (the perfect spot for photos) followed by a sample of local mezes in a traditional tavern. Walk towards Fira on a footpath on the caldera's edge with sea and volcano views. A glass of local beer is the perfect welcome to the capital of Santorini. Follow your guide through the historical alleyways and paths with several stops for samples of local treats, including olive oil and souvlaki. Visit the daily market with fresh fish and vegetables. Enjoy a midday meal at a tavern with caldera views. Try the sweetest Loukoumades. Experience both the Mediterranean and Santorini sides of Greek cuisine. Meet locals, from the tavern owners to local farmers, souvlaki griller to honey producers. 

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Santorini: All-Inclusive Luxury Catamaran Small Group Cruise

7. Santorini: All-Inclusive Luxury Catamaran Small Group Cruise

Explore the clear Mediterranean waters of the Santorini Caldera on a brand new Lagoon 450 catamaran. Make 2 swimming and snorkeling stops, then feast on a barbecue meal.  Once out on the water, the first stop of the tour will be a 30-minute visit to Red Beach, so named for its bright sand. After some relaxed swimming and great snorkeling, get back aboard the sailboat and continue to White Beach, featuring equally striking rock colors and more excellent swimming and snorkeling.  After swimming, the crew members will serve a delicious barbecue meal onboard. From there, take some time to take in the views from the beach before sailing past the beautiful uninhabited islands of Aspronissi and Akrotiri.  The tour's last stop will be at the hot springs for 30 minutes of relaxation, with the chance to go for a soak in the springs. The tour finishes at the port where you'll board a minibus for a transfer.

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Santorini: Transfer Service

8. Santorini: Transfer Service

Enjoy your time on Santorini stress free with a transfer service that is always in direct consultation with you to ensure a smooth ride to/from any point on the island to/from all the main transportation hubs. Book an arrival or departure transfer, whether you are arriving or departing from the port or airport, and get a direct service to/from your hotel. Whatever your needs, the local operator will take care of them. Travel in a vehicle equipped with the latest technology for a worry free journey. In particular, if you are organizing a wedding, conference or special event, look forward to excellent and convenient transportation for all your guests!

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Santorini Volcano and Thirassia Islands Tour

9. 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

10. 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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What people are saying about Fira

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 7,721 reviews

The guide was very knowledgeable and told lots of stories about the island. Santorini is a great place for just relaxing on the beach, but if you want to soak in more than just the sun, this tour is perfect for getting to know the area.

Gregory ist a great tour guide and an even better driver ;) Within a mixed group he kept everybody happy and told us many interesting details about past and present Thira

The tour and tour guide were great! I learned a lot about the island, saw some beautiful sights and lunch was delicious! Highly recommend!

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

Excellent tour with friendly hosts and good catering.