Red Beach, Santorini

Red Beach, Santorini: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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. 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: All-Inclusive Luxury Catamaran Small Group Cruise

2. 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.

Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Open Bar

3. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Open Bar

Cruise aboard a spacious and luxurious catamaran and experience views of Santorini’s landscape. Stop at the day at the famous Red Beach. Start with pickup and travel by minibus to the marina of Vlychada where the half-day cruise begins. Meet the crew and be welcomed on board with a glass of wine or a soft drink. Set sail towards the island's colorful beaches while the guide on board will share insights into the history of Santorini and the geological events that created Santorini’s rugged landscape and its surrounding islands. Your first stop of the day will be at the famous Red Beach. Enjoy time to swim, snorkel, and take pictures of its reddish hues and wild cliff formations. The first mezedes (finger food) are offered when you get back on board to continue your trip. Admire stunning views of the sandy shores of White Beach, surrounded by bright limestone cliffs, followed by a short stop for pictures of the caves and impressive rock formations of the Indian Rocks, which can only be reached by boat. Cruise past the 18th-century Venetian Lighthouse of Akrotiri, located on the southwestern tip of the island, and continue your sailing journey by entering the waters of Santorini’s caldera. Head towards the renowned volcano for the second stop of the day at the sulfur-rich hot springs. Take a relaxing dip into its healing and detoxifying waters. Back on board, enjoy the view of Santorini, a postcard-perfect portrait of the villages on the cliff. Set sail again towards the last stop for another swimming and snorkeling opportunity in the crystal-clear waters of Mesa Pigadia. Meanwhile, the crew will be setting the table for the delicious lunch for you to enjoy after your swim. The menu features BBQ chicken, Neapolitan pasta, Greek Salad, vegetarian meals, such as Greek Ratatouille, a traditional Greek dessert, and an open white wine bar that also serves unlimited soft drinks, and water. Then, sail back to Vlychada where your driver will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation in Santorini.

Santorini: Catamaran Caldera Cruise with Meal and Drinks

4. Santorini: Catamaran Caldera Cruise with Meal and Drinks

Enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Caldera and the beautiful Santorini sunset, while sailing with a luxury catamaran. Select from the Day Cruise or Sunset Cruise options which both offer a unique chance to admire Santorini’s beauty, sailing through the deep blue waters of the island. Start your Day Cruise journey from the old port of Ammoudi and head to Thirassia Island, a fishermen’s island ideal for swimming and admiring the unique view of Manolas village. Explore the unmanned volcanic beaches or sunbathe on the deck. Feel the energy of the volcano while heading to the hot springs. Sail towards the Black Mountain and the big light house south of the Caldera, as you head to the White Beach and the Red Beach for a swim when anchored, a delicious lunch is served onboard with wine and dessert. The Sunset Cruise begins with a stop at the Red Beach for a refreshing swim and stops at all the same locations as the Day Cruise. On the Sunset Cruise, enjoy dinner with wine and dessert served onboard.

Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

5. Santorini: 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.

Santorini - 5 Hours Most Attractive Sightseing Island Tour

6. Santorini - 5 Hours Most Attractive Sightseing Island Tour

You will be collected early in the morning from your hotel on Santorini Island and driven in a luxury, modern, minivan with WiFi and air conditioning to the most attractive sightseeing spots on the island.  Augmented reality maps will be provided for free to passengers in order to give you the opportunity to get more information via your mobile phone about the sites. Your first stop is the Akrotiri Archaeological Site and museum in Akrotiri where you can feel the atmosphere of the island's volcanic eruption days and also see ancient ruins.  Then you will drive to the nearby Red Beach which is popular because of its amazing pure and volcanic red rocks formation. Here you can take some time to swim and relax. Then, you will head to Black Beach in Perissa to swim, relax, or have a meal at one of the seafront bars. Next up, enjoy a wine tasting in Venetsanos Winery. You will have the opportunity to try some of the most excellent local wines in quality and flavor, such as Vinsanto, Nichteri, and Assyrtiko. End the tour with stops in Pyrgos and Oia, the most traditional villages in Santorini.  Here, you'll have enough time to explore and admire the Cycladic architecture and Greek hospitality, walk in the narrow pathways next to blue and white old and traditional houses, go shopping, or relax and admire the breathtaking views of the island of Caldera.

Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour

7. Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour

Spend a day on a private-guided tour exploring Akrotiri Excavations, a prehistoric Bronze Age city, frozen in time by ash that fell during the Minoan volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago. Some speculate this is the origin of the mythical city of Atlantis. Admire the elaborate drainage system, sophisticated multi-storied buildings, magnificent wall painting, and excavated furniture and vessels that show the former settlement's great prosperity. Next, you will head over to admire the Red and Black beaches. The red layer of sand at the Red Beach is a spectacular sight. The Black Beach of Perivolos is the largest beach on Santorini and is covered with a black volcanic pebble. Take in the spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and the nearby islands. Enjoy an optional lunch at a seaside restaurant. Continue your visit at the village of Emporio, the largest village on the Greek island of Santorini. You can look at the historic windmills that have an excellent view of the rest of the island. On the hill above the village Emborio, you will discover both the ruins of Kasteli, a fortress from the Byzantine period and the ruins of Goulas. Then, you will make your way to the peak of Prophet Ilias, the highest mountain that stands some 2,000 feet (600 meters) above the sea. Be amazed by the island vistas around you (360 degrees), and then follow your guide inside the ornate Greek Christian monastery perched at the mountain's summit. From here, you will proceed to the village of Pyrgos, the old capital, where you will take a guided walk along narrow paths to the ruins of the Venetian castle. The next stop is at a traditional Venetsanos Winery, where you will learn the secrets of wine making and enjoy the tastes of the famous local wines. On the way to the northern part of Santorini, you will make a short stop in Firostefani to see the famous Blue Dome Church, the subject of so many Santorini's postcards. You will visit the village of Imerovigli, situated on a higher cliff with an incredible view. In front of the village is an enormous rock called Skaros, which used to be the best spot to look out for pirates. Continue through the beautiful Santorini countryside to the village of Oia. Built in the northern part of the Caldera Rim. Oia is the most photographed location in Santorini, and a place where many artists have found their inspiration in Oia's beauty, the traditional architecture  and the amazing sunset. Enjoy the stunning views of the Caldera, where many dwellings are built into niches of the volcanic rock. You will also have a panoramic view of the rest of Santorini and the Aegean Sea.

Santorini: Traditional Sightseeing Bus Tour with Oia Sunset

8. Santorini: Traditional Sightseeing Bus Tour with Oia Sunset

Explore Santorini on a full day sightseeing tour by bus. Learn about the island's history and visit traditional villages. Stop at volcanic beaches and experience an Oia sunset. Tour Itinerary • Akrotiri excavation site: guided tour in this Minoan Bronze Age settlement buried by volcanic ash in the 17th century BC • Emporio village: Explore this quaint village with hilltop windmills, fortified medieval castles and centuries-old churches • Perissa Beach: Enjoy free time for lunch and a swim at the island's most popular black sand beach • Santorini Winery: Tour a traditional winery and taste Santorini’s distinctive wines • Profitis Ilias: Visit the island’s highest peak and admire views from the agricultural plains to the hilltop village of Oia • Oia sunset: Enjoy free time to experience a Santorini sunset at the most-photographed place in Greece

Santorini: Sunset Cruise with Swim Stops, Dinner, and Drinks

9. Santorini: Sunset Cruise with Swim Stops, Dinner, and Drinks

Explore the coastline of Santorini on this sailboat sunset cruise. Soak in the volcanic hot springs and swim through the waters of Red beach. View White Beach and the Black Mountain Beach. Watch the sunset over the sea while eating an authentic Greek dinner.  Sail along the southern coastline of Santorini and admire the lunar-like coastline of the island. At the picturesque Red Beach, dive into the crystalline waters for a swim or snorkel to explore the rich seabed. Continue sailing with views of White Beach, the Black Mountain Beach, and the Venetian lighthouse south of the Caldera. Next, stop to take a relaxing dip in the therapeutic volcanic hot springs.  Admire the impressive beauty of the sunset, while a dinner of traditional Greek mezzes, barbeque, and plenty of vegetarian options is served. Sip on local wines and finish your meal with a sweet dessert. Return to your accommodation in Santorini at the end of your tour. 

Santorini: Island Bus Tour with Oia Village Sunset

10. Santorini: Island Bus Tour with Oia Village Sunset

Tour the treasures of Santorini and get the best views of the island on a guided bus tour. Visit Prophet Elias Monastery, the fascinating Akrotiri Excavations, and charming local towns, beaches, and villages with free time to explore at your own pace. Start your tour at the Prophet Elias Monastery, soak up the breathtaking views from this iconic site. Next, discover Pyrgos village, one of the most picturesque villages on the island. Continue to Akrotiri Excavations, one of the most significant archaeological sites in the area. Learn about its vast structure and how it was once inhabited by 200 families and preserved under the volcano’s lava. Then, enjoy free time at the Red Beach and admire the colorful formations of the mountains and/or visit Akrotiri Bay for coffee or lunch with Greek traditional mezedes and ouzo at your own expense. Continue to Fira, the capital of the island, and visit the many shops and restaurants offering traditional Santorinian cuisine. Capture magnificent pictures of the Caldera as you explore. Finally, arrive at Oia village for the world’s most famous sunset.

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What people are saying about Red Beach, Santorini

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4.7 / 5

based on 6,671 reviews

Excellent cruise for a short period of time we stayed in Santorini. Staff are very accommodating and always making sure they meet our needs. We had a great time sailing around the island. Highly recommended while in Santorini! I will surely book this again on my next visit to Santorini.

Fabulous from start to finish. From the very fun bus journey when collected (especially when they have to free fall backwards to go to the port !) to the beautiful meal and stunning sunset . The crew on board were so friendly .

Very helpful and friendly staff! The boat was comfortable, the views were fantastic, and the food was delicious. Highly recommend this boat experience!

The food was great, the tours was great and the staff was very friendly. I'd highly recommend this tour!

Lovely day out - beautiful scenery, fantastic crew and delicious food.