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Santorini caldera: 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. 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: Scuba Diving Experience in the Volcanic Caldera

2. Santorini: Scuba Diving Experience in the Volcanic Caldera

Enjoy scuba diving in Santorini and dive into the biggest volcanic caldera in the world with your instructor. Swim around and explore the dramatic ocean landscape. See where volcanic eruptions took place under the sea. Begin the activity by meeting your instructor. Next, get kitted out in your scuba gear and head to the dive site. Have a quick briefing on everything you need to know including the equipment, body, environment, and diving hand signals. Next, when you feel comfortable, dive into the volcanic reef inside the caldera of Santorini. Admire the colorful Mediterranean marine life as you breathe underwater. Dive for around 45-minutes before finishing.

1-Day Boat Trip: Santorini Volcano, Thirassia & Oia Sunset

3. 1-Day Boat Trip: Santorini Volcano, Thirassia & Oia Sunset

Take the bus from your hotel to the port of Athinios. Then climb aboard the boat and start your journey. First visit the volcanic island of Nea Kameni. Follow a bumpy trail to an active volcano crater. Then continue your journey to the island of Palea Kameni. The boat will take you within 50 meters of the thermal springs. Swim, splash or relax in the green sulfurous water. Discover the island of Thirasia, once part of Santorini before a volcanic eruption. On the beach you can swim, eat or explore the old village of Manola with its spiral staircases and quaint houses. Find somewhere to enjoy a snack or take a swim on the island's beach. Leaving Thirasia Island, King Thiras will sail under Oia on the way back to Athinios Port, where you can snap some wonderful photos of the cliffs and the breathtaking scenery. The tour continues with a bus transfer to Oia Village for the sunset. The tour ends 30 minutes after the sunset. You will gather at the pickup point in Oia where the bus will be waiting to take you back to the meeting point.

Santorini - 5 Hours Most Attractive Sightseing Island Tour

4. Santorini - 5 Hours Most Attractive Sightseing Island Tour

You will be collected early in the morning from your hotel in Santorini Island and driven in a luxury, modern, minivan with WiFi and A/C to the most attractive sightseing 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 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 sea front 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 Asyrtiko. At the end of this tour, Pyrgos and Oia will be your last stops. They are the most traditional villages in Santorini and there you'll have enough time to explore and admire the Cycladic architecture and Greek hospitality, to walk in the narrow pathways next to blue and white old and traditional houses, to go shopping, or relax and admire the breathtaking views of the island of Caldera.

Fira: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour With Tastings

5. 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. 

Santorini: Caldera and Oia with King Thiras Boat

6. Santorini: Caldera and Oia with King Thiras Boat

Starting by bus with pickup from your selected meeting point, you will arrive at the port of Athinios and board the King Thiras boat. You will then make a first stop at the volcanic island of Nea Kameni. Walking up the soil path, you will approach the crater of this still-active volcano. You will then continue to the second volcanic island named Palea Kameni, and make a stop approximately 50 meters from the hot springs to dive into the green sulfur waters, or simply relax and enjoy the view. Following the hot springs, you will sail to Thirasia Island, another part of Santorini before the eruption of the volcano. You will stay in Thirasia for 2-3 hours, where you will have the chance to go swimming, have lunch next to the sea, or explore the village of Manolas with its winding steps and traditional houses. Leaving Thirasia island, you will head to the port of Athinios. The tour continues with a bus transfer to Oia village for the sunset. Your tour ends 30 minutes after the sunset, at which point you will gather at the pick up point in Oia where your bus will be waiting to take you back to the starting point.

Santorini: Scuba Dive Experience

7. Santorini: Scuba Dive Experience

Start from the beautiful Bay of Ammoudi, where the boats are moored. A professional team will assist you with finding the right sized diving suit and all necessary equipment. Depending on the weather and level of experience of the group, visit a selection of the best sites around Caldera and Volcanic islands.  Take a boat ride to two different diving locations. In the underwater world of Santorini, dive in clear blue water amongst reefs, lava formations, wrecks, and cliffs. Experience wall diving and cave diving in sites around the islands. At the end of the activity, return back to the Amoudi bay to transfer back to the drop off location.

Santorini: Luxury Motoryacht Cruise

8. Santorini: Luxury Motoryacht Cruise

Feel the breeze, sunlight, waves, and adrenaline all at once on a luxury motor yacht cruise around Santorini. Start with a private transfer from your hotel and arrive at the marina where your Fairline Targa 43 motor yacht awaits. The captain will welcome you on board and help you create a curated trip to visit all the highlights of the south coast of Santorini and the Caldera. On this cruise, the luxurious deck of the motor yacht is your private oasis. The staff onboard will be offering quality mezedes (Greek finger food), local wine, beer, and refreshments. Cruise towards the island's colorful beaches while the crew shares all of Santorini's secrets, its history, and how the beautiful scenery and shape are the result of volcanic activity years ago. You can choose where to stop and for how long. You will have plenty of time to swim and snorkel. See the famous Red Beach and take pictures of its reddish hues and wild cliff formations. Cruise along the sandy shores of White Beach, surrounded by bright limestone cliffs, and dive into the pristine waters of Mesa Pigadia, the Black Beach. Close by, admire stunning views of the caves and impressive rock formations of the Indian Rocks, which are accessible only by boat. Cruise past the 18th-century Venetian Lighthouse of Akrotiri, located on the southwestern tip of the island, and continue your journey by entering the waters of Santorini’s caldera. The view here, of the villages on the cliff, creates a postcard-perfect portrait that looks like a distant snow-capped mountain range. The yacht will then head towards the renowned Volcano for a stop at the sulfur-rich hot springs for a relaxing dip into its healing and detoxifying waters. Another stop for swimming beneath the breathtaking cliff of Oia is highly recommended. For lunch or dinner, this journey brings you to Thirasia, a charming island with fewer than 200 inhabitants. Visit a traditional restaurant where you can choose from 3 different menus, featuring meat, fish, or vegetarian options. A fine dining experience can also be arranged at a restaurant in Thirasia at an extra cost.

Santorini: Shore Excursion Semi-Private Tour

9. Santorini: Shore Excursion Semi-Private Tour

Hop off your cruise ship and embark on an excursion around Santorini. See cute villages such as Firostefani and Oia, volcanic remains, and beautiful vistas on this specially-designed shore excursion. Meet your driver/guide and head for your first stop at Firostefani. Admire the blue dome church and enjoy views of the volcanic remains of the caldera. Visit the observatory at Imerovigli to get a closer look at this amazing landscape. Listen to fascinating stories as you move onto Oia, a nestling hillside village and Santorini's most famous tourist destination. Encounter the well-known old Venetian castle, as well as hidden gems picked by your guide. Enjoy a walk around the village and its volcanic caldera at your leisure before the final stop at Finikia. This tranquil and picturesque village is the perfect spot to see the sunset away from the crowds, before heading back to your cruise ship.

From Oia: Private Sailing Day Trip to Therasia & Lunch

10. From Oia: Private Sailing Day Trip to Therasia & Lunch

You'll begin by being picked up from your accommodation in Santorini. From there you will head to the southern part of the island to begin your Santorini sailing tour. Your tour will depart from the Vlychada port on the south of the island. From there it travels along the famous red and white beach where there will be a brief stop for pictures. Entering the caldera, the lighthouse will look down on you from above as you make your way to the local hot springs. The main stop will be in Thirassia, where you will be able to swim and snorkel before enjoying a tasty lunch. From there you will have the opportunity to marvel at a wonderful pallet of colors cast by the setting sun over the sky of Santorini. The captain will be at your disposal to ask for any route change and make your sea excursion an absolutely personalized experience. Additionally, this sailing cruise offers you the opportunity to steer the wheel on your own if you wish, and if the circumstances (weather and sea conditions) allow it. Then, it is time to go back to Vlychada to complete the sailing cruise. Once there, your transfer to your hotel will be waiting for you to conclude this beautiful tour.

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What people are saying about Santorini caldera

Yummy food, plentiful drinks! Amazing views & stops for swimming. We loved Thanos. He was so friendly & made our experience one we’ll never forget. We also loved the man who barbecued our food. He was kind & played great music. The boat was roomy and very clean. So happy we decided to do this!

It was an amazing experience. The whole team is super friendly and explains everything to you. The diving instructur keeps an eye on you the whole dive. You are in good hands. I recommend it to everybody!

Very nice experience, worth the price you pay. For those who like to explore and get tired it is hardly the right activity. Well structured, super nice and friendly guide. Recommended!

Great trip, very reasonable price, loads to see. Beautiful islands and friendly staff all round: on the ship and coach. We really enjoyed it and our tour guide Vasso was amazing!

Exceeded our expectations, great and friendly staff, the boat was in impeccable condition with clean facilities. Overall the highlight of our vacation on Santorini!